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November is National Diabetes Month! All of us are affecting by this disease in one way or another. All month we will be posting helpful tips and links to support the community. To start here is a list of events for the local Nashville American Diabetes Chapter:
Check out our main page and/or our Facebook page for additional helpful tips. If you are unsure about whether you are diabetic or not be sure and speak to your primary care physician. The earlier you are diagnosed the better your chances are of keeping it under control to avoid complications.
Fungal infections of the toenails can be difficult to treat, and recurrences are common. During the summer, toenail infections occur more frequently, as people spend more time walking barefoot in places where bateria and fugi can lurk - around pools, at the beach, etc. Feet also tend to sweat more in warm weather, which can contribute to an infection. There are new medications on the market that have shown promise in treating fungal infections, although infections can recur.
Feet seem especially susceptible to nail problems of all kinds, including fungal infections. It might be because of the time they spend in dark, moist places, or it might be because of the lack of attention they get. Whatever the cause, we can discuss the different treatment options available to you.
Gout is a form of arthritis that causes intense joint pain, inflammation, and redness. The condition is caused by an accumulation of uric acid. Gout typically strikes the big toe joints, knees, ankles, and insteps. Should a gout attack occur, professional care can dramatically alleviate the agony of an attack. Some steps that can help avoid an attack include maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding foods like red meat, red wine, beer, shellfish, limiting alcohol intake, and drinking plenty of fluids.
Many medical conditions that affect the body's joints cause damage to your feet. Although as your podiatrist I do not treat the underlying medical condition, I do work closely with your primary care physician to provide care and catch problems early.
P.S. More than 2 million American suffer from gout.