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Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Tips for Having More Attractive Feet

Professional pedicures are an obvious step to take if you want to have more attractive feet, but sometimes this is not possible. There are routines that can be done at home that an individual can follow to help to ensure their feet are healthy and looking nice  Following these steps for everyday foot care can save you time and money. This can begin with soaking the feet. Adding Epsom salts to warm water can cleanse the feet, soften them, and make the toenails easier to trim. After drying the feet, a foot file or large nail file can be used to file corns or calluses. This can be done gently until the skin feels smoother. Next, the feet can be exfoliated with an appropriate scrub that can remove dead skin cells and soften dry skin. It is important to trim the toenails straight across and smooth the edges with a nail file. This can be followed by moisturizing the feet and completed by polishing your toenails. In performing this process, if you encounter any wounds on your feet or areas of infection, it is suggested to see a podiatrist who can examine your feet and tend to any problem areas.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Steven Black, DPM from California . 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 Lancaster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

When to See a Podiatrist for Wound Care

As the summer months begin, the risks of cutting or otherwise wounding your feet may increase. Wearing sandals or flip flops, as well as going barefoot more often can increase the chances of having to deal with foot wounds. If you are bleeding profusely from a wound, immediate medical attention is vital. There also may be times when a podiatrist is needed to attend to foot wounds, including punctures, lacerations, toenail injuries, and broken toes. When you step on a nail or other sharp object, the puncture wound may appear small and may not bleed very much. But because the depth of the wound can be a source of infection as well as damage to nerves and tendons, attention from this foot doctor is suggested. Abrasions or scrapes may bleed and ooze fluids, making it difficult to clear it from debris. To avoid infection setting in, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist. Similarly, if you have a skin injury and have diabetes or vascular disease, seeing a podiatrist as soon as possible is strongly suggested. 

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 Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor 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 our office located in Lancaster, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 14 June 2023 00:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Men Are More Prone to Getting Gout

Anyone is at risk for getting the foot condition that is known as gout, despite it being more prevalent among men. The chances may increase in women after menopause, and it generally does not happen before then. Existing medical conditions may lead to developing gout, including obesity, alcoholism, and high blood pressure. A genetic history may also contribute to getting gout, in addition to eating foods that have high levels of purines. These types of foods consist of red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The purines convert to uric acid in the blood, and excess uric acid turns to crystals which can lodge in the joints of the big toe. This can cause debilitating pain, and it may be so severe it can be difficult to walk up steps. If you have had one or more bouts of gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Various Branches of Podiatry

The field of medicine that is called podiatry treats conditions of the feet, ankles, and lower legs. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and foot pain can wreak havoc on an individual’s quality of life. Foot pain can range from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly to enduring a traumatic or sudden foot injury. There are several branches of podiatry, consisting of sports medicine, forensic podiatry, and onco-podiatry, and qualified students can choose which one is best for them after completing an extensive education. This can begin with earning a bachelor’s degree, followed by pursuing a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) program that will take four years. A surgery residency program begins at this time, which typically takes place in a hospital or clinic setting. Podiatrists can choose to have a private or group practice, work in extended care facilities, or practice in various health departments. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a podiatrist, it is suggested that you speak to this type of doctor who can address any concerns and answer any questions you may have. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Steven Black, DPM from California . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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