It Matters How You Trim Your Toenails – Here’s Why

Ingrown ToenailsThere’s an art to trimming your toenails. But it’s not particularly artistic—no curves, no creative consideration of line, form, or angle. Just trim them straight and not too short. Anything else puts you at risk of getting an ingrown toenail. What’s an ingrown toenail? An infected, ingrown toenail can be very, very painful. Toenails typically grow straight and forward, extending past the edge of your…

4 Easy Tasks to Improve Your Foot Health

Foot HealthIn April, here’s something unique to put on your to-do list: Celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month! It’s not a huge commitment, and we promise you’ll be happy in the long run – and so will your feet. Pick any four days this month and tackle these easy foot health awareness tasks: Day 1: Examine your feet. Does anything hurt? Can you sense the touch, or…

Learn to Read a Nutrition Label and Your Feet and Ankles Will Say “Thanks”

NutritionJust about every packaged food item in any grocery store sports a label with “Nutrition Facts.” Learning how to interpret all the different numbers and percentages is an important skill. When you know what to look for, you can avoid unhealthy foods, lower your sodium intake, and work toward keeping your blood sugar levels steady. Healthy eating helps keep off unwanted pounds, wards off diseases…

Medical Conditions That Can Cause Foot Pain

foot painAre your feet killing you, but you’re not sure why? If you haven’t expressly injured or overworked your feet, the cause of your foot pain may seem mysterious. The answer to the mystery may be this: you’ve got an underlying medical condition that’s causing your feet to swell, tingle, or hurt. Diabetes Diabetes is, of course, one of the biggest medical causes of foot problems.…

Look Out for These Symptoms of Diabetes

diabetesDo you know when something’s going wrong in your body? Sure – you usually have symptoms such as pain, swelling, coughing, or fever. And you fix them, perhaps after a visit to the doctor. However, the human body isn’t always so direct. Some symptoms can be elusive, and you may not recognize them as problematic. Diabetes is one of those diseases that can be difficult…

5 Winter Foot Care Tips for Diabetic Feet

winter foot care tipsWhat have you been doing to prepare for the cold weather? Filling up the oil tank? Calling the snowplow guy? What about preparations for your own precious human body? If you’ve got diabetes, this is a crucial question. Diabetes, as our patients know well, can affect the feet in several ways: Peripheral arterial disease stops blood from flowing to the areas farthest from the heart…

5 Diabetes Complications of the Feet

diabetesLet’s dive more deeply into some of the effects of diabetes on the feet that we touched upon in last week’s blog. We mentioned five effects: wounds that won’t heal, fungal infections, numbness, cracked heels, and weakened bones: Wounds that won’t heal. For the non-diabetic, a cut or scrape is usually no big deal and will heal quickly. That’s not always the case for people…

6 Powerful Reasons to Avoid Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes Awareness MonthThirty-four million people in the United States have Type 2 diabetes. Sadly, all of them are at a higher risk of health complications in ways that might surprise you. In observance of Diabetes Awareness Month, let’s look into six of these complications: Legs and feet can develop problems with circulation and nerve function. Our patients with diabetes are more susceptible to certain lower limb issues…

How Neuropathy Affects Your Feet

neuropathyTingling, burning, or weakness in your feet are signs you may have peripheral neuropathy. What is neuropathy? Neuropathy means “disease of the nervous system.” So right away, you know that it’s a problem with your nerves. Which nerves? That’s where the term “peripheral” comes in. It refers to all nerves not located in the brain or spinal cord (that’s the “central nervous system”). If our…

Questions and Answers About Ingrown Toenails

ingrown toenailWhat’s an ingrown toenail? With a normal toenail, the nail plate grows up and out beyond the end of the toe. In contrast, an ingrown toenail grows downward and the nail fold, or the frame of the nail, digs into the surrounding soft tissue of the toe. Who gets ingrown toenails? For some, the tendency to have ingrown toenails is genetic. Others may get an…