Posts Tagged "Delray Beach podiatrists"

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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A Look At 4 Modern Day Bunion Treatments

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Bunion Treatment

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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How to Treat Ankle Sprains

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Ankle Injuries

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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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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