Self-care is important at any stage of life, but if you’re diabetic, maintaining a balanced lifestyle is imperative to your health. One of the most important aspects of diabetic self-care is preventing injuries to your feet. Your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, Dr. Eric Peters, has many patients with diabetes and is committed to educating them and their caregivers on the best practices for good foot health. If you were diabetic or care for someone who has diabetes, this post will be very beneficial.
Reasons for diabetic foot care
Diabetes, a metabolic disorder, causes problems with more than just the levels of sugar in the blood. It also restricts circulation and damages nerves, two issues that affect the feet in particular due to their distance from the heart. This means that even a minor injury such as a blister can go unnoticed due to a reduced nerve response, leaving it subject to infection due to the lack of blood flow and subsequent lack of healing. The bacteria from untreated foot ulcers can get into the bloodstream and cause systemic problems. Your White Plains podiatrist stresses to all his diabetic patients that diligent foot care and prevention of injuries is key to managing these complications of diabetes.
One of the best ways to prevent foot wounds is by wearing comfortable, ventilated, and properly-fitted footwear at all times. This includes slippers indoors and closed-toe shoes outside, as well as "breathable" socks to prevent fungal infections from developing. Your White Plains podiatrist can make recommendations for the best brands and styles to wear and where they can be purchased.
Ingrown toenails are a very common side effect of improper nail trimming. While ingrown nails can be uncomfortable for the general population, they can become extremely difficult to manage if you’re diabetic. To prevent ingrowth, the nails should not be trimmed too short or cut on a curve; rather, they should be trimmed straight across to encourage proper growth.
A consultation with Dr. Peters will help you or your caregiver understand more about diabetic foot care. To schedule an appointment, contact our office in White Plains, NY, today!
A bunion is a foot deformity that changes the shape of the foot as well as the way your shoes fit. There is more than one way to fix a case of bunions. Solutions range from orthotics in minor cases to surgery in major cases. Find out which option is best for you by consulting Dr. Eric Peters, a podiatrist serving patients in White Plains, NY.
Bunion Treatment Options
Bunions develop gradually, which is why sometimes patients wait a long time before seeking treatment. The earlier you see your podiatrist for help, the easier and faster the treatment may be for your feet. Here are some of the most common bunion treatment options:
- Felt padding placed between the toes and on the outside of the toes to prevent pain while wearing shoes.
- Updates to footwear.
- Custom orthotics that train the feet into a better alignment.
- Corn and callus removal.
- Joint exercises.
- Splints worn while sleeping that give relief and structure to the toes and joints.
- A bunionectomy, which aims to remove bone or correct toe misalignment.
Which One Is Right for You?
Your White Plains podiatrist will most likely try non-invasive options before suggesting bunionectomy surgery. If your bunion is relatively new or the bunion has formed on a child’s developing foot, wearing an orthotic support, padding between the toes, or splinting the foot may help. Orthotics and joint exercises are a good idea in minor to moderate case. If it is more severe and is causing pain when you walk or wear shoes, a bunionectomy may be right for you.
Bunion Care and Prevention
Wearing the right shoes is an important part of bunion care. Many bunions happen in women because they wear very uncomfortable high heeled shoes for long periods of time. You can prevent bunions by making better footwear choices and having arthritic or joint conditions treated by your podiatrist.
Allow Your Podiatrist to Help
It’s difficult to fix a bunion on your own—you’ll need help from a podiatrist. Call 914-285-4444 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Peters at his office in White Plains, NY.
When you get up in the morning and go about your daily routine, your big toe starts hurting. You're to the point where you need diagnosis and treatment from your White Plains podiatrist, Dr. Eric Peters. He is highly skilled and experienced in conditions of the foot and ankle. He'll get to the heart of your pain and help you stay mobile and comfortable.
Your particular problem
When you see Dr. Peters about your toe pain, he'll do a complete podiatric exam, checking your circulation, skin, range of motion and other factors related to foot health. He'll ask you about your symptoms (when they start, stop, what aggravates them and more), and also, he may use digital X-ray imaging to visualize what's happening with the toe joints and bone structure. Then, your White Plains podiatrist will individualize a care plan to treat the source of your discomfort.
Possible causes of toe pain
There are many, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), and fortunately, they can be addressed. Something as simple as footwear which is roomier in the toes relieves undue pressure and reduces friction, ingrown toenails and even fungal toenails and athlete's foot.
Additionally, the Arthritis Foundation states that toe pain often originates in:
- Sprains and strains
- Overuse injuries from athletic pursuits such as running or tennis
- Rheumatoid or osteoarthritis
- Hammertoes, deformities of the middle joints of the toes
- Neuromas, benign growths associated with the 3rd and 4th toes
While both men and women of all ages and lifestyles experience toe pain and other foot and ankle issues, women seem more prone to inflammatory and structural problems (such as bunions at the base of the big toe). The APMA blames narrow shoes, high heels and the increased pressure they exert on toes and the forefoot.
What can be done
If you have burning, stabbing, throbbing toe pain, don't wait. Come see your White Plains podiatrist for an exam. Then, expect him to use one or more of these interventions to help you:
- A change in shoes
- Shoe padding (especially for bunions and hammertoes)
- Surgery (sometimes for neuromas)
- Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to take pressure off toes and to correct gait and balance issues
- Cortisone injections
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises
- Over-the-counter analgesics to reduce inflammation and pain
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation) for strains and sprains
Please contact the office team at Dr. Peters' office to arrange a consultation. You can have healthy, pain-free feet and enjoy an active life. Call today: (914) 285-4444.
Are you dealing with chronic or severe heel pain due to plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory foot condition that can happen to anyone. Whether you are an athlete, someone who has just started a workout regimen or you are on your feet all day for work, there are many situations in which plantar fasciitis can set in. Our White Plains, NY, podiatrist Dr. Eric Peters is here to tell you more about this foot condition and when to consider Radial Shock Wave Therapy (RSWT).
What is plantar fasciitis?
This condition is the most common cause of heel pain. Named after the plantar fascia, the tissue that runs the length of your foot, this ailment results in inflammation and even microtears within the tissue. Along with heel pain, you may notice that the arches of the affected foot are also achy and sore.
How is heel pain treated? Should I get Radial Shock Wave Therapy?
There are a variety of different treatment options available for someone dealing with heel pain, from taking pain relievers to splinting the foot or wearing custom orthotics in your shoes. Of course, there are some instances in which these simple measures just aren’t enough. When this happens it’s important that you turn to our White Plains, NY, foot doctor for care. You may want to consider if you have severe heel pain, if heel pain isn’t responding to other treatments or if you’ve had chronic heel pain.
How does Radial Shock Wave Therapy work?
First and foremost, you will need to come in for a consultation where we will make sure that plantar fasciitis is truly the cause of your heel pain and that something else isn’t the problem. From there we will be able to determine whether Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the best approach.
During your treatment, we will pinpoint the exact areas of pain and then direct a handheld device over the area. This device will send shockwaves through the heel to create microtears within the tissue to stimulate your body’s natural healing process. In most cases, you will need to go through multiple sessions over the course of several weeks but the improvement you experience could be instant.
If you want to find out if Radial Shock Wave Therapy is the best approach for treating your heel pain then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with us. Call our White Plains, NY, podiatry office today to book your visit.
We've probably all developed a callus at one time or another, especially on our feet from constant use. Calluses are a very common foot condition treated by your podiatrist in White Plains, NY, Dr. Eric Peters. Below are answers to some questions about calluses, including why they form and how they're treated in Dr. Peters' podiatry practice.
What are calluses?
A rough, dry callus is the result of the body's immune system responding to repeated friction or pressure. The affected skin thickens itself in an effort to prevent a wound from forming in the area. On the feet, calluses often form on the outsides of the first and fifth toes due to the constant friction that comes from wearing shoes. They can also form on the bottom of the feet; these are known as plantar calluses.
Can calluses cause problems for me?
Most people who have calluses aren't bothered by them, although they might not like the way they look. However, large calluses can become overly dry and develop cracks on their surface, which can be painful. These openings may also cause infection. Diabetic patients are at risk for serious complications from any foot ailment due to reduced blood circulation. If you are diabetic and develop a callus on your feet, see your White Plains podiatrist as soon as possible for evaluation.
How are calluses treated?
Calluses will eventually disappear once the source of friction is eliminated. For this reason, you may need to change the type of shoes you're wearing regularly. Your White Plains podiatrist can make suggestions about brands to try and places to go for professional shoe fittings. Dr. Peters can also remove part of a callus to help reduce its thickness or apply chemicals to remove it. If you have an abnormal gait or foot structure that is leading to calluses, you may need further evaluation to determine how these problems can be corrected.
If you have an uncomfortable callus, or any other issue with your feet and ankles, Dr. Peters in White Plains, NY can help you. Contact our podiatry office today to make an appointment!
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