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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
June 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care
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Keep Your Feet Healthy With DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses and processes blood sugar. One of the main symptoms of diabetes is nerve pain, creating numbness in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy). If you have diabetes, it’s important that you regularly see a podiatrist. The nerve damage prevents blood from reaching your feet, making it hard to notice when you have a foot injury. A podiatrist can help treat any injuries and foot conditions while also providing you with preventive care. 
 
Keep Track of Your Levels
Monitoring your blood sugar levels keeps both your feet and body healthy. High levels increase your risk of nerve damage. Besides taking your medication, try following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Losing excess weight makes your diabetes easier to manage. 
 
Pay Attention to Your Feet
Your podiatrist recommends checking your feet every day for injuries or other issues. Be on the lookout for blisters, cuts, swelling, redness, or nail problems. These indicate a bigger issue at hand. Things like blisters or dry skin put you at risk of infection. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your podiatrist right away. 
 
Wear Shoes and Socks Daily
People with diabetes need to protect their feet at all costs. This means that they should never go barefoot. Always wear socks and preferably shoes. Choose cotton or wool socks that aren’t too tight. For shoes, you want a pair that fits properly, is insulated, and protects you from injuries. 
 
Toenail Maintenance
Your podiatrist suggests keeping your toenails trimmed and cleaned when you have diabetes. This prevents dangerous infections from ingrown toenails. When you do cut your nails, do so straight across. Don’t try curbing them or cutting the corners and cuticles. Have a loved one help you with your nails if you can’t reach them yourself. 
 
Washing Your Feet
Be extra cautious when washing your feet. Always wash them with lukewarm water, taking care to dry them carefully after. Use a soft washcloth or sponge to avoid injury. You should moisture them after they are dry, just avoid applying lotion between the toes. 
 
Talk to Your Podiatrist
It’s important to stay in contact with your podiatrist with regular appointments. They work with you to manage your diabetic symptoms in your feet. Remember to practice foot care every day to stay safe. 
By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
April 05, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
April 18, 2016
Category: Foot Care

Painful foot infections can make it difficult to walk or enjoy your usual activities. Stanley Leis, DPM, Rebecca Smiley-Leis, DPM, Stewart toenail fungusJones, DPM, Kerry Anderson, DPM, and Randall Benedict, DPM, the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise, ID, are here to share information on several common foot infections and treatments.

Athlete's foot

You don't have to be an athlete to develop this common fungal infection. The fungus that causes the infection lives in warm, humid places and thrives in showers and damp socks. Athlete's foot is contagious, which is why it's best to wear shower shoes when you use a communal shower room. The infection causes a scaly, itchy rash between your toes. Over-the-counter sprays and creams are usually effective, but if your symptoms continue longer than a few weeks, or if you have diabetes, see your podiatrist. He or she can prescribe stronger anti-fungal medications that will clear up the fungus.

Toenail infections

Toenail infections are often caused by an ingrown toenail, although injuries can also cause infections. In addition to pain, you may notice that the skin around the ingrown toenail or injured area is red and swollen. Podiatrists use antibiotics to treat the infection. Your doctor may also recommend removing all or part of your toenail.

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a skin infection that occurs when bacteria enters your body through breaks in the skin. Calluses, broken blister, eczema, corns, areas of dry skin or ingrown toenails can cause tiny breaks that allow bacteria to enter. Symptoms of cellulitis include redness, pain, warmth, fever, chills, red streaks or pus. Podiatrists treat cellulitis with antibiotics. In severe cases, intravenous antibiotics or surgery may be needed to clear the infection.

Diabetic foot infections

People who have diabetes are more likely to develop foot infections due to nerve damage and poor blood flow to the feet. When you have diabetes, healing of foot infections also takes longer. People who have diabetes are at increased risk of developing osteomyelitis, a bone infection, that may require the removal of the affected bone if antibiotics aren't helpful. If you have diabetes, inspect your feet daily and call your Boise podiatrist immediately if you spot any signs of injury or infection.

Are you concerned about a foot issue? Your Boise, ID, podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates can help. Call us at (208) to schedule an appointment.