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Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Heel Pain, Plantar Fasciitis, Shockwave Therapy | Comments Off on Shockwave Therapy for Heel Pain Relief

When you’re having heel pain, you’ll try anything to get rid of the pain. One technique that is rapidly gaining popularity today is shockwave therapy for heel pain. This therapy works on the proven theory that creating micro-trauma on a cellular level causes the blood vessels and bone cells within your body to regenerate so that they heal faster. As such, it is a safe, non-invasive way to treat many chronic conditions. What some people find funny is the paradox here that when you damage your foot, you actually heal it. The technique used here involves a series of movements that place tension on the area of your heel that’s causing the pain. Your technician then uses a shockwave hand piece transmitting shock waves to this area for four or five minutes. These shocks feel like a small baseball bat that’s hitting your heel’s tissue causing the microbleeding and bruising that aren’t too painful and thus don’t require any anti-inflammatory drugs or icing. The bruising is actually a necessary part of the repair process that takes place over the next few months. So, while the process is uncomfortable, it isn’t painful. Even the minimal amount of discomfort you feel diminishes as the treatment goes on. Therefore, there’s no reason you wouldn’t want to undergo the treatment again in the future. In fact, considering that you’ll experience between a 70% and 90% reduction in your pain, you’ll want to have at least three or four more treatments so that you can walk on your heels once...

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Hammertoe Causes & Treatment Options

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Hammertoes | Comments Off on Hammertoe Causes & Treatment Options

There are many foot problems that people are afflicted with but one very painful condition is hammertoes. A hammertoe occurs when the middle of the toe points upward strangely. Hammertoes usually in the second toe will develop a callus on the top of the first joint of the toe which is painful. Causes of Hammertoes Hammertoes can be a heredity trait passed down to you from your parents. The second toe can be abnormally long with the tip constantly being pressed into a bent position. Sometimes a tight tendon does not allow the toe to lay flat and a hammertoe will develop. A bunion on the big toe can press the second toe into a bent position. Muscle weakness or arthritis may make the toes to constrict into a hammer position. Shoes that do not fit properly can lead to hammertoes plus other foot problems. Shoes can cause the toe to bend at the joint and put weight on the tip. In time the tendon constricts and the toe tightens into this unusual position. These are some of the causes of hammertoes that when left untreated become very painful. A Largo podiatrist can sometimes prevent hammertoes from becoming inflexible, deformed and painful. When the tendon is still pliable using lamb’s wool padding or special splints to hold the toe in its normal, aligned position will help the hammertoe. Wearing wider shoes will keep the toes from crowding again. When a hammertoe is left untreated the cartilage between the joints wears out and the toe loses its pliability and function. Hammertoes can cause an unusual manner of walking which can cause back, hip and knee problems. If you notice a toe looking abnormal and the joint is bent it is time to seek help from a foot doctor. If a hammertoe is very painful and your shoes no longer fit, surgery may be the only option. At the deformed joint, 1/16th to 1/18th inch of bone is extracted which allows the linked toe bones to lay flat. In the past it took 60 days of healing from hammertoe surgery, but today many Largo podiatric surgeons are trained to perform minimal incision surgery. This surgery can be done in the doctor’s office, and the likelihood of infection is lowered and pain can be managed with aspirin. With minimal incision hammertoe surgery you can walk right away and return to work in a few days providing your work allows sitting most of the time. If you wear roomy, practical shoes hammertoes rarely return. So if you notice your toes looking abnormal and they are painful it’s time to visit a podiatrist. Hammertoes left untreated eventually make it very painful to walk or stand on your feet. With proper treatment it is possible to correct a hammertoe and relieve the discomfort caused by the bent joint. If you are looking for a podiatrist in the Largo, FL area visit our website for information about our doctors and the services we...

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Worried Your Flat Feet Won’t Hold Up During the Holidays?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Flat Feet | Comments Off on Worried Your Flat Feet Won’t Hold Up During the Holidays?

Flat feet plague many Americans and perhaps one of the worst times to have fallen arches is the winter holiday season. Why? Many people are destined to spend hours standing in line waiting to pay for holiday gifts, see Santa or mail holiday cards and packages. There are also those cocktail parties, holiday caroling sessions and strolls through the Christmas lights that will undoubtedly have people on their feet for long stretches of time too. So what should a flat-footed individual do at this time of year? Your Largo podiatrist has some answers: Arch Supports, Socks and Shoes Donning a first-rate pair of arch supports, therapeutic socks and proper footwear before heading out to enjoy hours of holiday fun is one option to consider. Your podiatrist can help you find just the right ones. Once you have them on, they’ll help ease the amount of pressure being put on your body and keep the blood flowing in the right direction. Line Exercises While you’re standing in line, consider doing a bit of exercise as well. We’re not talking about channeling your inner Jack LaLanne here. Otherwise, you might attract the attention of the mall security guards. Simple ankle rotations and walking in place may help to reduce edema and give your flat feet a bit of a break. Foot Massage If you happen to be in a shopping mall or center where foot massages are available, take advantage of them periodically. They are likely to make you feel better and it’s a great excuse to carve out a few quiet moments for yourself. If you can’t visit a professional, tuck a personal foot massager into your purse. That way, you can lightly massage your own feet during the car ride home. Eat Right Lastly, there are certain foods and nutritional supplements available that may reduce edema caused by standing on flat feet for hours at a time. The list includes potassium rich foods like raisins, bananas, baby carrots, nuts and yogurt. So, you may want to pack a snack for those trips to the mall or hit the food court before you hit the...

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Toenail Disorders May Be More Serious Than Many People Realize

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Toenail Fungus | Comments Off on Toenail Disorders May Be More Serious Than Many People Realize

When Americans think of toenail disorders, cancer is typically the last thing that comes to their minds. However, it is not uncommon for cancer to show up on the feet and underneath of a person’s toenails. Unfortunately, many people often mistake the signs of toenail bed cancer as blood blisters from impact injuries or other toenail disorders. Toenail disorders that tend to mimic the outward signs of subungual melanomas include, but are not confined to the following: Longitudinal Linear Lesions Splinter Hemorrhages Melanonychia Striata Fungal Infections They typically involve a black or brown discoloration that forms underneath of the toenail. Cancer presents itself the same way with a few key, and often subtle, differences. It too will show up underneath the toenail as a discolored spot or line. The spot or line will usually have an irregular border, asymmetrical shape and variations in shading or coloration. As time goes on, the spot or line may change shape, spread throughout the nail bed and possibly to the surrounding soft tissue. If it spreads too much, surgical amputation will most likely be ordered, as well as chemotherapy and skin grafting. Therefore, Largo podiatrists typically order biopsies to determine whether or not a patient has cancer, or one of the other toenail disorders mentioned earlier. The biopsy generally involves removing the toenail so a proper tissue sample may be obtained. If the discolored area is rather large, the podiatrist or attending physician may need to repair the hole made by the tissue sampling process with sutures and order post-opt wound care. The length of healing time involved will vary based on how well the patient follows the podiatrist’s wound care recommendations, the wound’s initial size, and the patient’s overall health. After the biopsy procedure is complete, the tissue sample is usually tested in-house or at a local lab. If cancerous cells are detected, additional treatment, as mentioned above, may be needed. To speak with a podiatrist about this and other serious toenail disorders, please call our office...

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Flat Feet: Selecting The Right Running Shoe

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Flat Feet, Running Injuries | Comments Off on Flat Feet: Selecting The Right Running Shoe

It is imperative to select the right running shoes. The right running shoe will preserve the foot’s anatomy, allowing you to run for years to come with no pain. People with flat feet, however, have a challenge when it comes to selecting the right footwear. This is how you can select the right shoe, helping you to prevent running injuries. Whаt Exactly іs а Flat foot? Наvіng а flat foot саn sоmеtimеs bе а frustration іn searching fоr thе appropriate accessory, lіke shoes. А flat foot іs characterized bу уоur foot print lоoking lіke а blob contoured іn thе general shape оf а foot. Yоu саn easily check thіs usіng а footprint оn а piece оf paper. Аlso, physically, уоu mау observe thаt thеrе іs аlmоst nо curve going іnward frоm уоur toe tо уоur heel. Аnothеr signіfісаnt characteristic іs thаt whеn уоu press firmly оn аnу surface, yоur foot sеems tо spread out. What Shoes Dо І Usе? Shoes аrе generally created tо provide protection tо а person’s feet. Нowеvеr, еvеn thоugh mоst оf thе commercially аvаilаblе shoes аrе usіng soft аnd shape shifting materials, а specific pair оf shoes shоuld bе usеd fоr flat-footed people. Usuаllу, whеn а person hаs flat feet, thеу аrе аlsо considered tо bе аn overpronator. Іt іs а condition whеn thе foot rolls іnwаrd whilе running. Thаt іs whу thе appropriate shoes shоuld bе used. The mоst appropriate shoes fоr flat feet аrе thе onеs thаt arе equipped wіth high stability properties аs well аs wіth motion control materials. Alsо, shoes wіth firm mid-soles аrе fаr thе mоst efficient types. Тhese factors reduce thе capability оf уоur flat foot tо roll ovеr іn specific areas, thus making уоur walking оr running mоre comfortable. Yоu shоuld avoid shoes thаt аrе highly curved іn іnwаrd soles fоr thеsе types mау reduce уоur stability аnd compress yоur foot painfully. Since running shoes werе manufactured based оn thе activities оf runners, thеу аrе equipped wіth padding аnd cushion materials fоr greater flexibility. Yоu won’t nееd shoes thаt hаve multiple layers оf padding sіnсe thіs will apply pressure tо уоur flat feet, thus making іt vеrу uncomfortable tо usе. Yоu саn јust usе running shoes thаt havе аt lеаst а single layer оf comfort pads but аrе nоt tоо curved. Pоssіble Injuries аnd Ailments: Тhеrе arе sоmе health problems thаt уou maу havе іf уоu dо nоt usе running shoes ideal fоr flat footed individuals. Fоr example, іf yоu tend tо run long distances wіth аn inappropriate shoe type, yоu mау experience instability frоm thе flat panels оf уоur feet towаrds thе upper portion оf thе legs. Тhese conditions mау сause knee аnd leg injuries whіle running. Аlsо, уоur balance capability іs compromised, leading tо аn uncontrollable body movement whіlе іn motion. If уоu аrе going tо purchase а pair оf running shoes, уоu саn search оver thе basic items sold іn thе market. Вut, уоu shоuld аlwауs bear іn mind thаt уоu mіght nеed tо sacrifice style аnd brand іn order tо makе surе thаt уоu hаvе thе best running shoes fоr flat feet. Althоugh thіs mау seеm tо bе а lіttle frustrating, yоu shоuld аlwауs consider thе health factor оf usіng thеm.Contact us to learn more about podiatrists and how they can help you preserve...

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Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Foot Orthotics, Running Injuries | Comments Off on Foot Orthotics: Will They Help Seasonal Athletes Recover from Shin Splints?

Although shin splints can happen at any time of the year, they tend to spring up more often when people begin returning to the tennis courts and running tracks. The reason behind the increase is easy to understand. As people try to get back into the swing of their favorite sports, they inadvertently put undue pressure on their tibias, tendons and muscles. That added pressure sparks inflammation, mild soreness and eventually severe pain that may interfere with their exercise routines or daily ambulation. Thankfully, wearing foot orthotics and taking over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications frequently helps them feel better quicker. First, podiatrists must identify whether the person’s pain is emanating from the medial, lateral or anterior area of the shin. Then, it is common to watch the patient walk and determine if there is excessive pronation, forefoot valgus, supination or other biomechanical problems that may be contributing to the person’s shin splints. Afterward, custom foot orthotics may be ordered and designed to suit the patient’s needs. Ideally, whichever foot orthotics are prescribed, they’ll correct the biomechanical issue, thereby reducing stress on the lower leg during routine ambulation or running. So which foot orthotic devices are used to help ease the pain of shin splints? As you can guess, it will depend on the person’s foot and the contributing biomechanical problem at hand. Sometimes supportive, foam inserts with cut-away areas may help relieve the pressure. In other situations, it may be wise to include a supportive wrap or bandage that helps to hold the foot, ankle and lower leg into the proper position for running or walking. Understandably, the cost and amount of time it generally takes to make custom foot orthotics for people suffering from shin splints varies as well. To learn more about treating seasonal shin splints with customized foot orthotics, please contact one of our knowledgeable podiatrists today. Image courtesy of Stockimages/...

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Managing Pain in the Arch Of The Foot

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Foot Arch Pain, General Foot Care | Comments Off on Managing Pain in the Arch Of The Foot

There are a myriad of conditions that can affect the health of your foot. Ill-fitting shoes, blisters, corns, calluses, and tough footwear are just a number of the reasons why you might be suffering from pain in the arch of foot. Learn how you can manage the pain at home – however, if the problem persists, it is recommended that you contact a podiatrist to find an underlying problem. Whеn уоur feet hurt, yоu hurt. Relieve thе pain wіth а foot massage. Stroke уour foot wіth уour thumb frоm thе base оf уоur heel to уоur toes.Try аsking someоne а foot massage, if уоu саn’t manage gіvіng уoursеlf оne. Focusing оn thе soles саn actuallу relax аn individual. Start stroking the soles оf thе foot going in straight lines. Fоllоwіng thе soles hаvе bееn properly massaged, уоu саn proceed tо the top аnd middle аnd аlsо thе toes оf thе foot. Use a gentle motion to massage your toes, stretching them until the soreness goes away. Usе уour thumbs to put pressure іn the sole оf уour foot, slowly going frоm thе toes tо thе heel. You саn employ mоrе pressure by kneading the sole with your knuckles, fоr feet whісh аrе еsрecially achy. Finally, treat уour weary feet wіth а rich moisturizer. Over the counter medicines can also help for short term pain management. Ibuprofen is known to be help dull the pain. Contact us to learn how you can manage pain in the arch of the foot, or if nothing that you do at home is particularly...

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Broken Ankle & Foot Injuries May Warrant Testing for Compartment Syndrome

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Foot Fractures | Comments Off on Broken Ankle & Foot Injuries May Warrant Testing for Compartment Syndrome

As we all know, there are many different foot and ankle injuries that may befall an individual. However, some of the most life altering ones are crushing injuries. They, by their very nature, have the ability to cause widespread and sometimes irreversible damage to the foot and ankle. That’s why many Largo podiatrists believe in examining patients with broken ankles and crushed feet for signs and symptoms typically associated with compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome is primarily associated with crushing injuries that involve osseofascial compartments. Osseofascial compartments are found in a human’s limbs. They are actually closed segments within the limbs that are defined by fascia and bone. The foot alone has at least six such areas. They are known as the calcaneal, lateral, interosseous, superficial, adductor and medial compartments. The ankle is also affected by the four compartments that exist in the lower leg. They are known as superficial posterior, anterior, lateral and deep posterior compartments. Within the defined borders mentioned above are muscles, soft tissue, tendons, blood vessels and nerves. As such, the areas have their own interstitial pressure level, which may be altered by crushing injuries and certain diseases. Once that pressure level is altered, it may disrupt the normal flow of blood. That, in turn, may cause tissue death, nerve damage, skin tightness and the formation of foot and ankle ulcers. To determine whether or not a person has compartment syndrome, podiatrists may order an interstitial pressure test or CT arthrography and conduct a physical exam. If the interstitial pressure in the broken ankle or foot needs to be adjusted, a podiatrist may recommend that the patient undergo a fasciotomy. It is a complicated, surgical procedure designed to immediately reduce the pressure in the affected area or areas. Afterward, the patient must typically restrict his or her movements for a minimum of five days and then potentially undergo a second surgical procedure to permanently close the open incisions (e.g. skin grafts). Once the second surgery has been completed, the patient may be faced with additional downtime. In other instances, podiatrists may suggest that the patients with broken ankles try bed rest, foot elevation, anti-inflammatory medications, pneumatic intermittent impulse compression devices and splinting instead. It really all hinges upon how severe the change in pressure is and how long it has been left unchecked. To learn more about compartment syndrome and the treatments involved, please contact your local podiatry office....

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Podiatric Care for Elderly People: It’s Not Just About Shoe Inserts and Bunion Creams

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Geriatric Foot Care, Running Injuries | Comments Off on Podiatric Care for Elderly People: It’s Not Just About Shoe Inserts and Bunion Creams

Do you suffer from poor circulation in your feet? If so, and you happen to be over the age of 50, chances are you’re in good company. Why? It is a condition that commonly affects our country’s senior members, especially those that live rather sedentary lifestyles. It may lead to edema, undesirable skin changes, prolonged infections, painful cramps and a thickening of the toenails. On an upbeat note, receiving podiatric care geared towards elderly people may help resolve at least some of those complaints. Podiatrists typically attack circulatory problems using a variety of modalities. For example, they may suggest that seniors start using topical creams that contain a mixture of L-Arginine and nitric oxide (e.g. HealthiFeet ). They are widely recognized as two agents that help improve blood vessel health and overall circulation. This is often especially the case when they are combined with therapeutic massage, hot/cold therapy and foot exercises. It is also not unusual for podiatrists that believe in using a holistic approach to treat elderly people’s feet to prescribe the use of herbal supplements or medicinal herbs. The list of those that are known to help improve circulation in the lower extremities includes, but isn’t restricted to ginkgo biloba, vitamin C, ginger, fish oil and cayenne pepper. Those types of treatments are normally paired with biofeedback assisted relaxation sessions, yoga, Epsom salt foot baths, acupuncture, support stockings and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation. Other podiatrists may prefer to stick with manmade, over-the-counter or prescription medications. Examples include vasodilators, calcium channel and alpha blockers. However, because many elderly people take so many medications already, this is not always possible. Therefore, some podiatrists may work with the person’s other doctors and pharmacists to come up with compound medications that may help. In addition, podiatric care for the elderly also tends to include routine tasks like nail trimming, callus removal and the aggressive treatment of fungal or bacteria generated infections. To learn more about them and the other treatments mentioned above, please reach out to one of our well respected podiatrists today. Image courtesy of Ambro /...

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Ask a Foot Care Expert: What’s Up With All of This Intense Itching?

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Athlete's Foot, General Foot Care | Comments Off on Ask a Foot Care Expert: What’s Up With All of This Intense Itching?

When the majority of Americans hear that someone has itchy feet and ankles, thoughts of tinea pedis tend to immediately come to mind. Although it is often one of the chief causes of intense itchy, it by far, isn’t the only one. There are actually many conditions that may be behind the intense itching and home foot care may not be enough to solve the problem. Here’s a look at just some of the other podiatry issues that could be spurring on a person’s overwhelming need to scratch: Xerotic Eczema If the temperatures have already started to dip and relative humidity is low, a person’s feet could show signs of xerotic eczema. It could also be caused by dehydration, malnutrition, allergic reactions to soap and taking too many hot showers in the winter months. In addition to the itching, people affected by the condition may experience redness, scaling, peeling and cracked skin too. Foot care may involve the use of washing powders, non-steroidal creams, steroidal creams, medicated oils and other thick emollients. Dyshidrotic Eczema If a person has many of the symptoms mentioned above but their feet and ankles also happen to be covered with clusters of little blisters, it could be dyshidrotic eczema instead. Although both genders have the potential to develop the skin problem, it tends to affect women more often than not. Podiatrists frequently attribute its cause to seasonal allergies. Therefore, it typically shows up on the feet and ankles during the spring, summer and fall. Treatment for the condition involves many of the foot care products used to resolve xerotic eczema. Scabies Itchy feet and ankles may be caused by scabies mites as well. It is one of those podiatry problems that require professional care. Sometimes it is accompanied by crusty patches of skin, rashes, blisters and discolored lines th at run near those items. Foot care to kill off the mites tends to last a month and requires the use of prescription medications. So anyone that feels he or she may be suffering from the condition should contact a Largo podiatrist right...

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