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October 2020

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

How Are Corns Different from Calluses?

In podiatry, a corn is a small, circular lesion made up of hardened skin that can generally be found on the tops and sides of the feet or in between the toes. These lesions are called corns because they look similar to a corn kernel. Corns differ from calluses, another type of dry, hardened skin, by their central core of hard material. Corns on the feet are usually caused by repeated pressure or friction on the skin, like the kind you may get from wearing shoes that are too tight. Corns can sometimes be painful and inflamed. If you have corns on your feet and experience pain or discomfort, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. The most common symptom of this condition is a sharp or stabbing pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The pain is often worse in the morning after a period of inactivity, however, pain may also be worse after long periods of standing, walking, or running. Certain risk factors can make one more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. These include being overweight, participating in activities that repeatedly put pressure on or stretch your foot, being between the ages of 40 and 60, having abnormal foot mechanics, having flat feet, having a tight Achilles tendon, standing all day, wearing shoes that do not have arch support, and suddenly changing your activities. If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, please see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised plan of treatment. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco  from Delray Beach. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Three Habits to Prevent Running Injuries

Running is a great sport for your overall health, but runners are often prone to injuries. Whether you're new to the sport or a seasoned veteran, it is important to know how to prevent running injuries. Common injuries that a runner might experience include plantar fasciitis, shin splints, and runner’s knee. There are three habits that you can begin to develop to prevent injuries. These include warming up prior to going on your run, following a running program, and doing 10 minutes of mobility exercises each day. If you do sustain a running injury to the feet, or you would like more information about how to prevent running injuries, consult with a podiatrist today.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

How Is Ankle Replacement Surgery Performed?

Ankle replacement surgery is a treatment used to replace a damaged ankle joint with a prosthetic. Usually, the patient is put under general anesthesia, so that they are asleep and do not feel pain. Next, the surgeon makes a cut in the front of the ankle, exposing the ankle joint. After gently pushing the tendons, nerves, and blood vessels to the side, the surgeon removes the damaged bone and cartilage. The surgeon removes the damaged parts of the lower end of the shin bone and the top of the foot bone. Then metal parts of the new artificial joint are attached to the cut bony surfaces and a piece of plastic is inserted between them. The surgeon then puts the tendons and nerves back into place and stitches the incision site closed. The ankle is typically immobilized with a splint, cast, or brace while the patient recovers. To learn more about ankle replacement surgery, speak with a podiatrist. 

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

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

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