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Diabetes: Inspecting Your Feet
Diabetes increases your chances of developing foot problems. So inspect your feet every day. This helps you find small skin irritations before they become serious infections.
Diabetes: Keeping Feet Healthy
When you have diabetes, your feet need special care. Even a small foot problem can become very serious. Practice self-care to protect your feet and keep them healthy.
Diabetes: Treating Minor Foot Infections
Diabetes makes it harder for the body to heal. Even minor problems, like a blister, can become infected. If not treated, infections can spread and damage nearby tissues. Prompt treatment by your healthcare provider can help clear up infections and restore your health.
Diabetes: Treating Severe Foot Infections
In some cases, infections can spread through the feet and up the leg. To treat a severe infection, you may be hospitalized and given intravenous (IV) antibiotics. You may also be referred to healthcare providers who specialize in treating infections. If the infection is a serious risk to your health, surgery may be recommended.
Discharge Instructions for Foot Surgery
Arrange to have an adult drive you home after surgery. If you had general anesthesia, it may take a day or more to fully recover. So, for at least the next 24 hours: Do not drive or use machinery or power tools; do not drink alcohol; and do not make any major decisions.
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF)
EPF is one of the surgeries used to treat chronic strain of the plantar fascia. It is done as an outpatient procedure, takes about an hour to perform, and may be done at a hospital, a same-day surgical facility, or in your healthcare provider's office.
Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy (EPF): After Surgery
Your doctor may want you to rest and recover at home for a few days. Ask your doctor when you can start walking again. If a compression dressing is used to control swelling, you may need to wear a special surgical shoe.
Foot Care for Your Child
Exams of the feet and ankles ensure that your child's bones are growing correctly. Your healthcare provider can also make sure that your child is walking correctly. This helps prevent some future foot problems. And if a problem does arise, it can be handled early—when it is easiest to treat.
Foot Surgery: Bone Spurs
A bone spur (an extra bone growth) can make walking and wearing shoes painful. Spurs may grow on top of any of the midfoot joints. These spurs may form a bump on the top of the foot. Bone spurs may also form on your toe. Sometimes a spur can form where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel bone. There are several nonsurgical treatments for bone spurs, but if these are not effective, surgery can be considered.
Foot Surgery: Bunions
A bunion is a bony bump. When the distance between the first and second metatarsal bones of the foot is greater than normal, the big toe may turn toward the other toes. A mild bunion may then form causing foot pain and swelling. Bunions are most often found near the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions tend to run in families. They may cause pain, swelling, and skin irritation.
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