Allergies can be a real pain to deal with. They make you itchy, your nose runny, and your body congested. Allergy sufferers often feel quite miserable and desperately wish for the symptoms to be relieved. There are more types of allergies than the basic ones that we often link to the typical seasonal allergies. There are also allergies that can affect your feet. These allergies are usually in the form of some type of dermatitis or rash or other reaction to an irritant. They can range in severity and consistency. A lot of people suffer from skin allergies on their feet and may not realize it. Specifically, there are two categories of allergies that your feet can suffer from.
The first category of skin allergies is called irritant dermatitis. This type of allergy can be caused by prolonged exposure to, contact with, or improper use of different types of substances. The substances that usually cause a reaction are typical everyday household items. Laundry detergent, soap, hair spray, shaving cream, deodorant, and many other household items can cause irritant dermatitis. This is often due to the acidity or the alkalinity of the substance that is in use. Another source of this type of reaction is hot water. Believe it or not, water that is too hot can cause a rash or other symptom of irritant dermatitis. In order to avoid such symptoms, use warm water when washing as opposed to hot.
Another type of skin allergy is allergic dermatitis. This is due to an allergic reaction to a substance. Again, typical household products often cause this type of reaction as well as common irritants from outside. Hair products, antibiotics, latex, adhesives, fragrances, plants and even soap can cause this type of reaction. Allergic dermatitis can be chronic or due to exposure over time. Pollens, oils, and other such airborne allergies can also cause this type of reaction.
- Topical Steroids
- Prescription Medication
If your feet are itching, red, warm, or crusting, it is important to see a podiatrist right away to rule out any severe causes. These symptoms could be due to skin allergies and should not be treated lightly. Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn can help you get your allergic feet back on track again. Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona, is friendly, professional, and knowledgeable about your feet and their care. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Do not let your feet suffer any longer.
With every step you take, you put pressure on certain areas of your feet. If you notice pain, sores or wounds developing on your feet, it’s time to see a podiatrist. One of the most common solutions for this problem is offloading.
What Is Offloading?
Offloading is a medical term for relieving pressure on a part of the body. In podiatry, offloading refers to reducing pressure to areas of the foot to reduce pain and “trauma” to those areas. Offloading is commonly used to discuss diabetic foot care, as some people with this medical condition also have problems with diabetic foot ulcers (DFU).
Diabetic Foot Ulcers
It’s estimated that about 15 percent of patients who are diagnosed with diabetes develop diabetic foot ulcers. These are wounds (sometimes painless) that develop over time due to a combination of applying too much pressure to certain areas of the foot when walking and complications related to high blood glucose levels. It’s also exasperated by wearing poorly made shoes. Diabetic foot ulcers can become infected and lead to hospital stays when they go untreated. They must be thoroughly cleaned, debrided and treated to eliminate the infection.
Offloading is a set of techniques designed to help patients who have problems with foot ulcers and similar sores because of pressure to certain parts of the foot. Common offloading solutions include:
- Wearing specially designed foot casts.
- Prescribing orthotic walkers to assist with walking.
- Designing custom orthotic shoes that will better distribute pressure throughout the foot.
- Physical therapy to improve the way the patient walks.
Protecting Your Feet
In addition to exploring offloading solutions with your podiatrist, you can also take actions at home to relieve or prevent the symptoms of diabetic foot ulcers:
- Wear comfortable shoes, preferably made of leather, that don’t put too much pressure on one area of the foot, such as the arch or the toes. Flip-flops are a no-no.
- Clean and bandage your feet and the wound every day.
- Keep your blood sugar levels in balance to aid in the healing process.
It’s important that you keep an open line with your podiatrist in case a foot ulcer or similar wound becomes infected. Offloading is the best solution to ensure that these sores heal and are prevented from developing in the future.
Having tough skin is often looked at as a good thing in society. Usually it means that you are not overly bothered by things that other people would be bothered by. In podiatry, having tough skin is attributed to corns and calluses. These corns and calluses can become problematic and cause patients pain and suffering over time. Corns and calluses can get tender. When pressed on, they can emit pain. Podiatrists such as Alan J. Discont, DPM and Dr. Krahn help patients deal with their corns and calluses every day.
Corns and calluses are both from an accumulation of dead dry skin. This skin is usually created by a large amount of pressure in one area. This pressure begins to toughen up so that it can protect the body and the foot. This buildup of tough skin directly creates a corn and or callus. The more weight and stress that the afflicted area is dealt, the thicker the corn or callus becomes. This is helpful initially as a protective method, but eventually it can become a problem.
While corns are typically found on the toes, calluses are usually found on the bottom of the foot. Both corns and calluses are the same type of lesion. Keep in mind that warts are very different from corns and calluses. Warts are caused by a virus while corns and calluses are caused by the buildup of dead skin.
Treatment for corns and calluses is usually overseen by a podiatrist. A podiatrist can opt to cut down the corn or callus and then wrap them up with a protective covering for temporary relief. True relief will come from the relief of pressure on the foot. In most cases this means a new pair of shoes that fit correctly. Orthotics and sometimes surgery are needed in more severe cases.
If you have a corn or callus that is tender and causing you pain, then it is time to call Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Dr. Krahn and Dr. Discont will help you get corn and callus free. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your foot health is important to us.
Dancing is a beautiful artistic endeavor, but, unfortunately, it can cause a number of footrelated conditions in the artist. If you’re a dancer, whether it’s for fun or your profession, learn more about dancing and how it can affect your feet. It’s wise to maintain regular appointments with a trusted podiatrist to ensure the ongoing health of your feet.
How Dancing Puts Wear and Tear on Your Feet
Some people don’t realize that dancing is a very demanding sport. Dancers put as much wear, tear and strain on their feet as sports athletes do. Ballerinas, in particular, have to manage a variety of foot and toerelated complications because of their shoes and the need to dance on tiptoes. Ballroom dancers also spend hours on their feet, performing complex movements that involve their feet, toes, ankles and legs. Even hiphop and step dancers often have problems due to putting frequent pressure on certain areas of the feet and stomping down on them.
Common foot conditions related to dancing include:
- Corns and calluses
- Bruises, wounds and ulcers around the toes or underfoot
- Hammertoe syndrome
- Heel spurs/plantar fasciitis
- Missing toenails
Pull Out Your “Dancing Shoes”
The shoes that you wear while dancing can have a major effect on the health of your feet. Invest in shoes or orthotics that are specifically designed for the type of dancing that you enjoy—even if they are a bit more expensive than what you find in regular stores. For instance, female ballroom dancers need highheeled dancing shoes that can absorb shock, cushion the heel and relieve pressure on the parts of the foot that often come in hard contact with the floor. Flexible orthotic insoles are available for ballet shoes that can help give the feet more support.
Foot Therapy for Dancers
Regular visits to your podiatrist are also crucial to keeping your feet healthy when you’re a dancer. Podiatrists can help by administering physical therapy and foot exercises designed to strengthen the tendons and muscles of your feet. Ice massage and soaking the feet can also help to relieve symptoms. A podiatrist may also prescribe NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications) for pain relief.
You can pursue the art of dancing without sacrificing the health and wellness of your feet. Schedule a visit with a podiatrist to talk about preventative solutions and relief of symptoms that you’re currently experiencing.
Our feet are very important parts of our everyday life. They keep us mobile, keep us balanced, and allow us to commit feats of strength and agility. We use them constantly and depend on them. We are very fortunate to be born with them and typically are able to use them within the first year of our lives. Sometimes, though, some babies are not so lucky at birth. There are some feet that are deformed at birth and these deformed feet can affect a person for their entire lives. In other circumstances, our feet can start off completely normal looking and then they can become deformed later on. Here are three congenital disorders that typically occur at birth.
- Metatarsal Adductus – This is a condition that is fairly common. It is caused by the position of the fetus during pregnancy. Podiatrists commonly refer to this disorder as a packaging problem. The mid-portion of the bones in the foot is angled toward the midline. This angle is also known as a hooked forefoot. This condition ranges from mild to severe. Feet that are softer and flexible with this disorder do not usually need treatment and resolve over time with stretching. Rigid feet that lack flexibility need the most treatment. Stretching is a good starting point accompanied by casting. Casts should be changed out as needed.
- Congenital Vertical Talus – This disorder is rare but very serious. Its more common name is rocker-bottom foot. People who suffer from this disorder typically have a foot that is stiff and does not flex. It requires immediate casting and often surgery in order to fully correct.
- Clubfoot – This is another serious deformity of the foot. Clubfoot is thought to be caused by genetics. The foot rolls inward and is hooked upward. The toes also point downward. If this condition goes untreated, then it is likely to cause the patient to have a permanent disability. Patients who do not have surgery or casting to correct the disorder may not be able to walk.
Has your child been diagnosed with a congenital disorder of the foot? Do you think your newborn may have a foot disorder that your doctors may have missed? Then make an appointment online to see Dr. Alan J. Discont or Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. There they can give you the second opinion that you deserve. Call 480-732-0033 to learn more!
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