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August 2023

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Diabetic Foot Exams

A diabetic foot exam is vital for individuals with diabetes due to their increased risk of developing foot problems resulting from nerve and blood vessel damage because of high blood sugar levels. Diabetic neuropathy, caused by this damage, can lead to numbness or a loss of sensation in the feet, making it challenging to detect calluses, blisters, or cuts. If left untreated, these issues can progress to ulcers and infections, potentially necessitating amputation. A diabetic foot exam aims to identify these problems early to prevent severe complications. The process involves gathering information about medical history, diabetes management, medications, and any symptoms experienced. A thorough skin examination checks for dryness, cracking, calluses, blisters, ulcers, or other abnormalities and compares the temperature of the feet for symmetry. Nerve function and sensation in the feet, blood flow, and foot and ankle pulses are assessed, as well as musculoskeletal problems like bent or overlapping toes. To maintain healthy feet, individuals with diabetes should perform daily self-checks and practice proper foot hygiene. If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist and include this specialist among your healthcare providers to see regularly.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Bunions are a prevalent foot condition, bringing discomfort and challenges to daily life. These bony protrusions, medically known as hallux valgus, develop at the joint where the big toe meets the foot. They often occur from a combination of factors, including genetics, ill- fitting footwear, and structural anomalies in the foot. Defined by the outward deviation of the big toe and the subsequent misalignment of bones, bunions can cause pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding comfortable shoes. Living with bunions requires proactive measures. Choosing shoes that have ample toe space and arch support can help to reduce discomfort. Surgery may be needed for removal if the bunion is severe and affecting the other toes. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are right for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Understanding Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a painful and common condition that occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Several factors contribute to their development, including improper nail trimming, wearing ill-fitting shoes, injury, or genetic predisposition. Treatments for ingrown toenails vary depending on the severity. Mild cases can often be managed by soaking the foot in warm water and gently lifting the nail. However, more severe or recurrent cases may require medical attention from a podiatrist, including partial nail removal or antibiotics to address the infection. Prevention is the key to avoiding ingrown toenails. This consists of proper nail trimming techniques, wearing comfortable footwear with enough toe room, and avoiding foot injuries. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 10 August 2023 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Pregnancy is a journey that brings numerous physical changes, and the feet and ankles are no exception. As the body adapts to accommodate the growing baby, various factors contribute to alterations in the feet and ankles. Many pregnant women develop swollen feet, known as edema, due to increased blood volume and fluid retention. The feet endure extra pressure as weight is gained, potentially causing discomfort and fatigue. Additionally, the hormone that is known as relaxin can loosen the ligaments, causing the feet to temporarily widen or develop into flat feet. The foot structure can become affected, which can cause overpronation. Mild relief may be found when comfortable shoes are worn, preferably those with proper arch support and a wider toe area. Many pregnant women find engaging in a gentle exercise routine beneficial, which can maintain foot health and reduce discomfort. If you would like more information about how pregnancy affects the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

How Stress Fractures Occur

Stress fractures often occur in the feet, and can be caused by frequently participating in running and jumping activities. A stress fracture is considered to be a hairline fracture and can be uncomfortable. A patient who has a stress fracture will experience gradual pain, and many people will continue to pursue their chosen activity until walking becomes difficult. At this point, an X-ray or other imaging test can be performed to determine the severity of the stress fracture. Treatment can begin with temporarily stopping the activity and resting the foot as often as possible. Some people choose to wear a protective boot or walking cast, which can provide mobility and stability as the healing process occurs. Stress fractures can also occur from increasing speed and distance too quickly, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. If you have foot pain, and think it may be from a stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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