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By FOOT & ANKLE CENTER OF ILLINOIS
March 06, 2018
Category: Podiatry

Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that can partially or completely block blood flow back to the heart and cause damage to the one-way valves in the veins. The blood clot usually forms in a calf or thigh, but can also occur in the veins of the upper extremities. 

The clot can also break free and travel through your blood to major organs, such as your lungs, which can be fatal. By visiting your podiatrist you can better understand DVT and how to properly prevent it from occurring.

Lowering Your Risk of DVT

To lower your risk and help prevent deep vein thrombosis, follow these important steps:

  • Maintain an active lifestyle and exercise daily.
  • Manage your weight by exercising and eating a healthy diet.
  • If you smoke, it is important to quit.
  • Check your blood pressure regularly, and take steps to lower it if necessary.
  • Report any family or personal history of blood-clotting problems to your podiatrist.
  • Discuss alternatives to birth control pills or hormone-replacement therapy
  • If you are on an airplane for more than 4 hours, either walk or do leg stretches in your seat and also stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol consumption.

Visit your podiatrist for further information on deep vein thrombosis, and for more tips on how to prevent it from developing.

By Foot & Ankle Center Of Illinois
March 01, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin Cancer and Foot Care

Skin cancer is common, accounting for nearly half of all cancers in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. Despite these shocking statistics, less than one-third of Americans apply sunscreen regularly to protect themselves from the sun’s harmful rays—and when they do, the feet are often overlooked.

During the spring and summer seasons especially, the feet are exposed to the sun’s damaging rays, putting them at just as great of a risk for skin cancer as other frequently exposed parts of the body, such as the face and arms. For this reason, podiatrists warn patients to pay extra attention to their feet during months when the feet are exposed to avoid the harmful effects of the sun.

Prevention

The good news is that skin cancer of the feet is very preventable. For starters, always apply a generous layer of sunscreen to the tops of the feet, on and between the toes and to the soles of your feet. Reapply every few hours if you are outdoors for an extended period of time. If you are on the beach or at the pool, opt for water shoes rather than flip-flops which offer a sun-blocking mesh cover. And finally, inspect your feet regularly for unusual skin changes or abnormal growths.

Common Warning Signs

Because skin cancer of the feet can easily be mistaken for other, less serious problems--such as a wart, rash or fungal infection--it is important for patients to report any questionable symptoms to their podiatrist. Detecting skin cancer early is the key to optimal treatment.

Podiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat abnormal skin conditions of the feet. If a lesion is determined to be cancerous, our practice will recommend the best course of treatment for your condition.