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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

A Noticeable Sign of Flat Feet

There are several reasons the medical condition that is known as flat feet can exist. These can consist of genetic factors, the aging process,  and additional weight gain. This ailment is noticeable while standing on the floor, and observing how the entire foot lies flat. Patients who have flat feet have little or no arch, and this may cause the feet to endure discomfort and strain. Research has indicated that there are specific foot stretches that can be performed, and this may help to reduce the pain from flat feet. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you find the correct treatment options, which may include custom made orthotics.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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People with diabetes are prone to developing diabetic foot ulcers, sores on the feet that can heal very slowly or may never heal at all. About 5% of people with diabetes develop chronic foot ulcers, which can cause complications such as infection and amputation. Preventing diabetic foot ulcers is of the utmost importance. If you have diabetes, it is necessary to know how to manage your condition. You should be aware of the medications that you take and their dosages, eat a balanced diet, take any prescribed supplements, see your doctor regularly, and monitor your foot health. A podiatrist can teach you how to perform daily foot checks to identify any cuts, scrapes, sores, or wounds on your feet early. The earlier these things are detected, the better they respond to treatment. A podiatrist can also teach you how to care for foot wounds at home. For more information about diabetic foot wounds, please speak with a podiatrist. 

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 Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor 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 Delray Beach and Hallandale Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 21 November 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Ankle Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a condition that causes the cartilage that makes up your joints to deteriorate over time, making the bones rub against each other when you move. This causes pain, swelling, and a loss of function. Osteoarthritis often affects the ankle joints. There is no single known cause of osteoarthritis, but certain factors can increase your risk of developing the condition. Osteoarthritis is more common as we age, with older adults being at greater risk of developing OA. Being obese or overweight can put added strain on your ankle joints, and fat cells produce proteins that may make OA worse. Genetics can also play a role, as people with a family history of OA are more likely to have OA themselves. Injuries or repeated stress to the ankles, or having misaligned joints, can also raise your risk. If you are experiencing ankle pain and think that it may be OA, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

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 Delray Beach and Hallandale Beach, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Treatment for Metatarsal Fractures

A metatarsal fracture refers to a break in one of the bones of the foot. These types of fractures can be caused by a one-time trauma or by repetitive injury to the bone. Metatarsal fractures can be painful and will require medical intervention to properly heal. While your treatment for a metatarsal fracture will depend on the location and severity of the injury, there are some general treatment guidelines that apply to most fractures. You should try to rest the affected foot by not putting weight on it and by avoiding the activities that may have caused the fracture, such as running. Your doctor may suggest that you immobilize your foot with a cast or a rigid shoe to protect the fractured bone as it heals. Sometimes, surgery may be needed to repair the bone. If you believe that you have suffered a metatarsal fracture, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, 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.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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, 02 November 2020 00:00

How Is Hammertoe Treated?

Hammertoe is a foot deformity in which the toes are curved downward at the joint rather than remaining straight. Symptoms of this condition include corns and calluses on the affected toes, an inability to straighten the affected toes, inflammation and redness, and pain that worsens with movement and when wearing shoes. There are various treatments for hammertoes, including taking anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling, wearing more comfortable shoes or orthotics, wearing special pads to protect the toes, and wearing splints to realign or immobilize the affected toes. In more severe cases, surgery may be warranted. To find out which treatments are right for you, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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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