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By Oakton Foot
June 12, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  
Keep Your Feet Healthy With DiabetesDiabetes is a chronic condition that affects how your body uses and processes blood sugar. One of the main symptoms of diabetes is nerve pain, creating numbness in the hands and feet (peripheral neuropathy). If you have diabetes, it’s important that you regularly see a podiatrist. The nerve damage prevents blood from reaching your feet, making it hard to notice when you have a foot injury. A podiatrist can help treat any injuries and foot conditions while also providing you with preventive care. 
Keep Track of Your Levels
Monitoring your blood sugar levels keeps both your feet and body healthy. High levels increase your risk of nerve damage. Besides taking your medication, try following a healthy diet and exercise regimen. Losing excess weight makes your diabetes easier to manage. 
Pay Attention to Your Feet
Your podiatrist recommends checking your feet every day for injuries or other issues. Be on the lookout for blisters, cuts, swelling, redness, or nail problems. These indicate a bigger issue at hand. Things like blisters or dry skin put you at risk of infection. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, see your podiatrist right away. 
Wear Shoes and Socks Daily
People with diabetes need to protect their feet at all costs. This means that they should never go barefoot. Always wear socks and preferably shoes. Choose cotton or wool socks that aren’t too tight. For shoes, you want a pair that fits properly, is insulated, and protects you from injuries. 
Toenail Maintenance
Your podiatrist suggests keeping your toenails trimmed and cleaned when you have diabetes. This prevents dangerous infections from ingrown toenails. When you do cut your nails, do so straight across. Don’t try curbing them or cutting the corners and cuticles. Have a loved one help you with your nails if you can’t reach them yourself. 
Washing Your Feet
Be extra cautious when washing your feet. Always wash them with lukewarm water, taking care to dry them carefully after. Use a soft washcloth or sponge to avoid injury. You should moisture them after they are dry, just avoid applying lotion between the toes. 
Talk to Your Podiatrist
It’s important to stay in contact with your podiatrist with regular appointments. They work with you to manage your diabetic symptoms in your feet. Remember to practice foot care every day to stay safe. 
By Oakton Foot and Ankle Center
April 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

People with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.

We recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:

  • Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
  • Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting, don't sit cross-legged, and stay active.
  • Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact our practice if you notice anything unusual, even the slightest change.
  • Avoid smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
  • Visit our practice for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist at our office regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.

At our practice, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury, no matter how small, come in for an exam right away.

By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
September 27, 2017
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: diabetic foot care  

If you're diabetic, you know you must pay close attention to your diet, activity level and medication. Controlling your blood sugar avoids thediabetic foot care many complications of diabetes such as cardiovascular disease, kidney damage, skin infections and more. Additionally, your Fairfax, VA podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vetter, asks his diabetic patients to care for their feet. He and his friendly staff wish to partner with you in keeping your feet and ankles healthy and functional so you can have your best possible life...diabetic or not.

Why diabetics can have poor podiatric health

People with both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes struggle with poor peripheral circulation, diabetic neuropathy (nerve pain and loss of feeling in the hands and feet), skin infections and more. To avoid progression of complications, experts at the Cleveland Clinic urge patients to:

  • Get regular exercise
  • Watch what they eat
  • Take their insulin or other medications properly and to
  • Seek the care of a podiatrist for routine foot check-ups at least annually or more often as advised by their primary care physicians.

Daily foot care

In between visits to your Fairfax podiatrist, please follow these guidelines for the daily care of your feet. In fact, even if you are not diabetic, you may benefit from these health care practices.

Dr. Vetter strongly suggests:

  • Visually inspecting your feet every day (diabetics often have limited pain sensation) for sore spots, cut and color changes
  • Washing your feet daily and drying them carefully, particularly between the toes
  • Using quality skin moisturizer to avoid the cracking and irritations which can lead to infections
  • Cutting toenails straight across with a clean clippers (ingrown toenails frequently become infected)
  • Changing socks whenever they are sweaty to avoid fungal infections
  • Wearing shoes that have roomy toe boxes
  • Allowing your podiatrist in Fairfax to treat infections and ulcers and to remove corns and calluses (avoid home treatments)
  • Be as active as possible to control blood sugar levels and increase circulation
  • Stop all tobacco use--both smokeless and cigarettes

In addition, soft orthotics, or customized shoe inserts, from Dr. Vetter relieve dangerous pressure points and alleviate pressure from walking.

Are you diabetic?

Then, we'd love to provide your podiatric medical care. Please contact Oakton Foot and Ankle Center in Fairfax, VA for your appointment with Dr. Vetter. Call (703) 352-8888.

By Oakton Foot & Ankle Center
January 21, 2016
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: diabetic foot care  

For people suffering from diabetes, there are a number of additional health risks and precautions to take in order to avoid potentially serious complications. One of the common complications associated with diabetes is peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage). While diabetic foot carethe condition can produce symptoms and affect nerves anywhere in the body, it is most common in the nerves of the hands, legs, and feet. A lack of full sensation in the feet due to nerve damage can make it difficult for diabetics to experience the warning signs of cuts, infections, or other wounds to the feet. For this reason, it is important for diabetic patients to make regular foot exams with the Fairfax, VA podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vetter, at Oakton Foot and Ankle a part of their comprehensive health and wellness plan.

How to Care for Your Feet After a Diabetes Diagnosis

As with any health condition and illness, there are a number of precautions that diabetic patients can take to help manage their disease and maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Where foot care is concerned, Fairfax podiatrist Dr. Vetter advises his diabetic patients to follow a simple checklist:

  • Check your feet every day and look for any changes in skin color, texture, or the presence of sores or ulcers.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry, especially between the toes, and moisturize regularly to avoid cracks and cuts on the heels of the feet.
  • Avoid ingrown toenails. For people living with diabetes, common problems that are little more than a nuisance for most people--such as corns, calluses, cuts, blisters, and ingrown toenails--can lead to infections that can threaten a diabetic patient's health. Keeping the toenails short and well trimmed, and getting treatment for even small podiatry problems is very important.
  • Schedule a yearly check-up with a podiatrist. Even in the absence of noticeable symptoms like pain and swelling, a foot specialist can screen diabetic patients for problems with circulation and blood pressure in the feet that could lead to other health complications.

Diabetic Foot Care in Fairfax, VA

Knowing the additional risks associated with diabetes is key to remaining healthy and active. To learn more about diabetic neuropathy and how to keep your feet and body healthy, call Oakton Foot and Ankle Center, LLC at (703) 352-8888 to see your Fairfax, VA podietrist and schedule a foot exam today.

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Fairfax, VA Podiatrist
Oakton Foot and Ankle Center
10721 Main St., Suite #3500
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 352-8888
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