Do you have questions about foot care? We have answers.
Do you have questions about foot injuries or the causes of foot pain? Tanglewood Foot Specialists provides the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about foot injuries and foot care. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk to a doctor about your foot pain, call Tanglewood Foot Specialists at (713) 785-7881.
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When should a diabetic see a podiatrist?
Every person with diabetes should have a relationship with a Houston diabetic foot specialist. This means you, whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Even if you don't have a problem or don't think you're currently at risk, it is important to do.
When you are first assessed by your podiatrist, you will have a comprehensive examination, including an assessment of your circulation and nerve function. Both of these issues are significant risk factors that has the potential to put your foot and leg at risk. Having a baseline study allows us to catch any problems early and treat them while they are manageable. You'd be surprised how many issues we find on this initial screening even when there are no symptoms.
You should not wait for a diabetic foot problem to arise before visiting a Houston podiatrist. Prevention is the best medicine! Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists to schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider. Together we will ensure your feet stay with you for a lifetime.
I'm worried that my socks are cutting off my circulation, what do I do?
Socks are made in all shapes and sizes. The problem that you may face is a tight band around the calf. This is especially true if you are diabetic or just generally have poor circulation. Many socks are made this way to prevent them from slipping down...very important in a sock!
The tight band at the top of socks can, indeed, effect your circulation. Compressing your calf can close off arteries providing blood to the foot. This can lead to intense pain after walking for a period of time and only alleviated by rest. It also can increase the possibility of complications such as skin ulcers.
To prevent problems stemming from wearing the wrong socks, it is important that you choose socks that will not cause you problems. There are many brands of diabetic socks that provide a looser fit around the calf. If you do need some compression because of swelling or vein insufficiency, compression socks that provide uniform compression through the calf are available.
Both diabetic socks, as well as compression socks, are readily available. Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider carries both at Tanglewood Foot Specialists. If you are unsure if your current socks are right for you, contact our office for an immediate appointment.
Is there a cure for diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease that is reaching epidemic proportions, especially in Houston as waistlines continue to grow. Despite millions of dollars of international research, the still is no cure for diabetes. There are many ways to control diabetes to keep the impact on your life to a minimum.
First and foremost, you need to take control of your blood sugar by measuring it daily and avoiding foods that will raise it. So many people assume that because they take medicine or use insulin, diet is unimportant. This is completely untrue. When your blood sugar is elevated, it increases the chances of Peripheral Arterial Disease and diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
It is vital that you take care of your feet. You should perform a daily foot inspection to ensure there are no complications. Don't rely on feeling pain since you may already have some measure of neuropathy that numbs your sensation of pain. You should establish a relationship with a podiatrist to provide regular examinations and help you keep your feet. If you live in the Houston area, contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists and schedule an appointment with Dr. Andrew Schneider. If you think you may have a diabetic foot ulcer or other foot problem, be sure to tell us so we can get you in immediately
Do all diabetics have poor circulation?
Poor circulation, or Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD), is a common complication of diabetes. PAD also effects millions of people without diabetes, especially those who smoke. Reduced circulation puts the limb at risk for gangrene which can lead to amputation. PAD is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke.
Podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston uses state of the art technology to detect PAD early. This enables you to get treatment before any serious complications occur. PADnet is a painless, non-invasive examination that detects a reduction in the circulation in your legs. This information will be shared with your internist and cardiologist so we can together decide on a course of action.
PAD has become known as a silent killer. The presence of PAD dramatically increases your chances of developing a heart attack or stroke. The best time for you to be checked is before a foot or ankle problem, such as a foot ulcer or gangrene, occurs. Schedule an appointment to have this painless, 30 minute test performed at our Houston podiatry office.
My feet are deformed from diabetes, how do I stop it from getting worse?
Diabetes can progress to form a significant deformity of your foot and ankle. This foot deformity is an advanced complication of diabetes and must be treated very seriously. These changes are known as Charcot foot and you will notice your arch dropping with bones causing pressure in the middle of your foot. Without proper treatment, the foot will continue to collapse and put you at risk for a diabetic foot ulcer to form.
Charcot foot needs to be treated quickly and aggressively. At first you will likely be immobilized to stop the progress of the collapse of your foot. Afterwards, you would be placed in a therapeutic shoe with an insole designed to manage the pressure beneath the foot. If your foot is already too deformed to be in a diabetic shoe, a custom shoe may be needed. To add additional support, I may recommend a custom ankle-foot orthotic to be worn in the shoe. In particularly severe cases, I may recommend surgery to reconstruct the foot.
If you have diabetes and are noticing your foot changing, contact Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider for an immediate appointment. When you call, mention that you are diabetic and think you have a problem. My team will get you in ASAP!
Why do diabetics have foot problems?
We often hear that every person with diabetes needs to have a relationship with a podiatrist. Many know someone with diabetes who has had part of a foot, or even an entire leg, amputated. As a foot doctor in Houston who focuses on diabetic foot problems, I have made it a personal mission to help keep diabetics walking on both of their feet.
Diabetes causes three conditions that affect the feet: poor circulation, poor sensation, and a poor ability to heal. Together, these three conditions can spell disaster if unrecognized and untreated. Poor circulation, known as peripheral artery disease (PAD) prevents sufficient blood flow to the feet. Peripheral neuropathy, a numbing of the nerves in the feet, reduce the protective sensation and reduces the likelihood that someone with diabetes will feel pain with an injury. The reduces capacity to heal can make a trivial injury more problematic and infected, creating a diabetic foot ulcer, and ultimately putting the limb at risk.
Every person with diabetes should form a relationship with a podiatrist. As a podiatrist in Houston, TX we specialize in keeping our diabetic patients walking and healthy. Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists for schedule a comprehensive diabetic foot examination with Dr. Andrew Schneider.
Why does diabetes cause my feet to burn?
Many people with diabetes notice a burning or numbness in their feet. This condition is known as Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy is a dysfunction of the nerves due to a reduced delivery of oxygen by the circulatory system, common in people with diabetes. Many diabetics feel that their constantly burning feet are the worst symptom of the disease.
Peripheral neuropathy can often be limited or controlled when it is caused by diabetes. I use two different methods to treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy in our Houston diabetic foot clinic. Neuremedy is a vitamin that provides nutrients that are lacking in many people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. It provides the body nutrients that are commonly lacking in diabetic peripheral neuropathy and which leads to a reduction of numbness or pain and an increase in sensation. Microvas therapy is also used to restore the small circulation to the nerves, which can reduce the symptoms of, and even reverse, peripheral neuropathy. It is a non-invasive therapy modality available in our Houston podiatry office and requires no medication.
If you are noticing a burning or numbness in your feet, the sooner you get it checked, the better the chances are that it can be resolved. As a podiatrist in Houston, TX we are focused on identifying the cause of the neuropathy and treating it as effectively as possible. Contact Tanglewood Foot Specialists today for schedule a comprehensive diabetic foot examination.
Why do diabetics need special shoes?
People with diabetes have feet that are sensitive to pressure. As pressure builds up, the foot is not as capable of managing the pressures and healing from within. Because of foot numbness associated with diabetes, known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, there is no pain to serve as a warning sign.
Diabetic shoes have extra depth, especially in the toebox, to reduce the pressure on your foot, particularly over bony prominences like bunions and hammertoes. They also have fitted insoles that minimize the pressures beneath your foot, helping to prevent the formation of calluses that can break down and form diabetic foot ulcers. Taking these preventative measures help to prevent complications leading to infection and reduce the possibility of amputation.
We carry and recommend diabetic shoes that are approved by Medicare and private insurance that will protect your diabetic feet while looking good too. Call our Houston podiatry office today to schedule an appointment to see if you are qualified for this important insurance benefit designed to protect and save your feet.
Why can diabetes cause foot ulcers?
Diabetes causes three conditions that affect the feet: poor circulation to your feet, reduced sensation or numbness of your feet, and a diminished healing capacity. Together, these three conditions can spell disaster if unrecognized and untreated. Poor circulation, known as peripheral artery disease (PAD) prevents sufficient blood flow to the feet, depriving the tissues of needed oxygen. Peripheral neuropathy, a numbing of the nerves in the feet, reduce the protective sensation and reduces the likelihood that someone with diabetes will feel pain with an injury. The reduces healing potential can make a trivial injury more problematic by becoming infected and putting the limb at risk.
When there is pressure beneath the foot or over bony prominences, such as bunions or hammertoes, thick skin, or calluses, will often form to protect from the increased pressure. In people without diabetes, this would become painful. When diabetics have numb feet, they will not feel pain and will keep walking. Because of reduced circulation and the diminished ability to heal, the tissue beneath the pressure will breaks down and a diabetic foot ulcer will form. The open foot ulcer, a break or hole in the skin, can deepen and become infected, putting the bone at risk for infection and threatening the health and safety of the limb.
If you notice that you have, or at risk for, a diabetic foot ulcer, consider it an emergency and call your Houston podiatrist. At Tanglewood Foot Specialists, we specialize in keeping our diabetic patients healthy and walking. Contact us today for schedule a comprehensive diabetic foot examination.
When should I get treatment for a diabetic foot ulcer?
A diabetic foot ulcer is a break or hole in the skin that must be considered a medical emergency. It forms beneath the foot or over bony prominences, such as a bunion or hammertoe on feet. The hole can deepen all the way to the bone. If the ulcer becomes infected, the infection can extend all the way to the bone. This can lead to weeks and months of treatment, hospitalization, surgery, and even amputation.
Because of the possible consequences of a diabetic foot ulcer, it is vital that your wound is treated immediately. The sooner you treat an ulcer after it forms, the more likely it will heal without further complication. Your Houston podiatrist has advanced methods available to heal your diabetic foot ulcer. The longer you wait, the more complicated an ulcer will become and the longer it will take to heal.
If you notice that you have, or at risk for, a diabetic foot ulcer, consider it an emergency and call Tanglewood Foot Specialists. When you call, say "I'm diabetic and I have a problem." We'll make sure to get you in immediately. As a foot doctor in Houston, TX we specialize in keeping our diabetic patients walking and healthy. Contact us today to evaluate your diabetic foot ulcer and to start you on your road to recovery.