Foot Notes...

A Foot & Ankle Centers, PC Newsletter

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

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True or False...
* Even though someone in my family has diabetes, I don't need to worry about it. 
FALSE!  Along with age and obesity, a family history of diabetes can increase your chances of developing diabetes
* As long as my feet do not hurt, I don't need to visit a podiatrist.  
FALSE!  Diabetes can lead to loss of sensation or numbness of the extremities.  You may not feel the pain, even if there is a significant problem.  Any noticeable change in the feet such as redness, swelling, sores that don't heal, loss of hair, or scaly skin may indicate a more serious problem.
* Having diabetes makes my feet more susceptible to common infections, such as athlete's foot and fungal toenails.   
TRUE!  People with diabetes have a decreased immune response, which can make common foot infections more prevalent.
November, 2013 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month so we will focus this newsletter on several Diabetic topics.  If you are not diabetic you may learn some interesting facts.  If you know someone who is diabetic please forward this newsletter filled with helpful information to them as well.  Thank you!


We will be at the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at Centennial Park Saturday, Nov 9.  Come by and visit out table at the health booth if you're there! 
The Nail Spa at FAC 

We are now offering Paraffin Treatments!


We are excited to announce that we are now offering paraffin treatments at the Nail Spa at FAC.  Some people get paraffin treatments simply because they feel amazing.  Others use paraffin for therapeutic purposes.  A paraffin treatment uses warm oil-based wax to provide pain relief to hands, feet and sore joints and muscles. This treatment has skin-softening benefits as well. The benefit of the paraffin treatment soothes chronic joint pain and relaxes stiff muscles, and improves blood flow to the treated area.. It increases range of motion for people with arthritis, bursitis and other chronic conditions that cause pain and stiffness. Paraffin treatments also smooth and soften dry, chapped, rough and scaly skin. It can be helpful for chronic skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Paraffin can also be beneficial for rehabilitation of sports injuries and other physical trauma. At the Nail Spa at FAC you can have the treatment performed as an additional service to your manicure and/or pedicure.  Paraffin treatment is a form of deep heat therapy. Liquified paraffin wax is very efficient at absorbing and retaining heat. When you dip your hand or foot, for example, into the paraffin bath, heat transfers from the wax into the affected area as the wax solidifies. The heat increases circulation and relieves pain and stiffness. To aid in skin softening, paraffin increases blood supply to the skin, while also opening pores and trapping moisture from underlying layers of skin.


As with all of our services at the Nail Spa at FAC the wax is always used individually with no cross contamination.  Give it a try today! 


Call 425-0668 to schedule your appointment today!

Diabetes and Your Feet 


  If you or someone you know is battling diabetes you're not alone!  Millions of Americans of all ages, races, and genders are battling this growing epidemic.  Diabetic complications in the feet can be very dangerous.  In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of lower-limb amputations that aren't the result of a traumatic injury.  These complications and amputations can be prevented.  With proper foot care, you can manage the effects of the disease on your feet.  By seeing a podiatrist on a regular basis, amputations can be reduced by as much as 85 percent.  The feet can reveal diabetes warning signs such as numbness, redness, swelling, or non-healing wounds.  Diabetics should have their feet examined a minimum of twice a year to avoid diabetic foot complications. 

   Diabetics should also be mindful of their footwear.  There are certain types of shoes, socks, and custom orthotics especially made for those with diabetes.  People with diabetes should also never go barefoot and should make sure to keep their feet protected to reduce the risk of cuts and scrapes on the feet, which can lead to complications. 

Diabetic ulcers are often one of the first signs of complications from diabetes in the lower leg.  These ulcers can stem from a small wound or cut on the foot that is slow to heal.  If left untreated, ulcers can become harder to treat and could lead to amputation.


*Information adapted from the American Podiatric Medical Association 

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