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“The CDC says the occurrence of diabetes-related foot and lower-leg amputation has decreased by 65 percent since 1996,” says Eric Steen, DPM, a podiatrist at Pro Active Podiatry and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Working together, podiatrists and their patients with diabetes can reduce the number of amputations even more.”
Dr. Eric Steen
 
 
People with diabetes may be less aware of cuts or wounds on their feet due to the nerve damage related to their disease, Dr. Steen points out. “Regular and vigilant foot care can help catch problems before they develop into a health crisis.”
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.
 


Flip-flops don’t offer much support for the feet and can actually increase one’s risk of injury. “We’ve made flip-flops into a new fashion statement,” said podiatrist Dr. Edward McLaughlin of McLaughlin & McLaughlin in Riverhead. But “when it comes down to flip-flops,” he added, “they are essentially a shower shoe.”
 
Dr. Edward McLaughlin
 
 
Because the heel of the shoe is meant to flop around, it offers no arch or heel support, Dr. McLaughlin said, explaining that sandals with some type of heel strap are the more sensible way to go. “When you’re tied into a shoe with a back to it, you can’t bend your foot up as much,” he said.  
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 


 
It's sandal season, which means that nail salons are busy clipping, buffing, and polishing toes galore. Tending to those colorful toes, though, poses some health risks that should be considered, doctors say. "One is fungus, then viruses and bacterial infections," says Dr. Gene Mirkin, a podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic in Kensington. "If the place you go to isn't vigilant about how they treat the instruments between clients, there's a greater possibility of picking up something that could make summer toenails more painful than splashy." 
 
Dr. Gene Mirkin
 
 
Mirkin says he cautions his patients about the whirlpool foot baths used in many pedicures because they are connected to piping that is difficult to sterilize. As a result, he says, they can be "cesspools for bacteria, fungus, and yeast." If possible, opt for simple glass or metal bowls, which also are offered in some salons.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics.

 


According to Dr. Eric Hart, "Many people trim toenails by tapering the corners so the nail curves with the shape of the toe. But this technique may encourage the toenail to grow into the skin of your toe. The sides or corners of this nail then dig into your skin. The surrounding skin is likely to become swollen and tender and can become infected. The problem most often occurs with the big toe." 
 
Dr. Eric Hart
 
 
"Shoe pressure, injury, fungus infection, heredity, and poor foot structure also may cause ingrown toenails. Trim toenails straight across, select proper shoe styles and sizes, and respond to foot pain in a timely manner, " says Hart.
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
Brought to you by Doctor John A. Hardy, owner of Toronto's foot clinic, Academy Foot and Orthotic Clinics. 

 


For the last several years, Peter McAllister, MD, one of the world’s leading authorities on Botox’s therapeutic uses, has been using it to treat one of runners’ most common complaints, plantar fasciitis. For the past eight years, Florida podiatrist and podiatric surgeon Adam D. Perler, DPM has extensively used amniotic tissue to treat plantar fasciitis. Harvested from umbilical cord and afterbirth material, the amniotic tissue is injected into the damaged area, jumpstarting the body’s own healing process. Because the treatment relies on temporary inflammation, patients may at first actually feel worse as the injury heals, at least for a few weeks. 
 
Dr. Adam Perler
 
 
But with Botox, there’s typically no pain involved. After reading studies [on Botox], Dr. Perler has been intrigued by the possibilities, and says he may begin using the treatment in his practice, especially in patients who may have an overlying nerve problem in addition to the typical plantar fasciitis.
 
Source: Robert Annis, Prevention [2/19/19]
 
Courtesy of Barry Block, editor of PM News.
 
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