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

Posted by on Aug 27, 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 that 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 Delray Beach podiatrist right...

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Foot Corns & Calluses Can Cramp Your Lifestyle

Posted by on Aug 20, 2015 in Foot Corns & Calluses | Comments Off on Foot Corns & Calluses Can Cramp Your Lifestyle

There is a rumor that calluses actually got the name from the famous ancient Roman scientist and medical writer Aulus Cornelius Celsus. Whether this is true or not, it is a fact that during your lifetime you will have walked enough to travel around the Earth at least three times. It is also true that when walking each time your heel lifts off the ground it forces the toes to carry one half of your body weight. Which means your feet are probably bound for a corn or callus or two. Corns and calluses share the same pathology. They are both hardened areas of skin, or hyperkeratosis, caused by pressure. While a callus is thick, flat and diffuse, a corn will be more local, conical and possibly surrounded by inflammation. Typically a corn will be located on a toe and a callus on the ball of the foot. Both corns and calluses are considered a defense mechanism of the body. That particular area of skin hardens because it is constantly being irritated. It may be from an abnormal gait, ill fitting shoes or repetitive type occupations. Many people find corns and calluses to be no big deal. However, for some they are a cosmetic concern, and if it is painful or if blood develops under the callus it is time for a visit to a Delray Beach foot doctor. It means the deeper layers of tissue and nerves are being irritated and this could cause further issues. Typically treatment consists of using salicylic acid to soften the area and then hygienic trimming. A Delray Beach podiatrist will talk with you to determine what the underlying issue is that formed the corn or callus and take steps to prevent it in the future. If this step isn’t done, and the pressure isn’t taken off the area the corn or callus is always going to return. If you find yourself troubled by a corn or callus, call our Delray foot clinic...

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Foot Ulcers May Create Problems for More Than Just Diabetics

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care, General Foot Care | Comments Off on Foot Ulcers May Create Problems for More Than Just Diabetics

When many people think of foot ulcers, thoughts of uncontrolled diabetes often come to mind. Although there is a strong connection between diabetes and foot ulcer formation, it is not the only health condition associated with such problems. That’s partially because there are more than one type of foot ulcer. The ones that typically befall diabetic foot care patients are known as neurotrophic ulcers. They are called that because they often form due to nerve damage. The nerve damage causes the feet to become desensitized, which in turn allow everyday lacerations and puncture wounds to enlarge and become grossly infected. For diabetics, their nerve damage is caused by chronic, elevated blood sugar levels. However, there are additional medical conditions that are affiliated with nerve damage. They include, but are not confined to traumatic spinal injuries, syphilitic myelopathy, transverse myelitis and certain forms of spina bifida. The other two types of foot ulcers that Delray podiatrists often treat at their podiatry offices are arterial and venous stasis ulcers. Both are associated with an interruption in blood supply. The first one concerns itself with arterial blood flow and the second one is affiliated with the blood that courses through a human’s veins. Diabetics are prone to have circulation problems too, hence why they often end up with venous stasis and arterial foot ulcers as well. The list of additional comorbidities that may lead to such foot ulcers includes, but is not limited to the following: Lymphedema and Inflammatory Diseases Peripheral Arterial Occlusive Disease Renal Disease and Kidney Failure Hypertension and Heart Disease Chronic Venous Insufficiency Unresolved Varicose Veins Deep Vein Thrombosis Thankfully, whether podiatrists in Delray, FL specialize in diabetic foot care or not, they are capable of treating all three types of foot ulcers. To learn more about those various treatments and how to reduce one’s risk of developing foot ulcers in the first place, please contact a podiatrist...

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Diabetic Shoes to Kick Diabetic Foot Problems to the Curb

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care | Comments Off on Diabetic Shoes to Kick Diabetic Foot Problems to the Curb

The human foot really gets quite a bad rap to be honest. Not only do they take a punishment on a day-to-day basis just by bearing literally all of our weight while we run around from place to place, but they’re also sort of dismissed as being just plain ugly in most cases. With this in mind, it can be hard to remember how important to us they really are. People living with diabetes need to be especially cognizant of how to properly take care of their feet. This is done in an effort to avoid foot ulcers and the more debilitating effects of neuropathy, a serious diabetic health complication. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase specially made diabetic shoes. The following is a brief synopsis of the important benefits of diabetic shoes: Best Circulation – Improper fitting shoes can be one of the worst culprits of poor circulation, which can lead to severe problems for people with diabetes. Diabetic shoes are specially designed for a perfect fit. They will allow more air in for better breathability in your feet. Better support, more cushioning, and improved durability are some of the other benefits that will all lead to the best circulation your feet can get. Foot Ulcer Prevention – Harsh callouses and foot ulcers can occur in shoes that aren’t fitting properly. If one of these nasty little nuisances becomes infected the health ramifications can be very troubling. Wearing high quality diabetic shoes will prevent an ulcer from forming in the first place, and if one already exists they will prevent it from constantly rubbing and getting worse and more painful. Unknown Injuries – Because the feet of people with diabetes can become numb, they can often sustain a foot injury without even knowing it. Exercising your feet just in daily activities can cause complications of an unknown injury to become magnified, which can lead to highly problematic circumstances. The bottom line is that if you or someone you know is living with diabetes, make sure they have all the weapons in their fight against this ruthless disease. Encourage them to purchase a good pair of diabetic shoes. In a lot of cases, health insurance will even “foot” the bill. Call your local Delray podiatrist to see if they offer diabetic...

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Gout: How to Deal with the Pain

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Gout Treatment | Comments Off on Gout: How to Deal with the Pain

When you have gout, learning how to manage the pain associated with it is key. An attack caused by the condition causes the affected joint to become warm, red, and swollen. Luckily, the attack won’t last forever and there are things you can do to ease your pain. Rest -Sleep is important for healing. While sleeping or resting, place the affected joint above your heart. Elevating the area allows your blood to flow more efficiently, helps with discomfort, and reduces the tenderness. Use Ice for Swelling – A cold compress can help reduce the swelling of the joint. Use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables and apply it to the tender spot. Allow the cold to work its magic for up to 20 minutes. Remove it for 20 minutes and repeat. Add Heat for Pain – Once the swelling has gone down, add heat to lessen the hardness and pain. Be careful not to use the heat while the joint is swollen as it can cause the inflammation to worsen. Apply heat for half an hour once every 2-3 hours. Stretch – To help with the inflammation and stiffness of affected joints, gradually flex the area a couple times a day. Don’t stretch to the point of pain. Yoga can benefit your condition as well since it offers you a chance to stretch on a regular basis. Change Your Diet – When you have a flare-up, remove foods and liquids that are high in purines, for instance, alcohol, yeast, and organ meats. Medicate – NSAIDs help with the swelling and pain of a gout attack. Before taking any medication, though, talk with your Delray Beach foot doctor. Talk With Your Podiatrist – There are medications made specifically for dealing with gout. Some work to prevent attacks and others block the uric acid that causes the attack. You don’t have to let gout rule your life. Learn how to manage your pain by following the tips shared...

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Pediatric Foot Care is Vital if Parents Care About Their Children’s Feet

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Pediatric Foot Care | Comments Off on Pediatric Foot Care is Vital if Parents Care About Their Children’s Feet

Have you ever noticed moms and dads counting their newborns’ fingers and toes? It’s a common practice and one that typically kicks off a lifetime of making sure that their children’s feet are developing properly. Speaking of which, how much do you know about your kids’ tootsies and pediatric foot care? If you feel it’s not enough, read on for a brief overview: According to all accounts, our feet start to develop roughly four weeks after conception and continue growing until our teenage years. That’s partially why it is so important to adopt a pediatric foot care routine early on in a child’s life. Such routines help to keep children’s feet safe and growing as they should. For example, you may notice that your one year old child’s feet don’t have any noticeable arches. Believe it or not, that’s perfectly normally because most of us don’t develop our arches until we are around three years of age. If a child doesn’t develop one by that time and is complaining of chronic foot pain, a Delray Beach podiatrist may recommend footwear that feature arch support or order a temporary cast. They may also suggest that the child engage in simple exercises or physical therapy to ease the pain and improve ambulation. Of course flat feet are not the only disconcerting podiatry issues that parents should look for as their children’s feet grow. The list of other problems includes, but isn’t confined to the following: Metatarsus Adductus and Ingrown Toenails Sever’s Disease and Achilles Tendon Vertical Talus and Ankle Fractures Plantar Warts and Athlete’s Feet Calluses, Ulcers and Corns That said, if children seem to have foot pain, problems ambulating, an unusual gait and feet that look to be in poor health, its best to contact a podiatrist immediately. Image courtesy of Taoty/...

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Debunking Podiatry-Related Myths About Barefoot Running

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Running Injuries | Comments Off on Debunking Podiatry-Related Myths About Barefoot Running

“Minimalist Style” or barefoot running is an increasingly popular trend among active adults today. Along with its growing popularity comes a surging debate: Does minimalist running cause or prevent injuries for running enthusiasts? Podiatry experts around the world have weighed in on this topic, and an overwhelming majority of them have encountered a series of myths, both good and bad, about barefoot running that they would like to officially debunk. A few of these mistruths follow in the list below: Stress Fractures – This is the number one public concern regarding the trend of barefoot running. Does it really cause stress fractures? The prevailing opinion is that stress fractures are a result of a change in activity without gradual adaptation. Therefore, they are not directly related to the concept of minimalist shoes or barefoot running. Plantar Fasciitis – Some sufferers of this condition believe that the idea of barefoot running would be impossible for them because it would be too painful. Actually, just the opposite may be true. Many podiatrists have reported that some patients with plantar fasciitis have seen their symptoms dissipate by adopting a minimalist running technique. Flat Feet – If you think that you have been cursed by your genetics and given flat feet your whole life, making it virtually impossible for you to run without hugely beneficial arch support and/or orthotics in your shoes, think again. The concept of barefoot running actually encourages a more natural pronation with the forefoot or mid-foot areas of your feet striking the ground first, resulting in better shock absorption. Therefore, flat footed people of the world should rejoice because they can now save some money on a pair of really supportive running shoes by simply letting their flat feet do the running for them all on their own. In conclusion, minimalist running, whether its with a minimalist running shoe or completely barefoot, is intended for you to use your feet the way nature intended; as a maximum shock absorber, rather than using a shoe that compromises the anatomical position of your foot and actually puts you at greater risk for injury. As with any new regimen or workout routine, do your research first, try it out, perhaps consult a podiatrist, and maybe you’ll like the way it feels and see less injury as an added...

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Importance of Effectively Treating Athlete’s Foot

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Athlete's Foot | Comments Off on Importance of Effectively Treating Athlete’s Foot

Irritating, bothersome, completely of no use, and even painful at times… no, I’m not talking about the United States House of Congress, I’m talking about the itching and burning medical condition known as tinea pedis, or more commonly, Athlete’s Foot. Athlete’s foot usually begins with some form of perspiration happening between the toes while a person is wearing especially tight fitting shoes and socks. It is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with contaminated flooring, towels, and even clothing. It is indeed a fairly common foot problem, but it can range in its form of severity, from mild to quite problematic when skin between the toes may actually peel and crack. Therefore, it’s important enough if you have the condition, to know some of the most effective forms of athlete’s foot treatment as follows: Prevention – You can in fact, take steps to prevent athlete’s foot infection from ever happening in the first place. A good place to start is by making sure that you are wearing appropriately sized shoes that leave plenty of room for your toes to breathe. Wearing sandals in publicly shared shower areas will help to prevent contamination. Lastly, using some brand of talcum powder to keep your feet dry will prevent that moisture between the toes from starting an infection. Over-the-Counter – Various lotions, creams, and sprays can do a solid job of minimizing itching and burning, while effectively treating athlete’s foot as well. A healthy assortment of these can be found in most pharmacies. Prescription – If your case of athlete’s foot ranges more towards the severe end of the problematic scale, then your Delray podiatrist would be well advised to give you a prescription medication to alleviate symptoms and remove the infection. As with most medications of this type, you should stay on the medication until your foot doctor tells you to stop. Prematurely stopping the treatment could result in not completely ridding yourself of the infection and experiencing a more extended case of the condition. Unfortunately, athlete’s foot is one of those conditions that has a high likelihood of returning. You can minimize the risk of this happening by using all the previously mentioned preventative measures throughout your life and following your podiatrist’s orders...

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Proper Foot Care: More Than Words

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in General Foot Care | Comments Off on Proper Foot Care: More Than Words

Usually only Delray Beach podiatrists notice how many everyday expressions involve the feet. If you pay attention to common phrases, it’s obvious how important our feet are and why you need good foot care. Consider these scenes from real life: Feet come up often in the workplace. You may choose to follow in your friend’s footsteps and apply for work in his office. First, you get your foot in the door for an interview. At that interview, be sure to put your best foot forward. When you start the new job, find your feet as quickly as possible. Once you do, the boss will leave you to get your feet wet. Finally, you know what you are doing and have got yourself a foothold. You may realize the boss does not like your supervisor and that he has feet of clay and will not be around long. If there is contention, rather than taking sides keep a foot in both camps. If you realize your supervisor doesn’t like you, you will have to think on your feet. Be careful to keep busy and not let grass grow under your feet. Don’t do something stupid and shoot yourself in the foot. If you call in sick give a good reason so your co-workers don’t respond to news of your illness with “My foot!” Return to the office as soon as you are back on your feet even if you look like you have one foot in the grave. When you want a raise, it is a good idea to wait on the boss hand and foot. With a little hard work, the boss may decide you have your feet planted firmly on the ground. Still, he may drag his feet about that raise he promised you. After a long day at work you may leave dead on your feet, but you can go home and take a load off your feet. Of course, on weekends you feel footloose and fancy-free. On the way home, be sure not to drive with a lead foot or you will have to try to land on your feet while talking to the officer to avoid a ticket. Be careful what you say – don’t put your foot in your mouth. Outside of work, your feet are just as busy. You may find you have been swept off your feet. Be careful not to get off on the wrong foot. You may go dancing – that is, if neither of you have two left feet. In public places, you may find yourself playing footsie. Even once you get through dating and are ready to marry, beware lest your partner get cold feet. If that happens, you can either throw yourself at their feet and hope for the best, or put down your foot, cancel the wedding, and see how they like it when the shoe is on the other foot. After carrying all this load – day in and out, it is no wonder feet sometimes need a little special care. Contact our Delray Beach podiatry office to learn more about caring for your...

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Plantar Warts and Foot Wart Removal: Helpful Information

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Plantar Warts | Comments Off on Plantar Warts and Foot Wart Removal: Helpful Information

Plantar warts are annoying little things that occur on the bottom of your foot. Unfortunately, they are quite common, but that does not mean they are any more enjoyable. If you find yourself or someone you care about with plantar warts, there is no doubt you want them gone. So, how do you go about dealing with plantar warts or foot wart removal? What is a Plantar Wart? A plantar wart is a small skin growth caused by the virus, HPV or human papillomavirus. Since they are caused by a virus, they can be spread, directly or indirectly. For example, someone with a wart touches the handle of the grocery cart. Another person touches the handle and the wart, or virus, has spread. Most warts are harmless and will go away in a couple years, even if you don’t do anything to them. Warts, however, can be unsightly, an irritation, and slightly painful. How to remove plantar warts Unless it is bothersome, a plantar wart will most likely go away on its own eventually. Luckily, there are some easy ways to treat the wart if you want it gone sooner. Over-the-Counter Treatments-You can find different options at your local pharmacy. These treatments work by basically peeling off the wart. This option only works about half the time. Duct Tape-You can use basic duct tape by placing a strip over your wart. Leave it there for about a week. When it’s time, take off the tape and soak your plantar’s wart in warm water. Then, use a file or pumice stone to gently rub away the wart. You may have to repeat this process several times over the course of 2-3 months. Doctor Treatment-A Delray Beach podiatrist can remove the wart, too. They can remove it via surgery, laser, or by freezing it off using liquid nitrogen. You don’t have to live with a plantar wart when there are effective removal...

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