Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetes significantly impacts wound healing, particularly in the feet, due to high blood sugar levels that impair circulation and immune response. Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body cannot regulate blood sugar properly, leading to various complications. In diabetics, poor blood circulation reduces the delivery of oxygen and nutrients essential for healing, while neuropathy, or nerve damage, diminishes the sensation, making it harder to notice injuries. As a result, even minor foot wounds can progress to serious ulcers or infections if left untreated. Foot wounds in diabetic patients often occur due to friction, pressure, or minor trauma, exacerbated by poorly fitting shoes or neglect. To prevent and treat these wounds, maintain proper foot hygiene, inspect feet daily for injuries, and manage blood sugar levels rigorously. Wearing well-fitted shoes and avoiding walking barefoot can also help prevent injuries. If you have diabetes and have persistent wounds or complications, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist. These healthcare providers specialize in diabetic foot care, providing tailored treatment and preventing severe outcomes.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Experiencing nerve pain in your foot can impact your daily activities and overall quality of life. One common cause of such pain is Morton's neuroma, a condition where a nerve in the ball of the foot becomes swollen or thickened. This often results from wearing shoes that squeeze the toes together for extended periods, such as high-heeled, tight, or narrow footwear. Symptoms of Morton's neuroma can include a sharp, burning pain in the foot that intensifies with walking and a sensation of a small lump in the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. Diagnosis usually involves a physical exam and may require imaging tests like ultrasound, X-ray, or MRI scans to confirm. Switching to shoes that allow ample room for the toes and reducing activities that exacerbate the pain may provide relief. If these measures are insufficient, special pads or devices to spread the toes, steroid injections, or in severe cases, surgery, may be recommended to alleviate symptoms. Persistent nerve pain should not be ignored, as early intervention can prevent further complications. If you are experiencing such pain, consulting a podiatrist is suggested for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment plan.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM of SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the heel bone, with the two main types being plantar and dorsal heel spurs. Plantar heel spurs form on the bottom of the heel and are often associated with plantar fasciitis, causing pain and inflammation where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone. Dorsal heel spurs develop at the back of the heel, typically where the Achilles tendon attaches, leading to discomfort and swelling in the area. Common symptoms of heel spurs include sharp pain while standing up in the morning, tenderness, and difficulty walking or running. Diagnosis usually involves a physical examination and imaging tests like X-rays to confirm the presence of the bony growths. Heel spurs can be painful. If you have developed one, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can offer you correct relief and treatment options.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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