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Golden Valley, MN (763) 231-2341

January 2022

People with diabetes can often lose feeling in their feet and the ability to heal ordinary cuts, abrasions or pressure points. This can lead to the development of non-healing wounds and far more serious complications. Foot care can help the diabetic keep their feet healthy and protected. The best way for diabetics to take care of their feet is by wearing quality shoes that fit perfectly and refraining from going barefoot — even in the house. Daily foot inspections are also a must in order to spot anything unusual. If any abrasion, discoloration, redness or purple area is detected, it is suggested that you seek the treatment of a podiatrist as soon as possible to avoid it festering and turning into a wound. For detailed information on diabetic foot care as well as regular foot checkups, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 11 January 2022 00:00

Why Do Corns Form on the Feet?

Corns are patches of thickened, hardened, raised skin that can develop on the soles of the feet or on the toes in response to excessive pressure or friction. Your skin contains a protein called keratin. This protein holds the skin cells together and helps your skin protect itself from the elements. When your skin is exposed to friction or pressure over and over again, it responds by producing a thick, tough layer of keratin over the injured area, leading to a corn or callus. Although corns arise as a protective measure, they can sometimes cause more harm than good. You may find that a corn is causing you pain or discomfort when you walk, or that it rubs against your shoes uncomfortably. In some cases, a corn can also become infected. If you have painful corns, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 January 2022 00:00

How to Find Shoes That Fit Perfectly

While great looking shoes might catch your eye, make sure they are as comfortable and properly fitted as they are attractive before you buy them. Have both feet measured every time you buy shoes to make sure they haven’t grown in length or width. Bring a tracing of your foot with you when you go shoe shopping. Any shoe you place on top of the tracing that is smaller in width or length should be avoided. Wear the same socks that you are planning on wearing with the new shoes. Make sure you shop in the afternoon, after your feet have expanded during the day. There should be approximately 1/2 inch of space between the end of the shoe and your longest toe when you are standing up in the shoes, and enough room to wiggle your toes comfortably. Make sure they don’t squeeze the ball of your feet and that they fit comfortably at the heel without pinching or slipping around. Any shoe you buy should fit correctly as you are trying them on, without having to “break them in.” If a larger or wider size feels more comfortable, buy that, rather than trying to squeeze into a size you believe should fit you. Check the inside of the shoe to make sure there aren’t any rough edges or seams that will rub against your foot, and walk around the store in them to make sure they fit snugly without being tight or slipping off. For more professional tips on buying shoes, as well as finding the right shoe for your particular foot, make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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