It’s important to know how to care for your feet to prevent serious complications.
When it comes to diabetes, the most important thing is keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Managing your diabetes, no matter if it’s Type I or Type II means that you are less likely to deal with potentially serious complications, many of which affect the health of your feet. It’s important to know how to properly care for your diabetic feet, as well as when to see our Avon, CT, podiatrist Dr. Richard Grayson for immediate care.
How Diabetes Affects Your Feet
If blood sugar levels are high and aren’t effectively managed with medication and lifestyle changes then you are at an increased risk for diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, which causes numbness, weakness, pain, and infection if left untreated. If a severe infection develops in the feet this can even lead to amputation.
How to Prevent Foot Complications
Fortunately, there are measures you can take each and every day to protect your feet from diabetic complications. These habits include:
Inspect Feet Daily
How will you ever be able to pinpoint changes in your feet if you don’t ever look at your feet in the first place? It’s important to thoroughly exam your feet looking for potential issues such as:
- Color changes
- Sores and open wounds
- Calluses and corns
Any issues you notice should be talked about with your Avon, CT, foot doctor right away to make sure that even minor symptoms don’t turn into something more serious.
Another way to improve blood sugar levels and the health of your feet, by proxy, is to get moving. Of course, subscribing to an exercise regimen for the first time may seem a bit daunting but our podiatrist can work with you to create an exercise plan that will be easy to maintain. Remember, physical activity doesn’t always mean joining a gym, it could mean everything from a peaceful 30-minute jaunt around your local park to gardening.
Keep Toenails Properly Trimmed
It’s important to keep toenails trimmed properly to prevent snagging or ingrown toenails. If you have trouble trimming your own toenails you may ask a member of your family or turn to our podiatrist in Avon, CT, to trim them for you.
Wear Proper Footwear
It’s important that you never walk around barefoot, even indoors. Choose comfortable socks and shoes that conform to your feet, don’t put pressure on your toes or certain joints, and provide cushioning and support for your feet.
If you are concerned about any changes in your feet and you’re living with diabetes in Avon, CT, it’s best to play it safe and give us a call. Our medical team at Avon Podiatry Associates is here to help.
Wondering if it’s time to consider getting a bunionectomy?
Most of the time people with bunions don’t deal with symptoms or the symptoms are so mild that they don’t have to ever consider surgery. However, there are certain situations where bunion surgery may be recommended by our podiatrist, Dr. Richard Grayson. Read on to learn whether you may benefit from getting bunion surgery from Dr. Grayson's Avon, CT, office!
What is a bunion and what are its symptoms?
Also referred to as a hallux valgus, this deformity often affects the joint at the base of the big toe, causing a bony bump to stick out at the edge of the foot.
A bunion appears gradually, so you may have the condition for a while before even noticing any symptoms until they've become painfully obvious. Common symptoms and bunion signs include,
- A bony protrusion that gets progressively larger
- Swelling or redness around the joint
- Pain or stiffness
Sometimes if shoes rub against this deformity it can also cause a callus to form on the bunion.
How are bunions typically treated?
Most of the time, bunions can be managed with simple conservative care. First and foremost, it is necessary that you wear the proper shoes to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Make sure that your shoes have a large enough toe bed that they aren’t pushed together (they should be able to wiggle around freely). Other ways to manage your bunion symptoms include,
- Icing the bunion for 10-15 minutes at a time
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications
- Splinting or bracing the foot
- Stretching and strengthening foot exercises
- Placing custom orthotics into your shoes for additional support
- Placing a bunion pad over the area to prevent friction when wearing shoes
When should I consider surgery?
It may be time to talk to our Avon podiatrist about surgery if,
- The pain and swelling is severe and persistent
- Your symptoms are affecting your quality of life
- You have limited range of motion in your feet
- Your symptoms make it difficult to walk
- The deformity is very large and is affecting your ability to wear shoes
If you are dealing with severe or persistent bunion pain/swelling, then it’s time to find out what our podiatry team can do to get your symptoms under control. Call Avon Podiatry Associates at (860) 677-7733 to schedule an appointment with us!
Though it begins as a simple annoyance, an ingrown toenail can quickly become a seriously painful experience. Learning to spot an ingrown nail in its earliest stages can help you ensure that it never reaches the point distress, and working with your podiatrist can ensure that you keep your feet in tip-top condition. Read below to learn more about ingrown toenails, their symptoms, and how your doctor can help treat them, and contact Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, for personal treatment.
What is an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail begins to curl, growing into the skin and causing it to become inflamed or infected. Ingrown toenails can cause mild to severe pain and happen to anyone.
Do I have an ingrown toenail?
An ingrown toenail may begin as a slight discomfort on the side of the toe, but can produce other symptoms as it advances. These include:
- Pain and discomfort around the toenail
- A curled or curved toenail which grows into the flesh on the side of the nail bed
- Redness or irritation on the side of the toenail
- Swelling around the nail bed
- An open wound around the nail
- A pus-filled wound around the nail
How can I prevent an ingrown toenail?
Preventing an ingrown toenail is as simple as taking a few steps to ensure that your toenails and feet remain clean and healthy. For instance, always cut the toenails straight across and avoid curving their sides while trimming. Additionally, always keep your feet dry and clean while also remembering to wear fresh socks daily and to change them after activities which cause perspiration. Finally, avoid wearing too-tight, too-narrow, or high-heeled shoes, as the pressure placed onto the nail can cause it to grow inward.
Treating ingrown toenails at our Avon, CT, office
Treating an ingrown toenail depends on its severity. In some cases, simply cutting the nail straight across and waiting for it to grow out is the best treatment. Other treatments may include your podiatrist removing part or all of the nail. If the skin has become infected, you may need to take antibiotics or other medications to treat the infection, as well. Consulting with your foot doctor will help you find the best treatment for your ingrown toenail.
For more information on ingrown toenails, please contact Dr. Richard Grayson at Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT. Call (860) 677-7733 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Grayson today!
Find out how your Avon, CT, podiatrist can help you with your heel pain
Dr. Richard Grayson, your Avon, CT, podiatrist at Avon Podiatry Associates, has years of experience and knowledge of how to examine feet, prescribe the proper course of treatment, and resolve any issues and problems like heel pain.
What could be causing heel pain?
Many people start to feel pain when the plantar fascia (a connective tissue that extends from the heel bone, across the arch, and to the toes) becomes irritated or inflamed.
This occurs when the foot rolls inward excessively while walking. The incessant rolling makes the foot flatten—an occurrence that lengthens the arch and adds tension on the connective tissue, causing inflammation and producing pain.
What are some other causes of heel pain?
- Heel spurs, a growth on the bone that may be painless in many cases but may also result in chronic pain
- Gout, which is the buildup of uric acid salts, a normal byproduct of the diet, in the joints
- Arthritis, which is swelling of cartilage and lining in joints
There are other disorders and issues as well including, collagen disorders, nerve injuries, heel bone abnormalities, and tumors.
How do I care for my heel pain?
Here are a few noninvasive options to consider.
- Wear comfortable shoes made of soft rubber
- Take medications according to your podiatrist's orders in addition to medicine such as ibuprofen that can help reduce inflammation
- Relax your feet and don't overexert yourself
- Apply ice packs and orthotic devices
- Go to physical therapy
- Stretch our your feet daily
- Avoid rigorous sports and exercises
If all else fails, there's the option of getting a surgical treatment that'll eliminate heel pain and remove connective tissue and heel spurs. For cases that don't respond to conservative treatments, ESWT (Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment) may be needed. These shock waves target the heel and stimulate the body's natural healing response.
Do you need a consultation?
For more information regarding your heel pain, contact your Avon, CT, podiatrist by calling (860) 677-7733 to schedule an appointment.
The bunion on your left foot hurts every day now. What's your best treatment option for bunions? At Avon Podiatry Associates, Dr. Richard Grayson evaluates and treats numerous patients for this deformity of the big toe joint. You can achieve pain relief and increased range of motion with bunionectomy being one a common treatment option. Learn more about bunion surgery here.
Time for surgery?
You feel that you need more aggressive treatment for your bulging big toe joint. An examination and X-rays at with your podiatrist in Avon reveals an increasingly large, bony bump at the base of the toe, and that toe is pointing toward the second toe.
How has this bunion happened? Well, age is a contributing factor. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that 36 percent of people over the age of 65 develop bunions. Other factors such as obesity, tight, narrow shoes and standing for long periods of time contribute to bunion formation.
What Dr. Grayson recommends
Based on his findings, your podiatrist in Avon may advise conservative measures first to control your pain and halt the progression of the bunion. Wider shoes, rest, losing weight, over-the-counter analgesics, and physical therapy often reduce the inflammation, decrease discomfort and increase mobility.
However, some patients--maybe you--need bunionectomy procedures. Often accomplished with local anesthetic and some sedation, a bunionectomy may:
- Remove the bump and correctly align the big toe joint
- Stabilize the joint with pins or screws
- Tighten or loosen the connective tissues around the big toe
- Correct arthritis in the joint
- Fuse the big toe joint
If you do need surgical correction, your podiatrist will customize an operation suited to your particular needs, age, mobility and health status. Afterwards, your foot will take several weeks to recover during which time you may wear a special supportive device and bandage. Ability to bear weight on the operated foot depends on what type of surgery you had. Dr. Grayson and his team give surgery patients detailed post-operative instructions to maximize healing and mobility.
Find out more
Contact Avon Podiatry Associates in Avon, CT, for a one-on-one consultation on that painful bunion. Dr. Grayson is a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon who has your best podiatric health in mind. Call (860) 677-7733.
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