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Though the name implies otherwise, anyone, both athletes and non-athletes alike, can get athlete’s foot. This condition can be frustrating and irritating, causing pain, burning and even blistering or scaling. However, preventing athlete’s foot is simple with help from your Gresham, OR podiatrist.
What is athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a highly contagious fungal infection known medically as tinea pedis. The condition is common among those who are often in places similar to locker rooms, hence the name. Though it is most common on the soles of the feet and between the toes, the infection can sometimes spread to the hands, body and groin. Athlete’s foot causes the skin to become itchy, often burning and becoming painful. The infection may also become weepy and ooze.
How can I prevent athlete’s foot?
The key to preventing athlete’s foot is to avoid situations where the fungus may transfer onto your foot or from your foot to other parts of the body. Always wear some kind of protection on your feet, such as sandals, when walking in a damp place such as a locker room or public pool. Keep your feet clean and dry, allowing your shoes to air out for at least 24 hours before wearing them again. Wear moisture wicking socks and change them often. Using talcum or antifungal powder on your feet may also help prevent athlete’s foot.
How can my Gresham podiatrist help?
If you find yourself experiencing the symptoms of athlete’s foot, contact your podiatrist as soon as possible. After an examination to determine if there are any underlying conditions or complications, your doctor can help you determine the best course of treatment for your athlete’s foot. Over-the-counter antifungal creams are often used to treat athlete’s foot. Your doctor may prescribe stronger medications for reoccurring or severe cases of athlete’s foot.
For more information on athlete’s foot and how you and your podiatrist can work together to prevent it, please contact Dr. Derek J. McCammon at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR. Call (503) 667-6600 to speak with an associate about scheduling your regular foot examination today!
To keep diabetes under control, it requires a lot of at-home maintenance. One of the easiest, but most important ways you can manage your diabetes is by caring for your feet. Dr. Derek McCammon of Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR has provided some information for his diabetic patients on how they can maintain their quality of life with simple foot care.
Why is foot care so important?
Diabetes diminishes the flow of blood throughout the body. Since the feet are the furthest away from the heart, they are particularly at risk for problems, since reduced blood flow makes it harder for the body to heal wounds and fight infections. To compound the problem, diabetes can also cause neuropathy, or nerve damage, so even a serious injury to the foot may not be noticed. When wounds develop on the feet or ankles of diabetes patients and go untreated, the infection that often results can mean dire consequences, including amputation of the toe, foot or leg. Your Gresham podiatrist has seen many patients deal with lifelong problems as a result of diabetic foot infections.
How can I care for my feet?
As a diabetic, the most important thing to remember about caring for your feet is to have a daily routine. Missing one day could mean missing a potentially critical injury. Your Gresham foot doctor has provided a few steps you can take each day to avoid diabetic foot infections.
- Check your feet daily for any and all injuries. This includes blisters, scrapes, or toenail problems. Your Gresham podiatrist suggests using a magnifying mirror to make inspection of the bottom of your feet easier.
- Clean your feet using warm - not hot - water.
- Trim your nails straight across, but not too short to avoid injuries to the nail bed.
- If you develop a corn or bunion, do not try to treat it at home. See your Gresham foot doctor for treatment right away.
- Wear clean, comfortable socks at all times, even to bed.
It's also important to see your podiatrist on a regular basis for checkups. If you'd like more information on caring for your feet to avoid diabetic foot injuries, contact your Gresham, OR podiatrist, Dr. Derek McCammon, for an appointment today!
I Think I’ve fractured My Foot; What Should I Do? What you can do about a foot fracture.
You just started playing a sport, but you weren’t really in shape for it. Now, your foot is beginning to swell and it really hurts! Sounds like you have a fracture. But to know for sure, it’s best to seek out an expert like your podiatrist at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR. Its skilled professionals are ready to help you heal.
What Is A Foot Fracture?
Stress fractures usually occur in the middle of the foot up to the bones of the toe and look like tiny cracks in the bone. These foot injuries result from changes in your sport or activity, or from increasing the intensity of your exercise. They can also result from just changing the surface you exercise on. If you are older, you can also get a stress fracture from weakened bones as a result of osteoporosis.
Another type of fracture is a bone fracture which occurs as a result of trauma or an accident. With this injury, your bone can be out of position or still correctly in line with other bones.
Symptoms of a fracture include:
- Pain that gets worse when you put weight on it
- Swelling and possibly bruising
- Tenderness to touch
- Pain that gets better when you rest
- Pain that increases when you are active
The most important thing you can do is to rest and take the weight off of your foot. You should also wear supportive shoes, with thick soles.
In addition, at home you can try:
- Ice packs for 20 minutes, several times per day
- Elevating your feet when you are at rest
- Wrapping your foot in a bandage
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen
Sometimes a fracture can heal on its own; however, to be safe, you should seek out the expertise of your podiatrist at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR, if you suspect you have a foot fracture. You don’t want your pain to develop into something more serious. Your feet are important, so if you are in pain, call today!
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