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Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

Athletes and Plantar Fasciitis

The thick band of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot is known as the plantar fascia. It connects the heel to the toes, and acts as a shock absorber, in addition to providing support to the arch. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated, plantar fasciitis may develop. This can cause pain and discomfort, and the pain may be more severe in the morning after arising. Athletes who develop this condition are often unhappy about it, and it may limit running. It can help to wear supportive footwear, and many athletes gradually increase training. There are specific stretches that can be performed which can help the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. If you would like more information about the causes and treatment of plantar fasciitis, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Pamela Kirby, DPM from Dr. Pamela Kirby P.A.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Tuesday, 22 March 2022 00:00

Checking Your Feet if You Have Diabetes

We often take our feet for granted, paying little or no attention to them, until they begin to hurt. But if you have diabetes, you may not be able to feel pain in your extremities, and that’s where the trouble really starts. Professionals believe that it’s important for diabetics to develop a daily foot-care action plan to help prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. It is a good idea to use a magnifying glass to inspect the feet and toes, along with a mirror to see the bottom of your feet. If that is impossible, you may need to ask a healthcare worker to help with the exam. A foot-care checklist can include checking the feet and toes for: redness or bruising; breaks in the skin; blisters or calluses; peeling skin; moisture between the toes; feelings of numbness, pins and needles or burning; ingrown toenails; and sores or ulcers. Many of these symptoms may indicate other maladies that, if ignored, can develop into more serious problems. It is also suggested that anyone with diabetes makes regular appointments with a podiatrist who can examine your feet and toes and treat them early, if needed. 

 

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 Pamela Kirby, DPM from Dr. Pamela Kirby P.A.. 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 our office located in Port Orange, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

How to Know if You Have a Plantar Wart

If you have a small growth or lesion near the base of your toes or bottom of the heel, you may have developed a plantar wart. Plantar warts are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus) which enters the foot through cuts or breaks in the skin on the bottom of the feet. These warts can grow beneath a callus on the foot if enough pressure is put on them. They can also cause pain or tenderness when standing or walking. Plantar warts are not particularly serious and may even go away on their own, but they can also remain, come back, or multiply. If you have a plantar wart, it is suggested that a qualified podiatrist examine your foot to verify the growth as well as provide treatments that increase your comfort.

 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Pamela Kirby, DPM from Dr. Pamela Kirby P.A.. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Reasons the Bottom of Your Foot May Hurt

There are 26 bones, more than 30 joints, and nearly 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments in the foot – and an issue with any of these can lead to foot pain. Depending on the source of the pain, different conditions can be indicated. For example, pain at the bottom of the foot can be a sign of plantar fasciitis, metatarsalgia, or neuropathy. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed or partially torn. Metatarsalgia can affect the ball of the foot (the metatarsal region). Usually, this pain is a result of the metatarsal heads becoming inflamed and applying pressure on the bones at the front of the foot. Another common issue to the bottom of the foot is neuropathy, which occurs when there is nerve damage that causes a tingling, burning, or stabbing sensation. It’s suggested that anyone who struggles with foot pain consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Pamela Kirby, DPM from Dr. Pamela Kirby P.A.. 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 our office located in Port Orange, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Ankle sprains are one of the most common foot and ankle injuries that podiatrists treat. They occur when one or more ligaments in the ankle are overstretched or torn. If you have sprained your ankle, it is suggested that you seek treatment, particularly if the sprain is moderate or severe. Leaving an ankle sprain untreated can have potentially lifelong consequences. An untreated ankle sprain can lead to weakness in the ankle joint, causing chronic pain and ankle instability that makes repeated injuries more likely. Soft tissues in your ankle could also become trapped between the injured ligament and a bone, resulting in further pain, weakness, and difficulty walking. Swelling caused by an ankle sprain may damage surrounding nerves, muscles, and blood vessels if left untreated. If you have sprained your ankle, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Pamela Kirby, DPM from Dr. Pamela Kirby P.A.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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