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Monday, 02 December 2019 00:00

Contagious Athlete’s Foot

The uncomfortable condition that is known as athlete’s foot is considered to be contagious. The fungus that causes this ailment lives and thrives in warm and moist environments that often include communal shower rooms, locker rooms, and surrounding areas. The symptoms are often noticed between the toes, and on the soles of the feet. They can consist of severe itching, oozing blisters, and burning or stinging sensations. Additionally, the skin may also appear red. Mild relief may be found when an antifungal powder or cream is applied to the affected area. Athlete's foot may be prevented by washing and drying your feet thoroughly, especially between the toes, and wearing appropriate shoes while in public areas. If you have this condition, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can prescribe the medication that is needed for relief.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Monday, 25 November 2019 00:00

Two Types of Corns

Corns are classified into two groups that are referred to as hard or soft corns. A hard corn typically develops on top of the toes, or on the sole of the foot, and soft corns are often found in between the toes. Both types of corn can occur if there is increased friction from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. This small area of hardened skin may cause severe pain and discomfort. Relief may be found when the affected area is soaked in warm water. Some patients also find it helpful to use a pumice stone to file away the dead skin, in addition to wearing a corn pad between the toes. If you have a corn that is interfering with your daily activities, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM of Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Monday, 18 November 2019 00:00

Strategies That Help To Prevent Falling

Research has indicated that it is beneficial to implement strategies that can be helpful in preventing falling. This is crucial as the aging process occurs, and may be beneficial in avoiding painful injuries. When gentle exercises are frequently performed, the body may become stronger, and falling may be prevented. Additionally, taking vitamin D on a daily basis may help to minimize a bone density deficiency. Other ways to prevent falling may include removing any loose carpeting in the living area, and installing grab bars in the toilet and shower area. Many elderly patients are aware of the importance of regularly checking their vision, which helps to determine how well objects are seen that may be in their way of walking. If you would like additional information about how falling can affect the feet, please speak with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019 00:00

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Monday, 11 November 2019 00:00

What Can Cause An Ingrown Toenail?

Many patients experience the pain and discomfort an ingrown toenail can cause. Ingrown toenails happen as a result of the outer edges of the nail growing into the skin. The symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include swelling, redness, and in severe cases, there may be a discharge that oozes from the edge of the nail. This condition can be caused by wearing shoes that do not have have enough room for the toes to move freely in, in addition to trimming toenails too short or incorrectly. Patients may find relief when the affected toe is soaked in warm water, followed by inserting a small piece of cotton under the edge. This may help to gradually lift the nail away from the nail bed. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options, which may include surgically removing a portion of the nail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM of Bare Foot Care Specialist. 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 Flowery Branch, GA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 November 2019 00:00

Is There a Cure for Gout?

When a gout attack occurs, severe pain and discomfort often accompany this condition. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and can occur as a result of genetic factors or from the foods that are eaten. Specific types of foods have elevated levels of purines. This may cause crystals to lodge in the joints of the big toe, and will typically cause redness and swelling. These foods can include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are laden with sugar. There may be medications that can be taken to relieve some of the symptoms, despite the fact that there is no cure for gout. There are methods that can be implemented, which can possibly prevent painful gout attacks from occurring. These can consist of engaging in a frequent exercise program, and maintaining healthy eating habits, including drinking plenty of water daily. If you have developed gout, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible to obtain relief. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor 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 office located in Flowery Branch, GA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Many people have a strong desire to run in a marathon. Research has indicated the importance of warming up properly as the training regime begins, and this may be helpful in preventing running injuries. An injury to the plantar fascia typically starts by noticing pain in the heel. It is recommended that the calves and arches are properly stretched before beginning the physical training that is necessary to run a marathon. This can help to keep the muscles and tendons flexible. Ankle injuries may be avoided by performing heel drops, which can help to build strength in the ankles. Additionally, it is helpful to wear running shoes that are made of a lightweight material, and have adequate cushioning. If you enjoy the sport of running, and would like additional information about how the feet may be affected by running injuries, please consult with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM of Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Monday, 21 October 2019 00:00

What is a Stress Fracture?

Have you recently gone on vacation, and walked more than you usually do at home on a day to day basis? Do you now have pain in your ankle or foot? Stress fractures don’t only occur in people who run and exercise daily, because anyone is at risk. Typically, this type of injury can be caused by a sudden increase in physical activity. Examples are an increase in exercise frequency, running on a different surface, and even changing your shoes can all be causes of a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone, or severe bruising within a bone. To prevent stress fractures, it is suggested that you implement a proper nutrition regiment, wear shoes that fit correctly, and start slowly when beginning any new exercise routine. If you believe you have a stress fracture, it is strongly advised to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. Prior to your appointment, it is suggested that you  elevate your foot which may help to relieve swelling.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM from Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

Wounds that Don't Heal Need to be Checked

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

When parents give their children daily baths, it is suggested that special attention be given to their feet. It is important to wash and dry thoroughly between the toes, and it may feel good to sprinkle a small amount of powder on the toes. Many parents underestimate the importance of wearing socks that fit correctly. When the right socks are worn, the feet will generally have ample room to grow. This is followed by choosing the correct size shoes, and this can be determined by having the feet properly measured. When children are indoors, the feet can become stronger while walking barefoot. When walking begins and the first shoes are purchased, it is beneficial to choose shoes that are made of breathable materials, in addition to having adequate room for the toes to move freely in. When the toenails are trimmed, ingrown toenails may be avoided when the nails are trimmed straight across the toe. If you would like additional information about the correct foot care for children, please consult with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Jeannette Velazquez, DPM of Bare Foot Care Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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