Posts Tagged "podiatrists Largo"

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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