Foot Notes...

A Foot & Ankle Centers, PC Newsletter

Foot & Ankle Centers, PC
4230 Harding Pike
Suite 202
Nashville, TN  37205

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So that our staff may spend quality time with their families we are only seeing patients on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning November 24-26 the week of Thanksgiving.  Please call us ahead of time if you feel you will need to get in toward the end of the month.

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November , 2014 

We have much to be thankful for at FAC and it all starts with you, the patient.  We appreciate your business and appreciate being here to help you anytime you have any questions or problems with your feet or ankles.  

November is also National Diabetes Month so we encourage you to learn all you can about diabetes to understand your risks and take the best care of yourself if you've already been diagnosed.

Enjoy November and Thanksgiving with your friends and family!

Dr. Cohen and Dr. Bush


The Staff of Foot & Ankle Centers

What Are Diabetic Foot Problems?

Foot problems are a leading cause of hospitalization for diabetics.  Common problems include infection, ulceration, or gangrene that can lead to amputation of a toe, foot, or leg.  Foot problems in persons with diabetes are usually the result of three primary factors: neuropathy (nerve damage), poor circulation, and/or decreased resistance to infection.  Most foot problems are preventable through proper care and regular visits to your podiatrist. Our doctors can provide information on proper foot care, appropriate footwear, and early recognition and treatment of foot conditions.

What can you do to prevent problems?

One of the most important things you can do is to keep your blood sugar as close to normal as possible.  Other things you should do regularly include:

  • Inspect your feet daily for blisters, bleeding, and lesions between your toes or have a family member/friend check your feet if you are unable to do so
  • Always remove both shoes and stockings when visiting your doctors
  • Consider purchasing new shoes in the evening when feet are most swollen
  • Wear leather shoes with adequate room for the toes.  cartoon-sneakers.jpg Running or athletic shoes are best for recreational walking
  • Inspect the inside of your shoes for loose objects, such as rocks, before putting them on
  • Use a mirror to see the bottom of your foot and heel
  • NEVER walk barefoot in the house, outside, or at the beach or pool
  • Avoid temperature extremes - do NOT use hot water bottles or heating pads on your feet. Use warm socks instead
  • Wash your feet daily with warm soapy water and dry them well, especially between the toes
  • Do NOT soak your feet
  • Use a moisturizing cream or lotion daily, but NOT between the toes
  • Do NOT use acids or chemical corn removers
  • Do NOT perform "bathroom surgery" on corns, calluses, or ingrown toenails
  • Call our office immediately if you detect a new lesion or if your foot becomes swollen, red or painful
  • Do NOT smoke or drink
  • Have regular foot examinations by your podiatrist
  • Learn all you can about diabetes and how it can affect your feet
Assist Your Diabetic Loved One This Autumn

November is National Diabetes Month, and an excellent reminder that the entire family should be involved with making sure our diabetic loved ones stay healthy. Here are some ways you can participate in healthy choices and actions with the whole family: 

  • Plan meals carefully. Everyone can benefit from healthful-eating guidelines that your diabetic family member needs to follow. saladb.jpg
  • Make fitness a part of your day. Taking a walk together is a great way to help the entire family stay in shape, and to help your diabetic family member control blood sugars.
  • Feet can get cold on chilly autumn nights, so anyone with diabetes should wear socks to bed if their feet are chilly. They should NEVER use a heating pad or hot water bottle.
  • Help your family member check his or her feet. It's not always easy to look at the bottoms of someone's feet, but it's very important. Regular feet-checking can help you catch cuts, blisters, scratches, redness or swelling right at the start, before they become a big problem. So, inspect feet daily, and call our office at the first sign of trouble.
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