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August 2020

Monday, 31 August 2020 00:00

Children and Athlete’s Foot

A noticeable sign that your child may have athlete’s foot can be scratching on the bottom of the foot and between the toes. This type of fungus generally causes the skin to become red and scaly, and the affected foot may emit an odor. In severe cases, this condition can produce a rash, and your child may complain of a burning and tingling sensation. Athlete’s foot is contagious, and can develop as a result of frequenting public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. If your child has this condition, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe medication for relief.

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 Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. 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 Miami, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 24 August 2020 00:00

What Is Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation refers to inadequate blood flow to a part of the body. Poor circulation to the legs and feet is particularly concerning as it can lead to serious medical complications, in severe cases this could include amputation. The most common symptoms of poor circulation are numbness and tingling in the feet, cold feet, swelling in the feet, ankles, or legs, skin color changes, and foot ulcers. Poor circulation is typically caused by plaque buildup in the blood vessels. The plaque hardens and narrows the blood vessels, restricting blood flow to the affected areas. When those affected areas are the lower limbs, this is known as peripheral artery disease or PAD. A podiatrist can screen for this condition during a routine visit. If you experience poor circulation to the lower limbs, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist today.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM of Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Monday, 17 August 2020 00:00

Run With the Right Shoes

Running is a great exercise for your overall health, but to ensure that you are getting the maximum benefits, make sure that you are wearing the right shoes! Wearing ill-fitting or unsupportive running shoes can increase your risk of injury, so it is important to choose high-quality shoes that fit correctly. Running shoes should be slightly larger in size than your average, everyday footwear. This is because when you run, your feet repeatedly hit the ground and your toes move forward in the shoes. If your toes lack the room to move, you may find yourself with an injury. Your shoe size can change over the course of your lifetime, so it is important to make no assumptions regarding your current running shoe size. Measure your foot or have a proper shoe fitting performed at a shoe store in order to help you find the right size. For more tips on finding the correct running shoes for you, consult with a podiatrist.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

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

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Plantar fasciitis is a condition that can cause intense heel pain. Having weak foot muscles, extra pressure put on the feet from obesity, and ill-fitting footwear are all factors that can play a role in the development of plantar fasciitis. To help ease the pain of plantar fasciitis there are a few exercises that you can practice. One of the stretches can be performed by holding the heel in one hand and bending the toes upward, then downward and holding that position. This stretch is specifically for stretching your plantar fascia. Another helpful stretch involves having your leg stretched straight out in front of you and wrapping an elastic band around the soles of your feet. You then want to curl your toes downward, then ease the toes back up. For more advice on what stretches can help with plantar fasciitis pain, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM  from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Do I Have a Heel Spur?

When a tiny bone growth forms at the bottom of the heel, it is referred to as a heel spur. Heel spurs, which are usually only detected by X-rays, occur when calcium builds up on the heel bone. Common risk factors for heel spurs include issues with biomechanics, unsupportive footwear, and being overweight. Heel spurs are usually characterized by chronic pain where the spur connects to the soft tissue. Pain also occurs when walking or running on hard surfaces, or you may feel a sharp pain when getting out of bed in the morning. When experiencing these symptoms, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Some treatment options include changing footwear, stretching, wearing orthotics, and in some cases, having surgery.

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 Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor 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 our office located in Miami, FL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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