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A Look At 4 Modern Day Bunion Treatments

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Bunion Treatment | Comments Off on A Look At 4 Modern Day Bunion Treatments

Bunions are one of the many things that can go wrong with our feet. They are most often caused by a handful of things. Among them are arthritis and wearing ill-fitting shoes. The good news is that our Delray Beach podiatrists offer patients access to bunion treatments that may provide relief. With that said, here is a rundown on four common bunion treatments: Bunion Treatment #1: Shoe Inserts/Orthotics Custom shoe inserts and orthotic devices are just two bunion treatments that a podiatrist may recommend. In the majority of those instances, the patient attends a scheduled fitting first. Once all of the necessary measurements are taken, the inserts or orthotics are created to those exact specifications. Afterward, the patient returns to the podiatrist’s office for a final fitting. If no further adjustments are needed, the patient is able to leave the office with the shoe inserts or orthotics in hand. Bunion Treatment #2: Taping/Padding In some situations, our podiatrists may recommend that the patient try taping and padding the bunion first. There are several companies in operation today that manufacture products designed for such applications. So the patient may need to try out a few different combinations before finding the right one. Bunion Treatment #3: Exercises and Lifestyle Changes Depending on the condition of the bunion, the podiatrists’ list of suggestions may also include making lifestyle changes. Those lifestyle changes may include taking over-the-counter pain relievers and engaging in foot exercises. Examples of exercises that the podiatrist may order are toe extensors and toe adductors. Bunion Treatment #4: Surgery Lastly, in severe cases, podiatrists may suggest that patients undergo a surgical procedure to have the bunion removed called a bunionectomy. The surgical option, however, may not be best for everyone. It typically involves a lengthy recovery period, and during the recovery period, the patient may need assistance completing routine tasks. For more information about these Delray Beach bunion treatment options and others, please contact our Delray Beach foot & ankle...

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Arthritic Foot Care: Do You Suffer From Post-Traumatic Arthritis?

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Arthritic Foot Care | Comments Off on Arthritic Foot Care: Do You Suffer From Post-Traumatic Arthritis?

Do you suffer from post-traumatic arthritis? It is one of three major forms of arthritis that may occur in a person’s foot and ankle region. As you may have already assumed, it develops over time and is brought on by injury. The injury sets off a chain reaction in the body that often results in the deterioration of joint surface cartilage and bone. As a consequence, people that have the condition should seek out arthritic foot care from a Delray podiatrist. Although it is caused by an injury, post-traumatic arthritis has symptoms that are commonly associated with other forms of arthritis. They include fluid accumulation, pain, inflammation and reduced range of motion. Once the condition has taken hold, it can’t be cured. However, it may be treated with podiatrist-recommended arthritic foot care. To confirm that your foot and ankle problems are a result of post-traumatic arthritis, a podiatrist will typically conduct a battery of tests. The tests may include an MRI, X-rays, CT scans, joint fluid tests and blood work. Be prepared. The amount of lab work needed may prove to be extensive. Depending on your podiatrist, he or she may ask the lab techs to check your blood for rheumatoid factor and antinuclear antibodies as well determine your erythrocyte sedimentation rate and complete blood count. As for the synovial fluid, most podiatrists will have it checked for uric acid crystals and bacteria. After the test results are in, the podiatrist will be able to make an accurate diagnosis and come up with an arthritic foot care plan. If you do have post-traumatic arthritis, the arthritic foot care plan may include a combination of lifestyle changes, medications, special footwear, shoe inserts and surgical interventions. The list of surgical interventions includes, but is not limited to, injury debridement, joint surface cartilage reconstruction, midfoot fusion and total ankle replacement. To learn more about arthritic foot care plans and determine which one is right for you, contact your local Delray podiatry office to schedule a...

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When to see a Podiatrist about Flat Feet

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Flat Feet | Comments Off on When to see a Podiatrist about Flat Feet

Flat feet, fallen arches, or “pes planus” is normally a symptomless and fortunately painless condition. It is characterized by the arch of the foot collapsing completely, which causes the entire sole of the foot to come into perfect contact with the ground. An estimated 20-30 percent of the entire population has some form of flat feet, ranging in severity from asymptomatic to somewhat problematic. Most people who endure this problem are able to experience life pain and symptom free from the nearly unnoticeable abnormality. However, a small sector of those affected do experience pain or discomfort, which is when a treatment program needs to be put in action. Fairly common in infants and small children, but also prevalent in adults, flat feet becomes a problem if pain or discomfort is present in the foot or even around the knee and lower leg area. Pain around the knee and lower leg areas can arise because flat feet can alter proper foot and leg alignment, which will put unusual strain on the knee. Adults can develop the condition as the result of injury or even from normal wear and tear due to the natural aging process. Treatment of flat feet by a fully educated, trained, and licensed Delray podiatrist should be sought if the previously mentioned pain in the foot or knee areas start to surface and becomes a painful problem. Depending on the cause and exact type of the condition, a variety of forms of treatment may be prescribed. Verification of the exact cause and type of flat feet that each individual has, should only be handled by a professional podiatrist. Often times, the actual treatment method will include some form of arch support or light gymnastic style exercise. In rare cases, something more involved may be necessary, but only your skilled podiatrist would be able to accurately make that determination. If you suffer from flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or any other form of problematic foot condition, we encourage you to contact our Delray Beach foot clinic today and potentially rid yourself of that problem in virtually no time at...

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How Shoes Can Damage Children’s Feet – Pediatric Foot Care 101

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Pediatric Foot Care | Comments Off on How Shoes Can Damage Children’s Feet – Pediatric Foot Care 101

Tiny children’s shoes are adorable, but the same cannot be said for the huge podiatric problems that are caused by some of them. At a time when the foot is still developing and easily affected, picking the right footwear is crucial. So, what makes a good shoe for children’s feet? The answer lies deeper than color and current fashion trends. Here are some things to look out for the next time you go shoe shopping with your little one: Roominess It is important to understand that feet grow fast–very fast–in children. At this stage in life, the foot is constantly developing and taking on a bigger size. Very tight shoes can affect that development and even cause deformities, and some Delray Beach podiatrists have even linked flat feet to closed-toe shoes. To avoid problems, find shoes that are roomy and flexible, and that resemble slippers or open-toed sandals. Simply put, shoes that imitate being barefoot are usually the most ideal for kids. Material Children’s feet perspire about 2 or 3 times more than adults, which make them susceptible to problems like fungus infections. Stick to breathable and durable materials like leather or canvas to keep the shoe well-ventilated and prevent it from becoming ruined by sweat. High Tops Whether they are romping around, playing, or exploring their surroundings, children are always on the move. In order to support their ankles and avoid injury, get shoes with high tops that cover the ankle area. Low top shoes that leave the ankle exposed leave your child in danger of falling the wrong way on their ankle or having a similar accident without any protection. Light Weight Avoid heavy, clunky footwear that will weigh your child’s foot down. Having a more lightweight shoe will be more comfortable and aid in learning to walk faster. The feet of your little one are important, so it goes without saying that picking shoes that will protect them from future foot problems is as well. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for answers to any and all of your foot care...

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How to Treat Ankle Sprains

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Ankle Injuries | Comments Off on How to Treat Ankle Sprains

Getting ankle sprains due to an accident can be painful and can result in mobility issues for a significant period of time. While the main recommendation when suffering with ankle sprain is to see your Delray Beach podiatrist , WebMD has some ideas using what it calls the PRINCE approach….here is a summary: You should Protect the damaged ankle using some kind of brace with a built-in air cushion along with a compression wrap such as an elastic bandage 24 to 36 hours after the accident. You should Rest as much as possible, not putting a lot of pressure on the ankle, using crutches when walking. Applying Ice for the first 48 to 72 hours after the accident helps to reduce swelling. Do this 10 or so minutes every one to two hours. Addressing the inflammation that results from an ankle sprain is also crucial. NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin) and naproxen (such as Naprosyn) are good anti-inflammatory. Tylenol can work as well. Compression is important to help bring down the swelling of an ankle sprain. Using an elastic wrap should help, but one should take care not to wrap the ankle too tightly. Signs that the bandage is too tight include numbness, tingling, increased pain, coolness, and/or swelling in the area below the bandage. Most compression wraps come with instructions on how to apply them. Finally, you should keep the ankle Elevated as much as possible when you are seated or laying down. The ankle should be above the level of the heart two to three hours a day to help cut down on swelling and bruising. Home remedies can be successful when treating ankle sprains, but seeking professional treatment from your Delray Beach foot doctor is always recommended. Call us today to...

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Ingrown Toenail: Causes and Removal

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Ingrown Toenails | Comments Off on Ingrown Toenail: Causes and Removal

Aningrown toenail occurs when the edges of the nail become embedded in the surrounding soft tissue. As the nail grows, it grows adjacent to the skin, causing recurring pain. Ingrown toenails are a common condition, but it can sometimes lead to infection if not dealt with promptly. Usually the big toenail is most susceptible to becoming ingrown, but it can also happen with other toes. Most ingrown toenails can be treated at home with relative ease, but if the pain is chronic or if the problem persists, then it is advised that you visit your Delray Beach podiatrist to intervene. Individuals who suffer from diabetes also have a higher susceptibility to infections and other complications. What Causes Ingrown Toenails to Happen? Shoes can cause ingrown toenails. Footwear that has a particularly closed or pointed tip can cause crowding of the toenails. Women who wear high heels also have a proclivity of ingrown toenails. Not only are shoes a possible culprit, but tight fitting socks can also cause ingrown nails. Injury inflicted on the toenail can also cause the nail to grow in different directions, causing the nail to become embedded. Ingrown Toenail Removal: Soak the affected foot in an Epsom salt solution. The Epsom salt will not only soften the toenail and the surrounding skin, but it can also relieve any inflammation that may be present. You can also drop a few parsley leaves into the water. Parsley offers a bit of a cooling sensation to the Epsom salt solution. Soak the problem foot for about 20 to 30 minutes to thoroughly soften the area. You will find that the nail and skin will become more pliable. Using a small pair of tweezers, lift the embedded nail from the skin. You will only have to lift the toenail a couple of millimeters. The area will probably be too small for you to use a nail clipper on. Using a Q-tip, insert a small piece of sterile gauze right underneath the embedded nail. Release the nail, allowing the nail to rest on the piece of gauze instead of it continuing to dig into the skin. You can then go ahead and wrap the area with a bandage. Over time, this will allow the toenail to redirect its growth pattern. Instead of going into the skin, the nail will continue to grow in one direction. Within a week or two, the toenail should be healed enough to be removed with nail clippers. Note: We highly recommend visiting your Delray Beach ingrown toenail specialist and having your foot problem professionally...

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Understanding Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome | Comments Off on Understanding Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you have numbness, tingling, shooting pains or a burning sensation in your foot? If that’s the situation, you may have developed tarsal tunnel syndrome. As you may have guessed, it is a health problem that is connected to the tarsal tunnel. Here’s an overview of the condition and how it is treated: For those unfamiliar with the tarsal tunnel, it is a section of the foot that is located on the inside of the ankle adjacent to the ankle bones. Within that area are several key components. They include the flexor retinaculum, posterior tibial nerve, veins, arteries and tendons. The two main elements involved in tarsal tunnel syndrome are the flexor retinaculum and the posterior tibial nerve. The flexor retinaculum is a ligament that is designed to protect the posterior tibial nerve from compression. The nerve’s function, on the other hand, is to assist in muscle control and provide sensation to certain areas of your foot. It is situated behind the ligament and stretches from the sole to the medial malleolus. The medial malleolus, in case you were wondering, is that little outcropping that exists on the inside of your ankle. Even though the posterior tibial nerve is generally protected by the ligament, there are situations that can cause it to become compressed. That list of situations includes ankle injuries, the development of systemic diseases, fallen arches, obesity or other health concerns. When those situations arise, symptoms like the ones we mentioned earlier may start to appear. If they do, it is very important to schedule a visit with your Delray podiatrist right away. Otherwise, the prolonged compression may cause irreversible damage. Once tarsal tunnel syndrome is officially diagnosed, there are several courses of action that your Delray foot doctor may recommend. They include, but are not confined to, the use of orthotic devices, physical therapy, corticosteroid injections, a foot brace and custom footwear. In some instances, ankle surgery may also be prescribed. To learn more about tarsal tune syndrome and the myriad of treatment options available, please contact one of our Delray foot clinic today. At Foot Doctor of Delray we pride ourselves on providing you with the highest quality treatment for tarsal tunnel syndrome available in the Delray, FL area. Call us today to schedule a...

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Broken Ankles Can Be Successfully Treated By Podiatrists

Posted by on Apr 16, 2015 in Ankle Injuries, Foot & Ankle Surgery | Comments Off on Broken Ankles Can Be Successfully Treated By Podiatrists

Broken ankles are one of the most common, worrisome injuries that can occur among active individuals. Broken ankle injuries typically occur when an individual falls, trips or ends up in some form of accident (i.e. bike crash). Most of the damage is generally caused by the initial impact or moving the ankle in an awkward way. On a positive note, a Delray Beach podiatrist visit may help resolve ankle fractures and breaks. Upon arriving to the office, your podiatrist will ask for a recap of what happened and conduct a visual examination of the ankle. He or she will be looking for areas of inflammation, pain, tenderness, bruising, weakness and deformity. Besides the visual exam, your Delray Beach foot doctor may also order a stress test, MRI, X-ray or CT scan to help determine the severity of the break. Afterward, he or she will recommend either a series of surgical or non-surgical treatments that will treat the damaged areas. Both have notable downtime periods attached. For example, posterior, lateral and medial malleolus (bony bulge on either side of the ankle) injuries may be treated non-surgically and generally take up to 10 weeks to heal completely. Oftentimes, the list of non-surgical measures used will include the following: Pain medications (OTC or prescription) Compression bandages or splints Cold compresses or cold therapy Removable braces or boots Range of motion exercises Orthopedic footwear Rest and elevation Ankle or leg casts Bi- and tri-malleolar fractures, on the other hand, usually require surgical intervention. If ankle surgery is needed, the podiatrist may either perform it alone or with the assistance of an orthopedic surgeon. In some instances, the surgical procedure involves the insertion of permanent hardware. The list of hardware frequently used to repair broken ankles tends to include pins, wires, plates and screws. Depending on the individual, the post-surgery recovery period could last 12 weeks or more. During that period, return visits to your Delray Beach foot clinic are needed to monitor the healing process and make any adjustments to the care plan as...

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5 Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries/Fractures

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Foot Fractures, General Foot Care | Comments Off on 5 Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries/Fractures

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 Delray Beach podiatrists to schedule an office...

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Just Like Us: Athletes With Foot Problems

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Sports Injuries | Comments Off on Just Like Us: Athletes With Foot Problems

Professional athletes are not just the spokespeople for the various foot care products we see on television commercials. Since many pros have a rigorous schedule of practicing and playing a sport, their feet are especially prone to the same foot & ankle problems that we might also experience. Here are just a few athletes with foot problems: Richard Sherman In the most recent SuperBowl game, this Seattle Seahawks cornerback was taken out of the game in the fourth quarter due to an ankle injury after tackling someone from the opposing team. Writhing in pain on the field from the high sprain, he was forced to support himself on crutches on the field when the Seahawks celebrated their win later on in the night. Paula Radcliffe Runners are especially tough on their feet as they pound the ground for prolonged periods of time, so it is no wonder that this women’s world marathon record holder is on our list. In fact, Paula Radcliffe had to pull out of the London Olympics in 2012 at the last minute due to a complex surgery that was performed to try to regrow missing cartilage in her foot. The Nets, Giants, and Devils According to Dr. John McNerney, the podiatrist for these three teams, an extremely high percentage of basketball, football, and hockey players deals with toenail fungus infection. This is a common injury for athletes due to a combination of brutal physical activity and sweat. Michael Phelps Sometimes athletes have foot problems that occur outside of the sport they make headlines with. For this Olympic swimming legend, walking miles on a golf course was what put him in a cast for a stress fracture. Again, foot & ankle problems are universal. Just because you may not be a professional athlete does not mean you cannot receive professional foot care from your Delray Beach podiatrist! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Image courtesy of Stock Images/...

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