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September 2023

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

How to Become a Podiatrist

Podiatrists, also known as Doctors of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, are foot specialists who diagnose and treat issues related to the feet, ankles, and lower leg. Becoming a podiatrist involves rigorous training, which includes four years of education at a podiatric medical school. Aspiring podiatrists then gain practical experience through a three-year residency in hospitals and clinics. They also must pass exams to receive certification from the American Board of Podiatric Medicine. Some podiatrists choose to specialize further by pursuing fellowship training to become specialists in their field. Podiatric surgeons, a subset of podiatrists, are required to earn certification from the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, which enables them to perform foot surgeries. To practice legally, podiatrists must obtain and renew state licenses and stay updated with annual seminars to maintain their expertise. To find out more about joining this medical field, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to 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.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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, 19 September 2023 00:00

Facts About Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, though commonly misunderstood, are a prevalent foot condition that affects many individuals. These bony growths form on the underside of the heel bone and often coexist with another foot issue, such as plantar fasciitis. Contrary to popular belief, heel spurs themselves may not always be the primary source of pain. Instead, it is the inflammation and irritation of the surrounding tissues that typically cause discomfort. Heel spurs often develop due to excessive strain and stress on the heel, which can result from factors such as obesity, wearing improper footwear, or repetitive activities. While they can be detected through X-rays, treatment usually targets the underlying condition. Conservative approaches consisting of rest and wearing orthotic inserts, may help to alleviate symptoms. In rare cases, surgery may be considered when conservative methods prove ineffective. Understanding the facts about heel spurs can help individuals make informed decisions about their foot health and seek appropriate treatment when needed. If you have heel pain, and suspect it may be a heel spur, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat the problem.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Debary, Lake Mary, Orlando, and Oviedo, FL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Understanding Flat Feet and Easing the Pain

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, is a common condition where the arches of the feet appear flattened, causing the entire sole to make contact with the ground. Flat feet can be a result of genetics, injury, or muscle weakness. While many individuals with flat feet may not experience pain, others can suffer from discomfort and fatigue, especially during prolonged periods of standing or physical activity. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken which may help to alleviate flat feet pain. This can begin by wearing supportive shoes with arch support and cushioning. Custom orthotic inserts can also provide additional support and comfort. Stretching exercises for the Achilles tendon and calf muscles can help improve foot flexibility. Additionally, performing strengthening exercises for the foot and ankle muscles can enhance arch support. By addressing flat feet and taking proactive measures, you can find relief from discomfort and improve your overall foot health. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can guide you toward additional relief options.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Foot & Ankle Group, P.A.. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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Saturday, 09 September 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Fungal Infections Affecting Toenails

Fungal nails, also known as onychomycosis, result from a fungal infection. This condition often leads to nail thickening and discoloration, along with the buildup of dead skin beneath the nail plate. Sometimes, the nail's shape can also change. Among fungal infections affecting the body, nail infections are particularly challenging to prevent and treat. Onychomycosis arises due to an overgrowth of fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments, such as locker rooms, public showers, and swimming pool areas. Typically, fungal growth begins at the nail's end and gradually spreads beneath it. Occasionally, chalky white patches may form on the nail's surface. As the infection progresses, yellowish or brownish discoloration becomes evident. The fungus can also cause damage to the nail's base, resulting in a thickening and altered shape. Treatment for fungal nail infections involves conservative, laser, and surgical approaches. Conservative treatment consists of using a topical medication applied like nail polish. Reinfection is a risk, and antifungal spray can be used inside shoes to treat any residual infection. Laser treatment for fungal nails is non-invasive. Surgical intervention is considered only if other treatments are not effective. If you have a fungal nail infection, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to have your nails assessed and treatment administered that is right for you.

For more information about treatment, 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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