Here at, we help patients overcome foot issues daily. Many common foot ailments that can be a breeze to treat for some people can cause a huge pain in the foot for diabetic patients. If you have diabetes, here are a few common issues to look out for:
Foot Ulcers -- Ulcers are cracks or sores that go deep into the skin of your foot. For someone with diabetes, an ulcer can start out as a mild blister from a shoe rubbing on your toes or a small cut on your foot. Untreated ulcers can grow to become serious infections, which can need surgery.
Blisters -- For diabetic patients, blisters can become a serious concern. If left untreated, they can lead to a nasty infection. If you notice a blister forming on your foot, call your podiatrist, and never pop it open.
Neuropathy -- High levels of glucose in your body can leave the nerves in your extremities damaged, leading to a lack of sensation in your feet. This doesn’t directly cause pain, but can make it difficult to notice a blister, wound, or crack on your foot. These blemishes can be serious if left untreated.
Fungal Nails -- Circulation issues and diabetes often go hand-in-hand. This makes fungal nails more difficult to treat and potentially more problematic. If topical solutions don’t rid your toenails of fungus, your podiatrist can help prescribe a regimen of oral medication.
Athlete’s Foot -- Dry skin associated with diabetes can leave your skin more prone to bacteria. Even tiny cracks can make athlete’s foot difficult to treat for a diabetic patient. Chat with your podiatrist for a solid solution to stop this infection.
Our professional podiatrists, Dr. William Stoll, Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, and Dr. Daalia Jones are well-versed in. If you are diabetic and dealing with any of the above foot ailments, or suffering from any other issues, today.
If you’re over 65 years old, it’s essential you take the right steps to treat your feet right. Senior citizens who take care of their feet prevent injuries, falls, and complications from diseases like diabetes. Follow these tips put together by Atlanta Foot Care Center to properly care for your feet:
Step out in the right shoes. Proper footwear helps prevent falls by helping keep you balanced. Always wear the shoe around the store for a bit to ensure proper fit. Shoes that are too tight, rub on the heels, or slide around can cause blisters and painful sores – especially avoid improperly fitting shoes if you have diabetes or neuropathy.
Show your feet some attention. As you age, your muscle tissues thin and your nerves might not work as effectively, often leading to loss of feeling in your feet, known as neuropathy. Check the soles of your feet and between your toes daily for cuts, blisters, sores, or any noticeable change. It’s especially important to be diligent if you have diabetes.
Trim your toenails right. Trim your toenails straight across and no shorter than the tip of your toe to prevent ingrown toenails. If you have trouble trimming your own toes, schedule a visit with your podiatrist for a medical pedicure or nail trimming.
Increase blood flow to your feet. Senior citizens might have decreased blood flow to their feet and extremities. You can ensure proper blood flow by adding stretches to your daily activity, wiggling your toes when sitting for extended periods and massaging your feet regularly. If you smoke, quitting now can help your blood circulation as well.
Don’t let your feet dry out. It’s important to keep your feet well-moisturized to prevent them from cracking. Use mild soap when you wash and apply a nice dollop of lotion after you step out of the shower. However, make sure you change your socks regularly and don’t let your feet get too damp before putting on shoes.
Visit your podiatrist. The professional, friendly podiatrists at Atlanta Foot Care can help discuss foot care with you no matter what step of life you’re in. If you need help planning senior foot care, give us a call! You can also schedule an appointment online. Our skilled podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, and Dr. Daalia M. Jones keep up with the latest trends in foot health.
At Atlanta Foot Care Center, we know that to have healthy feet, you must have a healthy body. That’s why we celebrate March as National Nutrition Month. Your feet do a lot of work for your body, and they need the proper nutrition to keep it up! Some foot issues can be directly linked to diet. There are two essential nutrients that your body needs at any age: calcium and vitamin D.
These nutrients work hand-in-hand to build and maintain strong bones. Calcium keeps the bones fortified, and vitamin D helps your body absorb that necessary calcium. Bones become brittle and can easily be fractured with an insufficient amount of either nutrient.
Nutrition is important at any age.
Starting children on a healthy, calcium-rich diet early is key to helping them grow strong in the future. Poor childhood diet could lead to complications later in life, including weaker bones. Good sources of calcium come from milk, yogurt, almonds, cereals fortified with calcium, eggs, white beans, kale, and black-eyed peas. Many non-dairy kinds of milk such as almond, soy, hemp, and cashew are fortified with double the calcium than dairy. Even through adulthood and into the golden years of 65 and older, your body needs at least 700mg of calcium a day.
Get some sun!
Although you can get vitamin D through many fortified foods or supplements, such as cod liver oil, it can be tough to get your daily recommended amount. For most people, sunlight is the best way to get this essential vitamin. Sunlight converts cholesterol to vitamin D in your body. This means all you need to do is spend some time outside on a nice sunny day!
Ensuring that you have proper levels of all necessary nutrients in your body will ensure your feet will stay strong and healthy to carry you through the day. If you need help planning a healthy diet for a healthy body and healthy feet, give us a call! You can also schedule an appointment online. Our skilled podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, and Dr. Daalia M. Jones keep up with the latest trends in foot health.
Heel Pain can cause significant roadblocks to everyday activities. This can be annoying; very annoying. We use our heels for every step we take and it bears a good portion of weight from the rest of the body. The plantar fascia is a muscle that joins the heel bone to the toes and can play an important role in mobility. Plantar fasciitis occurs as this ligament is stressed and thereafter swells up. As this all happens, mobility becomes severely hindered and routine activities suddenly become strained and out of reach. This condition has a higher chance of occurring when walking with feet turned inwardly, keeping weight on the heel for long periods of time or utilizing shoes that are tight and do not fit correctly.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Relaxing the heel for extended periods of time can lead to long-lasting relief.
- Using ice therapy to alleviate inflammation.
- Physical therapy to ease ligaments and the plantar fascia so that heel pain can be condensed.
- Using shoe inserts, cushioning and orthotics to help redistribute pressure along the foot so that the heel will bear less stress over long periods of time or during periods of short, high-intensity activities.
- Losing weight can lead to significant reductions of pressure applied to the heel, as well as a variety of other health benefits.
- Use of medications such as anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
Heel pain is a drag on your everyday activities and when severe, can cause debilitating pain. At Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., can help to focus on the cause of your heel pain and treat it with the latest advancements podiatry has to offer. Therefore, we recommend that you call our office at (404) 355-4522 to schedule an appointment today. We will provide you with comprehensive treatment plans that can help your feet recover from this condition and give you a great chance at avoiding it from coming back in the future!
Foot Infections are risky and potentially life-changing. This is the case because they can lead to amputations. In particular, diabetics who incur foot infections can have severe issues depending on if they are mild, modest or severe.
Diabetes has the potential to make any foot infection turn serious, which can include cellulitis, necrotizing fasciitis, septic arthritis or tendinitis. Foot infections are among the most common and serious complications of diabetes. Diabetics with foot infections have an increased likelihood of requiring hospitalization. Since diabetics have the increased risk of foot ulcerations, infections are the leading influences for amputation. The usual cause of infections in the foot is bacterial in nature.
If a foot infection is formed because of an untreated wound, it will be cultured by a medical professional to determine the exact cause of the infection so that the most effective medication can be prescribed. If the foot has an ulcer, the skin of it will be scraped off for a biopsy.
Consequently, proper care of foot infections involves effective wound management, use of antibiotics and any surgical treatment that may be necessary. It’s also important to prevent the formation of antibiotic-resistant infections by not using too many unnecessary antibiotics. Therefore, antibiotic treatment should last for up to a month or up to 4 months if the infection has spread or become severe and is absolutely essential.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Proper management of diabetic foot infections through proper medications, drainage, removal of debris/dead tissues and wound care.
- Surgical procedures that involve corrective measures and/or amputation. These procedures are only effective if done so timely.
Proper management of foot infections is paramount for maintaining suitable long-term foot and ankle health. At Atlanta Foot Care Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, our podiatrists, Dr. William C. Stoll, D.P.M., Dr. Dwayne A. Lay, D.P.M. and Dr. Daalia M. Jones, D.P.M., will identify and manage any foot infection you may develop. So, please call our office at (404) 355-4522 to schedule an appointment so that we can help your feet beat any infection that may be present or that which may try to infect your foot in the future.
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