We are excited to begin our 20th year of providing expert foot care to patients in the Iowa City/Coralville area.
THANK YOU not only for being our patients, but also for bringing your family members and recommending us to your neighbors, coworkers, and friends.
As 2016 ends, our doctors and staff hope you have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season.
We look forward to continuing to be your foot doctors and helping more new patients in 2017.
Wishing you all the best and a Happy New Year!
If you have diabetes, even if it is well managed, you are at increased risk to develop vascular disease. Vascular disease is the buildup of plaque and cholesterol in your arteries throughout your body.
Did you know that PODIATRISTS are often the first physicians to spot signs of vascular disease?
You should inspect your feet daily and make an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as you develop any foot pain, redness, or sores.
7 Simple Steps to Conduct Your Daily Foot Exam:
- Check for loss of sensation in the feet, called neuropathy.
- Examine skin for calluses, blisters, sores, excessive dry or cracked skin, or any other unusual conditions, especially between the toes.
- Look for signs of decreased circulation such as thin, fragile, shiny skin with loss of hair.
- Check the feet for extreme temperatures (excessive warmth or coldness).
- Inspect nails for thickening, ingrown corners, excessive length, and fungal infection.
- Inspect socks, tights, and/or pantyhose for blood or any discharge.
- Examine footwear for torn linings, foreign objects like rocks or small pebbles, improper fit, and irritating seams.
We're experts in Diabetic Foot Care. If you our a family member has diabetes, have a podiatrist check your feet at least twice a year for symptoms, such as loss of sensation, burning, or tingling. Be proactive! Prevent diabetic foot complications.
Call 341-FOOT or click Make Appointment for convenient online scheduling.
Remember: If you have trouble reaching your feet to complete your daily foot exam, prop up a mirror on the floor or ask a friend or family member to help.
September 22nd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day
The 9th annual Falls Prevention Awareness Day (FPAD) will be observed on Sept. 22, 2016 - the first day of fall. The event raises awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
Falls present a real and growing risk to older adult's health and independence - and to their very lives. One out of every three person over age 65 fall each year. According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), among people who fall, 20 to 30 percent suffer moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures and head traumas.
We're here and focussed on bringing awareness of this public health issue to our community and to our patients. We hope to raise patient awareness for prevention and are here to help with interventions. We can teach our elderly patients about foot and ankle exercises, assist them with the purchase of safe footwear when necessary, and provide foot orthotics for stabilization. All of these suggestions are ideal for podiatric practice involvement in falls prevention, awareness and treatment.
For more information about Falls Prevention Awareness Day, visit the NCOA by clicking here.
To see our podiatrists about preventing future falls, call 341-FOOT or schedule an appointment online at 341foot.com.
What is a Foot or Ankle Sprain or Fracture?
The feet and ankles work together to provide support and mobility to the body. A foot or ankle sprain is a soft tissue injury. Most often, a sprain occurs when an injury pulls, stretches, or tears the ligaments that connect bone to bone. A fracture is actually a break in the bone.
Injuries are the most common causes of foot and ankle sprains and fractures. Many fractures and sprains occur during sports. Football players are particularly vulnerable to foot and ankle sprains and fractures. Basketball players are prone to ankle sprains, and runners may develop stress fractures of the ankle or foot. Gymnasts and dancers may also develop stress fractures.
Tripping or stumbling on uneven ground is another common cause of foot and ankle sprains and fractures.
Pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking on the affected foot or ankle are the most common symptoms of a sprained or fractured foot or ankle.
If you've hurt your foot or ankle, it's best to err on the side of caution. The acronym RICE can help you remember what to do:
Rest—Rest the affected area. Stay off the injured foot or ankle until it can be fully evaluated. Walking, running, or playing sports on an injured foot or ankle may make the injury worse.
Ice—Apply ice to the affected area as soon as possible, and reapply it for 15–20 minutes every three or four hours for the first 48 hours after injury. Ice can decrease inflammation.
Compression—Wrap an elastic bandage (such as an Ace® wrap) around the affected foot or ankle. The wrapping should be snug, but not so tight as to cut off circulation.
Elevation—Elevate the affected extremity on a couple of pillows; ideally, your foot or ankle should be higher than your heart. Keeping your foot or ankle elevated also decreases swelling.
When to Visit a Podiatrist
Podiatrists are doctors who specialize in the care and treatment of the lower extremities. If you've injured your foot or ankle, see a podiatrist. He or she can determine the extent of the injury and develop a plan of care to get you back in the game (or back to your everyday life) as soon as possible.
Increased pain, swelling, bruising, redness, or difficulty walking after an injury are definite signs that it's time to see a podiatrist.
Diagnosis and Treatment
A podiatrist will carefully examine your feet and ankles and take a complete medical history. He or she will also order tests, including an X-ray, ultrasound, or MRI, to determine the extent of your injury. If you have a fracture that's clearly visible on X-ray, you may not need additional testing. Ultrasounds and MRIs are useful for finding soft issue injuries (including torn ligaments) and stress fractures.
Treatment will depend on your injury. If you have a broken bone, your podiatrist may attempt to “reduce” the fracture, which means lining up the ends of the bones so they can heal properly. (You'll be given a local anesthetic to numb the area first.) If the fracture is “unstable,” meaning that the ends of the bone do not stay in place after a reduction, surgery may be needed. Podiatrists can use metal plates and screws to fix broken bones.
Stress fractures are treated with rest and immobilization. You will be instructed to stay off the affected area until healing is complete. Crutches and/or a special “boot” or cast may be used to immobilize the area.
Sprains are also treated with a period of immobilization. Depending on the extent of your sprain, you may be able to resume activity fairly quickly, or you may need to wear a soft cast or special “boot” and use crutches for a period of weeks.
Professional athletes may undergo surgery to repair torn ligaments.
Oral anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen, can be used to decrease pain, swelling, and inflammation.
Warming up prior to physical activity can prevent ankle sprains and fractures. So can wearing proper shoes. If you're an athlete, talk to your podiatrist to determine which shoes are best for your sport, and read APMA's footwear selection tips on our Tips for Healthy Feet page for more information. Athletic shoes should be replaced yearly; running shoes should be replaced every 300–400 miles or so.
Avoid running or walking on uneven surfaces.
Avoid a beach blunder this summer by addressing your footwear woes:
- Wedges and Espadrilles
PROBLEM: ankle twist or sprain; instability and difficulty walking SOLUTION: try a wider, flatter wedge; look for a rubber sole with good traction
- Peep-Toe Sandals
PROBLEM: increased pressure on toes; bunions and hammer toes
SOLUTION: wear only for short periods of time; use an APMA-accepted insert
- Flats and Slides
PROBLEM: arch and heel pain; inadequate cushioning and foot support
SOLUTION: avoid prolonged wear; try cushioned inserts for shock absorption; select a sole that doesn't twist excessively
- Platforms and High Heels
PROBLEM: pain in the ball of the foot and ankle injuries
SOLUTION: wear lower, more stable heels (less than two inches); use an APMA-accepted insert
- Gladiator and Strappy Sandals PROBLEM: irritation between toes; callus and dead skin build-up around the heels; lack of support and shock absorption
SOLUTION: select natural materials such as a soft, supple leather; ensure proper fit with no toes or heels hanging off the edge
Remember, foot pain is never normal! If you're experiencing persistent pain, visit today's podiatrist. Podiatrists are uniquely qualied to diagnose and treat conditions of the foot and ankle. Call us at 341-FOOT (3668) or schedule an appointment online at www.341foot.com!
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