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September 2020

Monday, 28 September 2020 00:00

Having Issues With Gout Pain?

Arthritis can come in many different forms and types, including inflammatory. A common type of inflammatory arthritis is known as gout. Gout affects the joints, usually in the feet and ankles, and can cause redness, swelling, and pain towards the affected joint. When the uric acid levels in your bloodstream are too high, crystals can begin to form and attach to the joints, which is why those affected may experience sharp bursts of pain. In order to receive a proper diagnosis and treat gout, please seek the professional care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Monday, 21 September 2020 00:00

What Is Athlete's Foot?

The fungal infection that is known as athlete’s foot often produces a rash that can burn and itch. It generally affects the skin on the bottom of the feet and between the toes. Common symptoms that many patients experience can include cracked and peeling skin, and in severe cases, small blisters may develop. The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives in warm and moist areas, including public swimming pools, locker rooms, and similar environments. It is considered to be a contagious skin infection, and it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of areas. Mild relief may be found when an antifungal powder is used, and this may ease some of  the itching. If you are afflicted with athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward the best treatment options for you.

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 Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. 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 one of our offices located in Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Wednesday, 16 September 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

If you are experiencing mild pain in the top of your foot, there are several things that you can do to feel better. Resting and raising your foot, as well as icing it for up to 20 minutes every few hours, can help relieve pain. Wearing wide, comfortable shoes with soft soles and low heels, or using soft insoles or pads inside your shoes, can also make your feet more comfortable. If you notice that home treatments are not helping you, your foot pain increases, or if your foot pain is severe, don’t hesitate to see a podiatrist. Signs that you may need professional medical attention include pain severe enough to interfere with your daily life, pain that gets worse or keeps coming back, or tingling and loss of sensation in the foot. If you have diabetes, it is recommended that you see a podiatrist for your foot conditions, as diabetes can make these issues more serious. If you have foot pain, consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose your ailment and provide the necessary treatments.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor 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 Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A diagnosis of diabetes often accompanies an increased risk for developing foot health problems. One of the most common foot health problems among diabetics are diabetic foot ulcers. They are slow-healing wounds on the bottoms of the feet that are prone to infection and can lead to more serious complications when left untreated. Teaching diabetic patients about how to care for their feet is an effective means of raising awareness concerning their condition, and may decrease their risk of experiencing complications. If you have diabetes, don’t hesitate to ask a podiatrist all of your questions regarding your foot health. A podiatrist can offer you treatment and prevention strategies for diabetic foot ulcers, allowing you to maintain proper foot health and improve your quality of life.

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 Dawn Miles, DPM from Florida. Our doctor 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 Palatka and Saint Augustine, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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