Posts Tagged "Delray Beach podiatry"

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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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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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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