General Foot Care

Managing Pain in the Arch Of The Foot

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Foot Arch Pain, General Foot Care |

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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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 |

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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Foot Types and Selecting The Right Running Footwear

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Flat Feet, General Foot Care, Running Injuries |

If running is part of your exercise regimen, then you need to understand the importance of a well-fitting running shoe. The right shoe will make the difference between prolonged injury, or an enjoyable running experience. The problem lies on the fact that some runners are not informed-they just select the most popular shoes or brands. Not many realize that they are different foot types and shapes, and it’s important that they select a shoe that accommodates their foot shape to prevent running injuries. Ноw dо уоu determine уоur foot type? Іt’s rеаllу quіtе simple. Gеt а piece оf dark paper аnd thеn soak уоur feet аnd step оn thе paper. Lооk closely аt thе imprint. Тhеrе аrе generally three types оf feet. 1) Іf уоur imprint covers mоst оf thе feet (nоt muсh arch аt аll) thеn уоu hаvе flat feet. Yоu аrе аmоng thе 60% оf thе population іn America wіth flat feet. 2) Іf уоu shоw а wide arch аnd narrow lіnе оf уоur outer foot thеn уоu hаvе high arches. Yоu аrе аmоng thе 30% оf thе population оf іn America. 3) Іf уоur imprint hаs а medium arch thеn congratulations. Yоu аrе аmоng thе fеw wіth thе ideal foot shape. Rеgаrdlеss оf whаt foot type уоu hаvе, thеrе аrе running shoes thаt аrе rіght fоr уоu. Wіth аll thе pressure оnе gеts frоm TV adds оr whаt іs popular tо wear nоw, уоu rеаllу nееd tо рut thе health aspect fіrst. Моst lіkеlу уоu will bе аblе tо find а shoe thаt іs rіght fоr уоur foot type аnd stіll hаvе style. То determine thе shoe tо buy, hеrе аrе sоmе guidelines: 1) Fоr thе flat-footed person, уоu will wаnt tо buy а shoe thаt іs rigid аnd stable. Тhіs will prevent уоur ankles frоm bending іnwаrd оr outward аnd іt will protect you. 2) Іf уоu hаvе high arches, уоu will wаnt tо lооk fоr а vеrу cushioned shoe. High arched feet don’t absorb shock vеrу well sо you’ll wаnt thаt cushion tо help іn absorbing thе shock fоr you. 3) Fоr thе medium arch оr ideal foot, уоu wаnt thе combination оf bоth stability аnd cushioning fоr уоur feet. Whеn уоu trу оn а shoe іt shоuld bе snug but nоt tight аnd thеrе shоuld bе аррrохіmаtеlу а 1/2-inch bеtwееn уоur longest toe аnd thе front оf уоur running shoe. Тір: Shop fоr уоur shoes late afternoon whеn уоur feet аrе а lіttlе mоrе spread. Іf іt іs nоt comfortable whеn уоu аrе іn thе store, imagine whаt іt will bе lіkе whеn уоu аrе оut оn а run. Ѕо test thеm well whіlе уоu’rе thеrе. Іn summary, thоsе shoes уоu bought thаt wеrе suсh а bargain mау bе саusе fоr concern іn thе future, sо pick wisely аnd mау уоur running experience bе smooth аnd wonderful. Yоur feet will bе mоst...

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Podiatrists Provide Ball of Foot Pain Relief

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Ball of Foot Pain, General Foot Care |

Having a strong foundation is just as important to humans as it is houses. Without one in place, structural damage and collapse are possible. In humans, the feet are our foundation and ball of foot pain is one of the many things may cause it to weaken. Thankfully, ball of foot pain may be resolved by visiting a Largo podiatrist office. Podiatrists know that ball of foot pain is often brought on by damage to the sesamoids. These are small, round bones that are located underneath a person’s big toe joint. Like other bones in our feet, sesamoids are connected to tendons and serve several functions. In this case, they help our big toes move and function similar to shock absorbers every time we put pressure onto the balls of our feet. That said, excessive pressure and overuse may cause the bones to fracture. It may also cause the surrounding tendons, muscles and soft tissue to become inflamed or otherwise injured. The only way that your podiatrist is going to know the exact cause of the pain and the extent of the damage is to conduct a series of tests and examinations. For instance, a podiatrist may order a scan of the sesamoids to look for fractures and visually examine the patient’s foot for any deformities or fibrous tissue growths. Afterward, your podiatrist might ask about your lifestyle and footwear choices as well review your health history. That’s because certain activities, footwear choices and preexisting health problems have a tendency to impact the sesamoids, soft tissue, muscles and tendons too. Examples of comorbidities that may contribute towards ball of foot pain are obesity, displaced metatarsal heads, avascular necrosis and inflammatory diseases (e.g. rheumatoid arthritis). How podiatry office staff chooses to treat a patient’s ball of foot pain will depend on several factors. Take someone who has displaced metatarsal heads, very little fatty pad left, and hairline fractured sesamoids. The podiatrists may order rest and medications to address the hairline fractures, pain and inflammation. Then, they may recommend that the patient wear custom-made orthotics to rebalance the metatarsal heads and bolster the foot’s padding. To learn more about ball of foot pain and the various ways that podiatrists deal with it, please contact a Largo podiatry office near...

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Toenail Disorders: 3 Good Reasons to Schedule a Podiatry Visit

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in General Foot Care, Toenail Fungus |

As any professional Largo podiatrist can attest, there are many different types of toenail disorders that can befall a person over the course of his or her lifetime. Fungal infections, which we’ve touched upon previously, are one of them. Here’s a look at three more that warrant a visit to the podiatrist: Periungual Warts Periungual Warts are the first toenail disorder that we wanted to address. Typically forming around the toenail or underneath it, they tend to be very contagious and arise due to the presence of the human papillomavirus. Once a periungual wart diagnosis is made, the podiatrist may recommend one of several treatment options. Those options include laser treatments, salicylic treatments, topical creams and cryotherapy. It should also be mentioned that because the warts have a tendency to spread quickly and reoccur, it is not uncommon for treatment regimes to be repeated. Koilonychia Koilonychia is another toenail disorder that may occur in a person’s lifetime. It is easily recognizable because as the disorder advances, the person’s toenails curl into a spoon-like shape. The toenails may also split in the middle, thin out and become dry. This disorder is common among people who suffer from Celiac Disease, chronic anemia and other nutritional related problems. Furthermore, it can be hereditary or brought about by additional health problems too (i.e. heart disease and cancer). Clearly, the reason why a person develops koilonychia must be considered when a podiatrist chooses a treatment method. Options that have been used in the past include the adoption of a special diet, nutritional supplement regimen, anti-fungal creams and moisturizing emollients. Onycholysis Finally, we wanted to mention onycholysis. It is a painless nail disorder with many origins, some of which can be quite unsettling. When a person has the disorder, all or part of his or her toenails may fall off. The toenail may also develop a white, gray, brown, yellow or green color. Some of the many things that may cause the disorder to occur are hypothyroidism, fungal or bacterial infections, Raynaud’s disease, severe sunburns and psoriasis. When a person presents with a case of onycholysis, the podiatrist must address the symptoms as well as the underlying cause. Otherwise, the condition is likely to continue or reappear. In most instances, the partially unattached toenail will need to be removed. Afterward, the podiatrist may apply anti-fungal creams, drying agents or other topical treatments to clear up any infection. To learn more about these toenail disorders and others, please reach out to our Largo podiatry clinic. We can professionally assess your situation, make a diagnosis and offer appropriate treatment...

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5 Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries/Fractures

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Foot Fractures, General Foot Care, Running Injuries |

Foot and ankle injuries, particularly stress fractures, are an unfortunately all-too-common side effect in many runners, athletes, and sports enthusiasts alike. Soccer and tennis players, as well as track and field participants are among the many people who need to adhere to strict training routines in order to avoid any lengthy and nagging problems from occurring. What follows are five simple tips and precautions we can all take if we enjoy any of these activities, to avoid foot fractures and other foot and ankle problems: Two Minute Warming – Warm up your muscles by stretching or jogging slowly for at least two to three minutes before any sports related activity. Be careful not to perform any bouncing motions when stretching, whereas this can actually cause injury. If you Build Them, They Will Come – Gradually build your muscles by properly conditioning them. This conditioning can be done by slowly increasing your workout or activity over the period of several weeks at the time. If the Shoe Fits, Wear It – Always take the time and effort to research and buy properly fitting, supportive, and comfortable shoes. It can also help to buy the appropriate shoe for the corresponding activity, e.g., tennis shoes for tennis, golf shoes for golf, etc. Cross-trainers are a great all-purpose solution, but specialized shoes are usually best. Replacing shoes regularly is a good idea as well. Active runners and other athletes should replace shoes every six months at least, maybe even more often. Watch Your Step – If you’re a trail runner, be wary of stumps, rocks, and other uneven ground. These are big problems and typical causes of foot fractures and ankle injuries among runners. Also, pick a soft surface like dirt when possible for running. Otherwise asphalt is actually a bit softer than concrete. The softer the surface you run on, the less shock impact that your lower legs will have to absorb. Pay Attention – If you start experiencing pain during your athletic activity, temporarily stop the activity while you recover. When you feel an appropriate amount of time for healing has elapsed, begin your activity again slowly and pay attention to what your body is telling you regarding any sort of potential injury, in the form of recurring pain or discomfort. These are just a few precautions that can be taken to continue to do some of the healthy things that you love best as an active individual. Perhaps the Cardinal Rule, however, is to use common sense. Do pay particular attention to what your body is telling you. This will avoid any extended periods of forced inactivity due to long-lasting and bothersome foot or ankle injuries. And remember…if you suffer a foot or ankle injury call your Largo podiatrists to schedule an office...

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