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Blisters

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Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is nerve damage most commonly caused due to diabetes. It affects upto 50% of type 2 diabetic patients. It leads to numbness, tingling and loss of sensation in your feet and legs. Whereas some patients have extremely painful symptoms, some are asymptomatic. Studies have shown that risk of nerve damage can be reduced by keeping blood sugar levels low. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can be life threatening because patients are always at risk for amputation. Neuropathic patients may not feel heat, cold, pain in their feet and legs. These patients may not realize that they have a cut or…

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Holiday shoe shopping

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What Is a Pyogenic Granuloma?

Pyogenic granulomas are common benign skin growths that are small, round, and usually bloody-red in color. It often seems to follows a minor injury and grows rapidly over a period of a few weeks. They’re also known as capillary hemangioma, or granuloma telangiectaticum. They tend to bleed because they contain a very large number of blood vessels. Pyogenic granuloma can occur at any age, but is least common in the very young and the very old. They are also fairly common in pregnant women. The hormone changes that occur during pregnancy can cause these growths to develop. As mentioned before,…

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Fracture of 5th metatarsal

One of the most common fractures seen in the foot is fracture of 5th metatarsal. Metatarsal is the long bone on the outside of the foot that connects with the little toe. There are two types of fractures that occur in the fifth metatarsal: Avulsion fracture and Jones fracture. Avulsion fracture is when a small piece of bone is pulled by a tendon of ligament and usually occurs with an ankle sprain. Jones fracture occurs near the mid-portion of the foot also called metaphyseal-diaphyseal junction. Fun fact: Kevin Durant missed beginning of 2014-2015 season due to Jones fracture in his…

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis may classically have widespread skin signs, it sometimes presents as a foot problem. Along with feet, it can occur at many other sites. It is a very common disorder, and has been estimated to affect 2 per cent of the population. The exact cause of psoriasis is unknown but it is thought that genetic factors play an important role. The known triggers for psoriasis include bacterial infections, trauma to the skin, severe mental stress, and certain drugs, e.g. oral lithium salts used in psychiatry and chloroquine. Psoriasis affects the sexes equally. It may appear for the first time at…

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Onychomycosis

Do you have discolored, thick nails? You may be suffering from nail fungus also known as onychomycosis. The most common symptom of fungal nail infection is thickening and discoloration: white, black, yellow, green. Eventually, nail becomes brittle and sometimes detaches from nail plate. If left untreated, the skin can become inflamed and painful underneath and around the nail. This can also lead to foul-smelling feet. Aging, heavy sweating, being in a moist environment, wearing socks and shoes that hinder ventilation, going barefoot in damp public areas like swimming pools, gym, shower rooms are common risk factors for onychomycosis. It can…

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Bunion!

Have you noticed a bump on the inside of your foot that has been progressively growing? Well, that is one of the most common deformities that foot and ankle surgeons see in their office, known as a bunion. Medical term for bunion is Hallux Abductovalgus. A bunion forms when your big toe pushes against the 2nd toe, forcing the joint of big toe to get bigger and therefore making the joint unstable. Most patients notice this bump after it starts rubbing against the shoes and sometimes gets red and inflamed. Studies have shown that females are more prone to developing…

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Plantar Warts

Written by: Dr. Prachi Patel A plantar wart, or verruca, commonly occurs on bottom of the foot. Lot of patients come to me thinking that they have callus underneath their feet but a lot of times it ends up being a plantar wart. Plantar warts are harmless and may go away without treatment, but in many cases, they are too painful to ignore. Verrucas are caused by a virus called human papillomavirus (HPV) that invades the skin through tiny cuts and abrasions. Communal showers are assumed to be a common place for someone to get contaminated with plantar warts. Once…

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Gout

Gout 9/28/16 Written by: Dr. Prachi Patel Did you wake up with sudden pain in your foot and are not sure of what it could be? Well, it could very well be gout! For many patients first attack of gout occurs in the big toe. Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. It is caused by excess uric acid build up in blood. Men and post-menopausal women are more likely to get gout. Some of the other risk factors of gout are drinking excess alcohol, being overweight or eating too much red meat and fish. Any food…

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