Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Infected foot wounds often arise from cuts, scrapes, or punctures that become contaminated with bacteria. Common causes include stepping on a sharp object, improper wound care, and existing medical conditions like diabetes that impair healing. Symptoms of an infected foot wound can vary but typically include increased pain, redness, and swelling around the wound site. The area may feel warm to the touch, and pus or other drainage may be present. More severe infections can lead to fever, chills, and swollen lymph nodes. It is essential to recognize these signs early and seek medical attention promptly to prevent the infection from spreading. Proper wound care, including cleaning, applying antiseptics, and covering with sterile dressings, plays a critical role in combating infections and promoting healing. If you have a wound on your foot, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat various types of foot wounds.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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, 11 June 2024 00:00

Ankle fractures refer to breaks in any bones that make up the ankle joint, typically involving the tibia, fibula, or talus. These fractures can be caused by trauma from falls, sports injuries, or vehicular accidents, as well as overuse injuries or underlying conditions like osteoporosis. The ankle joint is composed of three main bones which are the tibia, fibula, and talus, along with the surrounding ligaments and tendons that provide stability and support. Injury may involve any of these structures, ranging from minor hairline fractures to severe breaks that displace the bones. Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, treatment may involve immobilization with a cast or brace, realignment of displaced bones through manipulation or surgery, and rehabilitation to restore strength and function. Prompt medical attention is vital to prevent complications and ensure proper long-term healing. If you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you make an emergency appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose the injury and offer treatment options.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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, 04 June 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones wears down over time. Osteoarthritis often impacts the feet and may target any of their 30 joints. However, it most commonly impacts the big toe, midfoot, and ankle. Symptoms of osteoarthritis in the foot include persistent pain during or after movement, stiffness after periods of inactivity, and swelling in one or more joints. As the condition progresses, the range of motion in the foot may decrease, making it difficult to perform activities like walking or climbing stairs. The pain might also become more constant, even occurring while at rest. Managing these symptoms involves a variety of treatments, for which podiatrists, or foot doctors, are specially trained. Suggested professional treatment may include supportive footwear, low-impact exercises to maintain joint function and mobility, and orthotic devices to relieve pressure on the affected joints. In more severe cases, medication or surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and improve joint function. If you have symptoms of osteoarthritis in the feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for proper and complete care. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Swollen feet can stem from various unexpected sources beyond the usual suspects like injury or fluid retention. One such cause of swelling, or edema, may be your footwear. Wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels for prolonged periods of time can impede proper circulation, leading to swelling. A lesser-known cause could be dietary habits, particularly excessive salt intake, which can cause water retention in the body, resulting as swollen feet. Certain medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure drugs, might also induce swollen feet as a side effect. In some cases, allergies to ingredients in skincare or cosmetic products can trigger inflammation, including in the feet. Additionally, long flights or car rides, where prolonged sitting limits movement, can result in swollen feet due to decreased blood circulation. If your feet have become swollen and remain so, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, 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.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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