Parents and families can prevent cuts, puncture wounds and other injuries from going barefoot by following some simple recommendations from one Klamath Falls foot and ankle surgeon.
"Shoes are the best way to protect your family's feet from injuries," says Jeff Merrill, DPM, FACFAS. "But if your summer just wouldn't be the same without kicking off your shoes or sandals, you can still make it a safe season."
Dr. Merrill has an office in Klamath Falls. He offers these tips for a safer barefoot summer:
--See a foot and ankle surgeon within 24 hours for a puncture wound.
Why: These injuries can embed unsterile foreign objects deep inside the foot. A puncture wound must be cleaned properly and monitored throughout the healing process. This will help to avoid complications, such as tissue and bone infections or damage to tendons and muscles in the foot. Foot and ankle surgeons are trained to properly care for these injuries.
--Make sure you've been vaccinated against tetanus. Experts recommend teens and adults get a booster shot every 10 years.
Why: Cuts and puncture wounds from sharp objects can lead to infections and illnesses such as tetanus.
--Apply sunscreen to the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Why: Feet get sunburn too. According to FootHealthFacts.org, rare but deadly skin cancers can develop on the feet.
--Inspect your feet and your children's feet on a routine basis for skin problems such as warts, calluses, ingrown toenails and suspicious moles, spots or freckles.
Why: The earlier a skin condition is detected, the easier it is for your foot and ankle surgeon to treat it.
--Wear flip-flops or sandals around swimming pools, locker rooms and beaches.
Why: To avoid cuts and abrasions from rough anti-slip surfaces and sharp objects hidden beneath sandy beaches, and to prevent contact with bacteria and viruses that can cause athlete's foot, plantar warts, and other problems.
--Use common sense.
Why: Every year, people lose toes while mowing the lawn barefoot. Others suffer serious burns from accidentally stepping on stray campfire coals or fireworks. Murky rivers, lakes and ponds can conceal sharp objects underwater. People with diabetes should never go barefoot, even indoors, because their nervous system may not "feel" an injury and their circulatory system will struggle to heal breaks in the skin.
Dr. Merrill is a member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). He is board certified in foot surgery. He earned his podiatric medical degree from the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and has been practicing in Klamath Falls since 2013. Dr. Merrill can be contacted at 541-850-6463.
For more information on puncture wounds, plantar warts, diabetic foot care and other topics, visit the ACFAS Web site, FootHealthFacts.org.
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Dr. Jeff Merrill introduces RevitaDERM 40 Keratolytic Emollient and shares before and after photos
from a patient who used it daily for one month. Music: « Summer » from Bensound.com
Containing aloe vera, tea tree oil, chamomile, and prescription strength 40% urea, RevitaDERM 40 Keratolytic Emollient exfoliates and hydrates the skin while quickly and effectively removing calluses. It's also safe for diabetics. It comes with a free pumice stone and brush, and is available for purchase in the 4 oz. jar size for $30 at our office.
To celebrate Foot Health Awareness Month, we're giving away one jar of RevitaDERM 40 Keratolytic Emollient with included pumice stone and brush. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. One winner will be chosen after this giveaway ends on 4-23-19 at 12 am PST. Winner must pick up their prize at our office in Klamath Falls by 5-23-19. Must be 18 or older to win. Our winner will be contacted by email.
Sometimes surgical correction of foot deformities is needed to stop pain. However, it is always nice for the patient to find out that a simple remedy to their foot pain is through a change or alteration to their current shoe gear. Take for example, the patient above who came in complaining of pain in his 1st metatarsal phalangeal joint (or big toe joint). He had bought a new pair of boots that seemed to coincide with his new onset of pain. The radiograph results were a powerful tool for the patient to visualize the dramatic change in shape his foot must take to fit in these boots. So, out went the boots, and with them went the pain. He may still have a little arthritis in the big toe joint that may need surgical attention in the future, but for now he will enjoy his activities with less pain.
-Jeff Merrill DPM AACFAS
As a foot and ankle expert, Today’s Podiatrist is in a unique position to provide surgical intervention or conservative care to treat foot and ankle conditions. Simply put, no condition is too big or too small and no treatment is too complex for Today’s Podiatrist.
So, what does the phrase “Operate Like a DPM” mean to Today’s Podiatrist? It’s a way of practicing that puts the patient and his or her needs and individual concerns first. Today’s Podiatrist has the singular goal of getting patients back on their feet—and is the right physician and surgeon to accomplish that goal.
“When your foot or ankle hurts, it’s time to see Today’s Podiatrist,” said Jeff Merrill, DPM, a podiatrist at Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Patients should understand that foot pain is never normal and waiting to seek treatment may complicate your condition.”
Podiatrists may treat your condition with conservative care, such as orthotics or physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be the most appropriate treatment to alleviate discomfort or restore the function of your foot, and Today’s Podiatrist has the necessary education and training to perform this surgery. Individual factors determine the length and kind of rehabilitation required to ensure a successful recovery.
Today’s Podiatrists treat common conditions such as:
“Today’s Podiatrist truly does it all,” Dr. Merrill says. “The needs of our patients are our top priority. Together, we explore all approaches to keep our patients active.”
To find a podiatrist near you, visit www.apma.org/findapodiatrist.
Jeff Merrill, DPM, is a podiatrist at Klamath Falls Foot and Ankle, LLC in Klamath Falls, Oregon. Call 541-850-6463 or visit https://www.klamathfallsfootandankle.com/ to make an appointment. Visit www.apma.org to learn more about foot health and care.