Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Toe-Bending Experience

Excessive bending of the toes can cause capsulitis, an inflammation of a ligament. Ligaments are tough tissue found where two bones come together to form a joint. If there is stress placed on the joint from repetitive motion, the ligaments can overstretch and become inflamed. Symptoms include aching discomfort, and a sharp pain with pressure and with movement of the toe. Doing electrical and plumbing work, climbing ladders, and stooping while gardening all require movements that may cause capsulitis. Wearing very high heeled shoes can also cause inflammation. Cortisone injections, rest, ice, and oral anti-inflammatory medications can alleviate the discomfort for the short time. In some cases, surgery to repair the damage may be indicated.

Proper care of toe joint problems is vital to your program of overall good health. Our office provides comprehensive care in managing foot and ankle problems as well as helping prevent them before they occur. We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of many problems affecting the lower extremities. For your feet's sake and your well-being, call us for an appointment for leading-edge, compassionate podiatric care.

HINT: When capsulitis involves the big toe joint, it is sometimes known as Turf Toe.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Diabetic Socks

The high blood sugar lever experienced by diabetics increases the risk of foot ulcers. Therefore, it is imperative to control foot moisture and ensure less constriction of the area. Diabetic socks are designed to meet those challenges. They are constructed without seams, and they resist wrinkling. These socks are available in cotton blends with non-binding tops; they are also sold in compression versions. Numerous colors are available, but if the wearer has wounds or scars, wearing white socks is preferable. The socks are made in short and mid-calf styles and so not appear vastly different from regular socks. To determine which diabetic sock is appropriate for a specific diabetic patient, consult a podiatrist.

It is estimated that 15 percent of all diabetics will develop a serious foot condition at some point, including infection, ulceration, or gangrene. As most cases of these conditions are preventable through appropriate footwear, regular visits to a podiatrist, and scrupulous home care, we urge all diabetics to consider podiatric care as a very important component in managing their diabetic condition. We offer comprehensive foot care. Please call us for an appointment

HINT: Diabetic socks should be constructed without constricting cuffs.

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