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Practicing foot care is crucial for diabetic patients. The feet can easily become infected in people who have diabetes, and a good diabetic foot care routine can begin with washing and drying the feet daily. This can be followed by examining the soles of the feet. Some patients find it helps to use a mirror to accomplish this, or a family member or caregiver can do this if available. It is important to trim the toenails properly approximately once per week, and this can be done by cutting them straight across. Dry skin on the feet can be avoided when a good moisturizer is applied, and refraining from using it between the toes. Many diabetic patients have poor circulation and neuropathy, which is nerve damage. This is caused by elevated blood sugar levels, and the feet may become numb or have tingling sensations. It is often difficult to feel cuts or sores that have developed, which can be seen when the feet are inspected daily. 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 one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors 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 Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Our feet are the foundation of our support and facilitate our mobility. While it is common to experience foot pain occasionally, dismissing or ignoring it can have serious consequences. Foot pain can stem from various causes, ranging from simple issues like ill-fitting footwear to underlying medical conditions that require immediate attention. Since such pain can arise from multiple factors, it is important to identify the source to differentiate between discomfort that may be temporary and signs of a more serious problem. Medical conditions, such as diabetes, with the common complication of neuropathy, or deep vein thrombosis involving blood clots can cause foot pain, and it is crucial to address these issues promptly. Age-related foot problems, such as arthritis, can cause chronic foot pain that requires care. Given the diverse causes of foot pain and the potential severity of complications, if you are having such pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and suitable treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

Sore Feet While Hiking

Hiking can be a fun and challenging activity for nature lovers. It can be great exercise and provide one with the experience of stunning views and a huge sense of accomplishment. Most hikers have experienced some foot pain during a hike at some point in time. While blisters, plantar fasciitis, or hot spots can commonly befall hikers, other things like tendonitis can occur as well. Painful blisters are a common hiking problem. These are fluid-filled pockets that develop under the skin and are caused by friction. Blisters can easily come on from overuse and wearing boots that do not fit well. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the connective tissue that runs from the heels to the toes on the underside of the foot. It can make every step a hiker takes painful, particularly in the heel and arch of the foot. A hot spot is a signal that a blister is about to form. Foot pain prevention measures to take before a hike include training for the hike by doing aerobic exercise, and resistance training.  Also, practicing shorter hikes on similar terrain, wearing well-fitting hiking boots, using orthotic insoles, and wearing lightweight, breathable, and cushioned socks. When discomfort surfaces during a hike, stop to deal with it before it worsens. A foot care kit can be prepared beforehand and taken on hikes for this purpose. Simple things to include in such a kit are an extra pair of socks, athletic or duct tape, powder, and blister patches. If your foot pain from a hike persists or worsens, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can evaluate the problem and provide treatment options.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Exercises for Flat Feet

Children are naturally born with flat feet, and by the time they are teenagers, the arch usually develops normally. However, there are various circumstances where the arches either do not develop or they fall. These include injuries, obesity, genetics, and arthritis. Those with neurological or muscular diseases may also be more prone to having flat feet. Wearing orthotics or arch supports, and performing certain stretches, can reduce pain from fallen arches or help correct them. Examples of exercises that might help raise, strengthen, and lengthen the arches are heel stretches and tennis or golf ball rolls. Stretch your heels by standing with your hands resting on a wall at eye level. Keep one leg forward and the other extended behind you. Press both heels into the floor. Then bend one leg at a time toward the wall with the opposite heel pressed into the floor and hold this position for 30 seconds. Repeat on each side four times. For the tennis or golf ball roll, sit in a chair with a ball under one foot. Keep a straight spine and roll the ball under your foot, focusing on the arch. Do this for two to three minutes and then change feet. If you have flat feet and they are causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with additional exercise options and further treatment that is right for you.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Southern NH. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  


  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn


If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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