Phoenix Podiatrist

Podiatrist 85018

Here at Desert Foot Surgeons, our Phoenix podiatrist and the rest of our staff have plenty of experience in treating patients with diabetes. Diabetes often leads to complications involving the feet, and so it is important to have a professional like our Phoenix podiatrist available to you should any foot problems arise as a result of your diabetes. One example of a foot problem associated with diabetes is neuropathy, or nerve damage. Diabetic nerve damage can lessen you ability to feel heat, cold, or even pain in your feet. Neuropathy in the feet is dangerous because you could be walking around on a foot injury without feeling it. In some cases, the foot can become infected because you are unaware of an injury there. Nerve damage can also alter the shape of your feet and toes, in which case the use of therapeutic shoes may be necessary.

Another example of a foot issue associated with diabetes is changes to the skin. For some people, the feet begin to get very dry, and the skin might crack. Calluses are also more common occurrences for people with diabetes, because there are high-pressure areas under the foot. If calluses are not treated properly or build up too much, they can break and turn into open sores, or ulcers. Another common foot issue that our Phoenix podiatrist sees in diabetic patients is a lack of circulation. Decreased circulation makes it difficult for the feet to heal properly. As you can see, there are a number of foot problems that diabetes puts you at risk for. At Desert Foot Surgeons, we put an emphasis on keeping blood sugar levels under control to prevent these and other similar foot problems.

If you are interested in learning more about the various services provided by our Phoenix podiatrist, we encourage you to visit the informative Desert Foot Surgeons website for some additional details. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our services or another related topic, we encourage you to contact our staff for assistance. You can reach us either by phone or online. We look forward to working with you soon here at Desert Foot Surgeons.

Phoenix Diabetic Foot Care
4901 N. 44th St #102
Phoenix, AZ 85018
602-490-8166

Ice Your Way to Flexibility

From the sidelines of your favorite sport to backyard games of touch football, applying ice to an injury is one of the key components of relieving inflammation.  We don’t often recommend the old “RICE”, rest, ice, compression, and elevation, method any longer, but ice remains a mainstay of treatment.

In this article you will learn more about how ice works to relieve inflammation.

http://breakingmuscle.com/mobility-recovery/icing-isnt-just-for-injuries-cryotherapy-improves-flexibility

Happy New Year! Resolutions Can Lead to Sore Feet.

Excitement is at its peak!  Time to get those new running shoes out from beneath the tree and begin your New Year’s Resolution.  That first run of the new year feel soooo good!  So much so that the following day you might run longer or faster.  Then it begins.  You wake up to sore muscles.  There might be a stiffness or sharp pain in your heels lasting just long enough to get your attention, but then it goes away.  Because it is your new year’s resolution you continue to work through it only to get increasingly sore and stiff.

By February your heels are so sore, toes and ankles are stiff, muscles ache so much that you don’t want to run or work out today.  The next day you might return, but then the soreness is back.  People at work are noticing a slight limp.  You are thinking about skipping more and more days of exercise.  So much for that resolution.  I have been there and know how to get through it.

As I always say, “Normal feet don’t hurt!  If you have pain, get them checked out.” Let me help you get back to exercising at the level you desire.  Desert Foot Surgeons works with high level athletes and the casual weekend warrior.  We differ from other offices in our team approach.  Your needs and goals are a key component of treatment.  This is personalized foot care and Desert Foot Surgeons is the only place you will find it.

Happy New Year!  Don’t become another statistic.  Let us get you exercising at the level you desire.

Affordable Care Act: What it means for my practice.

 

In January of 2014 the Affordable Care Act will supposedly begin to have an effect on the practice of medicine in the United States.  There are numerous blogs and posts on the internet about how to best prepare for this event as a consumer and physician.  I find this interesting since no one really knows how this will effect medical payments to physicians, hospitals, outpatient facilities, and pharmacies.  There has been no communication with physicians about joining some “Obamacare” network of providers.  There is no insurance plan to participate with under this Act.  The huge internet failure was said to be due to the number of people signing up for the Affordable Care Act Plan.  I have one comment about that:  this Act was made to help something like 20 million Americans that do not have access to health care.  First of all we have a County Hospital System whose mission it is to provide care to those who do not have insurance, thus providing care to everyone in need.  As a physician working part-time in a Community Health District/County Hospital System I can tell you that most of these 20 million Americans lacking access to health care do not have a computer.  The people this Act was designed to help are not the ones who are signing up.  I’m not even going into the mental health issues that plague this population and prevents them from seeking medical care.

So what is going to happen.  I will predict that some physicians will participate with whatever plan develops under the Affordable Care Act and other physicians will not.  Some will accept insurance and some will accept cash for services.  Most of the people in poverty will not sign up for “the plan” because they just won’t know how.  It will not help those it was designed to help and will ultimately fail, in about a decade or two, going back to a similar system to what we have at this time.  What are we going to do about it?  Nothing!  Dr. Geller will still treat patients with foot and ankle deformity and pain.  If surgery is your best option, I will recommend surgery.  If insurance will not allow us to do surgery I will work with you to resolve your problem the best we can.  Your bunions and hammertoes will not have to go untreated.  Your heel pain will go away with treatment.

What do I recommend you do about this?  Wait!!  You should never be the first to sign up for an experimental plan.  Wait it out and see what becomes of the Affordable Care Act before you change.  Six months, a year, whatever works best for you.  Desert Foot Surgeons will still be here to help you with your foot care needs.

What Can Doctors Do to Save a Leg From Amputation?

 

With the horrible events at the Boston Marathon, the topic of leg amputation has arisen frequently in the media.  At Desert Foot Surgeons, saving feet and legs is something we deal with everyday.  Trauma is still the leading cause of leg amputations in the world followed closely by Diabetes.  Here is a link to the article:

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/04/what-can-doctors-do-save-leg-amputation/64280/