CARE FOR YOUR FEET

B A S I C  G U I D E L I N E S

1. Don't ignore foot pain. It's not normal. If the pain persists, contact our office.

2. Inspect your feet regularly. Pay attention to changes in color and temperature. Look for thick or discolored nails (a sign of developing fungus), and check for cracks or cuts in the skin. Peeling or scaling on the soles of feet could indicate Athlete's Foot. Any growth on the foot is not considered normal.

3. Wash your feet regularly, especially between the toes, and be sure to dry them completely.

4. Trim toenails straight across, but not too short. Be careful not to cut nails in corners or on the sides; it can lead to ingrown toenails. Persons with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems should not treat their own feet because they are more prone to infection.

5. Make sure that your shoes fit properly. Purchase new shoes later in the day when feet tend to be at their largest, and replace worn out shoes as soon as possible.

6. Select and wear the right shoe for the activity that you are engaged in (e.g. running shoes for running).

7. Alternate shoes, don't wear the same pair of shoes every day.

8. Avoid walking barefooted. Your feet will be more prone to injury and infection. At the beach or when wearing sandals always use sunblock on your feet as the rest of your body.

9. Be cautious when using home remedies for foot ailments. Self-treatment can often turn a minor problem into a major one.

10. If you are a diabetic, contact our office and schedule a check-up at least once a year.

P O D I A T R I C  T E R M S

BUNIONS
A deformity of the great toe joint with a painful bump on the 1st toe. This can be caused from improper shoe gear, trauma or hereditary factors. Treatment includes changes in shoe gear, padding or in more severe cases surgery to correct the problem. 
HAMMERTOES
A deformity of the lesser toes involving a bend at the top of the toe. This can lead to rubbing on the top of the shoe causing corns. Causes include muscle imbalance, and tight shoe gear. Treatment includes shoe gear changes, splints or surgical correction with pins or implants.
CORNS
thickened skin that develops over a boney prominence. This can be on top of or in between the toes. There can be a deep core or corn area. Treatment includes trimming the dead skin, padding, and surgery to remove the underlying bone spurring. 
HEEL SPURS
a boney growth on the heel bone that causes pain with ambulation. This occurs with or without plantar fasciitis. Treatment includes cortisone shots, orthotics or surgical removal.  
PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Inflammation and thickening of the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot. This is very common and is often miss diagnosed. All foot pain on the bottom of the foot is not always plantar fasciitis. PF can hurt when you first stand up. Causes include flat improper shoes with no support. Treatment includes physical therapy, cortisone shots and or orthotics. Surgery is done in very select cases .
PUMP BUMPS
an enlargement on the back of the heel also know as Haglund’s deformity This is a boney growth that rubs against the shoe . Treatment includes padding , Physical therapy or surgical removal 
 
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