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Former Chicago Bears player William 'Refrigerator' Perry may lose his leg due to his complications with diabetes. Diabetes effects more then just your blood sugar. Stay proactive in keeping your feet healthy!

January 20, 2016
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Whether you're newly diagnosed with diabetes or you have had it for many years, you quickly learn just how important caring for your feet is. Often, you hear scary stories of people losing their toes and feet just because of diabetes. Fortunately, with good control of your blood sugar levels and daily foot care, it doesn't have to lead to losing your feet. Some of the symptoms you may have as a diabetic can be numbness of the feet or toes, a small wound that does not heal or increases in size, or an infection of the foot that does not seem to be getting better.

Diabetes can decrease circulation, which is often linked to poor healing. When it comes to diabetes, people may neglect foot care. According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately one in five people with diabetes end up in the hospital because of complications of the foot. Being proactive about keeping your feet healthy is the best way to care for a diabetic foot. Here are some tips to keeping your feet healthy while managing your diabetes:


-First thing is first:make friends with your podiatrist. You should be having your feet checked annually at minimum and more often if you develop complications of the foot. If you begin to see cuts or an ingrown toenail, make an appointment as soon as possible.


-Check your feet every single day! You may begin to lose sensitivity to your feet and you may not feel it if you step on glass or cut your foot. The best way to know is to make time at the end of each day and inspect each foot. If you have trouble seeing the bottom of your foot, ask someone to help you look or use a mirror to get a better look!


-Keep your feet clean! But be careful when stepping into a bath or shower. Always carefully test the water with your hands first. You can burn your feet and not even know it by stepping into a bath that is too hot. This also goes for heating blankets and heating pads. Never place them directly onto your feet.


-Get with your podiatrist about ordering special shoe inserts. You can have custom fitted shoes and specialty inserts made in-office and these will help protect your feet. Wearing shoes, even at home, will help protect your feet from injury.


-Keep active and healthy! You don't have to stop your normal exercise. In fact, it is important that you continue to exercise, eat healthy, and monitor your blood sugar.


-Smoking further reduces circulation to your feet. So if you smoke, look at your options to quit. Your doctor can help you find local resources to get you started.


If you have any questions or want to make an appointment, call Emerald Coast Podiatry! We will be happy to discuss all the options you have for keeping your feet healthy. 

January 15, 2016
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-Approximately 75% of people will experience heel and foot pain in their lifetime.


-The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp heel pain when taking the first step in the morning.


-Plantar Fasciitis and the inflammation caused by it is one of the most treatable conditions on the foot!!


-Heel pain can come and go, so just because it is there one day and gone the next DOES NOT mean it is getting better.


-Plantar Fasciitis and other causes of heel pain, such as inflammation of the Achilles tendon, respond to non-surgical treatment almost all of the time!!


-Many things can cause heel pain, such as heel spurs, overuse of the feet, stressful impact, weight gain, and arch height. Some you can prevent and some you can't!


-Emerald Coast Podiatry sees and treats more heel pain then you think and can get you back on your feet quick!


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Everyone loves to start their new year with a resolution to do better. The seemingly most popular resolution? Losing weight. Diets, gym memberships, and exercising all around. But before you begin to over-do it with the  exercising, know that foot injuries can happen in the blink of an eye. It something most people may overlook when they begin to go to the gym or head out for the first run of the new year. Here are a few tips to keep your feet going strong in 2016:

-Get fitted for good shoes! This cannot be stressed enough. If you don't have good support, you are risking injury every time you head out to exercise.

-Know your boundaries. If this is your first time beginning an exercise regimen, start out slow. Increase your activity over a period of time. Over exerting yourself and your feet put you on the fast track to foot and sprains, strains, and fractures.

-Keep your feet dry by changing your socks out after you exercise. This is the easiest way to prevent bacteria and fungi from building up on your nails and feet.

-If you think you have an injury, don't try to just push through it. Ankle sprains, heel pain ,and tendonitis are common injuries that can be made worse if ignored.  The best resource is your podiatrist. Get your injury checked out before it becomes worse.