Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Athlete's Foot/Tinea Pedis

Athlete's foot (Tinea Pedis) is caused by a variety of fungi and can cause dry, itching, red, blistered skin on the feet. It is best treated with prescription medication to kill the fungus. However, there are a few things you can do at home to deal with this condition. 1. Keep your feet dry with fresh dry socks that are changed frequently if you experience significant sweating during the day. 2. Wear shower shoes if you use locker rooms at gyms or live in a dormitory setting (such as college students). 3. Spray all of your shoes out with lysol. 4. Use over the counter antifungal sprays or powders on the feet daily as a preventative measure.

If you feel you have this condition and need treatment, please call 708-763-0580 for an appointment.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Diabetic Footcare Tips

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

It is very important for your FEET that you control your blood sugar when you have diabetes. High blood sugars can cause the following problems for the feet:

-Loss of feeling or sensation in the feet
-Delayed wound healing
-Blood flow problems

1.You should have your feet checked by a foot doctor every few months! Your blood flow, nerves, skin/nails, and any abnormal foot structures (bunions, hammer toes) will be checked. You may qualify for diabetic shoes or diabetic insoles because of your diabetes (depends on insurance).

2.It is very important that you check your feet everyday when you have diabetes. If you see an open sore or something that looks infected (red, hot, swollen, pus present), it is important to call your medical doctor or podiatrist immediately.

3.You may put cream on the top and bottom of your feet but no cream or lotions should be used between the toes.

4.Check the inside of your shoes each day to make sure no stones or other objects have gotten inside. These can injure your feet, and you may not be able to feel them.

5.Control your blood sugar!

Please call Dr. Bender for an appointment to have your feet checked.
708-763-0580 Oak Park office
773-776-3166 63rd Street office (Midway)