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working on your feetCases of hand, foot, and mouth disease have been increasingly occurring, so it’s important to know what exactly it is and who it can affect. Symptoms of the disease include red spots, ulcers, and rashes on the hands, feet, and mouth areas. Because the infection is similar to a cold virus, it will go away on its own with proper care. There is no known cure, and it is contagious, especially among younger people. Hygiene plays a large part in prevention, so make sure to always wash your hands.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Celeste M. Borchers from Lone Star Podiatry & Surgery. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable. Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, Floresville, and Kenedy, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 17 October 2016 14:17

Battling with Blisters

blister6If you participate in an outdoor activity such as hiking, you may find yourself battling blisters. Prevention is an integral step in ensuring that blisters are not a continual problem. Make sure to wear breathable socks and properly-fitting shoes. When camping or hiking, blisters are prone to popping. If the need arises to drain the blister, make sure to use a sterilized needle. Drain the blister by piercing it, squeezing the fluid out, cleaning it, and making sure to bandage it afterwards.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Celeste M. Borchers from Lone Star Podiatry & Surgery. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, Floresville, and Kenedy, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 10 October 2016 14:15

46-54% of Injuries Caused by Overuse

feet6According to the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, “46 to 54 percent of injuries are caused by overuse which can be prevented.” Dr. Heather Bergeson, who specializes in sports medicine and pediatrics, says, “As youth sports culture has changed into this year-round phenomenon, kids are training like professional athletes.” For adolescents who participate in intense and specialized training, their risk of injury becomes higher, because their bodies are still growing and are therefore more prone to injury.

Making sure that your children maintain foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contactone of our podiatrists from Dr. Celeste M. Borchers from Lone Star Podiatry & Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet in childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care from birth to school-age.

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

  • Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet
  • Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’.

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet

  • Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus
  • Be watchful of any pain or injury
  • Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible
  • Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, Floresville, and Kenedy, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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toenail fungus7The American Podiatric Medical Association recently published a study revealing that much of this nation’s foot pain goes untreated. In a survey of 1,000 people over the age of 18, 77% reported experiencing foot pain, but only a third of those claim they would see a podiatrist. Half of the participants with foot pain say that the pain has hindered walking, exercising, playing with grandchildren, and other daily activities.

Among the group who sought podiatric help, 88% reported a quick diagnosis and 76% received treatment that eliminated the problem. A third of the group said that their visits to the podiatrist exposed other health concerns, such as diabetes, circulatory issues, and nerve issues.

"It's not surprising to see how many people are affected by foot pain, when survey results show that we view our feet as the least important body part in terms of our overall health and wellbeing," said AMPA President Frank Spinosa. "Our feet are literally and figuratively the furthest things from our minds."

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Celeste M. Borchers from Lone Star Podiatry & Surgery. Our doctorcan provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek care of a podiatrist when they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as: heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • physical therapy
  • drugs
  • perform surgery on lower extremity fractures
  • orthotic inserts or soles

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, Floresville, and Kenedy, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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