Amazing Facts for Patients of Podiatrists: A Podiatry Blog

Podistrist: 3 Common Foot Problems

Posted by on July 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Podistrist: 3 Common Foot Problems

You may not pay much attention to your feet until they become sore and start to hurt. It is then that you might start to wonder about the different problems which can affect your feet. Below is a guide to common problems and how they can be best treated. Athlete’s foot Athlete’s foot is a rash that appears between your toes. It is caused when bacteria grow on the moisture which collects there. By washing your feet on a regular basis and using anti-athlete’s foot powder, you can normally easily beat this problem. However, if the athlete’s foot is persistent, you should seek professional treatment to prevent the infection spreading to other toes. Warts A wart is a small bump on your foot which may at first look like a pimple. Without treatment, warts will tend to become larger than a pimple and dark brown in colour. A wart is your body reacting to a viral infection. These viruses can be picked up from moist floors that others have walked on, such as public swimming pools. Warts can be treated using over-the-counter medications which normally come in the form of gels or pads. However, if your warts do not respond to these treatments, it may be necessary to book an appointment with a podiatrist, who will be able to cut away or freeze off warts. The podiatrist will also be able to inspect any warts which are very dark in colour to check they are not cancerous. Fungal Infection Fungal infections are normally caused when you walk in a moisture-rich area such as a shower or pool. Elderly people or those with diabetes are more prone to fungal nail infections. The fungal nail infection can cause your toenail to become yellow or brown. You may also notice that the infected toenail becomes thicker when compared to healthy toes. Cracking and chipping of the toenail are also symptoms of a fungal infection. A fungal nail infection is normally treated by painting a solution onto the affected nail, although this treatment can take up to a year to work. If you have a fungal nail infection, it is best to have your foot looked at by a qualified podiatrist, who will be able to assess your nail and prescribe anti-fungal medication if needed to preserve the health of your feet. If you are concerned about the condition of your feet, you should book an appointment with a...

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Tips for Reducing Foot and Ankle Pain From Arthritis

Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Reducing Foot and Ankle Pain From Arthritis

When you have arthritis, you deal with inflammation and discomfort among many different joints, including your feet and ankles. While it can be difficult dealing with the daily effects of this physical condition, there are also ways to help with arthritis of the feet or ankle joints. Here are some tips for taking good care of your feet and helping to avoid pain from your arthritis. Wear the Right Shoes An important aspect to protecting your feet and ankles when you have arthritis is to wear the right shoes. You want to focus more on comfort than style with this type of condition. If you have arthritis of the ankle joint, wearing heels can be very painful. Instead, stick to flat shoes that provide better support. For moderate or severe arthritis, you might want to get orthotic shoes from your podiatrist. You can also get custom-made braces in more severe cases. For other people, simply adding pads to the insides of your shoes and making sure they are the right size can make a big difference in how your feet feel at the end of the day. Try to Lose Weight If you are currently overweight or obese, that is probably causing more stress on your ankle joint, which is causing more pain from the arthritis. While losing weight might not get rid of the arthritis completely, it is a good way to find some relief. Speak to your doctor about recommendations for losing weight according to your current health status. You don’t want to go on a crash diet that is unhealthy and doesn’t have lasting effects, but changing your diet might be necessary. Losing weight can also help other areas of your body find relief from the pressure, including your hip and knee joints. Remember that with losing weight, slow and steady is often the best option. This not only helps you lose weight the healthy way, but it lets you adjust your lifestyle so the weight stays off for good. Increase Your Physical Activity While it might seem like it would harm your joints and feet, getting regular exercise is actually very important. Not only can it help you to lose weight, but regular exercise can also help reduce inflammation of your joints and strengthen them over time. You don’t want to perform activities that put too much weight on your joints, so stick to gentle exercises like walking or low-impact aerobics. If you have severe arthritis pain in your ankle joints or feet, try swimming as a soothing exercise. For more tips and ideas, you may want to contact an experienced podiatrist in your...

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Ingrown Toenails: When to See a Podiatrist

Posted by on February 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ingrown Toenails: When to See a Podiatrist

If you have an ingrown toenail, you may be able to treat it yourself at home in certain circumstances. Typically, this problem happens when a piece of a nail starts to dig into the flesh on your toe. Instead of growing outwards as it should, the nail grows into your skin, potentially causing a lot of pain and discomfort. According to healthdirect, you may be able to fix the toenail and relieve its discomfort yourself by regularly soaking your foot in warm water and then trying to ease the affected skin away from the sharp part of the nail. Once you do this, you can then cut off the piece of nail that is troubling you. However, there are times when you shouldn’t try to deal with an ingrown toenail yourself and should get help from a podiatrist. Existing Medical Conditions According to healthdirect, a podiatrist or doctor should treat your ingrown toenail if you have diabetes or nerve or circulation disorders that might affect the blood flow in your feet. If you have one of these conditions and treat the toenail incorrectly or leave it too long without proper treatment, you may cause more damage. According to Diabetes Australia, diabetes may make your feet more prone to circulation problems, infections and nerve damage. For example, if you cut the skin when you’re trying to treat an ingrown toenail and your circulation is not so good, you may develop a nasty infection in your foot. The body recommends that you get immediate professional treatment for an ingrown toenail rather than trying to deal with it yourself. Infected Ingrown Toenails Dealing with an ingrown toenail that is a little red and sore may be OK; treating one that shows signs of infection is best left to a professional. If your toe is very inflamed, swollen or looks infected, you may make things worse if you dig around trying to free the nail. You may also need antibiotics or other treatments to clear the infection. Recurring Ingrown Toenails If your ingrown toenail keeps coming back, it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist to get it sorted once and for all. As well as treating your toe, a podiatrist can also help you work out why the problem won’t go away. For example, ingrown toe nails are often caused by footwear that doesn’t fit well or by cutting your toenails incorrectly. In these cases, your podiatrist can give you advice on more suitable shoes or on how to cut your nails to prevent them growing into your skin. In some cases, your podiatrist may judge that the best cure for a persistent problem is to cut away the part of your nail that sticks into your skin. This procedure is typically done under a local anaesthetic and also involves treating the nail to stop the troublesome piece from growing...

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Handy Tips When Dealing with Heel Spurs

Posted by on January 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Handy Tips When Dealing with Heel Spurs

Heel spurs refer to bony growths that appear under one’s heel bone. This heel bone, also known as a calcaneus, is one of the largest bones in the foot. Its main function is to take in the shock and pressure that our feet are put through when we walk around. If one has developed a heel spur, they will typically find that any movement relating to this bone will be quite painful. The moment any pressure is exerted onto the heel spur, whether through walking, jumping or any sudden movement, one will be under excruciating pain. So what are some of the things that one should do when trying to treat this condition? Use Orthotic Inserts Numerous devices in the market are designed to ease the pain brought from heel spurs and other foot ailments. One of these is heel cups. One can use these heel cups to protect the arch of the foot as well as the plantar fascia. If you would like additional support, shoe inserts can also be used for your heel. These orthotic inserts will reduce the amount of pain one is subjected too when they exert pressure on the foot. Pay a Visit to a Podiatrist When it comes to heel spurs, a podiatrist would be the best-suited professional to help you. By making an appointment with the podiatrist, they can then have an x-ray done on your foot to determine the exact cause of the pain. Once this x-ray is done, the podiatrist can then plan what would be the best course of treatment. Heel spurs surgery would be a good option to alleviate the pain altogether as the podiatrist will have the heel spurs taken out for good. Use Cold Compresses Typically, having a heel spur will cause inflammation on the affected area. This is not only uncomfortable, but it could also prove to be quite painful. To alleviate this pain and discomfort, it would be advisable to use cold compresses on the foot. Apply ice to the affected area at regular intervals of time. Wear the Right Shoes A common cause of heel spurs is the use of ill-fitting shoes. If you would like to avoid the further development of heel spurs, you would be best advised to ensure that you are wearing correctly fitting shoes. When purchasing a new pair of shoes, most people only consider whether the size is correct. However, you also need to ensure that the arch of your foot is getting the support that it requires. This will help in the prevention of any more heel spurs further down the...

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Jogger’s Toe – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Posted by on December 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Jogger’s Toe – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

For sportsmen, including runners, squash players and skiers, jogger’s toe is an extremely painful reason to visit their local foot clinic like Morrison Podiatry Centre.  But what causes this condition, how can your podiatrist help and what preventative measures can you take to avoid the problem?  Read on to find out more. What causes jogger’s toe? Jogger’s toe is a painful condition caused by the accumulation of blood underneath the big toenail.  The condition is effectively a large blood blister, and it’s the pressure beneath the toenail that causes such excruciating pain.  Although the injury is not initially serious, it can create a perfect environment in which bacteria may proliferate, resulting in infection. The problem occurs due to continual downward pressure on your toenail from your training shoes, or following irritation between the shoe and your toenail.  This can result from the following: shoes that are too tight placing pressure on the toenail shoes that are too loose allowing too much movement of the foot inside the shoe, resulting in rubbing toenails that are too long accidental trauma to the top of your foot wearing socks that are too loose, rubbing on the toenail wearing socks that are too tight, applying pressure to the toenail The injury usually results in a blackened toenail, and in serious cases, the toenail may tear or  fall off altogether. How can your podiatrist help? Your podiatrist will recommend immediate rest and a cessation of all sporting activities.  Sometimes, in mild cases, jogger’s toe will rectify itself within a couple of days.  The toenail will be clipped so that is no longer in contact with the shoe, and it will also be recommended that you temporarily wear wider shoes to allow more room for your toes.  The podiatrist will tape the toenail, especially if it is partially torn, to protect the nail bed from infection until new nail begins to form.   If the condition is particularly painful, the podiatrist may decide that direct intervention is required, and they will drain the blood out through the toenail to relieve the pressure.  This procedure is carried out using a specialised instrument and without anaesthetic.  It’s initially pretty painful, but relief is instantaneous. Preventative measures Always make sure that your sports shoes fit properly and are at least a half size larger than your everyday footwear.  Ensure that your sports socks fit you properly and are not too tight or too loose.  Avoid wearing two pairs of socks, as this can encourage rubbing and irritation. Keep your toenails trimmed regularly.  Trim them straight across, but don’t keep them so short that the nail bed becomes irritated.   If you are going to be running downhill, lace your shoes up more tightly.  This will help to prevent excessive movement inside the shoe and will limit friction. In conclusion Jogger’s toe is a painful sports injury that can be avoided by taking the preventative measures outlined above.  Always cease training immediately, and consult your podiatrist if you sustain any form of sporting foot...

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Corns – Treatment and Prevention

Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Corns – Treatment and Prevention

Corns are a common cause of foot pain, affecting the toes and the soles of your feet.  They’re caused when the skin is continually exposed to pressure or friction.  Here’s how better general foot care and help from your podiatrist can help to relieve the pain of corns. What causes corns? Corns usually form on people who have bony feet where there is little natural cushioning.  This can be further exacerbated by the sufferer wearing shoes that are a poor fit or that have high heels that place consistent pressure on one area of the foot. Some common foot conditions also cause corns including: bunions hammer toes Your podiatrist and corns If you think you have a corn on your foot, it’s important that you seek the advice of a podiatrist rather than trying to treat the problem yourself with over-the-counter remedies.  A corn is symptomatic of an underlying foot problem, rather than being the actual problem itself, so it’s important that you remedy the root cause and don’t just try to treat the corn. The podiatrist will be able to remove the corn using a sharp blade to get rid of the thickened skin.  This procedure won’t hurt and will reduce the pain caused by the continual pressure.  You may also be given special insoles to wear inside your shoes that will provide cushioning and thus prevent the corn from reforming. If the podiatrist diagnoses the cause of your corn as being a conformational foot problem, they will suggest a course of appropriate treatment that might include physiotherapy or even surgery, depending upon the condition causing the corn. Prevention Once the podiatrist has treated your corn, it’s important that you take appropriate measures to prevent it from returning.  General foot care is important to prevent areas of dry skin that could cause corns to form. Make sure that you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing, and use a special moisturising foot cream as prescribed by your podiatrist.   Use a pumice stone or a special foot file to gently rub away areas of hard skin.  The easiest time to do this is after you’ve had a bath, when the skin is softest.   Choose footwear for comfort that fits you properly.  A useful tip is to always shop for your shoes during the afternoon.  This is because your feet swell as the day progresses, and therefore shoes that fit you comfortably in the afternoon will stay comfy.  Try to avoid wearing high heels every day ,as these can predispose you to the formation of corns. In conclusion You shouldn’t have to put up with foot pain caused by corns every day.  Have a chat with a podiatrist who will be able to identify and treat the cause of the pain, as well as treat your...

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4 Probable Causes Behind Your Heel Pain

Posted by on December 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Probable Causes Behind Your Heel Pain

Your heel consists of padded fatty tissue cushioning surrounding the heel bone to hold it in shape despite the weight and movement of your body. The heel protects the structure of your foot ligaments and muscles. Ever so often, you may feel some type of heel pain, especially if you are obese, physically active, pregnant or middle aged. While your podiatrist offers different types of treatment for heel pain, it helps to know the possible causes behind your suffering. Achilles Tendinitis Achilles tendinitis occurs when you overuse your Achilles tendon. This area is the tissue connecting your heel bone to your calf muscles behind your lower leg. This heel injury tends to commonly occur in runners who increase their duration and intensity suddenly. It is also common in middle-aged men and women who infrequently play sports like basketball and tennis. Your podiatrist will determine the extent of the Achilles tendinitis before suggesting a corrective course of action. Gout Gout causes severe pain attacks, tenderness and redness in joints, often in the base of your heel or big toe. This complex arthritis form can occur in anyone and can occur without any prior expectation. You may suddenly wake up in the middle of the night with a burning and painful sensation around your foot or heel. The podiatrist will assess the problem of gout before arriving at a solution for your heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis Plantar fasciitis is another common cause of heel pain. This problem occurs because of inflammation of the tissue running through the bottom of your foot. People that have plantar fasciitis often complain of stabbing pains first thing in the morning. Once the foot is more limber, the pain subsides. This type of heel pain is common in runners and athletes, but they also affect overweight and obese people. If you wear shoes without proper support, you could be at risk of getting plantar fasciitis. Rolling your feet inwards while walking will also place added strain on your plantar fasciitis condition. Rheumatoid Arthritis Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory condition affecting joints in your hands, feet and areas around the heel. This condition will affect your joint lining to cause painful swelling, which can eventually result in joint deformity and bone erosion if left untreated. Rheumatoid arthritis usually occurs in middle aged people. A podiatrist will assess the level of the problem before arriving at a joint damage prevention solution.   A podiatrist will usually undertake a number of medical tests,X-rays, physical examinations before determining the cause and arriving at the treatment solutions for heel pain. Visit clinics like Dapto Podiatry Clinic if you experience any of the four mentioned...

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Understanding Your Painful Heel Spurs

Posted by on December 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Your Painful Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are deposits of calcium that form at the base of the heel, and which can cause quite a bit of heel pain. They are often associated with inflammation of the heel and while they are not dangerous themselves, they can make walking and standing difficult. In rare cases they may require surgery to remove, but often you can treat them at home or manage the pain of these spurs. Note a few quick facts about heel spurs and how to avoid them or treat them if they’ve already developed. 1. Avoiding heel spurs Heel spurs are commonly caused by obesity and excess weight on the heel, so if you’re obese, it’s time to talk to your doctor about safely losing that weight. Heel spurs can also be caused by jogging, especially on hard surfaces and without proper foot protection. If you jog, be sure you have comfortable shoes that provide adequate cushioning and wear thick socks that also cushion your heels and absorb some of that impact. Try to jog on softer surfaces rather than the pavement as much as possible. Another cause of heels spurs is standing for long periods of time, which puts weight and pressure on the heels. If you stand often during the course of the day, take breaks when you can and put your feet up to alleviate this pressure. 2. Treating heel spurs If you’ve done everything you can to avoid heel spurs and they still form, you want to first talk to your doctor and arrange for an x-ray. This is to ensure that you do actually have heel spurs and not another problem that is causing pain in the heels. Your doctor may then recommend certain exercises that keep the heels healthy with good blood circulation, along with special shoes or orthotics that protect the heels. Cortisone injections can also protect the heels and encourage healing, and you may also get a prescription for the pain and swelling. 3. When surgery is necessary Heel spurs may go away after you follow the treatment recommended by your doctor, but in rare cases you may need surgery to remove the spur. Your doctor, like McLean & Partners, may want you to try other methods for a full year before surgery is scheduled. However, if your heel spurs don’t respond to other treatment or the pain is too great, your doctor may need to remove the spur and also alleviate the swelling of the foot and heel area with surgical...

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Podiatry: 4 Effective Tips to Keep Your Feet Looking Amazing Throughout the Year

Posted by on December 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Podiatry: 4 Effective Tips to Keep Your Feet Looking Amazing Throughout the Year

Just like many other parts of the human body, feet also need to stay healthy. Sadly, many people often disregard the importance of taking good care for their feet and take them for granted despite the vital role that these lower limb parts play in terms of keeping people mobile. You don’t have to spend lots of cash in a luxurious spa to have beautiful feet: You just need to use the following tips to help keep your feet in the best possible shape all year long: Tip #1: Wash your feet regularly Make it a habit to carefully clean your feet (especially in-between your toes) using water and a wet piece of cotton cloth as frequently as you can. Of course, that means soaking them in a bucket of clean water to soap them up and then scrub them gently to help smooth dry or rough spots. Make sure you allow the feet to dry completely to prevent problems such as bad odour or bacterial and fungal infections. Tip #2: Use moisturisers Moisturise your feet every time you’re done washing them. During cold winter days, when your feet are most likely to dry, you may need to moisturise them even more. Nothing expensive is needed: basic body lotions and facial creams can suffice. Gently rub the moisturiser into your feet’s skin to keep it soft and looking great. The most opportune time to moisturise your feet is after having a shower. Tip #3: Allow your feet to breathe It’s good practice to remove your shoes when you arrive at home, so that you can allow them enough room to breathe. If you keep wearing shoes for long hours, buildup of sweat and foreign dirt on your feet as you go about your daily activities can create a breeding ground for various foot problems, e.g. athlete’s foot. If it’s winter, you should wear a clean pair of cotton socks on your dry feet, as the socks help lock in moisture. Tip #4: Wear the right shoes Always put on shoes that fit your feet correctly. Shoes that are too small will not only feel uncomfortable, but will also rub your feet the wrong way, thus causing foot wear problems such as painful blisters. Also avoid walking barefoot or wearing shoes like flip-flops that lack arch support, as they can lead to foot problems such as flat-feet, which can in turn cause severer foot problems. If you must wear shoes that are without supportive arches, you should at least limit the amount of time you put them on. If you have foot problems of any sort, consider contacting a podiatrist in your...

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Bunions Are No Fun-yuns: Dealing with Bunion Pain

Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bunions Are No Fun-yuns: Dealing with Bunion Pain

Bunions can affect your life in a multitude of ways. Surgery is the only ways to cure bunion pain, but it can take a while before you get to the top of the list for bunion surgery. Here are some of the options to deal with bunion pain until you can get proper treatment.  Bunion pads and comfortable shoes One of the easiest ways to temporarily relieve bunion pain is to limit friction on the bunion site. This can be done by placing gel filled pads or moleskin pad over the site of the bunion to relieve the friction. This can also be a good time to bring out the looser, flat shoes such as sandals or sneakers to relieve pressure on the foot. It’s particularly important for the shoes to be loose around the inflamed area, to allow room for the gel pad or moleskin. High heels are particularly aggravating to bunions as they place much more pressure on the front of the foot. Some bunion sufferers also benefit from wearing light orthotics, which correct the foot positioning and adjust the pressures on the foot. NSAIDs Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen are very useful to give some temporary relief from inflammation and pain. You can obtain the right NSAIDs from your local pharmacy or supermarket. These drugs can relieve pain in a temporary sense but should not be used on an ongoing or regular basis without doctor’s advice due to the possibility of serious side effects. Warm foot baths and whirlpools Many people with bunions find that whirlpools and warm foot spas provide a lot of relief from foot pain. You can try adding Epsom salts for additional relief. You can also try alternating warm baths and cold packs for additional relief when your bunions are particularly inflamed. You can often find such temporal relief from home.  Steroid injections If your bunions are very inflamed but you are not able to get in for surgery, or find relief from at home methods, you can try steroid injections from your GP or podiatrist. This is a short-term option to deal with extremely inflammation and pain and cannot be relied on for long term pain relief. The only long-term proven cure for bunions is through surgery. In order to manage your pain and decide on the best course of action to manage your bunions you should have regular checkups with your GP and...

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