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How to Check Your Feet
Check your feet weekly if you've never had complications. Perform exams daily if you have lost sensation and/or a history of foot wounds.
Foot exams may be difficult to do on your own. But you're not off the hook! Allow Dr. Thakar and our office staff to help. Here are the steps to give a good foot exam.
Ankle sprains are caused by an unnatural twisting or force on the ankle bones of the foot, often resulting in one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle to be stretched or torn. If not properly treated, ankle sprains could develop into long-term problems.
Bunions are misaligned big toe joints that can become swollen and tender, causing the first joint of the big toe to slant outward, and the second joint to angle toward the other toes.
Flat feet are a common condition. In infants and toddlers, the longitudinal arch is not developed and flat feet are normal. The arch develops in childhood, and by adulthood, most people have developed normal arches.
Hammertoe is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. Left untreated, hammertoes can become inflexible and require surgery.
Diabetic Foot Care
With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that's too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal.
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain.
Corns and calluses are protective layers of compacted, dead skin cells. They are caused by repeated friction from skin rubbing against bony areas or against an irregularity in a shoe. Corns ordinarily form on the toes and calluses on the soles of the feet.
So what else can you do to protect your feet?
Have regular foot exams and if you have diabetic neuropathy check your feet daily.
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery
Dr. Thakar recommend that you have your feet checked at least annually for altered sensation, decreased circulation and/or infection.
There are several parts of a foot exam. First, the doctor performs a visual inspection, looking for skin color changes, cuts and other damage. The doctor will then take a look between your toes, because often infections can start there. The doctor will also take a pulse at key points of the foot to determine the level of circulation. The Doctor will also do a test of sensation, where the doctor may use a tuning fork, a pin wheel or a tool called a tin gram fiber to evaluate your awareness of touch, dull versus sharp pain and movement of the tool across the skin.
Dr. Vikram V. Thakar, D.P.M
From routine checkups to treatments for surgery, The Foot Doctor is ready to handle all your podiatric needs.