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May 2024

Diabetes can pose significant risks to foot health due to potential nerve and blood vessel damage. Reduced sensation in the feet increases the likelihood of injuries, which may lead to serious complications like foot ulcers, often requiring hospitalization. It is important  for anyone with diabetes to prioritize foot care to prevent such issues. Daily foot inspections are vital, checking for dry skin, blisters, sores, bruises, and any abnormalities. Regular washing with mild soap, careful drying, and moisturizing are also essential steps. Proper toenail trimming techniques help to prevent ingrown nails and other complications, with assistance from a podiatrist recommended for thick or discolored nails that may be infected. Corns and calluses should also be managed by a podiatrist, ensuring safe removal. Wearing well-fitting shoes and clean, dry socks are recommended at all times to prevent injuries. Any foot issues should be promptly reported to a podiatrist, rather than attempting self-treatment. It is suggested that diabetic patients seek assistance from a podiatrist for regular evaluations and necessary foot care.

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 William Urton, DPM from British Columbia. 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 office located in Langley, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Managing Clubfoot

Clubfoot, a condition present at birth, can cause challenges as your child grows. Clubfoot is recognized by inward and downward foot placement, sometimes leading to differences in leg sizes. Clubfoot is typically diagnosed shortly after birth and affects about one in every 1,000 births, with boys affected more often than girls. This condition puts strain on the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscle to the heel. Treatment often involves gentle manipulation and therapy to help the foot develop normally. If left untreated, it can lead to difficulty walking and discomfort. Seeking early help from a podiatrist is important for managing clubfoot effectively and ensuring a healthier future for your child. In addition to Achilles tendon strain, other symptoms may arise, including pain, rigid leg movements, and difficulties with balance and sleep. Severe cases may require surgery, while milder cases can often be managed with braces and therapy. For help in managing clubfoot in your child, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact William Urton, DPM of British Columbia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Langley, BC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

How Women Should Care for Their Feet

Women often overlook the importance of foot health until discomfort strikes. However, maintaining happy and healthy feet is essential for overall well-being. To achieve this, prioritize foot hygiene by regularly washing and drying feet thoroughly, paying attention to spaces between toes. Trim toenails straight across to prevent ingrown nails. Choose footwear wisely, opting for comfortable shoes with proper arch support and sufficient room for toes. Avoid wearing high heels for extended periods, as they can cause strain and foot problems. Additionally, incorporate foot exercises like stretching and rolling a tennis ball underfoot to relieve tension and improve circulation. Moisturize feet daily to prevent dryness and cracking. Lastly, ensure feet age gracefully by wearing sunscreen and avoiding prolonged exposure to harsh elements. Despite these measures, if you have persistent foot issues, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address foot concerns and get regular check-ups.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact William Urton, DPM from British Columbia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a broad ligament that lies under the foot, becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or strain. The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing heel pain that can also radiate along the arch or sole of the foot. It typically worsens in the morning or after prolonged rest but often subsides with movement. Swelling and redness around the heel and arch area may accompany inflammation, and the affected area may feel tender or puffy. Stiffness and tightness in the foot can worsen throughout the day with increased activity. Discomfort in the foot's arch is also a common symptom of plantar fasciitis, limiting mobility and affecting daily activities. Pain and discomfort in the Achilles tendon may result from altered foot movement patterns caused by this condition. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan.  

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact William Urton, DPM from British Columbia. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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