Digital X-Ray Imaging
For your convenience, we can perform digital X-Rays in our office.
We are pleased to offer cryosurgery as a method to treat many skin lesions.
Custom orthotics are made utilizing the TOG GaitScan. It is an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device that is a quick, easy and accurate way for Dr. Brann to access your gait cycle. We have numerous types of orthotic available to be made to fit a variety of shoes.
A soft tissue biopsy is the removal and microscopic examination of a small sample of soft tissue for diagnostic purposes. "Soft tissue" includes the skin, fat, muscle, and tendons that surround, connect, or support other tissues or organs.
Diabetic Foot Exam
Diabetes can be dangerous to your feet- even a small cut can produce serious consequences. Diabetes may cause nerve damage that takes away the feeling in your feet, making you unaware if you have any sort of cut, lesion or wound on your foot. Diabetes can also make healing from an infection more difficult.
To help maintain healthy feet:
- Examine your feet daily- Check for any cuts, blisters, redness. Use a magnifying hand mirror to look at the bottom of your feet. By examine your feet daily, you are taking a crucial step to preventing serious foot problems.
- Clean your feet daily- It is very important to make sure your feet are kept clean. Wash your feet in lukewarm (NOT HOT) water. Make sure to wash between your toes and dry. Use a moisturizer daily to prevent your skin from becoming dry or cracked. Do NOT moisturize between your toes.
- Cut nails carefully- Cut straight across and never dig into the corners, as this could lead to ingrown toenails. If you are unable to trim your toenails safely, Dr. Brann can offer professional assistance in office.
To protect your Feet from harm:
- Wear clean, dry socks and change them daily. Avoid socks with tight elastic bands as they can reduce circulation.
- Buy comfortable shoes that are not too tight.
- Shake out your shoes and feel inside before wearing them. Remember your feet may not be able to feel a foreign object that could be in your shoe, so its vital to inspect your shoes before putting them on.
- Never walk barefoot- Always wear shoes or slippers when at home to avoid stepping on something that you may not be able to feel.
- Keep blood sugars under control.
- Don't Smoke. Smoking can restrict blood flow to your feet.
Your podiatrist plays a critical role in the prevention and management of complications of the foot in diabetics. To avoid serious foot problems, early detection and annual examinations by your podiatrist are vital for anyone with Diabetes. Dr. Brann can provide a thorough diabetic foot exam- including sensory, neurological and circulatory examination. Talk to Dr. Brann today to see what you can do to maintain healthy and safe feet.
Diabetic Therapeutic Shoes and Inserts
Being a diabetic, it is vital that you have good fitting, supportive shoes. Dr. Brann participates in the Medicare Part B, Diabetic Therapeutic Shoe Program that allows for One pair of Diabetic shoes and 3 pairs of Custom Diabetic Inserts each calendar year.
Who is Eligible?
All patients with Medicare Part B who have diabetes and one or more of the following qualifying foot conditions are covered:
- History of partial or complete amputation of the foot
- History of previous foot ulceration
- History of pre-ulcerative callus
- Peripheral neuropathy with evidence of callus formation
- Foot Deformity
- Poor circulation
When it is determined that you may qualify for the program, your Primary Care Doctor would need to certify that you indeed meet the qualifications. We offer a variety of stylish and comfortable diabetic shoes. Dr. Brann can evaluate your feet and determine if you would qualify for diabetic shoes.
Laser Treatment for Fungal Toenails Using the Q-clear Compact Laser System