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By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
September 27, 2021
Category: Foot Care

Prompt treatment of foot fractures can help you avoid chronic pain in the future. Your podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, Dr. Brian Doerr, offers treatments that will help your broken foot heal.

How do foot fractures happen?

Landing the wrong way or dropping something on your foot aren't the only ways breaks can happen. Twisting your foot while playing sports can cause fractures, as can bumping into a hard object with your toes. Stress fractures can also affect the bones in your feet. The fractures happen when your muscles are overworked and transfer their load to your feet. This causes small cracks in a bone called stress fractures. If you don't stay off your feet after developing a stress fracture, you could develop a break in the bone.

When should I call the podiatrist if I think I fractured my foot?

Call your foot doctor right away if the bones in your foot have moved out of place, you're in severe pain, your foot is swollen or numb, you have an open wound, or you can't put any weight on your foot. If it's been a week or two since you injured your foot and it's not getting better or the pain is worsening, it's a good idea to see a podiatrist.

How are foot fractures treated?

During your visit to the Fort Myers, FL, podiatry office, your podiatrist will examine and X-ray your foot to determine the extent of your injuries. Treatment depends on the severity of the break. If you have a stress fracture or a minor fracture, rest, and wearing a stiff-soled shoe, boot, or cast will help your foot heal. Broken toes are usually treated by buddy-taping the toe to another toe for support.

If the broken bone has moved out of its normal position, a reduction will move it back in place. This treatment involves moving the broken ends of the bone back together. Before this treatment, you'll receive an anesthetic or muscle relaxant. Severe breaks may require surgery. Screws, plates, or pins may be used to keep the bone together while it heals.

Do you think you may have broken your foot? Call your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Doerr, at (239) 931-3668 to schedule an appointment.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
August 13, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

It is extremely important to care for your feet when you have diabetes. Individuals with diabetes often have poor blood circulation, which can result in a slower healing time for foot wounds and injuries. A longer healing time increases the risk of developing an infection. Without prompt treatment, an infection could lead to more serious health issues. Dr. Brian Doerr, the experienced podiatrist at our office in Fort Myers, FL, can help you develop a diabetic foot care routine for keeping your feet healthy.

Diabetic Foot Problems

Small foot wounds and injuries that become infected could lead to more serious problems, which is why diabetic individuals need to be diligent about caring for their feet daily. Potential foot problems that could develop as a result of infection include:

  • Neuropathy (nerve damage)
  • Calluses on the feet
  • Ulcers on the feet
  • Foot swelling
  • Charcot’s foot
  • Gangrene
  • Amputation

The skilled podiatrist at our Fort Myers, FL, practice can recommend specific ways to care for your feet, promote better blood circulation, and reduce your risk for foot infections.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetic foot care includes examining your feet daily. It is essential to inspect each foot for wounds and injuries. Even a small scratch or scrapes could become infected if they aren't tended to promptly. First-aid measures should be applied to any injury, such as gently cleaning and drying the wound, applying antibiotic ointment, and bandaging the injury. Things to look for when checking the feet include redness, cuts, scrapes, scratches, punctures, blisters, and bruises. Checking for and treating ingrown toenails is also important.

In addition to examining your feet daily, other steps you can take to keep your feet healthy include:

  • Wearing comfortable shoes
  • Wearing loose socks to bed
  • Moisturizing the feet every day
  • Keeping the feet clean, dry, and warm
  • Refraining from soaking the feet in water
  • Wearing warm shoes and socks in cold weather
  • Preventing ingrown toenails by trimming nails straight across
  • Stretching or moving periodically during the day to improve circulation

The benefits of diabetic foot care include enjoying healthier feet and preventing serious conditions from developing. Dr. Doerr can assist you in creating a personalized diabetic foot care routine and teaching you what to look for when performing daily foot exams. To schedule an appointment with the podiatrist, call our office in Fort Myers, FL, at (239) 931-3668.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
May 20, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: bunions  

Bunions can really disrupt your life and cause pain as well as make it hard to find well-fitting shoes. You must take proper precautions and steps to try and prevent bunions from developing by talking to your podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr in Fort Myers, FL, and learning about the best ways to prevent bunions from affecting your life.

What Are Bunions?

Bunions develop as a bone deformity at the base of the big toe. Bunions usually tend to bulge out of the side of the foot and can cause the big toe to begin to lean towards the other toes. Bunions can develop from either very high arches or very low arches. Arch issues cause the joints to bend in unnatural ways and can cause bunions to grow. Bunions can also develop from wearing shoes that are too tight.

When you suffer from bunions, you may find that pain comes from irritation and rubbing against the side of your shoes. The skin over the bunion may also become red and tender and maybe painful if you spend a long amount of time on your feet.

Preventing Bunions

There are some easy steps you may take to help prevent bunions from forming. You must buy shoes that are comfortable to stand in and also fit properly. To find shoes that fit properly, you should shop for shoes in the evening, because your feet are largest at the end of the day.

If you struggle with an arch problem, you may want to invest in shoe inserts that correct any arch issues you may deal with. Self-care is also an important part of preventing bunions from forming. You must care for your feet and have routines like soaking your feet in Epsom salt baths after a long day.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

To learn more about preventing bunions, be sure to contact Dr. Brian Doerr in Fort Myers, FL, today at (239) 931-3668!

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
March 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

Foot care largely goes unnoticed and with such a fast-paced life and as you age, this article will hopefully bring one to heel and contemplate how best to care for their health. But don't you worry, Dr. Brian Doerr of Fort Myers, FL, is here to help!

Basic Foot Care As You Age

  1. Regular visits to your podiatrist are a great way to prevent diseases. It's a simple preventive measure to get ahead of any serious issues.
  2. Pay attention to your feet and any irregular changes like color, temperature, discolored nails, and abnormal moles.
  3. Wash your feet daily with lukewarm soap and water, especially between your toes.
  4. Trim toenails straight across to avoid nails penetrating the skin and causing infections and/or an ingrown toenail.
  5. Wearing properly fitting shoes. A good trick is to go shopping later in the day when feet are swollen from daily activities to get the most comfortable pair of shoes.
  6. Wear the appropriate shoes for the activity: running shoes when running and court shoes when playing tennis, for example.
  7. Wash shoes or shoe inserts to avoid fungal inserts.
  8. Avoid walking barefoot, especially at gym showers, where you may contract a fungal infection or hurt your feet.
  9. Sunscreen is as important for your feet as any other body part to protect against UV radiation and cancer.
  10. Diabetics should schedule a foot checkup at least once a year to ensure proper blood flow to extremities.

Common Foot Diseases and Treatments

There are many foot diseases and foot issues linked to infections, faulty foot structures, and aging. Here are two examples:

  • Athlete’s foot: It's a contagious condition caused by fungus in wet environments like a locker room, public shower, and swimming pool. Symptoms include:
    • Itchiness
    • Stinging and burning sensation
    • Foot blisters
    • Fragile toenails
    • Cracked and dry skin

Treatments include visiting your Fort Myers podiatrist and using over-the-counter products.

  • Bunions: It's a bump on the side of your big toe that may make it painful to walk. The cause of bunions is hereditary or wearing poorly-fitting shoes. Symptoms include inflammation and pain, which over-the-counter pain relievers can help with, as well as speaking with your podiatrist.

Would you like to speak with a podiatrist?

If you need a consultation, contact Dr. Brian Doerr of Fort Myers, FL, at (239) 931-3668 for more information about a proper diagnosis or to schedule a regular checkup.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
December 30, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Conditions  

Common Foot Conditions and How We Treat Them

If you're walking around with a nagging foot problem it may be tempting to treat it with over the counter medication, anything that will make it easier to bear. That is, until you can't bear it anymore. It's at this point that many of us seek professional help, once we've increased the chances of complications and made fewer our treatment options. So don't think twice about reaching out to your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist Dr. Brian Doerr to discuss how they can help you regarding the following common conditions, and to learn more of those not mentioned.

Ankle Sprains
You don't have to be an athlete to experience an ankle sprain. The strong ligaments that help connect our foot to our leg can stretch and sometimes tear with a roll or sudden twist. Mild sprains can be treated at home with ice and rest, but it's still a good idea to visit your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist to help make that assessment as severe injuries of this type may require surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis
Common for those who spend long shifts on their feet and use unsupportive footwear. The pain is most common immediately after waking, or after periods of rest. It often goes away after the heel stretches after taking a few steps, but it typically returns. Your podiatrist can help treat it by employing orthotic devices, which produce favorable results for a majority of patients. Although for some, injection therapy or surgery may be required.

Corns and Calluses
These can often be treated with the use of padding and or a change in footwear. But your podiatrist can remove the hardened skin in the office with a scalpel.

Corns and calluses often arise due to deformities of the feet, such as conditions like hammertoes and bunions. Which may also require surgical intervention if the condition is severe enough.

Getting You Back on Your Feet
Those are just a few common foot conditions, definitely not all the most common, and absolutely not the full extent of available treatments at you Fort Myers, FL, office. To learn more, or better yet, to make your appointment today, call Dr. Doerr by dialing (239) 931-3668.

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