Wednesday, 21 February 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

In colder weather, blisters can form on the feet due to a combination of factors related to temperature and moisture. Wearing heavy socks and shoes in the winter can lead the feet to sweat that accumulates inside your socks and shoes. This moisture, combined with reduced evaporation rates in colder temperatures, creates a damp environment around the feet. As a result, the skin becomes softer and more prone to damage from friction and rubbing against socks or shoes. Chilblains, lesions on the hands and feet that appear after exposure to the cold, can also blister. They appear within 24 hours of cold exposure and are caused by tiny blood vessels expanding too quickly once the body is exposed to heat again. If you have foot blisters after cold exposure, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist to conduct an exam and offer options to help with recurrent blister formation from chilblains. 

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 Palm Beach 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 our offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

When choosing cleats for your child's sport, it is essential to prioritize both their performance and foot health. Traditional studded cleats, especially those with only two heel studs, can make conditions like Sever’s disease worse by increasing pressure under the heel. Opt for cleats with four or more heel studs. All purpose turf-style cleats can help distribute weight-bearing forces more evenly and alleviate discomfort. Football cleats, while popular, may pose risks in sports like soccer, due to their distal toe stud, although they are functionally similar to lacrosse cleats. Soccer cleats, known for agility, often lack support and padding, which may be problematic for children with loose ligaments. Additionally, the thin and flexible soleplates of soccer cleats may not provide sufficient support, especially for those requiring arch support. Baseball cleats, subject to league regulations, may feature metal spikes, requiring attention to player safety during slides. Turf cleats emerge as a versatile option, offering better support, traction, and weight distribution across the foot. If your child is experiencing foot, toe, or ankle pain related to their sports activity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to detect the cause and offer guidance on footwear choices as well as treatment options.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, clinically known as onychomycosis, is a common condition that affects a significant portion of the population. This fungal infection typically occurs when microscopic fungi invade the toenails, leading to discoloration, thickening, and crumbling. The warm and moist environment inside shoes provides an ideal breeding ground for these fungi, making toenails susceptible to infection. Symptoms include changes in nail texture and color, ranging from yellowing to darkening. As the infection progresses, nails may become brittle and emit a foul odor. Toenail fungus is more prevalent than one may think, with a considerable percentage of the population grappling with this condition. Recognizing the symptoms early on is essential for effective management, as untreated toenail fungus can lead to persistent discomfort and potential complications. If you have a toenail fungus infection, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and offer correct treatment methods, which often includes prescribed medication.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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