Wednesday, 19 June 2024 00:00

Foot or ankle pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life and can occur due to several different conditions. Pain can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition, which is why you should seek professional help as soon as you notice any abnormalities in your feet.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

A foot blister is a small pocket of fluid that forms under the skin due to friction, pressure, or irritation. When hiking, blisters are common due to prolonged walking and uneven terrain. To prevent blisters, it is important to wear well-fitted hiking boots and moisture-wicking socks, which reduce friction and keep feet dry. Applying blister prevention products, such as specialized tapes or lubricants, can create a protective barrier on areas prone to blisters. Taking regular breaks to air out and check your feet allows you to address any hot spots early on. Keeping your feet dry and free from debris or changing socks as needed can also help. These proactive measures can significantly reduce the risk of developing painful blisters during hikes. If you have developed a blister on your foot that is bothersome or has become infected, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward relief and prevention options.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Patricia A. Kirk, DPM of Kirk Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lexington, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic wound care is a critical aspect of managing diabetes-related complications, particularly concerning foot health. Diabetes can affect wound healing due to vascular and neuropathic issues that result from high blood sugar levels. Reduced circulation and oxygenation in tissues, coupled with neuropathy-induced numbness, make foot wounds more susceptible to infections. Individuals experiencing poor wound healing due to diabetes-related nerve and blood vessel damage may encounter additional complications, including heart disease, kidney disease, and eye problems. Additionally, if an untreated wound becomes infected, the infection may extend locally to affect muscle and bone, a condition known as osteomyelitis. Untreated infections also can progress to gangrene, a significant cause of amputations in individuals with diabetes. In severe cases, uncontrolled infections can lead to sepsis, wherein the infection spreads into the bloodstream, posing a life-threatening situation. A podiatrist is trained to manage diabetic wounds in the feet. If you are living with diabetes or have concerns about wound care, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and treatment options.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Patricia A. Kirk, DPM from Kirk Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lexington, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Cracked heels occur when the skin on the heels becomes dry, thickened, and fissured, often leading to discomfort and cosmetic concerns. This condition, medically known as heel fissures, can result from various factors, including dehydration, prolonged standing, wearing open-back shoes, or inadequate foot care. The skin on the heels lacks oil glands, making it prone to dryness and cracking, especially in dry climates or during colder months. To prevent cracked heels, it is essential to maintain proper foot hygiene by regularly moisturizing the heels with a hydrating foot cream or lotion. Exfoliating the heels gently to remove dead skin buildup and wearing supportive footwear that protects the heels can also help prevent the formation of cracks. Additionally, staying hydrated, maintaining a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and avoiding excessive standing or walking barefoot can contribute to overall foot health and prevent cracked heels from developing. Cracked heels can be painful. If you have developed this foot condition, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment methods, which may include prescribed medication.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Patricia A. Kirk, DPM from Kirk Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lexington, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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