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Health Tip: Holiday Foot-Care Advice

Posted 21 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

-- The hustle and bustle of the holiday season often demands spending too much time on your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests these remedies: Moisturizefeet daily to help avoid dry, cracked and irritated skin. Raise, point and curl your toes throughout the day. Get a foot rub, which is a great way to release tension, boost circulation and refresh skin. Elevate your legs. Wear comfortable shoes for holiday activities such as shopping, traveling or cooking. Read more

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With Diabetes, Be on the Alert for Foot Sores

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Having diabetes means keeping track of what you eat, how much you exercise, your blood sugar levels and even the condition of your feet. When it comes to diabetes-related foot health, the goal is to prevent and treat foot ulcers that can lead to gangrene and amputation, one surgeon explained. "Around 80 percent of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations start out as a foot ulcer," vascular surgeon Dr. Anil Hingorani said in a Society for Vascular Surgery news release. High blood sugar damages your blood vessels, causing poor circulation in your legs and feet. When feet don't get enough oxygen-rich blood, any sores or cuts that develop may not heal as they should and more serious complications can result. People with diabetes should see a health care provider who is trained in foot care at least once a year, but more often if they're at greater risk for foot ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Foot Care, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Poor Prognosis for Diabetic Foot Sores

Posted 18 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – New research underscores the need for early treatment of diabetic foot ulcers to guard against infection. Foot ulcers are open wounds that develop because of diabetes-related damage to the nerves of blood vessels in the feet. They're prone to infection and heal slowly. Researchers at the University of Leeds in England evaluated nearly 300 patients with infected foot ulcers. They found that 17 percent needed part or all of their foot amputated within one year. Among the others, only about 45 had healed in that time. "The key point is that people need to be seen quickly if an ulcer begins to form – that gives health workers the greatest chance of trying to treat the condition," study co-author Dr. Michael Backhouse said in a university news release. He's a podiatrist and senior research fellow. The findings show the prognosis for infected diabetic foot ulcers is ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Foot Care

Health Tip: Finding Safe Shoes for the Elderly

Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- As you age, you are at greater risk of falling. To compensate, you should wear shoes that can minimize your risk. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests how to select stable and comfortable shoes: Measure your feet each time you shop for shoes. Aging and health changes can affect your shoe size. The best time to measure your feet is late in the day. Try on shoes with the socks that you intend to wear. Walk around the store with the new shoes. Do not buy shoes that make you feel unstable or uncomfortable. If you wear inserts, try the shoes on with them. Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care, Prevention of Falls

Health Tip: Do You Have Athlete's Foot?

Posted 22 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Athlete's foot is a fungal skin disease that leads to pain and itch, notably between the toes. The warm, moist and dark environment created by our footwear is an ideal breeding ground for fungus. The germ often lingers on pool decks and in public showers. The American Podiatric Medical Association says athlete's foot symptoms may include: Itching and burning between the toes, which may increase as the infection spreads to the rest of the feet. Scaling and peeling skin. Swelling of infected areas. Blisters, which may lead to cracking or peeling skin. When blisters break, small raw areas of tissue are exposed. Read more

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Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

Posted 14 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon? The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions: Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day. Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses. If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses. When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails. Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail's surface while filing. Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Foot Care

'Exoskeletons' May Help Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk

Posted 23 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 – A robotic exoskeleton attached to the lower leg may someday help kids with cerebral palsy maintain the ability to walk. Cerebral palsy is a lifelong disorder, characterized by impaired motor function and muscle control. By adulthood, half of those with cerebral palsy no longer walk, often because of a crippling gait pattern. Enter the motorized exoskeleton, which aids knee extension at specific points of the walking cycle. "Current standard interventions often include highly invasive orthopedic surgery, muscle injections and physical therapy," said study lead author Zachary Lerner. But these treatments are "unable to prevent the debilitating loss of walking ability for many children with cerebral palsy," added Lerner, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Northern Arizona University. Many of these children bend their knees excessively when ... Read more

Related support groups: Orthopedic Surgery, Cerebral Palsy, Foot Care

The Right Shoes Can Help Prevent Falls

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Falls are the leading cause of death among people 65 and older, government surveys show. More than 2.8 million adults were treated in the emergency room and 27,000 people died from falls in 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Wearing the right shoes can help prevent falls, the American Podiatric Association says, suggesting while shopping for shoes you should: Press on the shoes to make sure the heels won't collapse and the shoes won't twist in the middle. While trying on the shoes, make sure you're wearing the socks you wear most often. Have your feet measured every time you shop for shoes. Even in mature adults, foot sizes can change frequently. Buy the shoes only if they feel comfortable and steady. . Read more

Related support groups: Foot Care, Prevention of Falls

Health Tip: Caring for Your Feet

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Summer is here, and it's time to remember your feet. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends: Don't walk barefoot; wear a pair of flip-flops at the pool, beach or in a locker room. Protect feet with sunscreen. Reapply regularly, and after swimming. Drink lots of water to help reduce swelling of the feet and ankles. When traveling, take frequent breaks to flex your feet, ankles and toes. Use water shoes if you're visiting the beach, a creek, pond or lake. Pack a pair of dry shoes to change into. Create a foot first-aid kit, including moisturizing cream, bandages, nail clippers and blister pads. If you hurt your foot, see a podiatrist. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Foot Care

Robotic Device May Help Gait in Kids With Cerebral Palsy

Posted 26 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 26, 2017 – A robotic training device helped improve the walking ability of children with cerebral palsy who suffer from a condition known as "crouch gait," a small study found. The device provided strength training for muscles that were too weak to support fully upright posture, explained senior researcher Sunil Agrawal. He is a professor of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine and mechanical engineering at the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. "Children improved their posture, their walking speed, their balance, as well as the symmetry of their walking, through this approach," Agrawal said. Crouch gait is an abnormality caused by a type of cerebral palsy called spastic diplegia. In spastic diplegia, stiff muscles in both legs hamper the normal give-and-take of walking, preventing a normal stride. Human movement relies on two sets of ... Read more

Related support groups: Cerebral Palsy, Foot Care

Health Tip: Ease the Pain of a Blister

Posted 20 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- A blister may be painful and uncomfortable, though it's best to avoid popping it. But it's important to keep the area clean, especially if the wound pops on its own. The Mayo Clinic offers these care suggestions: Washing your hands with soap and water before touching the blister. Using soap and water to carefully wash the blister. Using iodine on the wound. Applying Vaseline, then covering the area with a gauze bandage that won't stick to the skin. Repeat this daily until the wound heals. Read more

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Health Tip: Preventing Diabetic Foot Sores

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Foot sores are more common among people with diabetes, who often have problems with circulation to the legs and feet. To help prevent this dangerous condition, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Maintaining tight control of your blood glucose. Avoiding walking barefoot. Seeing a podiatrist regularly. If you already have an ulcer, keeping the area clean and covered with a sterile bandage. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetic Neuropathy, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), Foot Care

Flip-flops: Fun in the Sun, but Tough on Feet

Posted 16 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, July 15, 2017 – Americans love flip-flops – just slip them on, and you're out the door. But, the unstructured footwear can cause problems, one expert says. "This time of year I frequently see patients with foot conditions related to wearing flip-flops," Dr. Christina Long, a podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, said in a center news release. "Wearing flip-flops is better than going barefoot because they do provide some protection for the bottoms of your feet, but that's about it," she said. "Flip-flops don't offer any arch or heel support, and you have to grip them with your toes to keep them on. Wearing them for too long or for the wrong activity can cause a lot of different problems," she explained. Flip-flops leave feet exposed and susceptible to cuts, puncture wounds, bruises, torn nails, insect bites and sunburn. Walking in ... Read more

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Health Tip: Coping With Sweaty Feet

Posted 7 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- If your feet are sweaty much of the time, you may have a condition called hyperhidrosis. While it's not cause for worry, you can do things to cope with excess sweating. The American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Wash your feet daily, especially between the toes, with antibacterial soap. Dry feet well, then sprinkle cornstarch, foot powder or an antifungal powder to keep feet dry. Choose socks made of synthetic materials that wick sweat away from the feet. Avoid socks made of 100 percent cotton. Wear shoes made of breathable material. Keep an extra pair of socks with you and change them during the day. Read more

Related support groups: Hyperhidrosis, Onychomycosis - Toenail, Tinea Pedis, Foot Care

Health Tip: Preventing Ingrown Toenail

Posted 22 May 2017 by Drugs.com

-- An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail grows into the skin, causing pain and sometimes an infection. To avoid the problem, the American Podiatric Medical Association suggests: Trimming toenails straight across. Avoiding tight shoes that squeeze the toes. Protecting feet from injury. Using nail clippers to trim the nails, and using a nail file to gently smooth sharp edges. Never rip a nail with your fingers. Keeping nails trimmed to the tips of the toes. Read more

Related support groups: Onychomycosis - Toenail, Foot Care, Nail Dystrophy

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