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April 2020

Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

What Toes Are Impacted by Hammertoe?

The foot condition that is referred to as hammertoe is considered to be a deformity. It can occur from genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, it may cause the middle toes to bend at the joint, and may resemble a hammer. Calluses may form on top of the joints, and it may be difficult to wear shoes. Some patients may find mild relief when a small protective pad is worn on top of the toes. This may help to prevent friction between the shoe and the toe. In severe cases of hammertoe, surgery may be an option for permanent removal and relief. If you are afflicted with hammertoe, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a form of arthritis that can affect anyone. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

Where Is the Achilles Tendon Located?

The Achilles tendon is a portion of tissue that is located in the back of the leg, and connects the heel to the calf muscles. It enables the feet to point and flex, and it is important for strength and flexibility to be maintained. People who participate in running and jumping activities may experience an Achilles tendon injury, as this can cause severe pain and discomfort. It can also happen as a result of gradual overuse, or from a sudden injury. It may be beneficial to perform gentle stretching techniques that can strengthen the Achilles tendon and surrounding areas before beginning a new sport. Common symptoms patients may experience can include stiffness in the calf and heel upon arising in the morning, consistent pain in the back of the leg, and it is often difficult to walk. If you feel you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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One of the most well known fungal foot conditions is athlete’s foot. This condition is a contagious skin infection that, as its name suggests, tends to primarily affect athletes. Because athletes’ are likely to get sweaty, hot feet while partaking in their sporting activity, their footwear becomes a space that fungus can likely thrive and grow in due to the dark, moist environment. Some common symptoms of this condition may include an irritating rash on the affected foot, dry skin, and psoriasis. For more information on what symptoms to look out for, it’s suggested to ask a podiatrist.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Karl Michel from Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

Should Children Walk Barefoot?

Research has shown it is vital to maintain children’s foot care properly, as this may be helpful in possibly avoiding foot deformities and structural concerns. When children start to walk, the feet may increase in strength as they walk and run barefoot indoors. This may be a result of the grasping action the toes provide as the foot becomes stable on the floor. Many parents purchase their children’s first pair of shoes when walking begins outside. It is beneficial for these shoes to consist of having breathable materials, and laces or velcro that can securely fasten the shoe for maximum stability. Additionally, it is important for the shoes to have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. This can be determined by feeling the top of the shoe. If you would like more information about children’s feet and how to properly buy shoes, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Karl Michel of Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in West Palm Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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