Posts Tagged "foot problems"

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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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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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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