Items filtered by date: January 2021

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Flip Flops May Damage Diabetic Feet

Flip flops are a type of shoe that is popular to wear during the summer months. There are a variety of styles and colors to choose from and they are simple to wear. Many people enjoy wearing flip flops, despite the fact these types of shoes have little or no arch support. Foot conditions may develop as a result of this, and can cause pain and discomfort. Diabetic patients in particular may be more susceptible to the negative effects of flip flops. Plantar fasciitis affects the heel and sole of the foot, and may gradually occur from wearing shoes that have inadequate arch support. Mild relief may be found when the bottom of the foot is stretched. This can be accomplished by standing on a step while gently lowering one heel at a time. Additionally, many patients find it beneficial to roll the sole of the foot on a tennis ball which is effective in stretching the plantar fascia. If you have questions about how flip flops can affect the feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of the podiatrists from Bayshore Podiatry Center. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

Types of Hammertoe Surgery

A hammertoe is a toe deformity that causes a toe to bend downward at the middle joint, creating a hammer-like or claw-like appearance. This can cause discomfort as the affected toes rubs against the shoes while walking. Hammertoes may become painful, stiff, and restricted in their range of motion if left untreated. While there are many conservative treatments for hammertoes, surgery may be needed for more severe cases. There are two main types of hammertoe surgery. In a fusion surgery, the surgeon cuts the ligaments, tendons, and the ends of the bones that form the middle joint of the hammertoe in order to straighten it. Pins and screws are then used to help the cut bones fuse together. In a joint resection surgery, the surgeon may also cut the ligaments and tendons, as well as the end of one bone, so that the toe can be straightened. To learn more about treatment for hammertoes, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of the podiatrists from Bayshore Podiatry Center. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

What Can Cause Cracked Heels?

A foot condition that can cause pain, discomfort, and an unsightly appearance can be described as cracked heels. It can occur as a result of wearing shoes that have an open back, or possibly from specific medical conditions. These can include thyroid disorders, diabetes, or kidney concerns. Additionally, people who are overweight may experience cracked heels from the excess weight and pressure the heels endure. Mild relief may be found when the feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. Research has indicated it may help to add a vitamin regime into your daily routine, in addition to drinking plenty of fresh water. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer effective treatment options.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of the podiatrists from Bayshore Podiatry Center. Our doctors 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 Tampa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Close Up of Running Shoes Feet in Pain Tampa PodiatristWorking out in old or worn-out tennis shoesisn’t just uncomfortable, it can cause serious chronic injuries and pain. Many people will overuse their shoes thinking that they just got them, but there is a limit to how far they can take you. Regardless of if you’re a weekend warrior, gym manic, training for a race, or even a triathlete, you need to know: when is it time for new running shoes?

As you use them, your sneakers start to lose cushioning, absorption, support, and stability. Exercising (particularly running) in older shoes may increase the stress you’re putting on your ankles, feet, leg muscles, and other joints. Here are a few can’t miss signs that it’s time to throw those old sneakers away and start using a new pair: 

CHRONIC ACHES & PAINS

Feeling unusually sore after working out in your current tennis shoes? Are your feet, hips, and knees chronically feeling aches and pains – even well after your workout? More than likely this is a red flag that it’s time for a new pair of shoes.

These pains are being caused by the loss of the support and cushion that was originally built into the shoe being worn down. When the shoe is no longer effective, aches and pains will continue to happen.Trust what your body is telling you, and it’s likely saying that it is time for new tennis shoes. 

FOOT BLISTERS

Blisters happen, especially for runners and anyone who wears workout shoeoften. Blisters are common for those of us livingin excessively humid conditions (like Tampa Bay). The right socks may help to fix the blistering, but they also could just be a Band-aid on the true chronic pain culprit – your footwear!

If you have tried moisture-wicking, compression-style socksand are still getting blisters, this is a clear sign that your shoes do not fitproperly. Your running shoes may be ready for retirement.

HIGH MILEAGE

Mileage matters especially to runners. In general, running shoes have a lifespan of 300 to 500 miles.You may be training for a race and are already keeping track of your mileage. Use this info to keep track of the life of your shoes.

Your sneakers take a beating because when we run, we land with nearly four times our bodyweight! When you think about it, you’ll strike the ground about 1,500 times in just 10 minutes of running. This will add to the wear and tear of your shoes plus you may be working out in other ways in the same pair too.

Got a new pair of workout shoes? While working out in old or worn-out tennis shoes isn’t just uncomfortable and can cause injuries, new shoes can also bechronic pain culprits! We’ll make sure you have the right fit and can exercise without pain! Contact Bayshore Podiatry today to book an appointment.

DISCOMFORT

When it comes to proper fit for your tennis shoes, everything should feel like it is functioning as part of your foot. This is from the tip of the toe box, to the arch, to the heel. If your shoes feel like they are working against the natural motion of your feet or they are causing discomfort, then they are not the right pair of shoes for you.

When shopping for new running shoestryjogging around the store to make sure they are a comfortable option. If you’ve had foot issues in the past, then speak with a specialist to make sure that your feet are measured correctly for a good fit. At the store, the rep may not do the best job of finding the fit. You should immediately feel comfortable in your workout shoes, no break-in required.

HOW TO TELL WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR SHOES

When Did You Get Them? 

While you may not notice some or all of these signs, another general rule of running shoes (we mean thumbis it takesabout 45-60 hours before your shoe midsole is worn out. If you’ve been wearing the same pair for more than 6 months, it may be time to swap your tennis shoes.

Of course, as with many things in life, running shoes included, you get what you pay for. Shoes made with higher-quality materials do tend to last longer. But keep in mind that regardless of brand name or quality,when it comes to compression capabilitiestheir ability to absorb the shock of running strikes, plyometric, or jumping movements, will fail over time.

Take Them for a Spin 

Well, spin them around and look at them. One of the best ways to tell your running shoes are past their prime is to look. You can see pretty quickly if your exercise shoes are ready for the trash.

Remember: don’t just look at the treads of the shoe. We recommend also looking at the midsole, from the side of the shoe. If you notice signs of excessive wear or creasing—then it’s probably time to toss those tennis shoes and get fitted for a new pair. Trust us, your heeland the balls of the feet will thank you.

Press Test 

You can also perform a press test to help tell if it’s time to replace your running shoes. Simply, press on the outsole (the bottom) of your shoes. If it only gives little thematerial is highly compressed, and you need a new pair.

Old sneakers not only cause pain & discomfortbut can also lead to a debilitating sports injury. Be smart, trust what your body is telling you, and buy a new pair of sneakers!

Want to heal your heel and foot pain? It’s time to get properly fitted for new sneakers before getting a new pair of running shoes. Our local foot pain specialist will help alleviate the aches and pains so you can live a healthier lifestyle. At Bayshore Podiatry, we accept many types of insurance and have convenient appointment hours. Call our South Tampa podiatrists today at (813) 877-6636!  

Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

What Causes Achilles Tendonitis?

The Achilles tendon is the large tendon on the back of the ankle that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Achilles tendonitis occurs when this tendon becomes inflamed. This pain can gradually worsen, and it does not need to be associated with a particular trauma. Most pain that is associated with Achilles tendonitis is worse in the mornings and after long periods of sitting, and the pain lessens throughout the day or during activity. The most common cause of Achilles tendonitis is over-pronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens upon bearing weight and puts stress on the tendon. Improper shoes, poor stretching, a shorter tendon, or trauma can also lead to Achilles tendonitis. Because Achilles tendonitis can eventually lead to a painful rupture of the tendon, those who believe that they are experiencing symptoms should consult a podiatrist.  

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of the podiatrists of Bayshore Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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