Each year, the number of people who have diabetes have been increasing, with over 10% of the US population reported to have diabetes in 2020. While medication, changes to diet and lifestyle are important aspects of treatment, foot care is often overlooked. 

High blood glucose levels that result from diabetes can lead to a variety of health problems, including decreased immunity, poor circulation, kidney issues, heart problems, nerve damage, and skin issues, especially in the feet. Since the body’s ability to fight infections and heal is impaired, any injuries to the feet can quickly worsen if overlooked. This high risk of foot complications is why our podiatrists at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care recommend these foot care tips for our diabetic patients:

Regular visits with a podiatrist

First and foremost, it is important to have a podiatrist that can help manage your foot health. A foot doctor can prescribe custom orthotics, or specialized shoes to help prevent wounds, ulcers, and infections. 

Daily foot checks

Nerve damage can make feeling injuries difficult, which is why doing foot checks everyday can help prevent infections. Even small cuts, blisters, or calluses can result in serious consequences.

Good foot hygiene

Keeping your feet clean is an important way to prevent potential foot issues, including nail fungus, athlete’s foot, and corns. Keep toenails trimmed, and don’t forget to clean and dry in between the toes!

Prevent cracked heels

Diabetes can often lead to very dry skin, which can be a problem when it affects the heels. Dry, thickened skin on the heels can result in heel fissures, another potential for developing  infections. Applying moisturizer can help prevent excessive dryness, but stay clear of the area between the toes.

Protect your feet

Avoiding injuries is a crucial part of diabetic foot care. Keep your feet covered and protected with properly-fitting shoes. Never walk around barefoot, especially in public areas. 

Stay active

Exercise is beneficial for everyone, but it is especially important if you have diabetes. Consult with a podiatrist to determine how to protect your feet while staying active. 

Get high-quality care

Staying on top of your diabetes requires a supportive, experienced team of health care providers. Podiatrists should be a part of that team to keep your foot health in check and prevent serious health complications. Whether you notice a blister, wound, changes in sensation in your feet, or you need recommendations on orthotics or prescription shoes, our compassionate, expert foot doctors can provide high-quality podiatric care! If you need an appointment, contact any of our offices in Louisville and Bardstown, KY today!

Experiencing pain in your heels is a real bummer, especially since it’s the first thing that strikes the ground when you walk. Whether you’re just waking up, exercising, or simply going to work, heel pain can limit your activities and impact your everyday life. Our podiatrists at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care see many patients who come in complaining of heel pain and understand how much it can interfere with their daily activities. While there are many causes of heel pain, some of the common ones include the following:  

Plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick ligament, the plantar fascia, that connects the heel bone to the toes. This condition is seen frequently in athletes, especially runners, those whose jobs require long periods of standing, and those who wear ill-fitting shoes. Symptoms include heel pain that is prevalent when first waking up and after long periods of rest.

Achilles tendonitis

The achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. It is involved in every pushing off motion in walking and jumping; therefore, when it is overused or injured, it can lead to swelling, stiffness, and pain. Lack of proper warmups, or changing the intensity of exercise too quickly, and lack of supportive shoes are common causes of this condition.

Heel spurs

Patients with plantar fasciitis often also develop heel spurs, which are bony calcifications that form on the bottom of the heel bone where it attaches to the plantar fascia. Persistent irritation and stress on the area leads to tissues to harden and calcify, which can result in inflammation and pain.

Sever’s disease

Sever’s disease is a condition typically seen in active, growing children and is one of the most common causes of heel pain in children. Repetitive stress on the heel growth plate, from sports or a sudden growth spurt, leads to irritation, swelling, and pain. 

Not sure what’s causing your heel pain?

How you treat heel pain can greatly depend on what is causing it, so it’s important to get a proper diagnosis from an experienced podiatrist. At Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care, our team of compassionate and expert foot doctorsprovide high-quality foot and ankle care to address your pain and improve your overall foot health. From heel pain and bunions to ongoing diabetic foot care, our podiatrists diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions so you can get back on your feet! Need an appointment? Contact any of our offices in Louisville, LaGrange, and Bardstown, KY to set up an appointment today!

One of the most dreaded phrases for an active person is “keep off your feet as much as possible!” Anyone who has a regimented fitness routine hates the idea of having to stop. A foot injury can be daunting for anyone used to being consistently active. 

Routines are sacred and they can be tough to give up and to restart after a lax period. Our foot doctors here at Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care say that a foot injury doesn’t mean you need to cease all physical activity! Just because we tell you to stay off of a recent ankle sprain or give your plantar fasciitis some rest does not mean you need to become a couch potato.  

That’s why we put together this list of activities to stay active even with a foot or ankle injury. 

First though, a word of caution: if you have an injury, talk to us or your primary care physician before beginning any new exercise routine. You absolutely don’t want to slow down your healing or exacerbate a current injury. 

Take a dip 

Swimming is a fantastic low-impact sport. Your feet don’t have to bear your weight while you’re swimming and it’s a great full-body workout! 

Switch to upper body 

You can work out your upper body while sitting, which will keep your foot safe. You can perform lifts, curls, and punches that will help tone your arms and get your heart pumping. Try spinning your arms forward and backward like you’re jumping rope or boxing your arms upward, downward, and outward to work your core as well. Free weights will help keep your upper body in shape as well. 

Focus on your core 

Speaking of the core, try some simple exercises that focus on strengthening your abdominal muscles and back. A lot of these exercises can be done while sitting, lying, or using a stability ball.  

We know that missing your usual workout can be frustrating, but a foot injury doesn’t have to be the end of the line! As long as you stay in touch with our foot doctors to monitor recovery and listen to your body, you can stay active and strong. If your foot injury is not improving or you have any other foot and ankle concerns, contact Tipton & Unroe Foot & Ankle Care offices in Louisville, Bardstown, and LaGrange, KY, or you can request an appointment online!

If you schedule dental visits or yearly health exams and screenings, then you understand the importance of regular, preventative care. It is the same reason why you should not neglect your feet. Think about it, if we ignored our teeth in the same way we ignored our feet, we would develop so many cavities and end up with multiple root canals! Our podiatrists at Tipton & Upton Foot and Ankle Care want to share the important reasons why you should include regular foot and ankle care into your healthcare routine. 

  1. You have diabetes - When you have diabetes, the abnormally high blood glucose levels can cause many problems for your feet. Common issues include nerve damage, susceptibility to injuries and ulcers, slow blood circulation, and slow healing of injuries, all of which can quickly lead to serious complications including limb amputations. Scheduling yearly visits is essential to prevent these issues.
  2. You sustained an injury - Accidents can occur any time, anywhere, regardless of whether you are actively engaged in sports or simply misstepped while walking. It’s important to address injuries as soon as possible to prevent even more damage to tissues, tendons, or bones. 
  3. You have chronic pain - It’s easy to see the importance of treating an acute injury, but what about nagging, chronic pain? Maybe you only notice your heel pain first thing in the morning, or after a long day of standing, or maybe you experience dull pain around the balls of your feet or your bunion pain worsened? Any pain in your feet is not normal, so it’s important to get it addressed by a podiatrist.
  4. You notice a change - Did you know that many health problems first appear in your feet? If you notice any changes in the color, texture, sensation, or smell of your feet, it could be a sign that something is wrong. Addressing them as soon as you notice changes can help prevent problems from becoming worse.
  5. You need advice - Are you wondering if you should get custom orthotics or could benefit from physical therapy? Maybe you need help knowing what kind of shoes you need? Our experienced foot doctors are the best people to ask any foot-related questions. We guarantee that you will feel better after talking to them about ways to improve your foot health.

Contact Tipton & Unroe Foot and Ankle Care

If you identify with any of the above reasons, it’s time to schedule an appointment! For high-quality podiatric care in the Louisville area, contact Tipton & Unroe Foot and Ankle Care. Our team of dedicated and compassionate podiatrists provide comprehensive and efficient care for a wide range of foot and ankle problems such as heel pain, diabetic wound care, senior foot care, and bunionsContact any of our offices in Louisville, Bardstown, and LaGrange, KY or go online to schedule an appointment today!

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