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By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
December 21, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Hammertoes  

Do you need podiatric help from your Fort Myers, FL podiatrist?hammertoes

What is a Hammer Toe?

A hammer toe is when a toe is bent at the first joint of the digit, causing the toe to look like an upside-down V. The condition usually affects the second, third, fourth and/or fifth toes, and are more common in females than males. There are two different types: flexible hammertoes, which are movable at the joint, and rigid hammer toes, which is when the tendons become tight.

Causes

An abnormal balance of the muscles in the toes develops in hammertoes, causing pressures on the tendons and joints. What are some other causes:

  • Heredity
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Wearing tight shoes

Symptoms

Here are some symptoms you may suffer from:

  • Pain due to pressure from footwear on hammertoe
  • Formation of corns on the joint
  • Redness and swelling
  • Restricted motion of the toe joint
  • Pain in the ball of the foot

Treatment

Your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist advises the following:

  • Place a non-medicated hammertoe pad around the hammertoe to decrease pressure on the area
  • Apply ice packs several times a day to help reduce pain and swelling
  • Avoid heels more than two inches tall
  • Wear loose-fitted shoes
  • Avoid narrow shoes
  • Padding and taping
  • Medication
  • Orthotic devices
  • Surgical options

Prevention

There are several things your podiatrist will suggest to do to help prevent hammertoes from forming or progressing:

  • Hammertoes may be related to a hereditary problem in your foot mechanics, so wear supportive shoes to help prevent deformities.
  • Orthotics may slow the progression or prevent the development of hammertoes.
  • Avoid shoes with pointed toe boxes that may compress the toes

If you have any questions or concerns, call your Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist today! Don't let pain persist and see Dr. Brian Doerr, because allowing an untreated hammertoe to persist may prevent non-surgical treatment options.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
October 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

It is well-established that leading an active lifestyle helps you maintain your body’s health and wellness. However, conditions like athlete’s athlete's footfoot can occur no matter how well you eat or how much time you spend in the gym. In fact, athlete’s foot can spread to your hands or even another person. Find out how you can prevent the spread of athlete’s foot and keep your feet healthy with Dr. Brian Doerr in Fort Myers, FL.

Do I have athlete’s foot? 
Athlete’s foot normally has a few tell-tale symptoms. The most visually obvious is the scaling of the foot, which may occur alongside cracking or peeling skin. The most physically obvious is the itchiness associated with the condition, often accompanied by pain or burning. At first, your skin may seem more pale than normal and moist, with the skin between the toes being the most affected. You may also notice that your foot produces a slight odor.

How can I prevent the spread of athlete’s foot? 
Athlete’s foot is contagious and can transfer from person to person. The first step in preventing the spread of athlete’s foot is to keep the feet clean and dry. Wash your feet every day with soap and water and allow them to dry completely before putting on freshly laundered socks. Never wear dirty or wet socks. Wear shower shoes in any moist, public areas like locker rooms, public showers, or public pools. Allow the feet to breathe and air out as often as you can. Use an anti-fungal powder on your feet, especially when performing strenuous activities which cause perspiration. Never share towels, wear socks while inside your home, and wash your sheets in hot water to prevent the spread of athlete’s foot to your partner.

Athlete's Foot Treatments in Fort Myers, FL 
Treatment for athlete’s foot normally depends on the severity of your condition. Your doctor may recommend an over-the-counter anti-fungal cream or powder to apply to your foot. If this fails to provide results, a prescription strength version of the anti-fungal cream or powder may be necessary. In the most severe cases, your doctor will recommend oral anti-fungal medication.

For more information on athlete’s foot or its treatment, please contact Dr. Doerr at his practice in Fort Myers, FL. Call (239) 931-3668 to schedule your appointment for a foot examination with Dr. Doerr today!

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
August 14, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Sprained Ankle  

Do you think you might be suffering from a sprained ankle but aren't completely sure?sprained ankle

Your foot health is important, so if you are noticing any changes to your feet it’s crucial that you have a Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, like Dr. Brian Doerr, examine you. A sprained ankle is certainly not something you should ignore if you think you might have one. Find out the symptoms of a sprained ankle and when you should see a doctor.

Sprained Ankle Symptoms

Are you unsure whether or not you might have a sprained ankle? You might be dealing with a sprain if you notice,

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Loss of flexibility or reduced range of motion
  • Ankle instability
  • The inability to bear weight on the ankle

If you notice any pain, swelling or a popping sound in the ankle after an injury, then you need to visit our Fort Myers, FL, foot doctor right away. A sprained ankle requires proper medical attention to make sure that the injury heals properly. When you come in for care, we will discuss certain at-home measures you can take to manage your symptoms as your injury heals.

When to See a Doctor

Sometimes you may have a sprained ankle and not experience all the symptoms above. If so, it can be difficult to know that there is a problem. Of course, if you have pain that doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks or if the swelling doesn’t go down after five days, then it’s a good time to schedule a visit with us.

Treating a Sprained Ankle

The treatment we recommend will depend on the seriousness of the sprain. Most mild-to-moderate sprains can be treated with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. The goal of the RICE method is to reduce pain and swelling as much as possible. We may also prescribe a stronger anti-inflammatory and pain medication. Those with more serious injuries may require physical therapy, an ankle boot, crutches or surgery.

If these symptoms are happening to you or you have just recently experienced a foot injury, then it’s time you turned to our Fort Myers, FL, podiatric doctor to find out how we can help.

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
June 15, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: diabtic foot care  

Find out why maintaining good foot health is imperative when you have diabetes.diabetic foot care

Whether you’ve just recently found out that you have diabetes or you’ve had it for a while, it’s important that you consider the impact this could have on your feet. After all, foot complications are far more common and can be serious in those with diabetes. Our Fort Myers, FL podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, is here to tell you what to watch out for if you have diabetes.

Examine Your Feet

Since diabetes can affect blood flow to the extremities and can also cause nerve damage, it’s now more important than ever that you keep your feet as healthy as possible to prevent serious issues. This means providing your feet with the proper care they need to prevent amputation and other complications. One of the best things you can do is thoroughly examine your feet every day. Here’s what to look for:

  • Wounds, cuts or sores
  • Cracked or burned skin
  • Redness, swelling or skin that is warm to the touch
  • Tender or sore areas
  • Blisters, corns or calluses
  • Ingrown toenails

Don’t try to treat these problems on your own. Make sure that you seek proper care from our Fort Myers foot doctor at the first sign of an issue. The sooner you get treatment the better.

Protect Your Feet

In a perfect world, you would be able to prevent these issues from happening in the first place. While there is no guarantee, there are certain things you can do to protect your feet from potential diabetic-related complications such as:

  • Wash feet thoroughly every day (and then thoroughly dry them immediately after)
  • Wear shoes and socks all the time (even at home)
  • Trim toenails regularly
  • Wear comfortable, well-fitted footwear, especially when exercising
  • Consider getting orthotics to provide additional cushioning and support
  • Keep blood sugar under control with medications, lifestyle changes, etc.

Do you have questions about how to care for your feet? Are you experiencing symptoms? If so, our Fort Myers, FL podiatry office is here to answer your questions, calm your concerns and be there for you when you are noticing issues. Call us anytime!

By Brian K. Doerr, DPM, PA
April 12, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis or something else?heel pain

It can be rather alarming to wake up and get out of bed to notice that it hurts to walk. Heel pain is certainly not something you should just ignore (and it most certainly won’t let you forget about it). But what could be causing your heel pain? Our Fort Myers, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr, is here to provide a little insight into the world of heel pain.

The Causes of Heel Pain

You would be surprised how many people deal with heel pain. It’s a fairly common problem, after all. Of course, there are many reasons you could be experiencing these issues. The number one cause of heel pain is often a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the toes.

Other causes include:

  • Bursitis of the heel
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Heel pad inflammation
  • Stress fracture
  • Bone bruise or cyst
  • Morton’s neuroma

As you can see, there are quite a few things that could be causing your heel pain, but let’s focus on the most common reason: plantar fasciitis. So, how will you know if you have plantar fasciitis?

Signs Your Heel Pain is Actually Plantar Fasciitis

While heel pain is the most common symptom associated with plantar fasciitis, there are a few other signs that could be warning you that you have this inflammatory condition including:

  • Stiffness in the foot, particularly when first waking up or moving around after long periods of rest
  • Heel pain that is exacerbated by standing for long bouts of time
  • Experiencing heel pain when walking up stairs
  • Pain that goes away during exercise but comes back right after

Of course, even if you are experiencing these symptoms, you don’t really know that you have plantar fasciitis until our Fort Myers foot doctor sees you. We can evaluate your symptoms and perform a physical examination to decide if plantar fasciitis is the culprit. If so, there are a variety of easy, at-home treatment options you can follow every day to manage your pain until you heal. You’ll be happy to hear that most cases of plantar fasciitis do go away on their own, but you’ll want to rest and limit any aggravating activities until you are feeling 100 percent better.

If your heel pain is affecting your daily activities, getting worse or isn’t responding to rest then it’s time to call our Fort Myers, FL, podiatry office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doerr.





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