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February 2020

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:00

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Many patients overlook their feet when it comes to stretching the body. The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, which is why the overall health of the body may improve when the feet are healthy and flexible. The benefits that are associated with stretching the feet can include improved muscle tone, and cardiovascular health and circulation may become more efficient.  Walking is considered to be a good way to stretch the feet. This is due to the full range of motion that is achieved as each step is taken. The toes can be stretched by crossing one leg over the other while pulling the toes back. When several repetitions of this are completed, switch legs. An effective Achilles tendon stretch happens when your hands are placed on a wall in front of you while simultaneously stepping back with one foot. After feeling a gentle stretch, hold for thirty seconds. If you would like additional information about the importance of stretching the feet, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

What’s Causing Your Poor Circulation?

Poor circulation occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to a certain area of your body. Your feet may experience poor circulation for a number of different reasons. These reasons may include diabetes, obesity, or blood clots. One condition that results from a lack of poor circulation is known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD for short. Common symptoms that are associated with poor circulation may include muscle cramps, recurring pain, and a numbing, tingling, or stinging sensation towards the affected area. To help ease these symptoms, it’s recommended that you regularly engage in physical activity to help boost your body’s blood flow. Having a healthy diet may also be beneficial in treating poor circulation as it may reduce high blood pressure. For more advice on treating poor circulation, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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, 10 February 2020 00:00

What is Morton’s Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is a common foot problem that takes place when the nerve that carries sensation to the webspace between the toes is trapped. Once swelling begins, the nearby bones and ligaments put pressure on the nerve, causing inflammation and irritation. This ailment typically occurs between the third and fourth toes but can also occur between the second and third toes. When left untreated, the already thickened nerve can enlarge even further, symptoms will persist longer and become more intense, and may cause permanent damage. The most common symptom is pain in the ball of the foot extending to the affected toes. Some patients say this condition may make it feel like they’re walking with a marble or stone inside their shoes, while others experience tingling and burning sensations in their toes. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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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It is beneficial to purchase running shoes that are designed based on a particular style of running. There are several types of shoes that can meet the needs of any runner, which is why it’s important to be informed about what type of running shoes you should choose based on your preferences of the sport. Road shoes have more additional cushioning than race shoes, and may help to provide shock absorption as running is performed. Trail shoes can be worn if the type of running that is done is through muddy areas, or on uneven surfaces, and may help to offer adequate ankle support. Patients who prefer training for a marathon are often aware of the need to run in shoes that have maximum cushioning. If you would like additional information about what type of shoes to wear for a specific style of running, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, 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.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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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