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March 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

Common Causes of Blisters

Blisters on the feet are most commonly caused by excess friction. This friction may come from wearing shoes and socks that are too tight, which may rub on different parts of the foot. When this occurs, the top layer of the skin becomes damaged, and a small pocket of fluid develops over it. This is the body’s natural form of protection as the healing process begins. The blister will gradually drain once new skin has formed. It may be beneficial to wear socks that can absorb moisture and sweat from your feet, in addition to choosing shoes that fit correctly. There are several ways to treat blisters on your feet. To help determine the best option for you, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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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Thursday, 26 March 2020 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

A common foot condition that is referred to as plantar fasciitis can cause considerable pain to the heel and arch areas of the foot. This may occur as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. This is the portion of tissue that is located on the bottom of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. Patients who have this condition often experience pain that is felt in the morning after arising, and it may become worse throughout the day. This condition can develop from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Mild relief may be found when the affected area of the foot is stretched. For more severe cases, surgery may be an option for permanent relief. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

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 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 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 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, 16 March 2020 00:00

How Common Is Foot Pain?

Foot pain is a common ailment among people worldwide. There are several foot conditions that may cause pain, ranging from mild to severe. One of these types of conditions is known as athlete’s foot. The symptoms that typically accompany athlete’s foot can consist of a burning or itching sensation between the toes or on the bottom of the feet. It is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These often include public pools and surrounding areas. A bump that protrudes from the side on the big toe may be indicative of a bunion. They can form as a result of wearing shoes that are too tight, or from genetic factors. Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that is often considered to be uncomfortable. Severe pain is typically felt in the heel or arch areas for this condition. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. 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 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, 09 March 2020 00:00

How Are Orthotics Made?

Orthotics are known as insoles that fit inside shoes, which may help to provide the necessary support needed for specific foot conditions. They are custom designed for each patient, and the process begins with taking a plaster mold of the affected foot. The necessary adjustments can be made for size, as this will help the insole to fit perfectly inside the shoe. Some of the reasons why patients choose to wear orthotics may consist of correcting an abnormal walking pattern, or to relieve pressure in a portion of the foot. Additionally, orthotics may help to reduce chronic foot pain, as well as improve certain foot alignments. If you would like more information about custom-made orthotics, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if they are right for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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 Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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, 09 March 2020 00:00

The Purpose of PRP Injections

The initials PRP are an abbreviation for platelet-rich plasma. This is a procedure that is practiced to help promote healing in patients who have chronic foot conditions. This type of treatment is injected into the affected area, and may help the body to form new, healthy cells. Many patients have successfully used PRP injections to treat foot conditions that can include Achilles tendon injuries and plantar fasciitis, despite the fact that it has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The process for injection begins with extracting a sample of the blood. A centrifuge is then used to separate the blood components, and the plasma is injected into the affected site. If you have chronic foot pain, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can determine if PRP injections are right for you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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 March 2020 00:00

How Do Broken Toes Heal?

Pain is typically the first symptom that occurs if you have broken your toe. It can happen as a result of a heavy object falling on it, or if you have stubbed your toe against a piece of furniture. For severe fractures, there may be a popping sound at the time of the injury. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. Patients have found moderate relief when the affected foot is elevated, as this may help to reduce a portion of the swelling. Additionally, the toe may be taped to the toe next to it which may be beneficial in providing extra support as the healing process takes place. If you feel you have a broken toe, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct healing process.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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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