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March 2021

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition in which there is reduced circulation to the lower limbs. This occurs due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries, which causes them to narrow and harden, impeding blood flow to the lower legs, ankles, and feet. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing PAD. These include having high cholesterol, high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes or cardiovascular disease, and obesity. Certain lifestyle factors, such as smoking and physical inactivity may also contribute to this disease. For more information about PAD, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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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Everyone wants to wear shoes that are fashionable. However, before rushing to purchase that trending footwear, make sure you are getting the right shoe size. Ill-fitting footwear can cause problems such as bunions, hammertoe, blisters, ingrown toenails and more. Two important things to remember when buying shoes are that size changes with age, so you must get your feet measured every time you purchase shoes, and any new shoe should fit well and feel good at the time of purchase—without having to be broken in. Other tips include: shopping for shoes later in the day after feet have expanded, making sure there is 1/2” of space between the big toe and tip of the shoe, and getting a wide size if the balls of your feet feel squeezed at all. A podiatrist can give you more guidance on finding the right shoe size and style for your feet and may even recommend orthotics to provide the support and structure you need.

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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Ingrown toenails are a painful and problematic malady for people of all ages and are actually quite common in children. While heredity may be the cause of your child’s ingrown toenail, there are things you can do to try and avoid them from developing. For instance, make sure your child’s footwear is large enough to accommodate not only the length, but also the width of the foot. Also, your child’s toenails should be trimmed straight across, and not cut too short—which can cause skin along the sides of the nail to grow over it. If one of your child’s toenails does become ingrown you can try soaking it in lukewarm water which softens the skin and may reduce any swelling or pain. Ingrown toenails can become quite painful and even infected. Do not attempt to dig the nail out; contact a podiatrist who will be able to safely treat the ingrown nail and treat any infection that may have occurred.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM of Marian Davis, DPM, PA. 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 Miami, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

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Causes of Plantar Hyperhidrosis

Plantar hyperhidrosis affects the feet and is characterized by excessive sweating. It generally develops as a result of overactive sweat glands which may be triggered by exercises, emotions, or stress. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions that may lead to plantar hyperhidrosis. These can consist of heart disease, hormone imbalances, and thyroid disorders. Many people who have this condition may have difficulty in completing daily activities and can often become embarrassed. If you suffer from plantar hyperhidrosis, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM of Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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The foot condition that is known as athlete’s foot is a common ailment that can cause the feet to feel uncomfortable. It develops as a result of a fungal infection. Symptoms many patients experience often include peeling skin, severe itchiness on the bottom of the foot and between the toes, and the affected areas can appear red. The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. It is common for the fungus to enter the body through tiny cracks in the skin on the feet. An effective prevention technique involves wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas. There are several treatment methods, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine which one is the best for you.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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