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A tingling sensation may be fine when it comes to the excitement of the holidays. However, if you are experiencing tingling and numbness in your feet, these are telltale-warning signs of a serious nerve condition called peripheral neuropathy. This condition is most is often caused by the effects of diabetes. It’s important that you seek professional medical help right away.

Neuropathy is a serious medical concern and if left untreated, may result in more serious medical conditions. Loss of blood circulation, foot ulcers, and even amputation can all result if you ignore the warning signs your feet are telling you.

So let us help you! Our foot specialist, Chiropodist Brian Cragg, can evaluate your condition to determine if neuropathy is to blame for your foot discomfort. Although neuropathy can’t be cured, it can be successfully treated so that your painful symptoms no longer affect your life. Managing your blood sugar levels is also a key factor in treating peripheral neuropathy. Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program can help keep your levels regulated.

Since November is Diabetes Month, take some time to become more knowledgeable on diabetes and how it can affect you and your feet! Contact our office so you can get the medical attention you need to prevent neuropathy from ruining your day!

Are you at risk for diabetic foot complications?Have you experienced frostbite or been diagnosed with diabetes? If you answered yes, then you may be at risk for a tissue damaging disease. If you have diabetes, any sensations of numbness or tingling in your feet should be of high alert. You may be aware of risks and foot conditions common with diabetes such as - neuropathy, ulcers, and poor circulation.  But remember that numbness and tingling can be warning signs that something is off. However, another serious medical concern often caused by diabetes is gangrene.  In order to protect your feet from developing gangrene, being aware of the warning signs and symptoms is crucial.

What is gangrene?

The condition occurs when living tissue begins to decay and die because of the loss of blood flow to an area where harmful bacteria have invaded from a wound or sore. Symptoms of tingling or numbness in the feet are warning signs, followed by severe pain as the tissue begins to die. Eventually, the temperature of the skin drops and the color of the tissue turns black. Although gangrene most commonly occurs in the feet of people with diabetes, frostbite and arteriosclerosis are other triggers.

Is there treatment available for those diagnosed with gangrene?

If gangrene is detected in the foot, common forms of treatment include surgery, medication and rehabilitation therapy depending on the severity of the condition.

How can gangrene be prevented?

Preventing this severe condition can be as simple of taking care of yourself, including your feet. Since diabetics have an increased risk for developing gangrene, maintaining control of blood glucose levels is critical. Avoiding environmental trauma, such as frostbite, and avoiding tobacco are the best ways to protect yourself against developing this damaging disease.

It’s best to act quickly when detecting warning signs of gangrene or other foot complications. Receiving proper treatment right away will help prevent further damage and increase your healing process. If you’ve been experiencing questionable symptoms in your feet, don’t hesitate to contact our office so we can help ensure your foot health!

Do you suffer from plantar fasciitis, ankle pain, bunions, Achilles tendonitis, gait abnormalities, or arch pain? Don’t endure walking with your foot pain any longer! Our office can provide custom-made orthotics that are specifically designed for your foot shape.  Orthotics can help your hurting feet with extra support and cushioning to the areas you need it most.

What makes orthotic inserts beneficial for your feet? Chiropodist Brian Cragg provides information on the following types of custom-made orthotics that are designed differently depending on the foot condition with which you’ve been diagnosed. They include:

  • Rigid orthotics.These inserts are made from harder material, such as plastic or carbon fiber, and are specifically designed to realign your feet. The orthotic helps control motion of the two joints that are below your ankle to correct excessive rolling inward of the foot.  This rolling inward is also referred to as over-pronation.
  • Soft orthotics. Soft materials are used to provide extra cushioning and shock absorption.  This type of orthotic is used to protect your feet from painful problems such as arthritis, diabetic foot complications, or other deformities. Soft orthotics can improve your balance and remove pressure from sore areas of your feet.
  • Semi-rigid orthotics. A combination of protection and functional control, semi-rigid orthotics, are usually designed for athletes. Made up of both soft and rigid materials, these orthotic inserts can align your feet while providing the support you need for intense action sports that put your feet at risk for injury.

If you think orthotics may be beneficial for your foot pain, contact our office to set up an appointment today! Brian can evaluate and diagnose your foot condition and determine whether custom orthotic inserts are a good fit to help treat your pain. A cast will be taken of your foot to obtain the exact shape of your foot so your orthotics are naturally fit to relieve pain and correct foot alignments or structure.

With lots of summer plans ahead this season, the last thing you want to be self-conscious of or endure pain from, is your toenails. Unfortunately, the warm weather that summer brings can increase your chances for developing an ingrown toenail due to being exposed to possible difficulties. Participating in summer sports, wearing improperly fitted shoes, and not keeping up with your toenail hygiene are easy things to forget with a busy schedule. But suffering from a painful toenail due to these factors can quickly ruin your summer fun.

Chiropodist Brian Cragg is trained to treat your ingrown toenails with various treatment options available at our office. If you’ve been experiencing pain from a toenail edge cut into your skin, Brian can provide the right treatment so you don’t have to be afraid to show off your toes or suffer from pain any longer.

Treatment for ingrown toenails can include:

  • Oral antibiotic therapy. Antibiotics can be prescribed if an infection, due to an ingrown toenail, is present.
  • In-office minor surgical procedure. A simple procedure can be performed under local anesthetic.  The corner of the affected nail is removed, or in some cases, the entire nail plate.
  • In-office surgical correction. In a case of a chronic ingrown toenail, a procedure under anesthesia is required to permanently remove the part of the affected toenail. The wound requires several weeks of recovery.  After healing, the nail returns to normal with the appearance of being somewhat narrower than before.

To prevent an ingrown toenail from developing and affecting your summer activity, follow these two simple tips:

  • Always wear a proper fitting shoe. Shoes that are too tight can leave your toenails susceptible to pain and deformity. Make sure your shoes correctly fit the shape and size of your feet, and make sure to throw out any pairs that are worn or torn.
  • Trim your toenails regularly. It’s important to make trimming your toenails a regular routine.  Make sure to trim them straight across so they don’t have a chance for curving down into the skin on the side of your toe.

Let us help you ensure your toenails are healthy and ready for your summer plans! Contact our office to set up an appointment with Brian today.

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By Brian Cragg
January 13, 2012
Category: Health, Foot Care

Did you remember to make a resolution for this year? What with Christmas shopping, baking, and parties, a lot of times New Year's can sneak up and leave you scrambling to come up with a resolution.  Just because New Year's eve has come and gone doesn't mean you can't come up with a last-minute resolution. Maybe this will be the year you actually come up with that life changing resolution. Maybe you'll look back and remember 2012 as the year that you changed your life for the better.

Well if you can't think of your own resolution, we can think of a couple ideas for you that will make us happy too:

1. Think of your feet this year. There are so many things patients can do to ensure the health of their feet. By trimming toenails correctly, choosing the right shoes, and examining feet regularly, you can prevent some of the most common foot problems.

2. Start running. Don't make it too much if you haven't  ran in a while. Make attainable goals for yourself, like running 3 miles a week or walking twice around the block. If you can do more, that's great. Just make sure the goals are appropriate for you. And make sure you're wearing good shoes for running/walking.

3. Rest as needed. Give your feet a break if they need it. Your feet endure more pressure than any other part of your body. By resting them often, you can assure that they'll last longer.

If you have any questions relating to your feet or ankles, please don't hesitate to call the Markham Foot Care Clinic in Markham, Ontario where Chiropodist, Brian Cragg is happy to help patients eliminate foot pain.