Showing posts from January, 2019

Foot Care for Diabetics

Mercer-Ocean Podiatry has helped many diabetics manage their foot care and we encourage all diabetics to continue their foot care at home.  A diabetic’s weakened immune system and reduced blood flow to the extremities like feet can mean small injuries have the potential to wreak havoc due to the body being unable to heal itself in this area. 
Even when they are managing their blood sugar properly, diabetics should pay special attention to their feet.  A short daily inspection and a few minutes encouraging circulation are simple preventative measures that can make all the difference.  A diabetic body’s diminished capacity to heal itself in the extremities can even lead to amputations when injuries and infections go unnoticed. This is why a short daily inspection of both feet can prevent huge problems.  Look for any abrasions, redness, swelling, and irregularities in the toenails.  Two or three times a day, spend five minutes moving your ankles and toes to encourage blood flow to the fee…


Arthritis is the Inflammation of one or more joints, causing pain and stiffness. Osteoarthritis ­­ is the most common type of arthritis that occurs in the joints of the hips, knees, and spine. However, it can also disturb the fingers, thumb, neck, and large toe. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that cause inflammation of the lining of the joints, and can lead to long-­term joint damage which results in chronic pain, loss of function and disability. Arthritis often occurs if you’re overweight, putting more pressure on your back, knees, and joints. Overusing your joints by doing extensive running and jumping can also develop arthritis.
Some signs that you may have arthritis are if you have joint pain and stiffness, decreased range of motion, and swelling. Coming off an injury often times arthritis develops which is why rehabilitation after a surgery or injury is crucial.
Dr. Frank Killan at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry recommends a variety of ways to relieve arthritis such physical ther…


Hammertoe occurs from a muscle and ligament imbalance around the toe joint which causes the middle joint of the toe to bend and become stuck in this position. Middle toes are likely to be affected although baby toes that curl are also considered hammertoes. 
If the hammertoes are flexible that means the toes are still movable and there are minor treatment options. A more serious form of hammertoe is called rigid hammertoe which means the toe won’t move at all and would require surgery. No matter which case of hammertoes you have Doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can diagnose and decide on the best treatment.
Hammertoe is often hereditary and minor solutions include better fitting shoes and orthotics, splints, and metatarsal pads which help widen the foot. 
Doctors at Mercer-Ocean Podiatry can help with any questions you may have and diagnose any toe issues you may be experiencing. Visit our website to view other services we offer. To schedule an appointment with Dr. …