Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

Pickelball has become a popular sport, despite the pain it can cause. Common injuries can include heel pain from plantar fasciitis, tendonitis involving the Achilles tendon, sprains, and foot fractures. This sport is desirable among people who are over 40 years old, and many patients who fall into this category are lacking strength. Tripping is common among these players, and this may cause serious foot issues. It is beneficial to warm up and cool down properly before beginning to play pickleball, which may be helpful in preventing painful injuries. Improving core strength and performing specific stretches can help the body to feel stronger, and this may help the game to be more enjoyable. If you are contemplating playing pickleball, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can examine your feet, and guide you toward the proper stretching techniques. 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Excess friction is often the cause of corns developing on the feet. Common places where corns can be found are on the side of the pinky toe, on top of the toes, or on the bottom of the feet. Corns can occur from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, and relief may be felt when the shoes are removed. The small area of skin that is affected can be rough and yellowed, and can be sensitive when touched. Some patients find their corns  feel better when the feet are soaked in warm water, which may help to soften them. Temporary relief can be found when moisturizer is applied to the corn, followed by gently rubbing it with a pumice stone. Additionally, people may find it is beneficial to wear a protective pad over the corns, which may help to protect it from rubbing against the shoe. If you have a corn on your foot, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with providing a solution for relief.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM of Marian Davis, DPM, PA. 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 Miami, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

Kohler’s disease is a rare bone disorder that occurs among children between the ages of 3 and 7. It is the result of stress-related compression during certain growth periods. This condition may first be recognized by pain, swelling, redness, and limping. It is five times more likely to occur in male children and usually affects only one foot. The child’s foot will be especially tender along the arch because the flow of blood to one of the foot bones, the navicular, has been blocked. The reason for this is uncertain. The child may walk on the outside of his foot to reduce the pain. A visit to a podiatrist may include an X-ray of the affected foot, which will then be compared with that of the other foot. In addition to pain relievers, a podiatrist may prescribe a weight-bearing short cast or special supportive shoes for the child. In addition, staying off the affected foot can help to speed up recovery. In most cases, a child will outgrow the disorder in a few months as the bones resume their normal growth pattern, but in some cases, it can last as long as two years. If your child is exhibiting the symptoms of Kohler’s disease, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM of Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Miami, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Many foot problems can be easily prevented. Wearing shoes that fit correctly can be one of the first things to do, in addition to performing routine foot stretches that can keep the feet strong. There are various areas of the foot that can be painful. Foot pain in the morning may be indicative of plantar fasciitis, and many runners suffer from this condition. Pain in the toe and surrounding area may be sesamoiditis, which affects the two small bones that are found under the joint of the big toe. If the skin on the feet becomes infected, it may be athlete’s foot. This contagious condition is caused by a fungus, and enters the body through small cracks in the skin on the feet. Effective prevention methods consist of refraining from sharing socks, shoes, and towels. When shoes are worn that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, hammertoe or a bunion may develop, and there are various treatment techniques for these. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you with a diagnosis and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctor 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 office located in Miami, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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