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18/Aug/2019

Diabetic Foot Problems

High blood sugar levels in our body can lead to nerve damage and poor blood circulation. Diabetics related foot problems can be a nightmare if not treated at the proper time. Even a small infection can take a very longer time to heal because of poor blood circulation. The situation can turn worse to become a gangrene and then it might be necessary to amputate that part off the body. So it’s better that we become cautious at an early stage.
Diabetics related problems in the foot can lead to loss of sensation to heat, cold or touch. There can be thickening of toe nails, blisters and ulcers, warts and corns in the affected part of the feet. There might be a burning sensation as well as pain in our foot.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

1. Wash your feet: Make sure that you wash your feet every day with a mild soap and warm water. The water should not be very hot and you should check it before your legs are exposed to them.
2. Pat Dry: It is extremely important to carefully pat dry your feet. Moist environment becomes an amicable host for the breeding of various infections. It’s also necessary to dry the area between your toes as well.
3. Moisturize dry skin: If you feel that your feet are rough or dry then only use a gentle lotion. Do not use lotion between your toes.
4. Avoid walking bare foot: Walking bare foot can cause injuries and can get infected easily.
5. Inspect your feet: Inspect your feet every day for any sores, bruises, or cuts.
6. Never attempt to remove any foot lesions or corns and warts by yourself. Also do not use any antiseptic liquids on cuts and bruises. Immediately see your doctor or podiatrist. If your feet is in a very bad condition, do not stand in once place for a very long time. It’s advisable to wear cushioned natural fiber made socks.
7. Tight shoes are not recommended. Choose comfortable well fitted shoes at all times.

If these DIY tips doesn’t work for you, consult with our Abu Dhabi Podiatrists. We can give you the best solution for your feet! Give us a call on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 and get an appointment today.


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18/Aug/2019

What is Plantar Warts?

Warts are infections on the skin caused by one particular strain of human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts which grow on the plantar surface (Bottom) of the foot are known as plantar warts. Warts are mostly non painful in nature. However, depending on the area and size of the wart it might prove to be a cause of irritation and pain. Plantar warts can be seen in all age groups but they are most common amongst high school going children.

Causes of Plantar Warts

• Using public showers can cause plantar warts
• If you like to swim you should know that swimming pools can be a reason for warts too
• Some kind of wound, friction on the skin sometimes might cause plantar wart
• Weakened immune system can also be the probable causes for the spread of infection.
Plantar warts are non-malignant and non-cancerous, in fact in about sometime most warts go away without any treatment. The size of the warts is 2-3 cms in general. However some warts may grow bigger and other might just might take the shape of little colonies.

Treatment of Plantar Warts

Home Remedy for Plantar Warts:

There are various ways of treating the wart at home. Duct tape is one such home remedy. A small strip can be placed over the wart and left for a few days. It can be removed just by peeling of the duct tape. The peeling method can be applied with salicylic acid as well.

Visit our clinic:

1. Cryotherapy: If you visit our podiatry clinic our doctor might suggest you to go for cryotherapy. Cryotherapy is basically done to freeze the wart by applying liquid nitrogen to it. Usually the dead tissue falls of within a week or so. Sometimes it might take you a few sittings with us to get rid of the wart completely.
Other popular treatments are,
1. Laser Treatment
2. Minor Surgery
3. Vaccination

Although warts are mostly non painful yet they might prove to be very unbecoming for us at certain situations. They become a cause for embarrassment for us in social gatherings and can indirectly be the cause of our low self-esteem. So it’s extremely important that they should be treated


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18/Aug/2019

Are the arches on the inside of your feet flattened in a way that allows the entire sole to touch the floor when you stand up? If yes, you are suffering from Flat feet.

What are Flat Feet or Fallen Arches?

When we look at an adult foot from the inside, we usually notice an upward curve in the middle called an arch. The arch is formed by Tendons which are tight bands that attach the heel and foot bones. Several tendons in our feet and lower leg work together to form the arches in our foot.When all the tendons pull the proper amount, our foot forms a moderate, normal arch. When the tendons do not pull together properly, there is little or no arch. This is the condition called Flat foot or Fallen arch.

Flat feet could be a common and usually a painless condition, when the arches just don’t develop during childhood or in some other cases, it develops after an injury or from the simple wear-and-tear stresses of age.

Flat Feet Signs or Symptoms :

If you aren’t having pain, flat feet does not normally call for any treatment but this condition can sometimes contribute to problems in your ankles and knees as it can lead to alter the alignment of your legs. Most people have no signs or symptoms associated with flatfeet. But some people with flatfeet experience foot pain, particularly in the heel or arch area and this pain may worsen with activity. It can also lead to swelling along the inside of the ankle. Other factors that increase the risk of flat feet include obesity, injury to your foot or ankle, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and ageing. Arches can fall over time. Years of wear and tear can weaken the tendon that runs along the inside of your ankle and helps support your arch. But nothing to worry, your local Podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Centre is always at your rescue. Just call us on 02 633 0515 / 055 511 6072 to schedule an appointment.

Flat feet in Children:

Flat foot can be quite normal in infants and toddlers as the arch of the foot is still under development in this stage. Generally these arches develop throughout childhood but in some people, these arches may never develop. This is a normal variation in foot type and people without arches may or may not have problems.Some children have flexible flatfoot, a condition in which the arch is visible when the child is sitting or standing on tiptoes but disappears when the child stands. Most children outgrow flexible flatfoot without any problems.

Flat Feet or Fallen Arches Treatment

Wait no longer when the pain factor strikes! Do not ignore your child if they complain of foot pain. You need to seek professional advice to avoid future complications. Visit us at Health & Style Medical Centre, 1st Floor Office, BHS Building, Hamdan Street, Abu Dhabi to find the root cause. We are open Sunday – Thursday (9:00am-6:30pm) and alternate Saturdays too!


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