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For individuals living with diabetes, maintaining foot care takes on paramount importance. Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to nerve damage and reduced blood flow in the feet, making them vulnerable to infections and slow healing. Regularly inspecting the feet for any cuts, blisters, or sores, can help to prevent infections. It is helpful to moisturize the feet but avoid applying lotion between the toes. Wearing well-fitting shoes made from breathable materials may help to ensure maximum comfort. It is beneficial to choose seamless socks that can prevent friction. Trimming the nails straight across can help to avoid ingrown nails, and elevating the feet while sitting may promote healthy circulation. Prioritizing your foot health is crucial to having a comfortable and active life with diabetes. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this serious condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Wound Debridement

The removal of dead or infected skin tissue is known as debridement. This procedure also eliminates foreign materials from tissue. Debridement promotes the growth of healthy tissue, minimizes scarring, and reduces infection complications. Not all wounds require debridement. It is typically used for non-healing old wounds, chronically infected wounds, or those at risk of infections. Severe or new wounds might also need debridement. The choice of debridement depends on factors like wound type, age, overall health, and risk for complications. Methods include biological debridement using sterile maggots, enzymatic debridement with ointments, autolytic debridement harnessing the body's enzymes, and mechanical debridement as the most common approach. Sharp debridement, both conservative and surgical, involves cutting off unhealthy tissue. Recovery varies but typically takes 6 to 12 weeks. Careful wound management, including regular dressing changes and hygiene, is crucial. Although complications are possible, debridement's benefits often outweigh the risks. If you have a foot wound that persists or appears infected, it is strongly suggested that you see a podiatrist for immediate treatment, which might include debridement.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 18 August 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Common Myths About Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are commonly misunderstood and usually do not cause heel pain. In fact, most heel pain is attributed to plantar fasciitis, a condition where the ligament on the bottom of the foot, termed the plantar fascia, becomes chronically inflamed. It then can get calcified where it attaches to the heel bone. It may even appear as a heel spur on an X-ray. The pain stems from the strain on the plantar fascia, due to overuse or repetitive exertion, and often is made worse by wearing inadequately supportive footwear. Symptoms include discomfort on the bottom of the heel, which occasionally extends into the arch. Surgical removal of heel spurs is largely considered unnecessary, as relief from the pain can often occur without addressing the spur itself. Wearing shoe inserts and incorporating simple stretches can lead to significant relief from this type of heel pain. Proper arch support and cushioning are often effective ways to relieve heel pain. So, while heel spurs may appear concerning, they may not be the main cause of discomfort. Instead, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can conduct imaging tests and identify the cause and suggest the appropriate treatment measures. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Managing Foot Arthritis

Osteoarthritis, or OA, is a chronic condition that involves the deterioration of the cartilage in joints over time, leading to pain and stiffness. The foot, with its numerous weight-bearing joints, is a common location for OA to develop. Symptoms of foot OA may include aching, reduced range of motion, pain in the ball of the foot or heel, joint soreness, stiffness, and joint swelling. Without proper treatment, foot OA can lead to complications such as bunions, calluses, corns, and arthritis in the big toe joint. Range of motion exercises and foot stretches can strengthen foot muscles and improve symptoms. Wearing proper footwear and shoe insoles, and a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and calcium can help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Maintaining a moderate weight also helps reduce pressure on the foot joints. If you have foot arthritis, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide individualized treatment to alleviate your discomfort.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Reasons for Cracked Heels

Mildly cracked heels are generally not a serious foot condition unless they develop into fissures, which may bleed and become infected. Cracked heels are caused by standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day, or from wearing shoes that do not have a back. Flip-flops fall into this category, and it is beneficial to limit wearing these types of shoes. Patients who have existing medical conditions, such as psoriasis, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder, may be prone to getting cracked heels. One of the first signs that cracked heels may be developing is the hard, thickened skin surrounding the heel. This is referred to as a callus and can be yellow or brown in color. Cracks can form over the callus and can become worse when pressure of standing or running is exerted. Effective prevention methods can include washing and drying the feet daily, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. If you have cracked heels that are causing problems, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can successfully treat this condition.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Rahil Baxamusa, DPM from Illinois. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Crystal Lake, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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