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How to Do a Self Diabetic Foot Exam

According to the American Diabetes Association, a major reason individuals with diabetes seek medical care is due to issues with nerve damage and circulation. Such problems often affect feet. Diabetic foot issues are sometimes overlooked in early stages if infections or signs of damage are in unseen parts of feet between toes or on the bottom of feet. One way to minimize health risks associated with your feet if you...


Artificial Turf & Football Injuries

Since its advent in the 1960s, artificial turf has become commonplace in both amateur and professional football arenas throughout the country. It is widely appreciated for its clean and uniform look and easy maintenance. As preferable as it may be for stadium owners and groundskeepers, it also can pose a unique risk to football players. Studies continue to link artificial turf to football injuries that may otherwise be prevented on...


A Primer on Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a common condition that is easily acquired and transmitted. It is a fungal infection that is caused by the same organism responsible for jock itch and ringworm. This fungus thrives in warm, humid environments, which is why damp shoes and socks are the perfect place for it to grow. Wet surfaces such as those found in locker rooms, gyms, and public pools and showers are also areas...


How to Choose the Right Shoe for Your Child

Approximately 98 percent of children are actually born with healthy feet, but only about 40 percent of kids will be still be enjoying healthy feet as adults. A significant contributing factor is the shoes worn throughout the different stages of life. Since children's feet are constantly growing and developing, it's especially critical to choose the right shoe when it's time to upgrade to something new. Consider these tips as you...


6 Tips for Diabetic Foot Care

Nearly 20 million Americans have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. It's a condition that can affect circulation and various tissues throughout the body, including those in the feet. Diabetics often have to be proactive about foot care because of nerve-related damage (neuropathy), which affects about 60-70 percent of people with diabetes and may result in reduced sensation in parts of the feet. Do Daily Self Inspections In between regular visits...


Most Common Podiatric Ailments

The study and practice of podiatry are known to have taken place across many generations. For instance, treatment of foot problems has existed even in the era of the Pharaohs. This practice can also be traced back to the era of Hippocrates (also known as the father of western medicine). This Greek physician emphasized the need to address foot problems. Several notable individuals over the centuries have been known to have...


Avoiding Amputation for Diabetic Patients

After diagnosis, diabetics are faced with a variety of lifestyle modifications to avoid further health risks. The most common modifications include dietary changes, daily blood glucose monitoring, medication administration and foot care. Uncontrolled diabetes can affect blood circulation and can even damage the nerves, which can lead to a decrease or loss of sensation in the lower extremities, especially the feet. This combination of nerve damage and decreased perfusion makes diabetics...