General Foot Care

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

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 Ulcers May Create Problems for More Than Just Diabetics

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care, General Foot Care

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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Proper Foot Care: More Than Words

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in General Foot Care

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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5 Tips for Preventing Foot and Ankle Injuries/Fractures

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Foot Fractures, General Foot Care

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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Celebrities Suffer Foot Problems Too

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Bunion Treatment, General Foot Care

Victoria Beckham. Michelle Yeoh. Sarah Jessica Parker. What do these ladies have in common? Less than perfect feet. Each of these ladies suffers from bunions. You may have heard of bunions and associated them with old age. That isn’t the case however. Bunions are very often caused by ill fitting shoes and high heels. So what is a bunion? A bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the big toe (though sometimes they are also found on the outside of the foot at the little toe). The bone and tissue is forced out of place at the joint and the toe then bends inwards towards the other toes. It comes about from years of pressure at the joint, exactly what years of fitting a foot into a high heel with pointed toes does. What are the symptoms? An obvious bump on the outside of the foot Pain, redness, swelling at the joint An inward turned big or little toe Restricted range of motion in the affected toe What can be done? For the short term, applying ice will help pain and swelling. Non steroidal anti inflammatory pain medications can also be beneficial. For the long term, wearing wide shoes that are more box shaped and no heels over two inches tall. A Delray Beach podiatrist visit will probably be in your future. They may design special orthotics, use cortisone injections, prescribe pain medications, recommend padding and taping to keep the foot in a proper position, or prescribe therapy. As a last resort it may require bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to remove the bony prominence. Stylish shoes and heels may make you feel beautiful, but would those celebrity ladies now suffering from bunions say it was worth it? If you suffer from bunions or other foot issues check out our website and contact our Delray Beach foot clinic...

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Toenail Disorders: 3 Good Reasons to Schedule a Podiatry Visit

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in General Foot Care, Toenail Fungus

As any professional Delray Beach 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 Delray Beach podiatry clinic. We can professionally assess your situation, make a diagnosis and offer appropriate treatment...

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