We may be wearing more layers as the temperatures drop, but don’t forget about the skin that you’re working diligently to keep warm. It’s easy to notice changes to your skin during warmer temperatures when more of your skin is exposed, but how do you remain proactive during the fall and winter? Gentle Touch Footcare is here to help by sharing the “ABCDEs” for examining your skin year-round and recognizing warning signs for melanoma, a form of skin cancer.
If you have diabetes, please continue to examine your skin daily and report any changes or discomfort to your podiatrist.
What are the ABCDEs?
- A – asymmetry
- B – borders
- C –
- D – diameter
- E – evolving, such as changes to elevation
If you see a lesion on your skin, imagine taking an invisible pen and drawing a line down the middle. Most moles are round and oval in shape, so they can be easily divided in half. If you’ve found a new lesion on your skin that doesn’t pass the test, make an appointment with your doctor.
If you’ve had a mole for decades, it most likely has a smooth border around the edge. If the border
If your lesion has changed colors or has multiple shades of color, this should be a cause for concern. Brown, black, red, white or blue are colors to watch. Consider these colors as warning signs.
If you notice that your legion is the size of a pencil eraser or larger, it’s time to call your doctor.
Evolving (such as a change in elevation)
If your lesion feels like a bump, or if you’ve noticed that your lesion is evolving based on size, shape or color, don’t delay a visit to your doctor.
Don’t ignore changes
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and it’s time to get people thinking about their health and how this condition may impact their feet and ankles. Diabetes is a chronic condition in which a person has higher glucose levels. These higher levels can damage tissues and organs in the body. One of the best ways to be proactive is to know your status. Here are a few questions to consider. At Gentle Touch Footcare, we’re here to start a conversation about diabetes that may impact your feet.
Are you pre-diabetic?
You wouldn’t be the first person to be unaware of their pre-diabetic status. In fact, most people don’t know that they have blood sugar levels a little lower than what a doctor could diagnose as “diabetes.” Get a blood sugar test to know more about your health.
Do you have risk factors?
- Do you smoke?
- Are you overweight?
- Do you have an unhealthy diet or a poor workout schedule?
- Do you have a sibling or parent who has diabetes?
Are you ignoring warning signs?
- Tingling or numbness in your feet
- Wounds that take longer than usual to heal
- Constant thirst or frequent urination
Are you being proactive?
Take action! Did you know that you can reduce your risk of diabetes by making a few changes to how you live your life?
- Add more exercise to your week
- Choose healthy food options
- Keep your weight down
- Don’t skip your doctor’s appointments
- Stop smoking
- Limit your alcohol intake
What does diabetes mean for my feet and ankles?
If you have diabetes, schedule an appointment with your podiatrist. Together, you and your diabetes management team can work on a plan to stay ahead of potential complications that may impact your feet. Complications include peripheral neuropathy, decreased circulation, and non-healing wounds, such as foot ulcers.
To check on the status of your feet, assess your risk for developing pre-diabetes, or create a plan of action, make an appointment with our doctors, Bruce Theall, DPM, and Priscilla Seshie, DPM. Our offices are located at 310 Central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668.
It’s Halloween and time for frightening sights like ghosts and goblins. At Gentle Touch Footcare, however, one thing we think shouldn’t be scary is taking care of your feet. Sometimes foot and ankle issues can have alarming
Calcaneal Apophysitis—as a parent, you might be distressed if one of our podiatrists Bruce Theall, DPM or Priscilla Seshie, DPM, told you this was your child’s diagnosis. This condition, also known as Sever’s disease (which is not any better of a name because it’s not really a disease) is not uncommon in children and young teens whose bones are still developing. It refers to a spot at the back of the heel at the growth plate that is vulnerable to inflammation until the heel bone is fully formed. Excess pounding of the foot, usually the result of an overly intense sports schedule
Ganglion Cyst—when you understand that “ganglion” means knot and know that this growth is benign, it takes away the scare factor. Ganglion cysts are sacs filled with
Subungual Hematoma—this condition looks as well as sounds frightening. If you have a subungual hematoma, your toenail is probably black. This is the result of blood that has pooled underneath. It’s usually caused by repetitive trauma to the toenail, such as pounding up against the front of the shoe, which is why it’s frequently seen in runners.
If someone said you had a neuroma
- Pain in the between the toes
- Tingling numbness in the ball of your foot
- May feel like there is a pebble in your shoe
- Swelled toes
- Pain in the ball of the foot when walked on
Factors which may contribute to the development of
- High heels – puts undue pressure on your toes
- Sports – high impact sports that a lot of running or uses tight shoes like rock climbing or ballet
- People with bunions, hammertoe, high arches or flat feet
Home treatments include:
- Wear shoes with a lot of
room the toes
- Wear shoes with lower heels
- Wear shoes with good cushioning
- Use ice to treat for pain
- Rest and massage the foot
If these don’t help, then time to see your podiatrist. Your podiatrist will examine your feet and determine the best treatment for your sure another condition is not causing your pain. Podiatrists can:
- Prescribe a better fitting shoe that doesn’t aggravate the
- Anti-inflammatory or medication like cortisone
- Padding and taping – will help alleviate pain by strengthening the affected area
- Custom made orthotics – will cushion the affected area, taking the pressure off the nerve
- Surgery – to remove the inflamed nerve
If you believe you have or are developing a or have any other concerns about the health of your feet, make an appointment with us here at Gentle Touch Footcare. Our doctors Bruce Theall, DPM and Priscilla Seshie, DPM will diagnose your feet and apply the most appropriate treatment. Our offices are located at 310 central Avenue East, Orange, NJ, 07018. Our phone number is 973-673-3668 and our website is www.drtheall.com
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