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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Dealing With Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection. The fungi thrive in warm, moist places, such as locker rooms and communal showers. Symptoms of athlete's foot include intense itching, cracked skin, blistering, and redness, typically concentrated between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Diagnosing athlete's foot is usually straightforward, involving a thorough examination and discussion of lifestyle habits and footwear. Treatment requires patience, with antifungal medications often taking weeks to months for symptoms to fully resolve. Recurrence is common without proper foot care and preventative measures. To manage and prevent athlete's foot, it's essential to keep feet clean and dry, wear moisture-wicking socks and breathable shoes, and avoid walking barefoot in public areas. If you have a persistent case of athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for personalized treatment and guidance.  

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Wearing the Right Shoes for Flat Feet

Wearing appropriate footwear is paramount for individuals with flat feet to maintain comfort, stability, and overall foot health. Flat feet, a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, can lead to various issues such as overpronation, arch pain, and discomfort while walking or standing. Proper shoes for flat feet offer vital support and alignment, helping distribute weight evenly across the feet and reducing strain on ligaments and muscles. Shoes with adequate arch support and cushioning may help to alleviate discomfort and prevent the progression of foot-related problems associated with flat feet. Additionally, supportive footwear can promote proper alignment of the lower body, reducing the risk of related issues such as ankle and knee pain. By choosing shoes designed specifically for flat feet and prioritizing comfort and support, individuals can reduce discomfort, enhance stability, and maintain an active lifestyle with confidence and ease. If you have flat feet and are interested in purchasing shoes that can bring relief and offer adequate support, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Sunday, 18 February 2024 00:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Understanding Haglund’s Deformity

Haglund's deformity, an abnormality affecting the foot bone and soft tissues, can be recognized by a bony growth at the back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon is located. This enlargement, often referred to as a pump bump, can result in irritation of the adjacent soft tissue when it rubs against rigid shoes. Haglund’s deformity can lead to bursitis, a painful inflammation of the fluid-filled sac between the tendon and the bone. While this deformity can develop in anyone, it is most commonly observed in individuals who wear stiff, closed-heel shoes, particularly pump-style high heels. Several risk factors increase susceptibility to Haglund's deformity, including a high foot arch, a tight Achilles tendon, or a tendency to walk on the outside of the heel. Symptoms can include a noticeable bony bump on the back of the heel, severe pain where the Achilles tendon attaches to the heel, swelling in the bursa, and redness near the inflamed tissue. If you suspect you have Haglund's deformity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and suggested treatment options. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. 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 Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

What Is Ankle Arthroscopy Surgery?

Ankle arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure designed to diagnose and treat various ankle joint conditions. This specialized technique involves the use of a small camera, known as an arthroscope, which is inserted into the ankle joint through tiny incisions. The arthroscope transmits high-quality images to a monitor, allowing the podiatric surgeon to visualize the internal structures of the ankle in detail. This procedure is particularly beneficial for addressing issues such as joint inflammation, cartilage damage, and ligament injuries. During ankle arthroscopy, the surgeon can also perform corrective measures by utilizing additional small instruments, minimizing the need for larger incisions. The advantage of ankle arthroscopy lies in its reduced invasiveness, resulting in shorter recovery times, less postoperative pain, and a quicker return to regular activities. If you have chronic ankle pain or have endured an ankle injury, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if this type of foot surgery is appropriate for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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