Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Chronic wounds on the feet, like those from poor circulation, diabetes, pressure, or vein problems, often do not heal properly. In many cases, a podiatrist can tell what is wrong just by looking at the wound. Sometimes, they also need to check the blood flow in the legs and take a small piece of tissue for testing. Treatment for chronic wounds usually involves cleaning the wound, stopping infections, keeping it moist, and caring for the edges. Foot wounds can lead to serious health issues, and it is important to get timely treatment. If you suffer from foot wounds, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for early intervention.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 25 February 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Maintaining healthy and strong feet is essential for overall well-being and mobility. Incorporating regular stretching exercises into your routine can help improve flexibility, reduce stiffness, and prevent common foot issues. Toe stretches, such as toe flexion and extension, help stretch the muscles and ligaments in the toes, promoting better mobility and preventing conditions like plantar fasciitis. Calf stretches, like the calf raise and wall stretch, target the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, reducing tightness and improving range of motion in the ankles and feet. Arch stretches, such as the towel stretch and golf ball roll, can alleviate discomfort and strengthen the arches of the feet, reducing the risk of conditions like flat feet. Additionally, performing ankle circles and ankle alphabet exercises can help improve ankle stability and mobility, enhancing overall foot function. If you would like information about additional specific foot stretches to practice for healthy, strong feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Flatfoot occurs when the arches of the feet are low or even touch the ground. While many people with flatfoot don’t experience major foot problems, the altered biomechanics of the foot can lead to foot pain and gait issues. Collapsed arches can strain the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that support the foot's structure. This strain is what may lead to pain, particularly in the arch area and the inner side of the ankle. This pain can even extend to the knee or lower back. Individuals with flat feet may experience pain during prolonged periods of standing or walking. The absence of a natural arch can also affect shock absorption, increasing the force on joints and potentially causing discomfort. Podiatrists can recommend supportive footwear, shoe inserts, and targeted exercises to strengthen the foot muscles. If you have foot pain and flat feet, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist who can locate the source of your pain and provide a customized treatment plan to improve your foot health.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Westside, Northeast, Eastside, and Northwest, El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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