Posts Tagged "Largo podiatry"

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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Arthritic Foot Care is Vital for People Living with Psoriasis

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015 in Arthritic Foot Care |

Do you suffer from psoriasis? If so, it is important to be on the lookout for the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. It is an immune disease that has a tendency to affect the foot and ankle of psoriasis sufferers who are over the age of 30. Those that have it typically experience swelling, pain and cellulitis in their ankles, heels and soles of the feet. In addition, their toenails may begin to show signs of flaking and pitting or fall off. As such, arthritic foot care is needed. More often than not, psoriatic arthritis is diagnosed using a series of laboratory and imaging tests. Unfortunately, it is incurable at this time, but there are arthritic foot care treatments that may reduce or eliminate discomfort. Among them are the following: Special Footwear and Shoe Inserts Weight Management and Exercises Medications and Steroid Injections Therapeutic Massage and Reiki Ankle Joint Replacement Surgery Acupressure and Acupuncture Hydrotherapy or Aquatics Hot and Cold Therapy Tai Chi and Yoga The type of arthritic foot care treatments used to help Largo podiatry patients will depend on which type of arthritic psoriasis has been diagnosed. There are actually five different types. The list includes arthritis mutilans, asymmetric, symmetric, spondylitis and DIP. The ones that most often include the ankle and foot are DIP, symmetric, arthritis mutilans and asymmetric. DIP and arthritis mutilans generally affect the toes whereas the other two may occur in the ankles too. As mentioned previously, special footwear is often part of arthritic foot care plans. For the most part, Largo podiatrists recommend that psoriatic arthritis patients wear wide, box-toed, supportive shoes that feature adjustable Velcro straps to accommodate for periodic episodes of swelling. However, if the person’s foot is already severely deformed, custom fitted shoes may be ordered instead. In addition, patients are encouraged to wear friction reducing socks, trim their toenails often, apply moisturizer and use a gentle foot cleanser on a daily basis. Adopting such measures should help to minimize episodes of cellulitis, ulcer formation and pain. Daily exercises, like achilles and toe stretches, are also typically prescribed. To learn more about arthritic foot care for people with psoriasis you should schedule a consultation with your local podiatrist. We look forward to hearing from you. Image courtesy of Praisaeng /...

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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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