If you have diabetes, you probably already know a lot about how it affects your body. Did you know diabetes can also dramatically affect your feet, causing potentially serious problems? Fortunately, there are several ways you and your podiatrist can take care of your feet. Dr. Brian Shwer in Southaven, Mississippi offers a full range of podiatry services, including diabetic foot care to keep your feet in good health.
These are just a few of the foot and toe problems you may suffer from if you are diabetic. You may not feel injuries to your toes or feet because diabetes can cause loss of sensation due to nerve injury. If you do injure your feet or toes, the injury may not heal as quickly. You also may not be able to feel if your shoes are too tight. This can cause issues such as blisters and calluses, which can become larger problems if not treated.
It’s important to follow a few simple steps to protect your feet. Remember to:
- Wash and dry your feet every day
- Apply moisturizing cream to your feet and toes daily to keep them soft
- Examine your feet and toes for cuts, blisters, or sores. If you do suffer a cut, make sure to visit Dr. Shwer promptly
- Stretch your arches, toes and ankles every day to keep them flexible
- Wear protective shoes and avoid going barefoot
- Wear the appropriate shoes for the sport or activity you are doing
For more detailed information about diabetic foot care, please visit the Diabetic Foot Care section on Dr. Shwer’s website at https://www.footpaindoctor.net/diabetic-foot-care.html
Remember to schedule regular visits with your podiatrist, especially if you are diabetic. Foot problems can be prevented with prompt treatment, so pick up the phone and call Dr. Brian Shwer in Southaven, Mississippi today.
How your podiatrist in Southaven, Mississippi can help your feet feel better.
If you are struggling with bunion pain, you already know how frustrating it can be. Even putting on shoes can be painful. You may feel like spending your life on the couch! You don’t have to deal with bunions on your own. Your podiatrist can help. Dr. Brian Shwer in Southaven, Mississippi has several effective treatments for bunions and other foot issues.
So, how do you know if you have a bunion? It will appear as a large, bony bump on the side of your big toe. You may barely notice it at first, but as it rubs against the inside of your shoe, it will grow bigger, and more painful.
You can do a lot to prevent bunions by wearing wider shoes. Wearing shoes that are too narrow can cause a bunion to form by crushing your toes together. Wearing high-heels only adds to the problem by forcing your toes forward.
If you have a small bunion, you can use some simple tricks to get your foot feeling better. Try:
- Changing to wider shoes
- Wearing inserts, cushions, or pads inside your shoes
- Taping the bunion to cushion and support it
Larger bunions often require the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Dr. Shwer has several effective treatments to eliminate bunions for good. He may recommend:
- Removing corns and calluses to reduce friction
- Custom-made orthotics and footwear to add support
- Night splints to help realign your toe joint
- Exercises and physical therapy to increase mobility
- Surgical treatment may also be recommended if the bunion is large and painful. This procedure, called a bunionectomy, removes the bunion and realigns the toe.
You don’t have to let bunions keep you from enjoying your life. Get some help for bunion pain and other foot problems by calling Dr. Brian Shwer in Southaven, Mississippi. Call today and help your feet feel better tomorrow!
Ingrown toenails can cause pain and infection. In his Southaven office, Dr. Brian Shwer treats what podiatrists call onychocryptosis, relieving symptoms and helping people move again. How can you prevent ingrown toenails? How can Dr. Shwer and his team help if you do develop one? Read on to learn more.
The anatomy of an ingrown toenail
An ingrown happens when the corner of a toenail, usually on the big toe, grows into the skin surrounding the nail. Infection, pain, redness, and swelling result, and sufferers find it hard to walk and go about their daily activities comfortably. Commonly, the nail becomes ingrown when it has been trimmed too short at the corners and when improper footwear places excessive friction against the nail.
Heredity factors in on ingrown toenails. Certain kinds of toe structures run in families, and their members develop ingrown toenails more readily. In addition, trauma to the foot, such as dropping something heavy on your toe, may lead to an ingrown toenail.
Treating an ingrown toenail
Mild cases respond well to warm soaks (several times a day). Patients should wear shoes with plenty of room in the toes and ensure their socks fit properly (not too loose or too tight).
If, however, signs of infection--pain, pus, swelling, tenderness, and redness--occur, Dr. Shwer wants you to come into the Southaven office for an examination. To control the pain, eliminate the infection and help the nail grow properly, he may:
- Prescribe an oral antibiotic
- Trim the nail properly (straight across and not too short)
- Remove the side of the nail where it has intruded into the skin (also called a partial nail avulsion)
Partial nail avulsion allows the ingrown toenail to grow back straight. This in-office procedure is done with locally injected anesthetic, and you can expect your nail to take several months to look normal again.
Preventing ingrown toenails
Dr. Shwer encourages his patients to pay attention to their feet on a daily basis. This is particularly important for diabetic patients.
As such, please incorporate these foot care strategies into your personal hygiene routine:
- Wash your feet daily with soap and water, and dry them well, particularly between the toes.
- Use a foot cream to moisturize and avoid cracking.
- Wear comfortable shoes which give good support and plenty of room in the toes.
- Wear clean socks (also which fit properly) every day.
- Avoid going barefoot outdoors.
- Trim your nails straight across with a clean, sharp clipper.
- See Dr. Shwer once a year, or as he advises, for a podiatric examination.
Ten healthy nails
It's possible when you get your ingrown toenail treated as soon as possible. Don't wait. Call Dr. Brian Shwer at his office in Southaven, MS, for your personal consultation at (662) 349-7333.
Your toenails are discolored. They're yellow and brownish and look thick and ragged. Leading an active lifestyle, you're used to occasional bouts of itchy athlete's foot, but what has happened to your nails? Well, you may have onychomycosis, or fungal toenails, a stubborn, but treatable, condition. Luckily, Dr. Brian Shwer in Southaven, MS, offers toenail fungus treatment.
How it happens
While certainly unattractive, the real problems with onychomycosis are toenail destruction, inability to walk comfortably, and the infection spreading to other areas of the foot.
Anyone can develop fungal toenails, but certain conditions encourage its development--in particular:
Being over age 60 or having diabetes or other health condition which suppresses the immune system
Excessive sweating, particularly when wearing closed and/or tight shoes
Walking barefoot in gym locker rooms or poolside areas
Treatment of toenail fungus in Southaven, MS
When you come to our office, Dr. Shwer will inspect your toenails, he may then advise the application of a prescription or over-the-counter anti-fungal cream or ointment. This kind of treatment takes some time, but it works to eliminate the microorganisms and to alleviate the itching, redness, and discoloration of the nails. Your doctor may also prescribe oral medication to treat severe toenail fungus.
Additionally, your podiatrist may advise:
Washing your feet every day with soap and water and drying them completely.
Wearing clean, moisture-wicking socks.
Changing to shoes with proper fit and support.
Wearing flip-flops in pool and locker room areas.
Trimming the nails straight across with clean clippers.
Contact Us to Learn More
Have good-looking, healthy nails once again with toenail fungus treatment from Dr. Brian Shwer in Southaven, MS. Please call today for a consultation at (662) 349-7333.
Heel pain can be a common disorder affecting your feet, and it is not something you should ignore. When untreated, it can cause even more severe consequences. If you are experiencing heel pain or are planning to start a new exercise routine, contact Southaven, MS, podiatrist Dr. Brian Shwer so that he can examine you.
What is plantar fasciitis?
If you have heel pain, you may experience a sharp, stabbing pain when you first take your steps in the morning. It may return when you stand after sitting for a long period of time. Although you might think pain would occur while you exercise, most people who have plantar fasciitis report that they notice heel pain immediately after they stop exercising. Heel pain can take the fun out of everyday activities as well as make exercise more difficult.
A common type of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the tissue at the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that connects your heel to toes, helps support your arch, and acts as a natural shock absorber. You may also be more likely to develop heel pain if a job or hobby requires long hours on your feet. Certain shoes, like dress shoes, or wearing the wrong kind of shoes for an activity may increase your symptoms.
Depending on the severity, Dr. Shwer may recommend different treatment options including some lifestyle changes. These may include changing your footwear to more comfortable shoes that fit well, especially if you are active or on your feet a lot. Dr. Shwer is a runner, and he understands the importance of having a comfortable and supportive shoe when you run. You should also replace shoes that are worn out on a regular basis. Additionally, you may benefit from custom orthotics, insoles, or other devices to support your feet. We may also recommend some stretching exercises. In severe or persistent cases, surgery may be needed.
You don’t have to live in pain. Call Southaven, MS, podiatrist Dr. Shwer at (662) 349-7333 to schedule your appointment so you can get back on your feet.
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