Posts for: October, 2017
If you're diabetic, you know that high blood sugar damages almost every part of your body, including your extremities. So daily diabetic foot care is a must, says Dr. Jeffrey Belancio in Vineland, NJ. This highly qualified podiatrist at South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists encourages all his diabetic patients to partner with him in keeping feet healthy and moving.
Why feet matter
Your feet really indicate how healthy the rest of you is. Healthy feet have good circulation, fast wound healing, excellent sensation (you can feel pain and pressure easily) and intact skin.
High glucose levels common to diabetics can change all that, however. In fact, the American Diabetes Association says that poorly controlled Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes shows itself in poor circulation, peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain and lack of sensation), and slow wound healing.
Caring for your feet
Dr. Belancio and his team urge patients to get routine diabetic foot exams at their Vineland office. These check-ups allow your foot doctor to note changes and spot problems before they become complicated.
Also, Dr. Belancio suggests the following care routine to keep your feet at their healthiest:
- Look at your feet daily. Note any swellings, changes in color or cracks in the skin.
- Cut your toenails straight across with clean clippers as needed.
- Wash and dry your feet every day, and wear clean socks.
- Moisturize with a good quality lotion to avoid development of cracks and dry skin.
- Wear good supporting shoes to avoid pressure points and development of deformities such as hammertoes, bunions, corns, calluses and more.
- If you have an ingrown toenail or callus, come to the office for treatment to avoid infection and other serious complications.
- Do not go barefoot. Even the cleanest of floors have dirt and fungus which lead to infections and Athlete's Foot. Also, shoes or good slippers provide good support and protection against cuts and bruises.
- Control your blood sugars. This is good for your feet, heart, kidneys, eyes and nervous system, too.
- If your feet hurt or look swollen or red, contact Dr. Belancio.
Please make an appointment
Being diabetic means paying attention to your feet. At South Jersey Foot and Ankle Specialists, we'd love to help you do just that. Please call the office in Vineland, NJ today for a routine podiatric examination: (856) 839-0579.
The Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, located in the back of the lower leg and connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle. This tendon is crucial as it facilitates walking and running by helping to raise the heel off of the ground. While the tendon can withstand immense force, it’s also surprisingly vulnerable. Injuries to the Achilles tendon require prompt treatment.
When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from excessive use, tendinitis can weaken it over time and cause small tears. Athletes are at a high risk for Achilles tendon injuries, which often occur at the start of a new exercise or training program, or due to not having enough rest or recovery time.
You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer an Achilles tendon injury. People with flat feet, arthritis and other foot problems are also more susceptible to develop Achilles tendinitis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking.
Common symptoms of Achilles tendinitis include:
- Mild pain after running or exercising that intensifies gradually
- Localized pain along the tendon, especially after running
- Tenderness near the heel bone, with pain being worse first thing in the morning
- Stiffness and limited range of motion in the lower leg and ankle
- Swelling around the tendon
- When the disorder progresses to degeneration, the tendon may become enlarged and develop nodules in the area where the tissue is damaged
To prevent injuries to the Achilles tendon, strengthening and stretching the calf muscles through daily exercise is recommended. Alternating intense exercise with low-impact workouts and wearing proper shoes for your foot type and activity can also help reduce your risk for injury.
Any time you experience pain, tenderness or swelling along the Achilles tendon, visit us for professional diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for an injured Achilles tendon should begin right away with rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Without prompt care, Achilles tendinitis will get progressively worse, thus increasing the risk for further deterioration and rupture. As a last resort, surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.
Our office can provide the best diagnosis and treatment, for optimal recovery. If you suspect Achilles tendinitis is holding you back, call us today to schedule an appointment, and get on the road to walking with ease again.
We’ve all been there before - after a long day of work, shopping or a playing sports, your feet ache and you feel as if you couldn’t walk another step from the pain. They might be heavy and swollen, even tight in your shoes, especially as you age. So why do your feet hurt after a long day upright, and when is it time to worry it might be something more than simple strain?
Achy Feet Factors:
Causes of Achy Feet
When you are constantly on your feet, a significant amount of stress is put on your legs and feet. Strenuous walking or standing for long periods has an obvious effect on your feet. Other factors include ill-fitting, poorly padded shoes, tight socks or stockings and tight garters. Reduced blood circulation to the ankles and feet also causes tired aching feet.
Your age and level of dehydration contribute to how achy your feet are after a long day. Poor circulation can also cause foot swelling and, therefor, foot pain.
5 Simple Ways to Relieve Tired, Aching Feet
There are ways to relieve pain associated sore feet and legs.
Elevate your feet for 15-20 minutes.
Soak your feet in warm water with epsom salts, or a warm, wet towel and wrap it around your feet and legs.
Massage your feet or have someone massage your feet for you.
Exercise your feet, as it helps to keep them healthy - it tones muscles, helps to strengthen the arches and stimulates blood circulation.
Wear orthotic insoles in your shoes. Ask your podiatrist if an orthotic device is a good fit for your lifestyle
When foot pain persists, it's important to visit our office for a thorough examination. The cause of your foot pain may be more serious than simple stress and overwork. Your podiatrist can identify serious problems and work with you to determine a treatment plan that will put an end to your tired, achy feet once and for all.