Posts for: September, 2014
Researchers and now using amazing technology from video games to help learn about pressure sites on diabetics' feet. Many diabetics suffer from neuropathy which causes them to lose sensation in their feet. Because of this condition, as well as other complicating factors, many diabetics end up with ulcers on the botton of their feet. Scientists are working on "smart socks" to help better figure out the pressure points on the feet in hopes of avoiding future ulcers. Read more about this technology HERE.
If you or anyone you know suffers from diabetes and experiences any kind of foot pain or infection please call our office right away for an appointment (615-662-6676). It could literally save their foot or their life!
Dr. Bush enjoys helping patients with ingrown nails because so often they arrive in severe pain and leave feeling much better. Here is some helpful information regarding ingrown toenails from Dr. Bush:
Ingrown toenails are a common problem seen in the feet. If recognized, diagnosed, and treated early, they are rarely problematic. However, many patients find themselves unsure of how to proceed when suspecting an ingrown nail. Is it really ingrown? Is it infected?
Can I cut it out myself? Can I take or apply medicine instead of cutting the nail out? All of these questions are fairly common, and reasonable.
An ingrown toenail, or onychocryptosis, is when one or both sides of the nail grow into the adjacent nail fold/skin. They are usually caused by ill-fitting shoe gear, trauma to the nail, or improper trimming of the nail. An ingrown nail is not always infected. In fact, many times the nail can be embedded in the skin without an associated bacterial infection. However, if left untreated, many ingrown toenails will develop some sort of localized infection, which usually presents with redness, pain, bloody drainage, or even pus. While an infection is an undesirable result for any patient, it is especially concerning for diabetics with decreased sensation, or other patients with any condition causing poor circulation to the feet. Such an infection, if left untreated could lead to spreading of the infection, development of a wound, or possible amputation of the digit. Thus, while there are many home remedies or methods of treating a possible ingrown nail, it’s always best to see your podiatrist for evaluation and treatment, particularly if you are an at-risk patient with diabetes or some form of vascular disease.
We treat many diabetics in our practice. Some who have had the disease for a long time and some who are newly diagnosed. Taking care of your feet is important for everyone but especially those with diabetes. Chech out this good reference from the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org) about diabetes and foot complications: