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July 2024

Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a fungal infection that primarily affects the spaces between the toes. Anyone exposed to the fungus can become infected, not just athletes. Dermatophytes, the fungi responsible for this condition,  thrive in warm, moist environments, making hot, sweaty feet the perfect breeding ground. Symptoms can include redness, cracking, flaking, and itching of the skin, particularly between the toes. Athlete's foot is extremely contagious, spreading through direct contact or via contaminated surfaces like gym locker rooms and communal showers at indoor pools. Risk factors can include eczema, excessive sweating, weakened immune systems, circulation problems, and wearing sturdy, non-breathable footwear. A podiatrist can diagnose athlete’s foot and recommend effective treatments as well as provide preventive measures to keep the infection from recurring. If you have developed an athlete's foot infection, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.


 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Benefits of Foot Exercises

Exercising your feet offers numerous benefits that can enhance your overall foot health, reduce pain, and keep you active. Gentle stretches and strength exercises improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles that support your feet, which can help prevent injuries and alleviate discomfort. For example, toe raise, point, and curl exercises can get your toes and feet moving, while toe splay movements help gain control over your toe muscles. Toe extensions are particularly beneficial for preventing or treating plantar fasciitis. Additionally, activities like toe curls, marble pickups, and big toe stretches strengthen various muscles in your feet and improve their range of motion. Rolling a tennis ball under your foot can also provide relief from arch pain and plantar fasciitis. Finally, Achilles tendon stretches help maintain flexibility while preventing foot, ankle, and leg pain. You can perform these foot exercises three days a week or even daily for lifelong foot health. If you have any injuries, arthritis, diabetes, or persistent foot and ankle pain, consult a foot doctor before starting any new exercise routine. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and expert treatment. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Diabetic foot wounds are common complications resulting from a combination of poor circulation and neuropathy, which reduces sensation in the feet. Risk factors can include prolonged high blood sugar levels, which damage blood vessels and nerves, and wearing ill-fitting shoes, which can cause blisters and sores. People with diabetes are more prone to infections due to a weakened immune response. Proper foot care is essential to prevent these wounds. Daily inspections for cuts, blisters, or any changes in skin color are vital. Keeping feet clean and dry, moisturizing to prevent cracking, and wearing comfortable, protective shoes are essential steps. Regular visits to a podiatrist for foot examinations and managing blood sugar levels effectively can also reduce the risk of severe complications. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Causes of Pain in the Big Toe Joint

Big toe pain frequently affects the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint. One common cause of big toe pain is biomechanical issues, where improper alignment of bones, ligaments, and tendons leads to increased pressure on the joint. This misalignment may be due to poor posture or wearing ill-fitting shoes. It can shift weight distribution and result in inflammation and cartilage damage. Conditions like bunions and turf toe exemplify biomechanical problems. Bunions occur when the big toe pushes against the second toe creating a bump on the side of the foot. Turf toe is an injury from overextending the big toe by pushing off it with force, common among athletes. Another significant cause of MTP joint pain is arthritis, including gout, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriatic arthritis. Gout is caused by uric acid crystals accumulating in the joint, leading to flare-ups of intense pain. Osteoarthritis involves cartilage breakdown that causes bones to grind together. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are autoimmune conditions that result in joint inflammation. Risk factors for MTP joint pain can include chronic inflammatory conditions, poor footwear choices, and abnormal foot positioning. If you are experiencing joint pain in the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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