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Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

Common Symptoms of Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, if left untreated, can be an incredibly uncomfortable condition to deal with. If the cracks or fissures of the heel become deep enough, those affected may experience pain while standing, walking, or when putting any amount of pressure on the heels. Those who are obese, stand for long periods of time, or frequently wear open back shoes, may be more susceptible to developing cracked heels. Some of the first symptoms you may notice with this condition can include a hardening or thickening of the skin on the heels. In some cases, corns or calluses may form on the heel as well. In more severe cases, the heels may become discolored or begin bleeding, which is often indicative that an infection has formed. For more information, or to best treat cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for professional care.

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 one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors 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 office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

Common Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

Common symptoms of toenail fungus include yellowed and thickened nails. In severe cases, the nail may crack and lift off of the nail bed, which can appear unsightly. It is caused by a fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, and is often found in public swimming pools, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. There may be existing medical conditions that can also contribute to the onset of toenail fungus. These can include diabetes, a weakened immune system, or from a previous toe injury. There are steps that can be taken which may help to prevent toenail fungus from developing. These can consist of trimming the toenails correctly and keeping them clean, in addition to washing and drying the feet thoroughly. If you have been afflicted with toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment techniques for you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

Are Flat Feet Painful?

Factors that indicate you may have flat feet are often noticeable while standing on the floor. The arch of the foot will appear absent, or extremely low. The arch typically provides a spring to the step, and is helpful in distributing the weight of the body across the legs and feet. Flat feet may develop from birth, genetic factors, or from a possible foot or ankle injury. Common symptoms that can be associated with this condition may include foot pain, and the arch area may become swollen, as well as the calves. If you have flat feet, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can recommend specific stretching techniques. These may be helpful in alleviating some of the pain and discomfort that can come with this condition.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors 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 office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

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It’s commonly known that it is best to stretch before partaking in any physical activity, especially when it comes to running. Certain stretches can be particularly helpful in strengthening the legs and feet, making your running experience more enjoyable, as well as helping to alleviate soreness once a run has been completed. When the foot is properly stretched, runners are able to build strength in their feet, and improve their mobility and elasticity of the foot, which in turn gives them a better chance at avoiding injury, such as rolling the ankle. The feet are often referred to as the foundation of the body, so the more stable they are, the more stable athletes can be while running. One stretch you can practice is referred to as the bear squat. Begin by kneeling on the floor with your toe curled under and sit back on your heels. Rock side by side while in this position to help stretch the foot, calf muscles, and tendons. Another useful stretch focuses mainly on the big toe, and is referred to as a toe lift. To begin, spread your toes and feet out on a flat surface. Keeping all other toes down, start to lift the big toe, holding for 2 seconds, and repeating this lifting motion 20 times. For more tips on how to best stretch and prepare your feet for a run, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice and care.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors 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 to determine 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 exercise, 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 to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 02 March 2020 00:00

How to Treat Your Corns

The body’s natural response is to protect itself, which is why the skin may develop a hardened layer of skin in the form of a corn. Corns will typically develop due to an increased level of friction. While this protective layer may be to help the skin of the foot, it can also be very painful and sensitive. To help avoid this, it’s important to wear shoes that put little to no pressure on the feet. If you find your corn to be uncomfortable, some patients have said that soaking the feet in warm water, followed by filing the corn with a pumice stone, can be an effective way to alleviate the pain. If you would like more information on how to best treat your corn, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist for professional care and advice.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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