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Posts for: June, 2014

By Raymond A. Dipretoro Jr., DPM
June 24, 2014
Category: Skin Care

Protecting Your Feet from Sunburn in the SummerAre those red socks you’re wearing or do you have sunburned feet? Getting too much sun can keep you from summer fun, and if it’s your feet that take on too many rays, you might not even be able to wear shoes or walk! Not to worry, though. Just keep your cool and follow these tips to help get your skin back to feeling good again.

Apply a cool cloth to the areas that are sunburned. If you’re feeling hot, hot, hot, taking a cool bath or shower can help, and don’t limit them to just once a day—take as many as you want! Then, lather on some moisturizing lotion. Ones that contain aloe vera or hydrocortisone cream are best at reducing any pain or swelling caused by the sunburn. Sometimes too much sun can bring on a fever or headache, too. Go ahead and take some pain medication and drink lots of fluids. Oh, and one more tip: chamomile has been known to help relieve sunburn discomfort as well. Use chilled damp teabags, or facecloths dipped in chamomile tea and wrung out, and dab against sunburned areas a few times a day.

Before too long you’ll be able to slip those sandals back on and rejoin the summer fun, but make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen this time so it doesn’t happen again! For more tips on keeping your feet safe this summer, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Delaware. Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. is always happy to help. Visit us in Wilmington, Newark or Glasgow DE, or call (302) 355-0056 today. Remember, when you’re slathering on that SPF, don’t forget your feet!

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By Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM
June 24, 2014
Category: Arthritis

Stretches for Foot ArthritisArthritis pain in your feet can deter you from wanting to move around, but guess what? If you want the pain to diminish, that’s exactly what you have to do—get moving! That doesn’t mean you have to start training for a marathon or anything. You can start out slow with these simple stretches for arthritis:

Towel Grab

Place a small towel in front of you, and while keeping your heel flat on the floor, grab the towel with your toes and pull it toward you. Repeat several times.

Toe Pulls

Sit and reach for your toes, bend them back as far as you can, then hold for 10 seconds and do it again.

Ankle Rotations

From a seated position, raise your leg and rotate your ankle in a clockwise direction about 15 times, then reverse to a counter-clockwise rotation. Switch ankles and repeat.

Tennis Ball Roll

This not only stretches your arch, it’s like a little massage! Sit in a chair and place your foot on a tennis ball. Roll the ball under your foot from your toes to your heel and back again.

Tip Toes

Using a wall or chair for support, raise up onto your tip-toes and hold that position for about 10 seconds. Lower back down and do it 10 to 20 more times.

Stretches for arthritis can reduce pain and stiffness and help keep joints flexible so that activities are easier. Do them every day and you’ll be happy you did. You know what they say: “Actions speak louder than words.” Well, squelch out the word “Ouch!” by taking action to control your ache.

Find out more ways in which you can get moving to get rid of arthritis pain. Call Dr. Raymond A DiPretoro Jr. at (302) 355-0056, or visit an Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. near you. We’re located in Newark, Glasgow, and Wilmington DE.

Bunion Surgery RecoveryYou’ve always wanted to do it. You’ve psyched yourself up. You’re ready to take the plunge. No we’re not talking about a polar club dive or jumping out of a plane; we’re talking about bunion surgery. This is it. You’re finally going to say good bye to the bump that’s been bugging you and causing you pain and embarrassment for years. Just remember this though—the key to recovering from bunion surgery successfully is knowing what to expect.

First off, recovery time depends on many different factors, including your age, general health and fitness level, and the severity of your condition. Procedures vary accordingly. For mild bunions, the enlarged portion of the bone is removed and tendons and ligaments realigned. Moderate bunions may necessitate cutting the bone and shifting it into position along with the tendons and ligaments. The severe variety entails a combination of these procedures, and an arthritic joint might even be replaced completely. Obviously, how quickly you recover is highly dependent upon the level of procedure you undergo. Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. will explain the procedure you need and outline your expected recovery stages, so you can have peace of mind about your surgery.

Typically you can expect the healing process to take at least 6 to 8 weeks. During this time it’s important to keep weight off your foot and rest it. You can manage pain with icing and any pain reliever we prescribe. We will likely give you physical therapy exercises to help you regain strength and range of motion. Recovering from bunion surgery takes time and patience, but if you know what to expect on your road to recovery, you’ll reach your goal of pain-free days before you can say “bye-bye bump, it was not-so-nice knowing you!”

To learn more about bunion surgery, visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. in Glasgow, Newark, or Wilmington DE. Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. can help you decide if taking the plunge is right for you. Just call (302) 355-0056, and say good-bye and good riddance to your bunion now.

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By Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM
June 17, 2014
Category: Diabetes

Diabetic Foot Inspections in DelawareOnce a day keeps the doctor away. That’s what they say about eating apples, but it’s true about daily diabetic foot inspections, too! When you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to foot problems, and if they’re not caught early, those problems can turn into serious complications. You should visit your podiatrist on a regular basis, but we don’t want you to endure unnecessary visits any more than you do! We’d rather help you live a full and active life. That’s why Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. recommends incorporating self-foot exams into your daily routine. That way, any problems you find can be addressed quickly, before they become serious and involve extended care. So grab your foot, a hand mirror, or even a friend, and let the inspections begin. Here’s what to look for:

Discoloration - redness can be a sign of shoe irritation. Black or blue can mean blood flow problems or bruising.

Blisters - another sign that your shoes are rubbing you the wrong way. Cover it with a bandage to prevent it from breaking, and switch to more comfy shoes.

Breaks in the Skin - any abrasions can quickly become infected. Wash with mild soap, blot dry, and apply a dressing. Call your podiatrist at the first sign of redness, swelling or drainage.

Rash - peeling, itching skin can mean a fungal infection like athlete’s foot. Seek treatment immediately.

Numbness - this is a sign of possible nerve damage. Be sure to notify your podiatrist.

Sores (Ulcers) - open sores are like open doors to dangerous infections. Seek help right away before it becomes severe.

Ingrown Toenails - again, this is an invitation for infection and should be treated by a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Knowing what to look for can make the difference between spending time doing the things you love and spending it in the hospital. So make a daily diabetic foot inspection a regular part of your life. Contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. at (302) 355-0056 for more information, or stop by one of our convenient locations in Glasgow, Newark, and Wilmington, DE.

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By Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr., DPM
June 09, 2014
Category: Orthotics

Orthotics to Help with Heel PainYou just had to do that last sprint up the hill, didn’t you? Now there’s that nagging pain in your heel again. Are you looking at time in rehab, or worse, surgery? Not necessarily. It is likely you can simply invest in some orthotic shoe inserts. That’s right, orthotics help heel pain—and a whole lot more.

Overuse and ill-fitting shoes are the usual culprits of heel pain. Another cause is over -- or under -- pronation. This means your foot rolls too far outward or inward, resulting in stress on the plantar fascia—the tendon connecting your heel to your toes. Slipping an orthotic into your shoe can help correct these imbalances by adjusting the way in which your foot strikes the ground. You then pronate normally, and presto—your problem is resolved.

In fact, orthotics can not only treat injuries, but also help you avoid them altogether! With the added support and increased cushioning that they provide, conditions like chronic blisters and shin splints, for example, can be completely eliminated.

You can buy orthotic shoe inserts over-the-counter, but for even better results, we can fit you with a custom pair designed to address your foot issues. These are great because they are molded specifically for your foot, and made with materials chosen for your particular running needs. Place them in some good, supportive, and comfy shoes, and leave your days of pain behind.

If you think you could benefit from some custom orthotics, visit Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Inc. today! We have locations in Glasgow, Newark, and Wilmington, DE. Just call (302) 355-0056 to make an appointment with Dr. Raymond A. DiPretoro Jr. He can answer any questions you may have, and help keep your training going strong. Orthotics help heel pain. Invest in yours today!

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Newark, DE Podiatrist
Advanced Foot and Ankle Center - Neuroscience & Surgery Institute of DE.
774 Christiana Road, Suite #105, Newark, DE 19713
(302) 355-0056

Wilmington Office
1415 Foulk Road, Suite #101, Foulkstone Plaza, Wilmington, DE 19803
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Middletown Office
Middletown Medical Center 210 Cleaver Farm Road Building B, Suite 2 Middletown, DE 19709
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