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Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

What Is Cellulitis?

Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin. It can affect any part of the body, but is most frequently seen in the feet. Cellulitis can be contracted by bacteria entering a wound, cut, scrape, or other small openings in the skin. Symptoms of this condition include red, swollen, warm, tender, and painful skin, changes in the texture of the skin (pitting) and blisters. A fever and chills can also accompany this infection. Cellulitis is treated with antibiotics and resting and elevating the affected foot to reduce swelling. Left untreated, cellulitis can cause grave complications. If you notice signs of infection in your feet, please seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists  from Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . Our doctors 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 offices located in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

When an Ankle Sprain Can Also Be a Fracture

If your ankle suddenly rolls inward, causing great pain and swelling, you may have more than a sprain. If the outer ligament is torn during an injury, it sometimes lops off a small piece of bone at the end of the fibula (the outer leg bone). Though this injury is known as a fibular avulsion fracture, it is often thought of as a moderate-to-severe ankle sprain and will not likely need surgery. Rest, ice, elevation and anti-inflammatory medication can help ease the pain. The ability to bear weight is extremely limited, and a boot or brace may also be needed to immobilize the foot. The injury is most common in older women because of osteoporosis that weakens the bones and young men whose ligaments may be much stronger than their bones. If you experience such an injury, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist as soon as possible for X-rays, diagnosis and treatment options.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Punta Gorda and Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

How Plantar Warts Spread

Plantar warts, which may also be referred to as verrucae, grow on the soles of the feet or around the toes because of the Human Papilloma Virus (or HPV). This is a highly contagious virus that thrives in warm and moist environments, such as pools, locker rooms and communal showers. HPV is both contagious through person to person contact and simply by walking through the same floor area as someone who has a wart. When  plantar warts form, they will appear as a small growth with a tiny black dot in the center (usually dried blood), and they can be very painful. Plantar warts can grow as large as a centimeter in diameter, or can even form into a cluster of multiple warts. While plantar warts may be very painful, especially when pressure is applied, they are harmless. However, patients who are have a painful plantar wart, or recurring plantar warts, would be wise to schedule a visit with a podiatrist. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

What Does Diet Have to Do With Gout?

If you have ever suffered from a gout attack, a sudden and extremely painful inflammation of one or more joints in your foot, you may be surprised to find that one of the ways to manage symptoms and prevent future attacks is to modify your diet. Gout is caused by a buildup of a substance called uric acid in the bloodstream. This substance can crystallize and become lodged in a joint, leading to intense pain, swelling, and inflammation. Left untreated, repeated gout attacks can permanently damage the affected joints, causing chronic pain and restricting their range of motion. Purines are chemical compounds naturally found in certain foods. In the body, purines get converted to uric acid. When there are too many purines, they can create excess uric acid that builds up in the body, increasing your risk of having a gout attack. By avoiding foods and drinks with large amounts of purine, you may be able to lower your risk of gout. Foods to avoid include red and organ meats, certain types of seafood, highly processed or sugary foods, and yeast. You should also avoid drinking sugary or alcoholic beverages. For more information about the relationship between your diet and your foot health, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Centers of Charlotte County . Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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