Posts Tagged "Delray podiatrist"

Diabetic Shoes to Kick Diabetic Foot Problems to the Curb

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Diabetic Foot Care

The human foot really gets quite a bad rap to be honest. Not only do they take a punishment on a day-to-day basis just by bearing literally all of our weight while we run around from place to place, but they’re also sort of dismissed as being just plain ugly in most cases. With this in mind, it can be hard to remember how important to us they really are. People living with diabetes need to be especially cognizant of how to properly take care of their feet. This is done in an effort to avoid foot ulcers and the more debilitating effects of neuropathy, a serious diabetic health complication. One of the best ways to do this is to purchase specially made diabetic shoes. The following is a brief synopsis of the important benefits of diabetic shoes: Best Circulation – Improper fitting shoes can be one of the worst culprits of poor circulation, which can lead to severe problems for people with diabetes. Diabetic shoes are specially designed for a perfect fit. They will allow more air in for better breathability in your feet. Better support, more cushioning, and improved durability are some of the other benefits that will all lead to the best circulation your feet can get. Foot Ulcer Prevention – Harsh callouses and foot ulcers can occur in shoes that aren’t fitting properly. If one of these nasty little nuisances becomes infected the health ramifications can be very troubling. Wearing high quality diabetic shoes will prevent an ulcer from forming in the first place, and if one already exists they will prevent it from constantly rubbing and getting worse and more painful. Unknown Injuries – Because the feet of people with diabetes can become numb, they can often sustain a foot injury without even knowing it. Exercising your feet just in daily activities can cause complications of an unknown injury to become magnified, which can lead to highly problematic circumstances. The bottom line is that if you or someone you know is living with diabetes, make sure they have all the weapons in their fight against this ruthless disease. Encourage them to purchase a good pair of diabetic shoes. In a lot of cases, health insurance will even “foot” the bill. Call your local Delray podiatrist to see if they offer diabetic...

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Importance of Effectively Treating Athlete’s Foot

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Athlete's Foot

Irritating, bothersome, completely of no use, and even painful at times… no, I’m not talking about the United States House of Congress, I’m talking about the itching and burning medical condition known as tinea pedis, or more commonly, Athlete’s Foot. Athlete’s foot usually begins with some form of perspiration happening between the toes while a person is wearing especially tight fitting shoes and socks. It is highly contagious and can be spread through contact with contaminated flooring, towels, and even clothing. It is indeed a fairly common foot problem, but it can range in its form of severity, from mild to quite problematic when skin between the toes may actually peel and crack. Therefore, it’s important enough if you have the condition, to know some of the most effective forms of athlete’s foot treatment as follows: Prevention – You can in fact, take steps to prevent athlete’s foot infection from ever happening in the first place. A good place to start is by making sure that you are wearing appropriately sized shoes that leave plenty of room for your toes to breathe. Wearing sandals in publicly shared shower areas will help to prevent contamination. Lastly, using some brand of talcum powder to keep your feet dry will prevent that moisture between the toes from starting an infection. Over-the-Counter – Various lotions, creams, and sprays can do a solid job of minimizing itching and burning, while effectively treating athlete’s foot as well. A healthy assortment of these can be found in most pharmacies. Prescription – If your case of athlete’s foot ranges more towards the severe end of the problematic scale, then your Delray podiatrist would be well advised to give you a prescription medication to alleviate symptoms and remove the infection. As with most medications of this type, you should stay on the medication until your foot doctor tells you to stop. Prematurely stopping the treatment could result in not completely ridding yourself of the infection and experiencing a more extended case of the condition. Unfortunately, athlete’s foot is one of those conditions that has a high likelihood of returning. You can minimize the risk of this happening by using all the previously mentioned preventative measures throughout your life and following your podiatrist’s orders...

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Plantar Warts and Foot Wart Removal: Helpful Information

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are annoying little things that occur on the bottom of your foot. Unfortunately, they are quite common, but that does not mean they are any more enjoyable. If you find yourself or someone you care about with plantar warts, there is no doubt you want them gone. So, how do you go about dealing with plantar warts or foot wart removal? What is a Plantar Wart? A plantar wart is a small skin growth caused by the virus, HPV or human papillomavirus. Since they are caused by a virus, they can be spread, directly or indirectly. For example, someone with a wart touches the handle of the grocery cart. Another person touches the handle and the wart, or virus, has spread. Most warts are harmless and will go away in a couple years, even if you don’t do anything to them. Warts, however, can be unsightly, an irritation, and slightly painful. How to remove plantar warts Unless it is bothersome, a plantar wart will most likely go away on its own eventually. Luckily, there are some easy ways to treat the wart if you want it gone sooner. Over-the-Counter Treatments-You can find different options at your local pharmacy. These treatments work by basically peeling off the wart. This option only works about half the time. Duct Tape-You can use basic duct tape by placing a strip over your wart. Leave it there for about a week. When it’s time, take off the tape and soak your plantar’s wart in warm water. Then, use a file or pumice stone to gently rub away the wart. You may have to repeat this process several times over the course of 2-3 months. Doctor Treatment-A Delray Beach podiatrist can remove the wart, too. They can remove it via surgery, laser, or by freezing it off using liquid nitrogen. You don’t have to live with a plantar wart when there are effective removal...

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

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Arthritic Foot Care

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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