Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that causes poor blood flow to the lower limbs due to the narrowing and hardening of the arteries which supply blood to the area. Your podiatrist may want to screen you for PAD if you are older, have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, or if you show any of the symptoms of PAD, including leg cramps, shiny skin, hair loss, or ulcers on the legs, and brittle toenails. PAD screenings are generally painless, noninvasive, and can be performed relatively quickly. Your podiatrist may perform the ankle-brachial index (ABI) test, which involves taking the blood pressure at your upper arms and ankles and then comparing the resulting numbers to determine your likelihood of having PAD. You may also have an ultrasound scan of your lower legs to visualize blood flow in the area. For more information about PAD, please consult with a podiatrist.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with the podiatrists from Denville Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Denville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00

Taking care of your feet if you have diabetes is very important in order to avoid ordinary problems from becoming serious complications. Keep your feet clean and dry, and keep your toenails trimmed. Poor circulation caused by diabetes reduces the blood flow which your body needs to fight infection.  This can make it very difficult for wounds to properly heal. Inspect your feet daily. This is important because nerve damage, or neuropathy, often prevents diabetic patients from feeling the pain from an injury or sore, and untreated sores may become infected and develop into diabetic wounds/ulcers which can be serious. People with diabetes should be under the care of a podiatrist to help manage the impact the disease has on their feet.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact the podiatrists from Denville Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Denville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

Ultrasound therapy pulses low intensity sound waves into the site of trauma, vibrating the area and tissue to boost collagen production and create deep heat within the tissue. This, in turn, relieves pain, increases blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and stimulates the body’s natural healing and repair process. Ultrasound therapy can be beneficial in treating certain sports injuries involving trauma to tendons, tissues, bones, and ligaments. Some of the most common sports injuries podiatrists treat with ultrasound therapy include sprains, strains, and fractured bones in the feet and ankles. If you have suffered a sports injury and would like to know if ultrasound therapy may help your condition, contact a podiatrist for an examination and consultation.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with the podiatrists from Denville Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Denville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

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