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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Cracked heels, a common foot ailment, can be uncomfortable and unsightly, but with proactive measures, they can be preventable. Hydration is key. Moisturizing your feet daily with a rich foot cream or lotion can help, especially by paying extra attention to the heels. Exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells and prevent buildup, but avoid overdoing it, as excessive scrubbing can exacerbate the problem. Wear properly fitting shoes with adequate support to prevent friction and pressure on the heels. It is helpful to choose socks that are made of breathable materials to keep feet dry and reduce the risk of moisture-related cracks. Cushion your heels with silicone heel cups or pads, especially if you spend long hours standing or walking. Avoid walking barefoot, particularly on hard surfaces, to minimize stress on the heels. Lastly, maintain a healthy diet rich in vitamins and minerals essential for skin health. Cracked heels can be uncomfortable, bleed, and become infected. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively treat cracked heels.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Brian Doerr, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Pregnancy is a transformative journey, not just for the body but also for the feet. As the body accommodates the growing fetus, various physiological changes occur, extending to the feet. One notable alteration is the flattening of the arches due to the hormone relaxin, which loosens ligaments to prepare for childbirth. This can lead to overpronation, causing discomfort and increasing the risk of conditions like plantar fasciitis. Additionally, the increased weight and fluid retention during pregnancy can result in swelling and edema in the feet and ankles, further altering their structure and contributing to discomfort. Changes in gait and posture to accommodate the shifting center of gravity can place additional strain on the feet. While these changes are temporary, the importance of maintaining proper foot care during pregnancy is vital to feel well. If you have developed foot conditions during your pregnancy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief tips.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Brian Doerr, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Our feet, often overlooked, play a vital role in our daily lives, bearing the weight of our bodies and facilitating movement. Several common foot conditions warrant attention and should not be ignored. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, can significantly impair mobility if left untreated. Bunions, bony bumps that develop at the base of the big toe, can cause discomfort and affect shoe fit. Additionally, ingrown toenails, which occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin, can lead to infection and pain if not addressed promptly. Athlete's foot, a fungal infection that causes itching and peeling of the skin between the toes, can spread if untreated. Persistent foot pain, swelling, or changes in skin color should be evaluated by a podiatrist to rule out underlying conditions such as arthritis or nerve damage. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Brian Doerr, DPM from Florida. 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 office located in Fort Meyers, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Thursday, 21 March 2024 00:00

Do you work on your feet all day and find your feet in pain? Don't go to work in pain each day. Your foot pain can be treated, and we can help.

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