Items filtered by date: April 2024

Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Infected Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are among the most common and painful foot issues people face. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge or corner of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, causing irritation, redness, swelling, and pain. If left untreated, ingrown toenails can become infected, leading to more severe discomfort and potentially serious complications. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, specialize in treating ingrown toenails and offer effective solutions to alleviate the pain associated with this condition. When you visit a podiatrist for an infected ingrown toenail, they will first assess the severity of the problem. Targeted treatment typically involves gently trimming or removing the ingrown portion of the nail, along with providing relief for any associated infection. Podiatrists can also offer guidance on proper nail care techniques to help prevent future occurrences. If you're dealing with the discomfort of an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Soorena Sadri, DPM of FootWorx Active Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Thursday, 18 April 2024 00:00

Custom Orthotics For Foot and Heel Pain

Step into relief and reclaim your mobility! Foot and heel pain can be a thing of the past with the right Custom Orthotics. Customized to your unique foot structure, they provide the support and alignment needed to alleviate discomfort. Whether you're walking, running, or simply standing, Custom Orthotics ensure every step is cushioned and pain-free. Don't let foot ailments dictate your day. With Custom Orthotics, embrace a world of comfort and freedom. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Wednesday, 17 April 2024 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Ankle Arthritis

Ankle osteoarthritis, though less common than arthritis in the knees or hips, can still cause significant discomfort and impairment in affected individuals. This degenerative joint condition typically develops due to wear and tear over time, often as a result of previous injuries, such as ankle fractures or sprains, or conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. Ankle osteoarthritis primarily affects older adults, although younger individuals with a history of joint trauma may also develop the condition. Conservative treatments for ankle osteoarthritis include lifestyle modifications, such as weight management and low-impact exercises, in addition to the use of supportive devices like braces or orthotics. Pain management techniques, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroid injections, may provide mild relief. In more severe cases, surgical interventions, such as ankle fusion or replacement may be considered to alleviate pain and improve function. If you have ankle arthritis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you manage this condition and guide you toward a treatment plan that is tailored for you.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Soorena Sadri, DPM from FootWorx Active Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Thursday, 11 April 2024 00:00

Quality Foot Orthotics

The quality of foot orthotics is critical for their effectiveness in providing support and addressing various foot issues. A well-made orthotic should exhibit strength to withstand daily wear and tear while maintaining its structural integrity over time. It should also feature contours that precisely fit the individual's foot shape, ensuring optimal support and comfort. Additionally, balance is essential, with the orthotic promoting proper weight distribution and alignment to alleviate pressure points and prevent further complications. Custom-made orthotics prescribed by podiatrists offer superior quality compared to off-the-shelf alternatives. Podiatrists conduct a thorough assessment to understand the patient's unique foot structure, biomechanics, and specific needs. They use this information to design orthotics that are tailored to address the individual's concerns effectively. Through precise customization and expert craftsmanship, custom-made orthotics by podiatrists ensure the highest level of quality, leading to improved foot health, enhanced comfort, and long-term relief from pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing continued foot problems, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss how personalized orthotics can help you.

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts are not just for cushioning the soles; they are about supporting the foundation of our body - our feet. The advantages extend far beyond immediate relief from discomfort. These personalized solutions, that Our doctor can prescribe, can significantly impact a person’s posture, alleviate pain in various parts of the body, and even enhance athletic performance.

As we lace up our shoes each day, having the right support can make a world of difference. Custom orthotics are like tailored suites for our feet, offering a bespoke solution to address our unique biomechanical needs. They provide stability where it is lacking, correct imbalances, and ensure that every step is a confident and pain-free one. 

Custom orthotics and shoe inserts offer long-term health benefits. By addressing issues such as overpronation or underpronation, heel pain, plantar fasciitis, etc. orthotics can help prevent injuries and mitigate the progression of existing conditions. It’s an investment not just in the present, but in the future health of your feet and consequently, your overall well-being. 

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

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

How Shoe Choice Can Cause Hind-Foot Pain

Wearing improper footwear, particularly shoes that lack adequate support or fit poorly, can significantly contribute to hind-foot pain. High heels and narrow-toed shoes, while fashionable, can place excessive stress on the structures of the hind-foot. The heel and ankle are two particularly susceptible areas for pain. Wearing these kinds of shoes can also lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and bursitis. These styles force the foot into an unnatural position, disrupting alignment and increasing pressure on the back of the foot. Stress on the foot over time not only leads to pain and discomfort but also can significantly affect mobility and quality of life. It is important to choose shoes with proper support, cushioning, and a fit that accommodates the natural shape of the foot to prevent hind-foot pain. Podiatrists often stress the importance of wearing shoes that complement one's lifestyle as well as provide the foundation for healthy foot posture and function. If you are experiencing pain in the back of the foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and proper shoe recommendations to support your recovery. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Soorena Sadri, DPM from FootWorx Active Podiatry. 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 Myers, 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

Diagnosis of Conditions Causing Heel Pain

Diagnosing the cause of heel pain usually involves a comprehensive approach to identify the underlying issue accurately. First, a podiatrist will conduct a detailed medical history and physical examination, focusing on the foot to assess pain location, tenderness, and the presence of any swelling or abnormalities. The doctor may ask about the type of pain experienced, its onset, and any activities that exacerbate or relieve it. To further pinpoint the cause of heel pain, imaging tests such as X-rays, MRI scans, or ultrasounds may be utilized. These tools help a podiatrist visualize the internal structure of the foot, revealing issues like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or other soft tissue injuries. In certain cases, blood tests might be ordered to rule out systemic conditions, such as arthritis or gout, that can cause heel pain. Through this process, podiatrists can determine the specific cause of heel pain, allowing them to devise a targeted treatment plan that addresses the root of the problem. If you are suffering from heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today to begin the diagnostic process. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Soorena Sadri, DPM of FootWorx Active Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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