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June 2020

There are specific stretches that can be performed which can benefit the feet and ankles. Calf stretches are helpful in stretching the Achilles tendon, which is located at the back of the leg. Its purpose is to connect the heel to the calf muscles, and stretching this tendon will help to keep it flexible. This can be accomplished by standing on a step, and gently lowering one heel at a time. The top of the foot can be strengthened by picking up marbles with the toes, and slowly releasing them. Performing a towel pull is an effective stretch to keep the overall foot strong. This is done by sitting down with your legs in front of you, putting a towel across the bottom of your feet, and pulling it toward you. When the proper foot stretches are frequently practiced, muscle cramps may possibly be prevented. If you would like additional information about stretching exercises for 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

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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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Wednesday, 24 June 2020 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Monday, 22 June 2020 00:00

What Causes Gout?

Gout is an arthritic condition that affects many people. It typically involves the joints in the big toe, and occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the blood. Genetics may play a significant role in developing this ailment, in addition to eating foods that are high in purine levels. Symptoms that many patients experience can include swelling, severe pain and discomfort surrounding the big toe, and it is often difficult to walk. It is beneficial to avoid eating foods with elevated purine levels. These include red meat, shellfish, and drinks with a high sugar content. Gout attacks can be managed with proper medication, and positive lifestyle changes. If you are prone to gout, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer treatment solutions.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco from Delray Beach. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 15 June 2020 00:00

What Causes Cracked Heels?

The uncomfortable condition that is known as cracked heels can cause difficulty in walking and wearing shoes. They are described as deep cracks, or fissures in the heel of the foot, and bleeding may occur in severe cases. There are several reasons why this condition may develop. These can include frequently wearing shoes that have an open back, or standing for long periods of time. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as psoriasis or eczema may cause the skin to become dry, and cracked heels may develop. Research has indicated it may be beneficial to drink plenty of water, as this may help the body to stay hydrated. If you notice your heels are dry, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for cracked heels.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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, 08 June 2020 00:00

Hikers and Blisters

Blisters on the feet can be quite uncomfortable. They can induce pain, and may cause people who enjoy hiking to walk slower than they usually would. Blisters occur as a result of excess friction, which is often provoked by the shoes or socks that are worn. They appear to be a bubble that is filled with liquid. This is the method the body uses to naturally protect the damaged skin. When new skin has formed, the blister will gradually drain. Many hikers will use a protective covering over the blister, and this may be helpful in preventing premature draining. If you have blisters on your feet that may have become infected, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment techniques.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. 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 are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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, 01 June 2020 00:00

Where Is the Plantar Fascia?

Many types of athletes are familiar with the medical condition that is referred to as plantar fasciitis. It is the result of an injury that can happen from frequent running, or from standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time. The portion of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot which connects the heel to the toes is known as the plantar fascia. If this tissue becomes damaged, it can cause severe pain and discomfort, and it may be difficult to complete daily activities. Orthotics can be prescribed that may bring relief, and this can help to reduce some of the pressure on the inflamed tissue. If you feel pain in the heel or Achilles tendon, it is advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if you have plantar fasciitis, and offer treatment techniques that are correct for you.

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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