Those with Diabetes Need Specialized Podiatric Care

At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we believe that good foot care is important for everyone. However, patients with diabetes have needs that go above and beyond that of the average patient.

Why? There are two common problems associated with diabetes that can have a serious impact on your feet: neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease. Neuropathy—or nerve damage—means that you lack normal sensory perception and therefore may not perceive pain, heat or cold accurately. This greatly increases your risk of suffering a foot injury or developing an infection and not realizing it right away. The second problem, peripheral vascular disease, decreases blood flow to your feet which means that injuries and infections take longer to heal. For these reasons, foot problems, even seemingly minor ones like ingrown toenails or athlete’s foot, can quickly become a major health threat.

Our podiatrists Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw and Dr. Adam Thompson will monitor you closely if you are a patient with diabetes. Regular checkups will be an important part of managing the disease and protecting your feet.

As a patient, there are a number of precautions you can take to help ensure that your feet stay healthy:

Make smart footwear choices. Your shoes can make or break your foot health. Look for styles that have roomy toe boxes and don’t pinch or rub anywhere on your foot. Stick with low heels. Choose shoes made out of soft, flexible materials that allow for good air circulation. Don’t wear the same pair of shoes every day.

Keep your feet covered. Decreased feeling in your feet means you may not feel pain from stepping on a sharp object. Wear shoes even when you are at home. Always wear flip flops or shower shoes when you are in public places like community pools and gym locker rooms. This will prevent fungal and bacterial infections.

Avoid extreme temperatures. Don’t expose your feet to a direct flame or heat source. Don’t use electric blankets. Always test the water in the bath tub with your elbow or arm—don’t rely on your feet to give you an accurate idea of the temperature. Limit time outdoors during cold weather.

Check your feet often. Make inspecting your feet part of your daily care routine. Look for changes in skin color, rashes, toenail thickening or discoloration, bruising, cuts or wounds and any lumps, bumps or growths. If you find anything unusual, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office as soon as possible to head off potential problems.

 

Gout Affects More Men than Women

This month we recognize as Men’s Health Month. At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, that gives us a chance to highlight a podiatric condition whose highest risk category is men between the ages of 40 and 60: gout.

6 Reasons To Call a Podiatrist

At Benenati Foot and Ankle Care Centers, we would always rather see our patients on the side of caution when it comes to dealing with lower extremity pain and discomfort.

Myths about Skin Cancer

here are over 5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed each year in the United States and that number continues to rise. The irony of this is that skin cancer is one of the most preventable forms of the disease.

Foot Health Tips for Seniors

It’s May and here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we’re celebrating our senior patients in honor of Older Americans Month. In our practice, we serve patients in all age groups and each has its own particular foot health care needs.

Can You Prevent Arthritis?

It’s important to know that the term “arthritis” doesn’t refer to just one condition. There are over 100 disorders that cause joint pain and disease that fall under the umbrella term arthritis. Each of our feet has 33 joints that can be affected by joint pain.

Dealing with Fungal Toenails

At the first hint of warmer weather, you may be inclined to pull out your favorite sandals or open-toed shoes. But, when you go to put them on, you notice that one of your nails is a brownish gray color and the nail looks thick and a little crumbly at the edges.

5 Ways To Help Bunions

Did you know that it is estimated that about 33 percent of the population of the Western world will develop a bunion at one time in their lives? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we find that many patients are not familiar with the causes and treatments of this common condition.

What are Chilblains and How You Can Prevent Them

Keeping your feet healthy and protected can be tough when cooler weather comes. A Chilblain is an unsightly and uncomfortable skin issue that effects toes. Let’s take a look at chilblains, what causes them, and what you can do stop yourself...

What Are Flexible Flat Feet?

Being flexible is usually considered to be a good thing, but when it comes to your feet having flexible arches, it is not a desirable characteristic since flat feet can lead to a wide variety of other problems over time.

How Your Feet Change Over Time

It’s important to pay attention to your feet as you get older because eventually all those years of walking, running and standing on them catch up to you. Not only do natural changes to foot structure and function occur, but also the signs of all that wear and tear become more obvious with each passing year.

Foot Care Myths

Growing up, we’ve all been told stories to keep us out of trouble. Whether or not they were true is another story. As children, we may have been told not to cross our eyes because they’ll get stuck, or, that cracking your knuckles will cause arthritis.

Wearing Heels the Healthy Way

While wearing high heels may look great, they won’t feel great after a while. Ever wonder why after even an hour your feet start to cramp and feel sore, you may walk slower, or a little more awkwardly?

Hydrating Your Feet Year Round

No matter the season, no matter your age, it’s always important to keep your feet hydrated. Exposure to the sun without proper protection can both burn and dry out skin. Likewise, in cooler seasons, feet spend more time stuffed in socks and boots than not. Without proper hydration, this can leave them feeling itchy, dry, and looking cracked.

Hot Feet in Cold Weather?

Do your feet feel like they are on fire? And the rest of your body is cool or, in this weather, even cold? While it may seem like a glitch in your body’s system, there are reasons why you may have burning feet.
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