SPECIALTY FOOT CARE
HOW DOES DIABETES AFFECT MY FEET
Diabetes is a disease where the body cannot make proper use of the sugar that you eat. This sugar builds up in the blood and causes many changes in the body. It lowers your resistance to infection, prevents normal healing, and affects the circulation to the feet. Because of this, it is very important that all diabetics have proper foot care.
PROPER FOOT CARE FOR DIABETICS
- Feet should be washed daily in lukewarm (not hot) soapy water and patted dry (don’t rub), especially between the toes.
- Socks should be clean and changed daily.
- Shoes should fit well, not tightly, and shoes should be changed daily to allow them time to dry. New shoes should be purchased in the evening, when your feet are their largest.
- Toenails should be trimmed straight across, even with the tip of the toe. Do NOT dig under the nail or cuticle.
- Avoid wearing anything tight around the legs or ankles as this may reduce blood supply to the feet. Smoking also reduces the blood supply to your feet.
- Regular check-ups by your physician are necessary to keep your blood sugar in line.
- Any cuts, cracks, sores, calluses, or corns on your feet should be seen by your podiatrist to prevent severe infections. Do NOT attempt to trim your own feet. Do NOT use commercial corn remedies.
- Under proper control, a diabetic often can be treated by a podiatrist in the same way as a non-diabetic is treated.
CHILDREN’S FOOT CARE
WHY PEDIATRIC PODIATRY IS IMPORTANT
It has been our experience that proper care and treatment of the feet, beginning in childhood, will prevent many of the mechanical and orthopedic problems seen in adults. Preventive medicine in the field of podiatry is just as important to your child as it is in dentistry or general medicine. Many children walk excessively pigeon toed, flat footed, or bowlegged. Although they are not in pain, they are damaging their feet.
The child’s foot is soft and pliable. Any deformity of the foot or leg can easily be straightened. As the child matures, the foot is fully formed, and the any deformity which has not been corrected is molded into his foot for life.
Dr. Rivard treats children using corrective casts, orthopedic shoes, foot supports, special foot devices, and surgery if necessary, to achieve straight healthy feet.
GERIATRIC FOOT CARE
YOUR FEET DON'T HAVE TO HURT
The older patients suffer from all the same foot problems that younger patients do, and very often they can be treated and have their problems corrected permanently. Occasionally, the older patient’s condition is complicated by poor circulation, diabetes, arthritis, bursitis, neuritis, or a variety of other inflammations. The most common thing we hear from the older patient is “my feet hurt”. The sad thing is many senior citizens believe that their feet should hurt. Nothing could be further from the truth. Modern podiatric care can give many of these patients great relief. An older patient in good health can now be treated the same as a younger person. It is no longer necessary for the older patient to suffer foot pain without hope of relief.