Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Surgery for ingrown toenails is aimed at providing relief and preventing future issues. When conservative treatments fail, a minor surgical intervention can become necessary. During the procedure, a doctor numbs the toe and removes part or all of the affected nail. This process helps to eliminate the pain and inflammation caused by the ingrown nail. After surgery, keeping the area clean and dry is essential to prevent infection. Pain and swelling are usually minimal, and pain relievers can help to manage any discomfort. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days, though wearing loose-fitting or open-toed shoes is recommended to avoid pressure on the toe. Proper post-surgical care, including regular follow-up visits, ensures a smooth recovery and reduces the risk of recurrence. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you make an appointment with your podiatrist to determine if surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of APEX Foot & Ankle Center. 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 our offices located in Fort Myers, Cypress Cove, Shellpoint, Naples, and Carlisle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Diabetic foot wounds are common complications resulting from a combination of poor circulation and neuropathy, which reduces sensation in the feet. Risk factors can include prolonged high blood sugar levels, which damage blood vessels and nerves, and wearing ill-fitting shoes, which can cause blisters and sores. People with diabetes are more prone to infections due to a weakened immune response. Proper foot care is essential to prevent these wounds. Daily inspections for cuts, blisters, or any changes in skin color are vital. Keeping feet clean and dry, moisturizing to prevent cracking, and wearing comfortable, protective shoes are essential steps. Regular visits to a podiatrist for foot examinations and managing blood sugar levels effectively can also reduce the risk of severe complications. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from APEX Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Fort Myers, Cypress Cove, Shellpoint, Naples, and Carlisle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 07 July 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Pressure ulcers on the feet and ankles, also known as pressure sores or bedsores, are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure. These ulcers are common in individuals with limited mobility, and can often affect the feet. Intrinsic factors, such as poor nutrition, age, and medical conditions like diabetes, affect the body's ability to heal and withstand pressure. Extrinsic factors involve external forces like friction and prolonged pressure from staying in one position. Symptoms include redness, pain, and open sores, which can progress to deep wounds exposing muscle and bone. Pressure ulcers occur due to reduced blood flow to the affected area, leading to tissue damage. Prevention includes regularly changing positions, using supportive devices, maintaining good nutrition, and keeping the skin clean and dry. Treatment involves relieving pressure, cleaning wounds, and using dressings or medications to promote healing. Advanced cases might require surgical intervention. If you are suffering from a pressure ulcer on your feet or ankles, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for care.

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 podiatrists from APEX Foot & Ankle Center. 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 our offices located in Fort Myers, Cypress Cove, Shellpoint, Naples, and Carlisle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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