- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.
Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process. Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.
Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain.
Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.
Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.
After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.
Are you suffering from toenail fungus? Your Boca Raton, FL, podiatrist can help you deal with the condition through the use of laser treatment.
More about Toenail Fungus
Fungi, yeasts, or molds may result in toenail infection. Fungi thrive in warm, moist places, so try avoiding direct contact with:
- Public showers and pools, which are great places for fungi to thrive
- Nail clippers used by someone who has toenail fungus
- Nail injury, which makes it easy for fungus to infect the toe
Treatment Options for Fungal Nails
There are at-home and prescribed treatments, depending on how bad the infection is. Treatments include topical and oral anti-fungal treatments that can suppress infection and symptoms.
Untreated toenail fungus can spread and result in more severe issues. The following symptoms shouldn't be ignored:
- Darkened, yellow, or white toenail
- Thick or brittle nail
- Nails split from the nail bed
In cases of toenail fungus, you need to see your Boca Raton podiatrist for treatment given that the condition is hard to treat at-home and can easily reoccur. If you let you let the fungus progress and develop, longer lasting and more intense treatment, such as laser treatment, will end up becoming necessary. However, toenail fungus shouldn't be difficult to treat by a reliable doctor.
FDA-approved laser treatment directly treats any fungal nails. The pigmentation present in fungi absorbs the laser's light which creates heat that kills organisms in the toenail. Although this might sound intimidating, rest assured that studies prove that it doesn’t do any harm towards the soft, healthy tissue near the infected nail bed.
Need Help With Treating Fungal Nails? Give us a Call!
For more information or to schedule an appointment for laser treatment in Boca Raton, FL, call Dr. Mark Block at (561) 368-3232 today!
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
Many people think corns and calluses are the same thing, but there are differences. A corn is smaller than a callus, and has a hard center which is surrounded by inflamed tissue. Unlike calluses, corns can be painful and make it difficult to wear shoes. The good news is, your podiatrist can help get rid of corns and get you back on your feet.
Corns typically develop to protect your feet and toes from friction and pressure. They can be found in both weight bearing and non-weight bearing areas including between your toes, and on the tops and sides of your toes.
According to the Mayo Clinic, common signs and symptoms of a corn include:
- A thick, rough area of skin
- A hardened, raised bump
- Tenderness or pain under the skin
Since corns are caused by friction and pressure, you can do a lot to prevent corn development. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with plenty of room for your toes
- Use padding or bandages in your shoes
- Soak your feet in warm water to soften corns
- After soaking, rub the corn with a pumice stone to remove hardened skin
- Moisturize your feet every day to keep your skin soft
If you have diabetes and you develop a corn or other foot problem, you need the help of an expert, your podiatrist. Self-treating foot issues when you are diabetic can lead to injuries that don’t heal and could get worse, resulting in a serious infection.
Fortunately, your podiatrist can recommend several treatment options to get rid of corns, including:
- Trimming away excess skin to reduce friction
- Corn-removing medication containing salicylic acid
- Custom-fit inserts or orthotics
- Surgery if the corn is caused from friction due to poor bone alignment
You don’t have to deal with painful corns by yourself. Get some relief from the pain by visiting your podiatrist. Your feet are important, so seek out the best care possible to protect your feet.
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