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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Negative Pressure Foot Wound Therapy

Negative Pressure Wound Therapy, or NPWT, is a versatile technique that aids wound healing by applying a kind of sub-atmospheric pressure. It is used for complex, non-healing wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers. Implementing NPWT involves placing a porous foam dressing on the wound and applying continuous or intermittent suction to create sub-atmospheric pressure. NPWT is suitable for wounds ranging from open fractures to surgical incisions. The skin's healing process involves acute and chronic phases, with NPWT optimizing these phases. Indications for NPWT include traumatic wounds, wounds that have separated, and skin grafts. Proper preparation and technique are crucial, and closed wounds may be managed outside the operating room, while open wounds require surgical preparation. Complications can include pain, bleeding, infection, foam retention, and loss of suction. Despite challenges, NPWT is a valuable tool in wound care. If you have foot wounds, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to speak about the possibility of this therapy being correct for you.

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 one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors 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 Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Causes of Foot Ulcers in Diabetic Patients

One of the most concerning complications of diabetes is the development of diabetic foot ulcers. A primary culprit behind diabetic foot ulcers is peripheral neuropathy, a condition where nerve damage impairs the ability to feel sensations in your feet. Without pain awareness, you may not notice the pressure your feet experience during everyday activities. This can lead to developing blisters, lesions, or sores. If these injuries are not attended to, they may evolve into foot ulcers. Another significant factor in the development of diabetic foot ulcers is poor blood flow, which can happen as a result of conditions such as peripheral arterial disease. Inadequate blood supply can hinder proper wound healing, making minor injuries prone to infections. Diabetic foot ulcers are a serious concern, and understanding the causes, in addition to taking preventive measures, can significantly reduce the risk. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you schedule regular check ups with a podiatrist who can both monitor and treat any foot problems as they arise.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Running With Flat Feet

Running is a pursuit that empowers both body and mind, regardless of foot arch type. Flat feet, often misunderstood, should not deter anyone from lacing up and hitting the track. There are various types of flat feet, each requiring a unique approach. Flexible flat feet involve arches that appear when one is off the foot, and rigid flat feet exhibit little to no arch, even when lifted. While some flat feet do not pose issues, others may lead to discomfort or pain during running. Wearing customized footwear with proper arch support is essential. Orthotics or insoles can aid in maintaining alignment and reducing strain. Performing strengthening exercises targeting foot muscles can enhance stability. Running with flat feet is indeed possible with the right knowledge, care, and preparation. If you have flat feet and are interested in pursuing running as a hobby, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with useful information.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Ankle & Foot Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Tavernier, Marathon, and Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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