Each winter in the US, approximately 15-20% of people with diabetes end up in the hospital because of a foot ulcer or infection. In some cases, these foot problems lead to amputation. That’s why I tell all of my diabetic patients at Westchester Health that foot care is always very important but during the winter, it is even more crucial to keep your feet healthy. Winter moisture, cold and dryness can easily cause numbness and decreased circulation, increasing the risk of a diabetic foot problem.
Did you know that most people log 75,000 miles on their feet by the time they are 50? For some people, all of this wear and tear can cause severe pain in the foot and ankle, requiring surgery. So how can you tell if you would benefit from surgery? Read this recent blog by John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, a board certified podiatrist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group.
The proper care and treatment for a wound as soon as it occurs is essential to ensure that it heals effectively. To help people understand how to care for a wound when they get injured, John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, a podiatrist with our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, offers these 9 important first aid tips.
Did you know that plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain? That’s because the plantar fascia is the flat band of ligament tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes and if it becomes strained, it becomes swollen and irritated. And that is very painful. Some patients describe the feeling as if someone is hammering nails into their heel. To help ease the pain, Dr. John Viscovich, a podiatrist in our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine group, has written a blog outlining 7 treatments you can do yourself to lessen and maybe even eliminate this condition.
As well as causing toe deformities, calluses, corns, bone spurs and other problems, wearing the wrong shoes puts tendons, joints and entire muscle groups at risk of injury. The main culprit for all this damage? High heels. They drastically alter the wearer’s posture, displace the foot and ankle bones, strain the knee joints and tighten the surrounding tendons. What’s worse, these conditions can lead to osteoarthritis, a very painful and sometimes debilitating joint condition.
Plantar fasciitis is an extremely painful condition caused by inflammation of the thick tissue, or fascia, that run along the bottom of the foot. Who gets it? Typically, long distance runners, people with low arches who run in shoes without proper arch support, and those with a muscular imbalance in the hips or pelvis which places more stress on one leg than the other. Here are some tips for relieving the pain by one of our Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine specialists, podiatrist John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS.
During the long winter months, it is especially important for diabetics to take certain steps to keep their feet healthy. Winter moisture, cold and dryness can easily cause numbness and decreased circulation, increasing the risk of a diabetes foot problem.
Foot problems caused by diabetes are some of the most common complications associated with diabetes. If not managed properly, diabetes can cause chronic complications and often irreversible damage to the feet.
Have you ever felt like someone was hammering nails into your heel? You might have plantar fasciitis, or jogger’s heel, one of the most common causes of heel pain. John Viscovich, DPM, MBA, FACFAS, a podiatrist with Westchester Health Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, has written a very informative blog which explains the best ways to treat this condition.