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August 2021

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 00:00

Possible Symptoms of Cracked Heels

Wearing flip flops frequently may lead to the skin on the heels becoming dry, causing the condition known as cracked heels. Additionally, cracked heels may form from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, or from having specific medical conditions. These conditions may consist of diabetes, obesity, eczema, and psoriasis. Research has indicated it may help to incorporate zinc and omega-3 into your diet which can be accomplished by taking vitamins. Some of the symptoms that are associated with cracked heels can include peeling skin, bleeding cracks, and the affected area may be red and itchy. If you are experiencing any signs of cracked heels please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this ailment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Sunday, 29 August 2021 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:00

Why Do Blisters on the Feet Develop?

When the upper layer of skin has been damaged, the body’s natural defense mechanism can form a blister for protection. It is defined as a small area that resembles a bubble and is filled with liquid that cushions that raw skin as the healing process occurs. Blisters generally develop from excessive friction and can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly is a common cause of blisters. There are some patients who have specific medical conditions that can cause blisters. These can include eczema and psoriasis, in addition to developing an allergic reaction to an insect bite. It can be beneficial to cover the blister with a protective covering while accomplishing daily activities, which may help to prevent premature popping and draining. If you have a blister on your foot, please speak with a podiatrist who can offer you treatment techniques that can possibly avoid an infection from developing. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 17 August 2021 00:00

Reasons Your Feet May Hurt

Foot pain is one of the most common complaints addressed by podiatrists. Foot pain may be the result of injury, overuse, or inflammation, among other potential causes. Injuries that may cause foot pain can include Achilles tendonitis or rupture, bone fractures, plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and more. Injuries can occur suddenly or due to repetitive overuse. Inflammatory conditions like arthritis are also very common culprits behind foot pain. Skin conditions like corns, calluses, and plantar warts may lead to foot pain as the affected areas rub against the shoes or are put under pressure while walking or standing. Deformities such as hammertoes and bunions can also be quite painful, especially if they are severe. If you are suffering from foot pain, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Sunday, 15 August 2021 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 10 August 2021 00:00

Diabetes and Podiatry

If you have diabetes, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist regularly. This is because diabetics need to be extra vigilant about the health of their feet. Diabetes can cause poor circulation and diabetic neuropathy (a type of nerve damage that impairs sensation in the feet) to be more likely. These two complications can make it very difficult to detect other foot problems since they both interfere with the body’s ability to heal. When diabetes is left undetected and untreated, many common foot conditions can become particularly dangerous. Some of these conditions include sores or foot ulcers, corns, calluses, cracked heels, hammertoes, bunions, ingrown toenails, skin or bone infections, and abscesses. If you are afflicted with diabetes, it is highly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you manage and maintain proper foot health.

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 New Tampa Foot & Ankle. 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 Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

What Can Cause an Achilles Tendon Injury?

The flexibility and strength of the Achilles tendon is a necessary component in completing running and jumping activities. It is located in the back of the leg and connects the calf muscles to the heel. Many patients can experience an Achilles tendon injury, and this can happen as a result of improper warming up and cooling down after increasing the intensity of a new sport. Additionally, this type of injury may occur if there are existing heel spurs, exercising on an uneven surface, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Some of the symptoms that are associated with an Achilles tendon injury can consist of difficulty in flexing and pointing the affected foot, and pain that gradually worsens as the day progresses. If you think you have incurred an Achilles tendon injury, please seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 01 August 2021 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

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