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April 2024

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Charcot Foot and Foot Ulcers

Charcot foot, also known as Charcot neuroarthropathy, is a condition characterized by progressive weakening and degeneration of the bones and joints in the foot or ankle. It often affects individuals with peripheral neuropathy, such as those with diabetes. One significant complication of Charcot foot is the development of foot ulcers, which can result from pressure points and trauma due to the structural changes in the foot. These ulcers are particularly problematic as they can lead to serious infections and even amputation if left untreated. Unfortunately, Charcot foot and its associated ulcers may go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed initially due to symptoms resembling other foot conditions or neuropathic pain masking typical signs of inflammation. Podiatrists provide comprehensive care for Charcot foot including diagnosis, wound care, orthotic interventions, and patient education to prevent complications and improve the quality of life for affected individuals. If you feel a weakening in your feet or ankles, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. If you have Charcot foot, early intervention can thwart severe problems.

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 doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. 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 one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 12 April 2024 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Enhancing Recovery After Foot Surgery

Recovery from foot surgery can be a challenging process, but there are steps you can take to expedite healing and regain mobility sooner. This can begin by adhering strictly to the post-operative instructions provided by your podiatric team, including rest, elevation, and medication schedules. Proper nutrition is essential for supporting the body's healing processes, so focus on consuming a balanced diet rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals. Keep the surgical site clean and dry to prevent infections, and change dressings as instructed. Consider using assistive devices such as crutches or walkers to avoid putting weight on the foot during the initial stages of recovery. Stay connected with your podiatrist, attending follow-up appointments and addressing any concerns promptly. Finally, be patient and give your body the time to heal properly, avoiding activities that could delay recovery. If you have questions about recovery from your specific type of foot surgery, it is suggested that you consult with your podiatrist who can guide you on the best healing approach.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our doctors of Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

The Impact of Obesity on Children's Feet

Childhood obesity is a pressing concern affecting millions worldwide, with repercussions extending beyond physical health. Among the many adverse effects, the impact on children's feet is often overlooked but significant. Excessive weight places immense pressure on the feet, leading to a range of orthopedic issues. Flat feet, for instance, are common among obese children, as the arches may collapse under the body's weight. This not only causes discomfort but also affects mobility and posture. Furthermore, obesity increases the risk of developing conditions like plantar fasciitis, where the tissue connecting the heel to the toes becomes inflamed due to strain. Over time, untreated foot problems can escalate, hindering a child's ability to engage in physical activities and leading to long-term health complications. Addressing childhood obesity is essential not only for overall health but also for preventing foot-related issues that can impact a child's quality of life. If your child has excess weight and has developed foot conditions, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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