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foot pain4After returning from a bad case of plantar fasciitis, Kim Conley managed to make decent time at the U.S. Downtown 5K held on September 20th in Providence, Rhode Island. The race was Conley’s first race since she won the national half marathon title back in January. Conley came in with a time of 15:58, just loosing fourth place to Gabe Grunewald who timed 15:55. The Downtown 5K is the national championships for the distance on the road.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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footcareOffloading, or pressure relief, is reportedly the key element in diabetic foot ulcer management. This statement was shared by Dr. Afsaneh Alavi at the World Congress of Dermatology. The University of Toronto dermatologist explained, “Debridement to remove the callous is the most important part of local wound care, but debridement without offloading afterwards will rebuild callouses.” Currently, the diabetic foot ulcer recurrence rate is at an extreme high of up to 83% within the first year.

Diabetics must pay special attention to their feet to help prevent any complications. If you have diabetic foot concerns, consult with Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will provide quality care for your diabetic feet.  

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 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, 05 October 2015 22:26

Football Player overcomes Arthritis

fractures1When South Glen Falls senior Mike Higgins was just seven-years-old, he broke a few toes in his last game of the season playing football. When his toes did not heal properly, doctors discovered that the football player had Rheumatoid Arthritis. After a near-death experience in which Higgins nearly bled out from an ulcer that developed as a side effect of one of his arthritis drugs, the athlete’s teammates rallied their support. After recovering Higgins made it back to the field, using his experience as motivation. “(It’s) definitely motivation and really to other people, too, especially my own team.”

The feet are one of the most common sites for arthritis to occur in the body. If you are struggling with arthritis in your feet or ankles, call Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein can examine your lower extremities to help alleviate your joint pain.

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 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, 28 September 2015 22:26

Broken Toe affects Jessica Aguilar

broken toe2Heralded to be one of the top strawweight women’s fighters in the world, Jessica Aguilar was set to have her debut match against Claudia Gadelha for number one contender. Nearly a month from her fight, however, Aguilar suffered an injury during training. “I had a broken toe and my foot was fractured, my right foot … It happened during sparring of my fight camp and from then I only had three sparring sessions and drilled and trained as best as I could the last month of camp.” Ultimately Gadelha beat her in a lopsided decision, with Aguilar now reproaching her own choice to stay in the fight knowing she was injured. “It was a decision I chose to make, and it wasn’t the right decision. I won’t make that decision ever again.”

A broken toe is extremely painful and needs immediate attention. 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.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • throbbing pain
  • swelling
  • bruising on the skin and toenail
  • the inability to move the toe
  • toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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, 21 September 2015 22:26

Drugstore Products can ease Cracked Skin

corns2Smooth skin cannot only be achieved at a spa following a pedicure. Certain drugstore products can help people successfully smooth out their feet at home. While skin-removers such as the Pedi-Egg and Clarisonic can help rejuvenate the feet, brands such as Burt’s Bees and L’Occitane offer foot creams and lotions that are designed to penetrate, absorb and prevent dry skin to begin with. Brand Footlogix sells various products especially for the feet, such as the Foot Soak Concentrate and Exfoliating Seaweed Scrub.

Cracked heels can become painful if left untreated. To learn more, consult with Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.  

The Truth about Cracked Heels

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels are unappealing, and make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Not only may they look bad, but they can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief, or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – wearing socks with medicated creams, helps lock in moisture so it can stay on longer.

Moisturizers – applying it both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – these remove dead skin, and then you can massage cream onto your foot. This way the cream will be absorbed. The skin needs to be exfoliated; therefore the outer layer dead skin needs removal.

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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strechingThe feet are some of the most used and dynamic parts of the body, and due to this title they must be simultaneously strong and stable while also being flexible and malleable. To increase foot strength, short foot exercises such as arch strengthening can help contract the muscles in the feet. Various short foot exercises include toe splaying or moving the toes away from each other, big toe presses or pressing the big toe into the floor while extending the other four toes, leg swings, and calf raises to big toe presses.

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 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 September 2015 22:23

Five Tips to reduce Risk for Plantar Warts

wartsEach year autumn brings with it the start of the new school season and, for many anxious parents, the possibility of their children becoming ill from various bacteria and viruses. Cutaneous warts is one condition that many people do not keep a look out for; plantar warts, or foot warts, on their own affect around 4.5% of the population. Consider these five tips to help reduce the risk of contracting warts: keep the hands and feet clean, cover cuts and scrapes, avoid picking at hangnails, keep existing warts covered, and do not touch or pick at any warts.  

If not treated properly, plantar warts can exacerbate and become debilitating. If you would like medical assistance regarding plantar wart treatment, please see podiatrist Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will assist you with all of your foot and ankle concerns and provide you with quality treatment.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available. They can be frozen off, removed by an electric tool or burned off using laser treatment.

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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fiaWhen it comes to foot therapy, many patients will turn to typical methods such as physical therapy to get themselves back on their feet. One alternative called reflexology, however, is a practice that--despite its intrigue--has been around for many years. Reflexology works on the principle that applying pressure to the feet can ease pain elsewhere. Many clients of reflexologists use the therapy to ease pain throughout the body, such as the back, the head, or the stomach.  

Foot therapy is necessary for those recovering from both foot deformities and foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, speak to Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein can answer any of your podiatric questions.

Most common injuries

People who are constantly on their feet are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is important to take part in physical therapy in order to get back on the right track quickly.

What to do when injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. This is important for those wanting to get back into the game quickly. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. These are some steps physical therapy often involves:

  1. Basic stretching & twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.
  2. Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.
  3. Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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, 24 August 2015 16:45

Bryan Mone suffers Broken Ankle

fiaBryan Mone of the University of Michigan’s Wolverines will be out for an extended period of time due to a broken ankle. The lower leg injury was sustained during practice, and now it seems the Michigan nose guard may have to miss the entire season. The injury comes as a blow for the Wolverines, who appear to regularly rotate Mone, Ryan Glasgow and Maurice Murst. The 325 pound Mone is the largest and most likely strongest of the group. With Mone out, the team’s change in rotation will force coach Greg Mattison to rely more on Glasgow.    

Broken ankles require immediate treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  • Swelling around the area
  • Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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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orthotics5Basketball players often rely on orthotics to give them extra protection while playing on the court. Orthotics provide a great advantage for the athletes, as they help reduce and prevent pain and injury to the lower body—especially the feet. Basketball requires non-stop running and jumping, forcing great pressure onto the lower body and feet. A correctly designed orthotic will help the feet absorb shock by controlling how they hit the ground.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Ian Klein, D.P.M. of Florida. Dr. Klein will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain, but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct over arched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you, or if you have a more severe foot issue, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and more severe heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses, and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist on the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain free.

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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