Items filtered by date: January 2024

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Wound Debridement

Debridement wound care is often necessary for the proper healing and prevention of complications in foot wounds. Debridement, whether with special dressings, maggots, or mechanical methods, aids in removing dead or infected tissue and facilitates healing. After this procedure, it is important to regularly change the dressing, as per your podiatrist’s instructions. Keeping the dressing dry by avoiding activities like swimming or hot tubs is vital. Always maintain cleanliness by washing your hands before and after touching the wound. Avoid applying pressure and use cushions or crutches, if necessary. While debridement carries potential risks like irritation, bleeding, or infection, its benefits often outweigh these. Pay attention to signs of infection, such as increasing pain, redness, swelling, or fever. If you have foot wounds or have had a debridement procedure and healing is slower than expected or shows signs of infection, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Causes of Blackened Toenails

Blackened toenails are caused by repetitive pressure and friction, often occurring when the toe is forced against the front edge of a shoe's toe box. While sometimes referred to as tennis toe, blackened toenails can also affect athletes in soccer, football, squash, racquetball, basketball, running, and skiing. Symptoms include throbbing pain and a reddish-blue or black discoloration of the nail plate due to a subungual hematoma, which is caused by blood under the nail. The big toe is more commonly affected in blackened toenails, but the second toe may also be affected. Wearing ill-fitting shoes plays a pivotal role, causing friction that leads to bleeding under the toenail. In severe cases with significant bleeding, swelling, or infection, visiting a podiatrist is suggested. This foot doctor may relieve pressure on the subungual hematoma by making a small hole in the nail or, in extreme cases, recommend partial or complete nail removal. Prevention involves wearing well-fitted shoes and recognizing early symptoms. Whether you are an avid athlete or enjoy an active lifestyle, if you notice discoloration in the toenails, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Treatment for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetic foot ulcers pose a significant risk for individuals with diabetes, due to poor skin circulation and reduced foot sensation. Preventative measures, such as regular foot examinations and maintaining optimal diabetic control, are essential in averting these complications. Once diabetic foot ulcers develop, effective treatment becomes paramount. Typically, a protective dressing is applied, and a podiatrist plays a pivotal role in regular examination, cleaning, and redressing of the ulcer. Podiatrists may also remove hard skin hindering the healing process and prescribe padding or recommend specialized shoes to alleviate pressure. In cases of infection, oral antibiotics can be prescribed, and, if necessary, intravenous antibiotics can be administered. Surgical procedures, such as draining pus or removing dead tissue, may be required in severe infections. While many foot ulcers respond well to treatment, some may lead to severe infections or other complications. Managing diabetic foot ulcers is a long-term problem, emphasizing early intervention and meticulous care for improved outcomes and overall foot health. For help in managing diabetic foot ulcers, it is suggested that you schedule regular appointments with a podiatrist.

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 Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Relief for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, which are bony growths on the underside of the heel, can cause significant pain and discomfort. They often occur along with plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by inflammation in the bottom of the foot, particularly in the heel area. To alleviate this discomfort, various treatments and remedies from a podiatrist are available. Cold therapy can help reduce inflammation in the heel tissue. This may be achieved by using a cold compression pack or rolling the foot over a frozen water bottle. Wearing comfortable and well-fitting shoes is essential to reduce pressure on the heel spur. Wearing custom orthotics, prescribed by a podiatrist, can also provide extra heel support. Taking anti-inflammatory medications can help alleviate heel pain and reduce tissue inflammation. Stretching exercises for the calf, surrounding muscles, and the plantar fascia can ease strain and pressure on the heel spur. If you have a heel spur that is causing you persistent pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for appropriate treatment methods.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 03 January 2024 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

The Discomfort of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, a nerve disorder affecting the feet, emerges as a reality for many individuals seeking to understand the source of their discomfort. This condition is characterized by the thickening of tissues surrounding the nerves leading to the toes. It is not an actual tumor, as the name might suggest, but a response to nerve irritation and compression. Often occurring between the third and fourth toes, Morton's neuroma triggers a variety of symptoms, including sharp pain, burning sensations, and the feeling of having a pebble in the shoe. The causes of Morton's neuroma are multifaceted. Anything that exert constant pressure on the forefoot, such as wearing high-heeled shoes or engaging in certain activities, such as running, may contribute to the development of this condition. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma. 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver of Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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