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Monday, 21 November 2016 20:32

Understanding Athlete’s Foot

corns2Athlete’s foot can be characterized as a contagious fungal infection of the feet that can be spread in public areas such as gym locker rooms, pools and spas. Avoid going barefoot in these places, as the chance of infection becomes higher. If you do contract athlete’s foot, you may experience itchy and cracking skin. The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends the following tips for treating athlete’s foot. Proper hygiene is important toward long-term prevention, so always remember to dry your feet when leaving a wet area such as a swimming pool or shower. Protect your feet by wearing shoes with breathable material and change your socks every day. Sprinkling antifungal powder as a precaution can also help toward long-term prevention.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein 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. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

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

Read more about Athlete’s Foot

Monday, 14 November 2016 23:08

Understanding Toenail Fungus

broken toe2Fungal infections are often commonly associated with our fingernails, but they are also known to affect our toenails. If left untreated, toenail fungus can lead to more serious problems such as the impact of blood circulation in the feet. Symptoms of toenail fungus involve pain, discomfort and an impacted ability to wear shoes. Toenails may be discolored, yellow and feel brittle. Proper hygiene is vital to preventing and combating toenail fungus. As the condition is contagious, caused by a species of fungus called trichophyton, it’s important to avoid walking barefoot in public areas. Treatment options include topical creams, oral medications or surgery.

While toenail fungus is troublesome to eradicate, it is not impossible. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body. Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free.

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

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

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Monday, 07 November 2016 23:48

Understanding Arthritis

Arthritis5Arthritis occurs as swelling and inflammation of the body’s joints, leading to symptoms such as rashes, itchiness, fever, weight loss, and trouble breathing, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease. Arthritis results when the body’s immune system begins mistakenly attacking healthy cells, particularly in the joints. The different forms of arthritis include rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia and gout.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Arthritic Foot Care

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves inflammation of different joints in your body, such as in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. On top of this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help to temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

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

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Monday, 31 October 2016 19:36

The Importance of Properly-Fitting Shoes

achilles tendon4Taking care of your feet involves wearing the right shoes when exercising. Walking shoes are stiffer, while running shoes are more flexible because they provide more cushioning for handling more impact. Shoes should be switched alternatively according to each respective physical activity. Make sure to have your feet measured by a professional, as comfortable shoes should accommodate your feet’s specific size and shape. Wear socks and visit the store near the end of the day. There should be space between the big toe and the end of the toe box of the shoe. Poorly-fitting shoes can lead to an array of problems, such as blisters, ankle problems, and more.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes is vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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Monday, 24 October 2016 21:31

Understanding Bunions

bunions10Many people, including celebrities, suffer from bunions, a deformity of the foot that can be caused by different factors. Bunions tend to affect women more commonly because of ill-fitting shoes such as high heels. Genetics also plays another factor. The condition occurs when the big toe, or hallux, leans outward toward your other toes, leading to an enlarged joint. Bunions can often rub against tight-fitting shoes, leading to pain and discomfort. Prevention is vital in ensuring that the bunion does not progress, as surgery is one of the only options to treat them.

Bunions can be very troublesome if they are not treated correctly. If you are having problems with your bunions contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Monday, 17 October 2016 15:57

Wearing High Heels Linked to Vein Problems

corns2Wearing high heels for prolonged periods of time no doubt can lead to pain and aches, but they can also lead to long-term problems. According to a 2006 study published in the journal Angiology, “the use of high-heeled shoes increases muscular effort during walking and diminishes the leg venous pressure compared with barefooted.” The study is suggesting that high heels not only realigns the structure of our backs and legs, but they may possibly contribute to vein problems, because blood flow is disrupted.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.

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

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diabetic foot care4A group of researchers from Staffordshire University have conducted a study in which they discovered that the frequency of active foot ulcers can in part be attributed to “a significantly lower heel pad stiffness,” compared to patients who did not have ulcers. The study observed 39 diabetic patients who suffered from neuropathy, loss of feeling from nerve damage. The new research results may help assist in preventative diabetic foot care. Those who have diabetes and whose foot problems are left untreated can develop life-threatening complications.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you believe you are having problems with your diabetic feet, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. Diabetes can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, including the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels because blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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fractures1Jed Lowrie suffered from both ligament damage in his foot as well as a large bunion for over a month. Following the diagnosis, Lowrie underwent a season-ending surgery in August and is out on recovery. Lowrie is expected to be ready by next spring as he recovers for 3 months. Lowrie found that his foot injury affected his performance. “Even when I was off it for 10 days, the swelling and inflammation wasn’t going down. I knew there was something else going on besides the bunion. I thought I could play through it, but it’s such a complex area,” he said.

If you require surgical consultation, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

When is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases where less invasive procedures have been unsuccessful. Conditions that often require surgery are listed below:

- Removing foot deformities like bone spurs and bunions

- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues

- Reconstruction for injuries caused by accidents or malformations

Types of Surgeries

The type of surgery you receive depends on the nature of the problem. Possible surgeries include the following:

- Bunionectomy for painful bunions

- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones

- Nerve removal for painful nerve endings

Benefits of Surgery

Surgery can provide more complete pain relief than other options 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 one of our offices located in Saint Petersburg, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 26 September 2016 18:51

Reduce Pain and Stress with Foot Exercises

strechingPoorly fitting shoes, such as high heels or just worn-out shoes in general, can lead to pain or discomfort in our feet. Pain and discomfort can also be caused by continuous stress on our feet, usually caused by strenuous exercise. To help alleviate these symptoms, there are 5 exercises you can do: tennis ball roll, calf stretch, flexed-feet wall stretch, towel foot stretch, and downward dog pose.

Exercising the feet and ankles regularly is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any foot or ankle concerns, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you to gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important and often we forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate not to have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure its good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rise, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, also flexing the toes and involving the shins may help too. It is best to speak with your doctor regarding how to do these fitness steps and how often is right for you. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different and it varies from individual to individual to determine what should be done for you to maintain strength in your feet.

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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corns2Athlete’s foot is classified as a fungal infection, leading to symptoms of inflammation, redness, and irritation. Although there are prescription topical creams for treating fungal infections, certain foods can also help alleviate symptoms. Garlic, cayenne pepper, yogurt, cranberries, and high fiber foods all can help treat infection. Opt for foods high in fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and zinc.

For more information about how to treat and prevent Athlete’s foot, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

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. Speaking to your podiatrist will give you a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as helping you figure out which treatment options are best for you.

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

Read more about Athlete’s Foot

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