TheraSkin provides, upon application, a supply of growth factors/cytokines, and a robust collagen scaffold to jumpstart healing in a chronic wound. This diabetic patient with chronic wound issues needed something to protect his bones from being exposed to the outside world. We exhausted our conservative interventions so the Theraskin graft was brought in as a last resort before more surgery.
Living with and managing diabetes is a challenge faced by tens of millions of Americans every day. It takes a lot of work to monitor blood sugar levels and other aspects of the condition, and failing to do so can have catastrophic consequences. Diabetes can make the body vulnerable to numerous and severe health issues. Among those are serious medical problems with feet, which could ultimately necessitate amputation or even be fatal. During winter’s colder temperatures, diabetics need to be even more vigilant and proactive in protecting their feet from the disease’s complications.
How Does Diabetes Effect the Feet?
Diabetes reduces blood flow to the legs and feet, which makes it harder for the body to heal after any foot injuries. The lack of blood flow to the extremities during colder weather can also ultimately lead to frostbite. The condition also can cause nerve damage in the feet, which reduces or eliminates the ability to feel foot pain. As such, if a person with diabetes is suffering from a foot condition that needs immediate attention, they may not know it or seek treatment until long after it becomes severe.
Diabetic foot problems are often so extreme that amputation is the only effective treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 73,000 adult diabetics had a leg or foot amputated in 2010 alone. Diabetics who are 45 years old and up are ten times more likely to have a leg or foot amputated than people without diabetes.
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THE BIRTH OF JAWS podiatry
Join the JAWS podiatry team in the Think Tank as they talk through the journey from an idea — startup — small business and beyond.
Co-founders Drs. Abraham Wagner and Jeff Shub share their stories on the path to creating a totally unique healthcare experience.
Throughout the podcasts, you will hear about podiatry, practice management and how to have a great time doing it! We hope you enjoy the content and please let us know how you feel about it.
At JAWS podiatry in Hollywood, Florida, we are all about healthy feet. By keeping your feet strong, you reduce the chances of foot or ankle injury. But even the healthiest feet can wind up getting hurt. When that happens, our team of dedicated foot and ankle specialists are here to help with the most advanced and non-invasive techniques that can reduce your foot and ankle pain and speed recovery. Please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
Join the JAWS podiatry team in the Think Tank as they talk through the journey from idea — startup — small business and beyond. Co-founders Drs. Abraham Wagner and Jeff Shub share their stories on the path to creating a totally unique healthcare experience.
Throughout the podcasts you will hear about podiatry, practice management and how to have a great time doing it!
We hope you enjoy the content and please let us know how you feel about it.
Your ankles take a beating, especially if you are a jogger or other athlete. Ankles and the muscles surrounding them experience constant stress due to the impact of running, jumping, and even a normal walking stride. All of that stress makes ankles particularly prone to injury. An injured ankle can keep you off your feet and off of your exercise regimen. If you want to minimize the chances of injury, you need to get to work strengthening your ankles.
If you have strong ankle musculature, your ankles can withstand greater force before sustaining an injury. The most common ankle injury is a sprain, also called an “inverse” injury. Sprains typically occur when you make a misstep or trip and your foot rolls underneath your ankle. If the muscles surrounding the ankle are strong, they are less likely to suffer from a sprain when such missteps occur.
Strong ankles also offer benefits beyond reducing the chances of strain. Strengthening lower leg muscles around the ankle can help prevent chronic conditions such as shin splints and Achilles tendonitis. Keeping your ankles strong can also improve your stride and athletic performance. If exercise is not a top priority for you, perhaps the ability to wear more challenging shoes such as high heels may motivate you to give your ankles a little TLC.
Strengthening your ankles isn’t hard. Here are some quick and easy ankle exercises that can keep you in stride:Read More
Our feet and ankles are very important, considering we couldn’t stand, walk, or run without them. Unfortunately, our lower limbs tend to be neglected unless something goes wrong. Lack of mobility in your feet and ankles can cause exercise form mistakes and more.
The purpose of the JAWS podiatry Foot and Mobility program is:
1. Strength: Strengthening the muscles that support your lower leg, foot, and ankle will help keep your ankle joint stable.
2. Flexibility: Stretching the muscles that you strengthen is important for restoring range of motion and preventing injury.
Here are 10 of the most effective exercises to improve foot and ankle mobility by Jeremy Abramson, the movement, and mobility specialist – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNN0ZEhKbKo&list=PLdvVgN4TGWJoaoOXz_R7q2kih2zDNQGNO
In previous posts, we’ve discussed the benefits of walking barefoot (“earthing”) and barefoot running. Ditching shoes or wearing minimalist footwear when jogging or walking have proven health benefits and increasing numbers of people are hopping on the barefoot bandwagon. But going barefoot can also help you when exercising in other ways. A barefoot workout can help build healthy feet, improve your balance, and add to your sense of well-being.
The primary way a barefoot workout can be beneficial is that it takes away the constraints and crutches that high-tech, constrictive, and heavily cushioned athletic shoes provide.
Why You Need to Strengthen Your Feet
When you wear shoes, they limit the range of motion of your feet. When you limit the range of motion in any part of the body for long periods of time, you can lose that range of motion and become less flexible and more prone to injury. Your feet can also come to be dependent on the protection and cushioning shoes provide and become weaker as a result. Stronger feet are less vulnerable to injuries such as stress fractures or painful foot conditions like plantar fasciitis, and strong fee also can create a healthier foundation for the rest of your body.
How to Strengthen Your Feet With a Barefoot WorkoutRead More
As the barefoot movement begins to sweep America, JAWS podiatry own Dr. Wagner and Jeff Shub are at the forefront of preventative podiatry – helping clients be proactive in the care of their feet and ankles before any issues arise. Walking barefoot, also known as “earthing,” has gone from being a kooky counter-culture trend to a scientifically-researched practice with a number of remarkable health advantages, such as increasing antioxidants, reducing inflammation, improving sleep, and of course, solving hip and back problems.
Listen as Dr. Wagner and Jeff take listeners on a journey from the history of shoes and feet to some new techniques they are working on to heal their patients. We also scan some incredible new products on the market for feet.
Click here to listen to the full interview – On the Bus Podcast
Many painful foot and ankle problems are caused or made worse by the biomechanics of the way we walk. From bunions to heel spurs, our strides and how we bear the weight of our bodies can play a huge role in our foot health. That is why correcting or altering how we use our feet through the use of orthotics often provides patients with long-term relief from foot problems and can help return the spring to their step.
What are Orthotics?
Orthotics are molded inserts that are placed inside shoes to alter the way we walk, correct minor deformities, or keep joints appropriately aligned. You can purchase one-size-fits-most orthotic inserts at any drug store, but these store-bought inserts are not designed to address the specific problem you are experiencing and may not fit in a way that can effectively address the issue.
Custom orthotics, on the other hand, are specially formed to fit the shape and contours of your feet – your arches in particular – and are designed to provide optimal effectiveness for your specific foot or ankle problem. A scanner is most often used to obtain a precise image of your feet, and the orthotics are then molded accordingly.Read More
How Do I Prepare for the Procedure?
- Your healthcare provider may ask you to stop taking certain medicines before your toenail is removed (aspirin or other blood thinners, for example). Do not stop any medicines without talking to your provider first.
- You may need to plan to take a day or two off from your usual activities after the procedure is done.
What Happens During the Procedure?
The skin is cleansed with an antibacterial solution or alcohol. A local anesthetic is injected into the toe to numb part or all of the toe. A tourniquet may be put around the base of your toe to decrease bleeding during the procedure. Then your healthcare provider will cut away and remove part or all of the toenail. Afterwards an antibiotic and a bandage are put on the toe. You can go home soon after the nail is removed.
Watch as Dr. Wagner removes an infected ingrown toenail:
Call the Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWSpodiatry
The experienced and skilled podiatrists at JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida are a growing team of exceptional medical professionals who offer the highest degree of care in a welcoming, comfortable environment. Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 to schedule a consultation.