Taking Care of Your Feet

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    Athlete’s foot causes a rash that appears as flaking, redness, or “scaly” skin involving the soles of the feet, especially between the toes. Your foot itches and burns. As it gets worse, the skin weeps and sweats. It may be difficult to keep your toes dry. The fungus may cause the web spaces to crack. Bacterial infections may develop when cracking occurs. A bad smell can be the sign of a bacterial infection. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungal infection. Fungus thrives in warm, moist areas....Read More
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    Forefoot overload, high levels of pressure on the front of the foot, can lead to many common foot problems. Practice is crucial to learning to reduce the amount of pressure on the front of the foot. Learned ambulation patterns do not change overnight and take consistent and prolonged practice. The good news is that you can see improvement very quickly. Walking along long hallways or distances is a great opportunity to practice correct posture and gait and will reduce the aggravation of the foot problem...Read More
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    People afflicted with diabetes must take special care of and be especially vigilant about caring for their feet. Diabetes affects both the circulatory and nervous system, making the skin susceptible to injury. Wounds or ulcers are common in people with diabetes. When you have diabetes, poorly fitting shoes or the breakdown of a callus can cause ulcers. Ulcers can become infected, creating an even more serious condition, sepsis. Even if they are painless, ulcers should be brought to medical attention...Read More

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Brett Ryan Fink

Brett Ryan Fink is an orthopedic surgeon currently in private practice in Indianapolis, IN for the last 11 years and is President of the Indiana Orthopedic Center. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and Washington University School of Medicine. He is a veteran of the US Navy and the Persian Gulf War. He completed his orthopedic residency at Portsmouth Naval Hospital. He was a foot and ankle fellow under Dr. Mark Stuart Mizel at Boston University and the University of Miami.

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