How do I improve circulation in my feet?
Walking, keeping your blood sugars under control, and low carb diet will go a long way in reducing your body's glucose. Less glucose in blood not only prevents toxins from clogging your arteries but also damaging the nerves.
I am not a diabetic, but I have pins and needles sensation in my feet. What is the cause of my symptoms?
Diabetes is the most common cause of neuropathy. But there are other causes for neuropathy like alcoholism(2nd most common cause), smoking, lack of vitamins in your diet, trapped nerves in the spine, heavy metal poisoning etc. In some cases a cause might not be identified in spite of extensive testing. Speaking to your doctor is your best bet.
What are the treatment options available for my burning feet and will it involve surgery?
Apart from trapped nerves either in the spine or locally in the leg, you will be offered HAPPY FEET'S unique non-surgical treatment. For the above two mentioned conditions we treat our patients with surgery, both effectively and efficiently, by qualified surgeons.
How long will the treatment for my burning feet last?
Your treatment will be tailor-made to suit your unique condition. It can be as simple as home based medicines and review in the clinic, to more advanced, daily or thrice a week therapies.
I have ulcers on my feet, how can I get them cured?
Neuropathy is the primary cause of foot ulceration in diabetics, apart from poor blood circulation (Microangiopathy).
Smoking and chewing tobacco, and consuming alcohol and drinks rich in caffeine: coffee, tea, coke and chocolates should be avoided completely, as these agents can impede your already compromised blood supply even more.
We have several options including lasers; super oxygen, specialized dressing, and newer skin forming agents to give you complete healing of ulcers. However, if gangrene in toes or feet has already developed, surgery will be required to remove them, to prevent infection from spreading to other parts of body, and endangering life.
My son was born with a deformed foot, what treatment can I expect at HAPPY FEET?
There are several reasons for deformed feet in children. Club feet, flat feet, rocket bottom feet, over-riding toes, crouched toes etc. Each condition requires diagnosis by thorough examination, possible x rays and foot scans. Treatment is then tailor-made for the condition. Most of the conditions, if not all, can be treated with simple and special footwear. Some conditions will require surgery to correct deformity, immediately. Others might require surgical correction during adolescence or teenage years. At HAPPY FEET we are uniquely positioned to deal with all your foot and lower limb problems expertly and decisively.
I have a pain in my heels, especially when I wake up. What is the cause?
You are most likely to be suffering from plantar fascitis or Haglund's deformity, the two most common conditions responsible for heel pain.
At HAPPY FEET we have a step wise treatment protocol of physiotherapy, orthotics and injections to PRP (PLATELET RICH PLASMA) to surgery, giving most patients a satisfying experience. One has to bear in mind that this condition is sometimes very resistant to treatment.
Again, for Haglund's deformity, we have unique non-operative and operative treatment options.
My mom has severe flat feet and is suffering from foot pain? What are the options available?
There are several reasons for flat feet: congenital flat feet that just did not get better with age, a condition called posterior tibial tendon deficiency (PTTD),diabetes giving rise to Charcot's foot, extra bones from birth-giving rise to problems only late in age. Treatment is then tailor-made to the condition. Initially in all conditions footwear and orthotics are important.
My wife has got a deviated big toe due to which she is unable to wear narrow foot wear. What is the problem and what can be done to cure it?
She has what is called hallux valgus deformity. There is a prominence of the great toe, and the toe itself deviates out. This causes periodic inflammation and pain, making it difficult to wear shoes or narrow sandals. Treatment is initially stretching exercises or using a hallux valgus splint. Some form of surgery is generally required for the moderate to severe deformities. Podiatric surgery is in the form of releasing the tight tendon between the first and second toes, that pulls the first toe and removing the bony prominence on the big toe.Podiatric surgery is generally successful.
Do you have footwear in your centre?
We offer off-the shelf, foot wear made of special material especially for diabetics, in three models for both sexes. However, we do not do custom-made footwear.
I have painful corns on my feet. What can I do about it?
We can help by giving special creams which if applied regularly, for small corns, can cure completely. In addition, wearing special footwear that are soft, and relieve pressure, accelerates healing. Sometimes corns are due to prominent balls of toes: a condition called metatarsalgia. Corrective podiatric surgery is done to reshape the ball of the toes as well as fusing the toes will ensure the primary cause for corn occurrence is removed.
My father has rheumatoid arthritis due to which the foot is severely crippled. What can you do to help?
Rheumatoid in the foot presents with a spectrum of problems: claw toes, hallux valgus, calluses on the balls of toes, mid-foot collapse, ankle arthritis. Pain killers and orthotics are invariably needed to ease the pain. Footwear is generally customized. Treatment is tailor made to suit each condition and can be complex. But if treated early, progression of deformity can be stopped.