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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Cracked Heels and Hot Summers

Cracked heels can result from the severe dehydration of skin on the back of the heels. If the condition is severe, the cracks can deepen and create fissures. Unfortunately, cracked heels can have an unsightly appearance. Sometimes the weather or season can affect the state of the cracked heels. For example, if it is during the summer time, the weather can be especially dry. As a result, the dry weather can exacerbate the dryness on the feet. This can worsen the state of the cracked heels. Hot summers can certainly make cracked heels worse due to the dry weather, however there are steps that you can consider taking to mitigate cracked heels. If you are someone that struggles with cracked heels, you can consider contacting a podiatrist today. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

Techniques for Preventing Falls

Falling can be a devastating experience. The feet and ankles can be affected which may result in a fractured or sprained ankle. Severe falls can leave an individual seriously injured and require a hospital stay. Falling often happens in the household, and there are simple fall prevention techniques that can be implemented. These can include improving lighting and removing frayed rugs and clutter. It is beneficial to have grab bars installed in the shower and toilet area, as well as a non-slip bath mat. It is beneficial to have routine physicals and eye examinations to monitor existing medications and eyeglasses. If you would like additional information about ways to prevent falls, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide effective tips.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 08 March 2023 00:00

Medications and Gout

Gout is one common affliction of the foot that can impact many different patients of all different backgrounds. Gout is technically a type of arthritis. It occurs when uric acid essentially builds up around the bones in the feet. Importantly, there are many different things that might trigger gout or a gout flare-up. For instance, many particular kinds of foods may have this effect. Interestingly, certain medications can also have this effect on gout. This is because certain kinds of medications can ultimately increase one’s uric acid. In particular, low-dose aspirin might have this effect. Also, other kinds of medications that could put one at an increased risk of developing gout include immunosuppressant drugs and drugs that are used to treat tuberculosis. If you are someone who might struggle with gout, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Total Podiatry. Our doctors 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 offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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