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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
December 06, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care
Tags: diabetes   ulcer  

If you’re a patient with diabetes you know firsthand the importance of detecting and treating any potential wound or symptom that could develop into an ulcer. But foot infections are a risk for patients who do not have diabetes or autoimmune diseases as well. Necrotising fasciitis (flesh eating virus) and vasculitic ulcers (caused by an inflammation of micro blood vessels in your lower legs and feet) are two examples of conditions that can result in wounds. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we believe in a whole body approach to health care. In addition to the medications and therapies the foot doctor prescribes, you can speed healing of wounds and infections by boosting your immune system through the foods you eat. Below are 5 foods to add to your menus:

Garlic—it’s not just in vampire movies that garlic wards off bad things. Turns out it is rich in antioxidants and also has chemicals which have been shown to reduce the risk of certain diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Yogurt—if you choose brands that have live and active cultures you will be increasing the functionality and overall ability of your immune system. You’ll also get a shot of Vitamin D, another immune system booster.

Chicken—poultry contains two components that improve your body’s ability to fight infection. It is rich in zinc which can help produce new white blood cells and control inflammation, thereby increasing the efficiency of your immune response. It also contains iron, used to carry oxygen to your cells.

Kale—this leafy green is chock full of vitamin C. Long known as a defense against the common cold and other illnesses, vitamin C it turns out actually helps to replenish other antioxidants in your body as well.

Cauliflower—a vegetable rich in antioxidants in general, cauliflower has a few extra tricks up its sleeve. It contains glutathione, an antioxidant that is particularly known for fighting off infections and choline, a chemical that improves cell health.

If you believe you have a foot or other lower extremity infection your first step is to make an appointment at our Pooler, GA office by calling (912) 330–8885 so that our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, can diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment. Follow all the foot doctor’s instructions and do what you can to improve your immune response by eating the foods above, getting plenty of rest and keeping up your fluids.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 01, 2017
Category: Diabetes Foot Care

If you or someone you love is diabetic you are probably well aware of issues associated with the disease that can impact the health of your feet: neuropathy or decreased sensation can make it difficult to perceive pain or irritation that can signal a wound, and poor circulation can impede the healing process. You can, however, take steps that will significantly decrease your risk of foot complications associated with diabetes. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we’d like to suggest the following tips in honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month:

  1. Get in the habit of checking your feet daily. Report any changes in color, size, shape, or unusual bruising, skin rashes, redness or bumps to our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, right away. Sometimes, due to decreased circulation, the first sign of an irritation that can develop into a wound is visual.
  2. Avoid going barefoot. Even if you are home, walking barefoot greatly increases your risk of stepping on a sharp object or injuring your foot by banging it or dropping something on it. At the gym or community pool, wear flip flops or shower shoes to avoid direct contact with surfaces that may harbor fungi or bacteria that can cause athlete’s foot, fungal toenails or other infectious conditions.
  3. Don’t smoke. Smoking has a negative effect on your circulation. With your feet being the part of your body that is furthest from your heart, they are also the most impacted by circulatory issues.
  4. Choose shoes that have plenty of room for your toes. This will help prevent ingrown toenails and toe deformities such as bunions. Inspect your shoes periodically to make sure they are not wearing out to prevent tripping injuries. Also, check the inside of your shoes for rough spots, loose eyelets, etc. that could rub and cause irritation to the skin.
  5. Keep feet dry. If you tend to sweat excessively, plan to change your socks multiple times throughout the day. This will help prevent fungal infections from developing. You can also use a foot powder in the morning before putting on your socks.

Your podiatrist is your partner in managing your diabetes and how it affects your feet. Regular appointments with the foot doctor should be part of your health plan. To learn more, contact our Pooler, GA office by calling: (912) 330–8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
November 16, 2016
Category: Diabetes Foot Care
Tags: dry feet   moisturize feet  

Patients with diabetes have a whole set of special concerns when it comes to the feet. Conditions commonly associated with the disease—poor circulation, impaired immune system function and neuropathy—can turn seemingly minor problems into major health threats. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we know our diabetic patients need careful monitoring. Changes in seasons can mean changes in foot care. In recognition of November’s National Diabetes Month we offer these tips for keeping diabetic feet safe in cold weather:

Stay Warm—nerve damage caused by diabetes makes it difficult to perceive hot and cold. If you will be 

outside when the temperatures are below freezing make sure you are wearing warm socks. Consider two layers—one closest to the skin that wicks moisture away and a heavy sock over that for warmth. Conversely, if you have trouble experiencing sensation in your feet take care when warming them up. Do not expose feet to direct heat sources or use electric blankets, heating pads or heated shoe inserts to warm up your feet. Second or third degree burns can result.

Stay Dry—prolonged exposure to moisture can lead to fungal and bacterial infections, such as athlete’s foot. Winter snow and slush can seep into shoes and socks. Overheated homes, offices and stores at this time of year can also cause feet to sweat excessively. Change out of damp socks and shoes as soon as possible and gently towel dry feet. Be especially diligent keeping the skin between toes dry.

Moisturize—increased heat during winter months and poor circulation (which can reduce the number of moisturizing glands in the feet) can lead to dry skin. Itching, flaking and painful cracking can result. In addition to being uncomfortable, the open skin from scratching or cracking can be an entry point for bacteria that causes infection. Be on the lookout for red, shiny spots on the feet—early signs of skin breaking down.

Inspect—checking your feet regularly for changes is a part of good diabetic foot care in all seasons. If you notice anything unusual, contact our Pooler office for an appointment with our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. Regular foot exams can help prevent serious health issues in diabetic patients.










 

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