Diabetes affects more than just your blood sugar levels—for diabetics everywhere, proper foot protection and care is of the utmost importance for retaining overall health and safety.
The consequences of neglecting diabetic feet can be extreme, but fortunately, your foot doctor, Daniel J. Roche, DPM of Roche Podiatry Group in both Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, can help keep you in the best of health. Read on to learn more!
How does diabetes affect my feet?
For individuals with diabetes, nerve damage can take away your ability to feel pain/discomfort in your feet, making you unable to detect things like a rock in your shoe or stepping on a sharp object. This can then create cuts, sores, and ingrown toenails that may all lead to infection.
Additionally, because diabetes causes a reduction of blood flow to your feet, foot wounds are far more susceptible to slow or disrupted healing. In extreme cases, sores combined with poor circulation can cause gangrene, a condition in which skin tissue darkens and dies. In such a case, the foot, toe, or even a portion of the leg will likely require amputation.
What are the signs of unhealthy feet?
You may not be properly caring for your diabetic feet if you are experiencing thickening or yellowing toenails, a tingling or burning sensation, numbness, or repeated blisters, sores, or infected corns.
How do I care for my diabetic feet?
In addition to seeing your foot doctor in Edison and Woodbridge for regular exams and at the first sign of infection, it is important to take the following steps and precautions:
- Inspect your feet daily for any injuries, cuts, swelling, pus, or inflammation
- Moisturize your feet, avoiding the tight area between your toes where fungus can grow when moisture is trapped
- Cut your toenails straight across, taking care not to cut them too short
- Clean your feet gently in lukewarm water and dry thoroughly
- Keep your feet, and socks, dry and wear socks to bed if your feet get cold
- Abstain from smoking and maintain a healthy diet
- Wear shoes at all times, including indoors
- Wear properly fitting shoes, and make sure there are no foreign objects like pebbles inside before putting them on
If you have any concerns about the health of your diabetic feet, your foot doctor in Edison and Woodbridge is just a call away at 908-753-0500.
Although foot warts are not usually harmful, they can cause quite a bit of discomfort as well as spread to other areas of the body. Fortunately, if you have started developing foot warts, a podiatrist can prescribe an appropriate treatment to stop the issue before it starts negatively affecting your day-to-day life. Here at Roche Podiatry Group, Dr. Daniel Roche is your foot doctor in Edison and Woodridge, IL, for the treatment of foot warts.
There are many different types of warts, but one of the most common types of warts to develop on the feet are plantar warts. They tend to grow on the soles of the feet and are typically hard and flat with a rough surface. Plantar warts are commonly brown or gray in color with one or more black dots in the center of the wart. Plantar warts are caused by a virus that readily thrives in areas that are warm and damp. Consequently, it is best to avoid walking barefoot in such areas as locker rooms or public pools where the virus is often found.
Although some types of warts do eventually go away on their own, it is advisable to seek treatment in order to eliminate any discomfort caused by warts and to prevent them from spreading to other areas. Professional treatment can also prevent warts from returning at a later time. Dr. Roche, your foot doctor in Edison and Woodridge, IL, offers a variety of treatment options for treating warts, including:
- Laser cautery
- Prescription ointments
- Prescription medications
Several proactive measures can be taken to prevent warts from developing in the first place. As mentioned above, avoid walking barefoot on damp surfaces, especially in public places. Other measures for preventing warts include keeping the feet clean and dry, as well as changing socks daily. If warts are already present, avoid touching them to prevent the spread of warts to other areas of the body since they are often contagious.
Contact Us Today
Treatments are available for eliminating your foot warts and preventing their return. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roche, your foot doctor, contact Roche Podiatry Group at (732) 636-8500 for the Woodridge office or at (908) 753-0500 for the office in Edison.
Caring for your feet becomes even more vital as summer approaches. Toenail fungus grows slowly over a long period of time and may not start presenting symptoms until its advanced stages. However, catching toenail fungus early allows your doctor to treat it early. Find out more about toenail fungus and its treatments with Dr. Daniel Roche, a podiatrist at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ.
Here are some FAQs about toenail fungus
What is toenail fungus?
Toenail fungus, onychomycosis, is caused by bacteria and fungi. It is a slow-growing infection with annoying and unsightly symptoms. Symptoms include:
- Yellow or white toenails
- Thickening or crumbling of your nail
- Yellow discoloration of the nail
- Misshapen nails
- Nails which separate from the nail bed
How do people get toenail fungus?
Damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools usually harbor bacteria and fungi. The other issue is that it's contagious.
Other ways to get toenail fungus is,
- Wearing tight-fitting shoes or tight hosiery causing trauma to feet, making it easy for bacteria to enter.
- Athletes using showers without proper footwear, like flip flops, and being injured make it easier for bacteria to enter.
- Dry feet have a higher risk for developing toenail fungus.
- Diabetics, who have a higher risk of contracting a toenail fungus because of a compromised immune system.
How do you properly care for feet?
Preventing toenail fungus is as easy as preventing contact with the fungus itself. It often grows in damp, dark areas and is passed from person to person by direct contact. Always wear shower shoes in places like public pools or locker rooms. Be sure to always keep your feet clean and dry and never share socks or towels. Those with diabetes, who sweat heavily, have conditions which cause reduced blood flow or having a minor skin condition can increase your chances of toenail fungus.
Treating Toenail Fungus
Treating toenail fungus will usually begin with over-the-counter antifungal lacquers or ointments. If over-the-counter treatments fail to provide results, prescription-strength versions may prove more effective. Partial or full toenail removal may become necessary in severe situations.
For more information on toenail fungus and its treatment, please contact your podiatrist Dr. Roche at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, today!
When it comes to foot pain, most patients complain of discomfort around the heels. The American Podiatric Medical Association confirms this by reporting that over half of foot pain cases are related to heel pain. Luckily, if you have been experiencing this condition, Dr. Daniel Roche at Roche Podiatry Group in Edison and Woodbridge, NJ, can help! Read below to learn more about the possible courses of treatment that can calm heel inflammation and put you back on your feet!
Heel Pain Hurts
Heel pain can start off as a nagging, pinching sensation around the heel before quickly escalating to full-on pain that radiates throughout the foot. In some cases, the problem causing heel pain is so advanced that your feet hurt even when you are not standing up or walking. At this stage, you should seek immediate treatment to avoid a debilitating foot condition.
The Reasons for Heel Pain
If you’re experiencing heel pain, there is a good chance that it is caused by your footwear. Poorly made shoes put undue stress on the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the feet when worn for long periods of time. A condition called plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, and it occurs when the large ligament under the foot (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed and sore. Calluses that form on the heels from wearing tight shoes could also be the cause for your discomfort.
How to Resolve Heel Pain
Your heel pain might be resolved with simple, conservative foot care measures. These are some of the treatment options you can explore with your Edison or Woodbridge foot doctor:
- Foot massage therapy and stretching exercises.
- Customized orthotics or comfortable orthopedic shoes.
- Padding for the heels.
- Evaluation of foot biomechanics.
- Continued application of ice and/or heat to calm inflammation and stimulate the healing of tissues.
Schedule a Foot Checkup Today!
If you’re tired of struggling with heel pain every day, have your feet checked by a foot doctor at Roche Podiatry Group today! Call (908) 753-0500 for Edison or (732) 636-8500 for Woodbridge.
Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort and be painful. They can even lead to the development of an infection. If you have developed an ingrown toenail, Roche Podiatry Group can help. Several options are available for treating your ingrown toenails. It is especially important to seek treatment if an infection has developed. At Roche Podiatry Group, Dr. Daniel Roche is your Edison podiatrist for the treatment of ingrown toenails.
What are Ingrown Toenails?
Ingrown toenails tend to develop on the big toes most often, but it is possible for them to develop on any of the toes. They occur when the sides of a toenail grow too close to the skin so that the nail ends up pressing against the skin. When the nail constantly presses against the skin, redness, swelling, discomfort, and pain can all occur.
Several factors can cause a nail to grow too closely to the skin and result in an ingrown toenail. Injuries to the toes or feet are sometimes associated with the development of ingrown toenails. Fungal infections on the feet can also lead to the development of ingrown toenails. Other causes include heredity and wearing tight socks or shoes. Additionally, ingrown toenails can also develop when the nails are given rounded edges when being trimmed.
Treating Ingrown Toenails
There are steps that can be taken to prevent the development of ingrown toenails. They are best prevented by wearing loose-fitting socks and shoes, trimming the toenails straight across rather than giving them rounded edges, and keeping the feet clean and free of infection. If an ingrown toenail does develop, several options are available for treating it. An Edison podiatrist could determine which treatment method is most suitable. Treatment methods include:
- Pain relief medications
- Antibiotics in the case of an infection
- Soaking the feet in warm water
- Wearing loose-fitting footwear
- Surgical removal of the toenail
Help is available if you have an ingrown toenail. Your Edison podiatrist, Dr. Roche, can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Roche, call Roche Podiatry Group at (908) 753-0500 for the Edison, NJ, office or at (732) 636-8500 for the Woodbridge, NJ, office.
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