Posts Tagged "Delray Beach podiatrist"

Gout: How to Deal with the Pain

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Gout Treatment

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

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

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Pediatric Foot Care

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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Ingrown Toenail: Causes and Removal

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Ingrown Toenails

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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Just Like Us: Athletes With Foot Problems

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Sports Injuries

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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