We are happy to offer complementary foot health assessments on Friday October 13th, 2017
You will will receive:
- Information on your nail concerns.
- One on one foot health assessment performed by a Podortho Nurse Foot Specialist
- Receive information on how to treat and cure fungal nails (Onychomycosis)
Each assessment is completely complementary, with refreshments and snacks provided.
We will only accept bookings over the phone, so please call into the clinic to book your personal assessment time.
“Clinic day fills fast, so call now!”
Diabetes can cause nerve damage (also known as diabetes peripheral neuropathy - DPN) and poor blood flow or circulation to the legs and feet (also known as peripheral arterial disease - PAD). As a result, people with diabetes are less likely to feel a foot injury, such as a blister or cut. Diabetes can make these injuries more difficult to heal. Unnoticed and untreated, even small foot injuries can quickly become infected, potentially leading to serious complications.
Daily Foot Care
As always, prevention is the best medicine. A good daily foot care routine will help keep your feet healthy.
Start by assembling a foot care kit containing nail clippers, nail file, lotion, and a non-breakable hand mirror. Having everything you need in one place makes it easier to follow this foot care routine every day:
- Wash your feet in warm (not hot) water, using a mild soap. Don’t soak your feet, as this can dry your skin.
- Dry your feet carefully, especially between your toes.
- Thoroughly check your feet and between your toes to make sure there are no cuts, cracks, ingrown toenails, blisters, etc. Use a hand mirror to see the bottom of your feet, or ask someone else to check them for you.
- Clean cuts or scratches with mild soap and water, and cover with a dry dressing suitable for sensitive skin.
- Trim your toenails straight across and file any sharp edges. Don’t cut the nails too short.
- Apply a good lotion to your heels and soles. Wipe off excess lotion that is not absorbed. Don’t put lotion between your toes, as the excessive moisture can promote infection.
- Wear fresh clean socks and well-fitting shoes every day. Whenever possible, wear white socks – if you have a cut or sore, the drainage will be easy to see.
- Wear well-fitting shoes. They should be supportive, have low heels (less than five centimetres high) and should not rub or pinch.
- Shop at a reputable store with knowledgeable staff who can professionally fit your shoes.
- Buy shoes in the late afternoon (since your feet swell slightly by then).
- Wear socks at night if your feet get cold.
Elevate your feet when you are sitting.
- Wiggle your toes and move your ankles around for a few minutes several times a day to improve blood flow in your feet and legs.
- Exercise regularly to improve circulation.
Inspect your feet daily and in particular, feel for skin temperature differences between your feet.
- Use over-the-counter medications to treat corns and warts. They are dangerous for people with diabetes.
- Wear anything tight around your legs, such as tight socks or knee-highs.
- Ever go barefoot, even indoors. Consider buying a pair of well-fitting shoes that are just for indoors.
- Put hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet.
- Sit or cross your legs for long periods of time.
Smoke. Smoking decreases circulation and healing, and significantly increases the risks of amputation.
- Wear over-the-counter insoles - they can cause blisters if they are not right for your feet.
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Fungus among Us
Did you know that your body hosts more than 80 types of fungus, and the body part with the most is the heel, followed by the rest of the foot?
According to Life reporter- Jessica McDiarmid of the Toronto star, Found May 27, 2013. Researchers at the U.S National Institutes of Health launched a study of human fungal skin diversity using DNA sequencing.
“By gaining a more complete awareness of the fungal and bacterial ecosystems, we can better address associated skin diseases, including skin conditions which can be related to cancer treatments,” said Dr. Heidi Kong, one of the authors of the study. The research was published this week in Nature. Researchers focused on areas of the body associated with fungal infection, testing 14 sites on 10 healthy adults. Feet, by far host the most fungi types. Along with 80 found on the heel, researches found about 60 types on toenails and 40 in toe webbing.
Arms carry between 18 and 32 types of fungi, inside the elbow, on the inner forearm and the palm. The head and torso have the fewest types, with 2-10 depending on the site. Though fungal infections are common, difficulties growing fungi in a lab complicated diagnosis and treatment. Using DNA sequencing, researchers were able to identify more than 80 types of fungi. Traditional culturing methods produced just 18.
DNA sequencing reveals the great diversity of fungi, even those that are hard to grow in culture,” said co-author Julie Segre. “The data from our study gives us a baseline about normal individuals that we never had before.” Fungi levels were similar in each person and didn’t seem to change much over time-researchers tested twice, up to three months apart. “The bottom line is your feet are teeming with fungal diversity,” said Segre. “So wear your flip flops in locker rooms if you don’t want to mix your foot fungi with someone else’s fungi.
As Podortho / Advanced Foot Care Nurses we see fungus everyday in our practices either on the skin or on the toenails. We all know the fungus likes warm, dark and damp places, the importance of client education for at home is just as important as the care we give. This includes disinfecting our shoes and socks, to using products and treatments that are applied to the skin and nails. Some of our clients are not able to comply with home treatments due to the inability to reach there feet; we may have to work with their families or health care providers to help.
Routine foot care is always the best option, especially for those with complications regarding their foot and lower limb care like diabetes and circulatory problems. Using our advanced knowledge in assessment and skill we can keep our clients comfortable by reducing toenail thickness and monitoring skin problems that may arise. Podortho Nurses are often the first to notice these issues and will work with our health care teams and the client to treat and educate to reduce further complications and provide management strategies and on- going care plans of prevention and healing.