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Monday, 29 June 2020 00:00

Do I Have a Sprained Ankle?

The ligaments that support the ankle are extremely important. If they become overstretched or torn, an ankle sprain may occur. There are a few common symptoms that can indicate an ankle sprain has developed including pain, soreness, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight or walking on the affected ankle. It is possible to obtain a sprained ankle if the ankle gets twisted, or if the foot rolls onto its side. While ankle sprains are typically correlated with sporting accidents, they can occur from simply taking an awkward step or tripping. As far as treating an ankle sprain, a podiatrist may suggest the use of an ankle brace or splint to help protect the ankle. Swelling may be dealt with by elevating the ankle, as well as alternating cold and warm compresses. Rest is key, so refraining from bearing weight on the affected ankle can be beneficial to the healing process. For a proper diagnosis and an advised treatment plan, please consult with a podiatrist.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Karl Michel from Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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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Thursday, 25 June 2020 00:00

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A stress fracture occurs when there are breaks in the bone, typically due to overuse and repeated force. There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of a stress fracture, including bone insufficiency, poor technique, and improper equipment. Bone density may be lowered due to conditions such as osteoporosis, making the bones in your foot more susceptible to breakage. To help prevent injury, it is important that you use footwear with proper support and cushioning, and that you train in correspondence with your skill level. For more information on how to prevent stress fractures, and what to do if you have developed one, please consult with a podiatrist for professional care and advice.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Karl Michel from Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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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Monday, 15 June 2020 00:00

How Did I Develop Toenail Fungus?

A noticeable sign that you may have a toenail fungus is the condition of the nails. They can become yellowed or white, and will be thicker. In severe cases, the nails are brittle and patients may find they can crumble, or fall off. The fungus that causes this condition lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, consisting of public swimming pools, communal shower room floors, and locker rooms. It is beneficial to avoid sharing towels, socks, and shoes, as this may help to stop the spread of this stubborn fungus. Additionally, wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas may protect the feet from developing toenail fungus. If you feel you have toenail fungus, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

For more information about treatment, 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.

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 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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Inflammation of the joints in the feet can be indicative of the condition that is known as arthritis. It can cause severe pain and discomfort, and daily activities may be difficult to accomplish. There are several types of this ailment, consisting of gout, rheumatoid, and osteoarthritis. Gout generally affects the joints in the big toe, and can be caused by excess uric acid in the blood. This may occur as a result of eating foods that have elevated purine levels, and it may be beneficial to incorporate healthy foods as a part of your daily eating habits. Many patients find relief from arthritis when shoes that are worn fit properly. Additionally, it may be beneficial to wear custom-made orthotics, and this may help to reduce existing pressure this condition may cause. If you are afflicted with any type of arthritis in the feet, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can successfully treat this condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Karl Michel from Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

Caring for Plantar Fasciitis

Those suffering from plantar fasciitis are often familiar to the heel pain that is associated with this condition. To help ease the discomfort of plantar fasciitis, there are a few methods you can practice. To begin, you should regularly rest and elevate the affected area. Icing your feet can also help with relieving pain as well as inflammation. Some patients have found the use of custom orthotics to be helpful. Ill-fitting footwear is often a common cause for plantar fasciitis, so using custom orthotics can be helpful in preventing this ailment from becoming worse. Lastly, regularly performing foot and calf stretches can be beneficial in reducing the pain of plantar fasciitis. For more information on how to treat this condition, please consult with a podiatrist for professional care.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Karl Michel from Genesis Foot & Ankle Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is 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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