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A Day in the Office

One of the coolest parts about working as a podiatrist is that no two days are exactly alike. There’s just enough similarity to keep things manageable but the variety in patients, diagnoses, and treatments means every day has a new challenge that I can’t wait to tackle. Typically, I tend to see a lot of diabetic foot care, heel pain and fungal nails. However, most days I get a little bit of everything from trimming nails and callouses to treating bone spurs. Most often I see people for fungal nails which is a very common condition in general. Heel pain is common too because it can be a condition on its own or an indicator of something else that needs to be addressed.

Every once in a while, I get a case that really sticks out above the rest. Like I mentioned before I do a lot of diabetic foot care and with that comes treating the neuropathy and numbness some people get in their feet. There was a patient I was treating for neuropathy who came in complaining about a strange pressure sensation in his foot.  During the examination, I noticed a strange kind of figure-eight shape pressed into the bottom of his foot. Obviously, this is very unusual, so I took a look inside his shoe and you wouldn’t believe what I found… a pair of folded up sunglasses! When I pulled them out and showed him, he went, “There they are!” Apparently, he had dropped them at some point and had been walking around on them without realizing it. There’s never a dull moment around our office!

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Diabetic Foot Care

Although most people know a person suffering from (pre-) diabetes, the population at large isn’t necessarily well informed about this disease and its impact. Diabetes Awareness Month was implemented to change this by educating the public. One of these rather unknown facts is that Diabetes is the main cause behind full or partial foot/lower leg amputations.

The link between Diabetes and foot care is called Peripheral Neuropathy. Diabetes damages nerves in the foot which causes pain, sensitivity to touch, tingling, and/or numbness. Approximately half of Diabetes patients are affected by these symptoms.

Another link is Peripheral Vascular Disease.  This is a disorder that negatively impacts blood flow and circulation. Foot ulcers, wounds that won’t heal properly and infections can eventually result in amputations if not treated properly.

Annual checkups to look out for both Neuropathy and Vascular Disease are recommended. Once diagnosed, podiatrists can help manage symptoms by…

  • Creating a pain management plan and prescribing medication
  • Creating a therapy plan, including exercise routines
  • Performing surgeries in extreme cases

Needless to say, your podiatrist can help you prevent any of these conditions in the first place, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment at 309-762-7919. You can also find further information here: