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Foot wounds are described as deep tissue being exposed on the feet when the outer skin is damaged. Wounds are also referred to as ulcers. Some groups of people are more susceptible to having wounds on the feet than others. These people typically have diabetes, neuropathy or vascular disease. If you have one or more of these ailments, be sure to check your feet regularly. People also experience wounds from wearing ill-fitting shoes, staying in bed for long periods of time, or incurring an injury. Indications of the presence of an ulcer include drainage, odors, and inflammation. It is imperative to treat a wound early in order to prevent an infection from potentially forming. If an infection materializes, antibiotics or surgery may be necessary. If you believe you have a wound in the foot or ankle area, be sure to see a podiatrist to obtain the proper treatments.

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 Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. 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 offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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The medical condition plantar fasciitis, occurs when the band of tissue that is located on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. The function of this band of tissue is to connect the heel to the toes. Additionally, it helps the arch maintain its natural shape and prevents it from becoming completely flat. A common reason plantar fasciitis occurs includes over-stretching during running activities. Mild relief may be found when walking and standing is limited and when the foot can rest. Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment among baseball players, but it may be difficult for players to stop their activities, so the healing process can begin. If you have pain in the heel area of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis and advice.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Martin Sloan  from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Rockwall and Abilene, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The condition that is referred to as cracked heels often occurs when the skin on the heels becomes dry. In severe cases, fissures may form and can begin to bleed, causing pain and discomfort. Research has indicated the thyroid gland may play a significant role in the formation of cracked heels. Hypothyroidism can cause a hormone imbalance that can lead to this ailment. Additional reasons why cracked heels may develop can include medical conditions such as psoriasis or standing for extended periods of time throughout the day. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, mild relief may be found when the feet are washed and dried thoroughly, followed by applying a good moisturizer daily. Many patients find it helpful to wear shoes that have a closed back, as this may be helpful in preventing this condition. If you would like additional information on how to treat cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Martin Sloan from Lake Pointe Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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