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August 2022

Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Reasons Why Plantar Fasciitis May Develop

The foot condition known as plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. This is the band of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. It also creates the arch in the foot. One of the first symptoms of plantar fasciitis is heel pain and it may be worse upon arising in the morning. It can develop as a result of repetitive stress that is common among runners, or it may happen from overstretching. People who have flat feet or high arches may be prone to developing this condition, in addition to being obese or pregnant. It may also happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. The symptoms that many people have can consist of severe pain, swelling, and redness in the heel area, and it may be difficult to walk. If the condition is mild, relief may be found when specific stretches are performed. Additionally, custom-made orthotics may be worn so daily activities can be completed with little or no pain. For severe cases, surgery may be necessary for permanent relief. If you have heel pain, it is advised that you seek counsel from a podiatrist who can properly diagnose plantar fasciitis and offer you the correct treatment options.

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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As the aging process occurs, the feet need special care and time to maintain overall foot health as this can positively affect the rest of the body. Many people enjoy soaking their feet in warm water due to its soothing effect. After the feet are thoroughly dried, many patients prefer to apply a good moisturizer on them and may choose to sleep with cotton socks on their feet. Additionally, it is beneficial to keep the toenails properly trimmed as this may help to avoid painful ingrown toenails from developing. The feet will feel good when the shoes that are worn fit correctly, and it is important to have the feet measured when new shoes are purchased. Any sores, blisters, cuts, or wounds that have developed on the feet may need immediate attention to ensure proper foot care is received. The feet will feel better when they are frequently stretched, and this can also help to strengthen the feet to prevent falling. If you would like more information about the type of care that elderly feet may need, please consult with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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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Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

The Ankle: A Complex Structure

The ankle is a complex structure composed of three bones known as the tibia, fibula, and talus along with ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. Ankle stability is very important, as this joint needs to be able to withstand 1.5 times the body’s weight when walking and 8 times the body’s weight when running. Because the ankle is so critical in movement and bearing weight it can be prone to certain painful injuries such as ankle sprains, fractures, nerve compression, and tendonitis. Ankle pain can also be caused by certain diseases that attack joints such as arthritis, gout (a form of arthritis), and diabetes. Ankle pain and discomfort can vary depending upon the source ranging from stiffness, warmth, redness, and inflammation, to varying degrees of pain and/or immobility. If you have any kind of ankle pain, have a podiatrist examine you and diagnose your condition. Proper treatment is critical to relieve pain and help your ankle to heal properly.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle 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.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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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Sunday, 14 August 2022 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!

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Foot Surgery for Hammertoe

Foot surgery can sometimes be used as a last resort option to address serious problems in the feet that could not be solved by more conservative treatment plans. Hammertoe is one condition that might be able to be resolved by a surgical procedure. Hammertoe primarily affects the second, third, and fourth toes of the feet, causing the toe joints to become frozen in a flexed position. As a result, the toe sticks up at the middle point and appears like a hammer. Surgery might be a viable way to straighten the joint out, and both adults and children might potentially benefit from undergoing a surgical procedure. One type of procedure for hammertoe is known as a tendon transfer whereby tendons in the toes are transferred from the bottom of the toes to the top to help straighten out the joint. Another kind of procedure is called a joint resection. Through this surgery, the end of the bone at the affected joint is effectively taken out of place. Pins are then temporarily put in their place to help the joint straighten out to its natural shape. If you have a hammertoe, consult with a podiatrist to see what options you might have at your disposal to address the issue.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Marylou Paulo-Francisco of Delray Beach. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Stretching for Runners

One of the most critical, yet often overlooked, ways to improve and maintain good foot health is to regularly perform stretches and exercises for the feet. These stretches are important for several reasons. Most importantly, regularly and intentionally stretching the feet is an excellent way to improve the strength of the muscles in the feet. When the muscles in the feet are stronger, this can make the foot more stable and agile. This benefit of increased stability and agility can be especially important for runners who can benefit from this the most. For example, when someone runs, they can put up to two to three times their natural body weight onto one foot at a time. Therefore, strengthened foot muscles from stretching can help runners go faster and further. Additionally, stretching can help your feet by making suffering an injury less likely. When your feet are stronger and the muscles are more fortified, rolling your feet inward becomes less likely. Stronger feet are also more protected against conditions such as plantar fasciitis, neuromas, and stress fractures. Again, runners stand to benefit because suffering from an injury or foot affliction can make continuing to run difficult. If you are a runner or simply want to improve the strength of your feet, consider consulting a podiatrist who can teach you helpful stretches for the feet.

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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