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By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
April 26, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Gangrene   Podiatrist   Walking   Ischemic foot   pain  

Most of us do not notice a problem with our feet until it is too late. When we notice our feet are discolored, feel funny, are always cold, or are in pain, this is the time we usually react to the difference our feet feel. When our feet are in constant motion, it is easy to forget about them and drudge on with our daily tasks. Because of this, we sometimes acquire conditions such as ischemic foot which cause discomfort in our feet.

What Is Ischemic Foot?

Ischemic foot is a condition that causes a lack of blood flow to the arteries in the feet. This lack of blood flow can be caused by blocked arteries, spasms, an injury or poor diet. This condition also causes a lack of oxygen in the foot, which puts it at risk for severe injury or amputation.

Diagnosing Ischemic Foot

Depending on the type of symptoms a person experiences, a podiatrist will look at the following to make a diagnosis:

Early symptoms:

  • cold feet
  • purple or red discoloration of the toes
  • muscle cramping after walking

More severe symptoms:

  • a sore that won't heal,
  • pain at rest
  • gangrene (tissue death)

A podiatrist will examine the affected foot and may order tests to see how the blood is flowing within the foot. If a podiatrist notices cold skin, skin that is dying, or skin that is shiny or paper-thin, then they may suspect that you suffer from ischemic foot. A podiatrist may also notice that the toes are purple or white, depending on the angle that they lift them. This is another sign of poor blood circulation and can indicate ischemic foot disorder. Other obvious signs include ulcers or gangrene of the foot.

In order to confirm the diagnosis, a podiatrist may order an MRI or Cat Scan to confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment

If the disorder is caught in its early stages, then a podiatrist may have a patient use orthotics, buy new shoes, and take walks to help their circulation. In more severe cases, surgery may be required to unblock an artery that is causing the poor circulation.

If you suspect that you have ischemic foot, it is important to call a podiatrist right away. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Your feet deserve the best treatment around, let us help.

By Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC
January 03, 2018
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: Gangrene   Swelling   Ulcers   odor  

Diabetes has been known to cause foot problems for those who suffer from the disease. These foot problems can be very severe and have a hard time healing. The feet of those with diabetes are very fragile and are more likely to experience complications. It is important to check diabetic feet regularly in order to prevent problems that can become very dire such as foot ulcers.

Foot ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. They form as a result of skin tissue breaking down which leads to exposure of the layer underneath. They’re most common under your big toes and the balls of your feet, and they can affect your feet down to the bone.

All people with diabetes can develop foot ulcers and foot pain. Good foot care can help to prevent ulcers. Treatment for diabetic foot ulcers and foot pain varies depending on their causes and the severity of the case.

Symptoms:

  • Drainage from your foot
  • Swelling
  • Irritation
  • Redness
  • Odors from one or both feet

If black-looking skin surrounds the foot ulcer, seek help from a podiatrist immediately as this is very serious. This damaged skin forms because of an absence of healthy blood flow to the area around the ulcer. Partial or complete gangrene can appear around the ulcer. In this case, odorous discharge, pain, and numbness can occur.

Causes

  • Poor circulation
  • High blood sugar
  • Nerve damage
  • Irritated or wounded feet

Ulcers are not always obvious when they start. They can be even harder to find if a diabetic foot has loss of feeling or nerve damage. Regular examinations of the feet are key in order to prevent foot ulcers from becoming more severe. If ulcers are left untreated, they can cause serious infections such as gangrene. This could potentially lead to the loss of the foot.

If you experience any foot pain or discomfort, it is important to consult with your podiatrist to ensure it’s not a serious problem, as infected ulcers can result in amputation if neglected. Call Dr. Alan J. Discont and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. Take the guess work out of a surgical procedure and be confident in the podiatrist you choose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2014 National Diabetes Statistics Report, about 60 percent of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur for people ages 20 and older who are living with diabetes. It is very important for diabetics to be aware of whatever cuts or wounds they may have on their feet; due to nerve damage related to diabetes, diabetics often do not realize they even have them. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) has offered some advice to help diabetics protect their foot health. Inspect the feet daily for cuts, bruises, or sores, and treat wounds immediately. Exercise by walking, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve circulation. Keep feet covered and avoid going barefoot if possible. Have a podiatrist safely remove any calluses, warts, or corns.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent infection. If you are diabetic and have any concerns, visit podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can treat your diabetic feet.  

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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diabetic foot careLong-term well-being is always a concern for those with diabetes. Roselle Hartsfield, an 84-year old East Orange resident, has long since resigned herself to her struggle, a struggle spanning almost thirty years. “I have glaucoma in my eyes and two years ago, two of my toes got so badly infected that I had to go into a hyperbaric chamber for 39 days to avoid amputation.”

Murray Las, an endocrinologist and president of the medical staff of Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville, states, “Nerve damage brought on by diabetes causes poor circulation and a lack of feeling such that bacteria which get into a break in the skin can cause infection and lead to the development of gangrene in the limbs, which can necessitate amputation.”

Although experts believe diabetic treatment has advanced, the continued risk of the condition itself on a patient’s long-term health cannot be understated. If you or someone you know struggles with diabetes and its related complications in feet, reach out to podiatrist Dr. Alan Discont, DPM of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont can provide all the advice and medical recommendation necessary to maintain a healthy life free of complications.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their Hemoglobin A1C levels as this test lets the physician know how well the blood sugar levels have been controlled during the past 3 months. It is important to keep the blood sugar levels in a normal range (70-110mg/dl). It is advisable to visit a podiatrist if the diabetic patient is experiencing any conditions involving the feet.

For more information about Diabetic Foot Care, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact our office in Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

Read more about Diabetic Foot Care.

Diabetic Foot CareResearchers report in the July issue of the journal Foot & Ankle International, that fewer people in the U.S. are undergoing diabetes-associated limb amputations, even though the rates of diabetes are rising. In 2008 alone, about 70,000 people underwent limb amputations according to the CDC.

Limb amputations caused by diabetes account for 60 percent of all amputations in the U.S. And by a staggering number, in 2050, one in three U.S. adults will have diabetes according to the CDC. "The trend was so clear and more obvious than I thought it would be," said senior author Dr. Phinit Phisitkul, an assistant clinical professor at the University of Iowa department of orthopedics and rehabilitation, according to HealthDay.  

If you are currently suffering from diabetes and need help with diabetic foot care, it is recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Alan Discont of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC. Dr. Discont can help you manage your diabetic feet to ensure that they remain healthy, while also providing you with any treatment options if any problems do arise.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people of all ages each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. When damage occurs to nerves in the feet, they may be unable to send the proper signals to the peripheral nervous system, resulting in a condition known as neuropathy. Once a diabetic patient develops neuropathy, it is imperative that the feet are well taken care of to avoid possible amputation of the feet.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

- Regularly check your feet for bruises or sores.
- Wear socks that fit your feet; socks shouldn’t be tight.
- Wear properly fitting shoes that are comfortable.

For more information on caring for your diabetic feet, visit our link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our two offices which are located in Sun Lakes or Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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