Wednesday, 29 May 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy results from damage to the peripheral nerves, which are responsible for sending information from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. This condition often results in tingling, numbness, and pain in the affected areas, typically the hands and feet. Due to high blood sugar levels common in diabetes, people with this disease are more prone to peripheral neuropathy and the associated lack of sensation in the feet. This loss of feeling means that injuries, pressure sores, or other foot problems may go unnoticed. Without prompt and proper care, such untreated injuries can develop into diabetic foot ulcers, serious wounds that heal very slowly due to impaired circulation. If these ulcers become infected and treatment is not working, the ulcer can progress to gangrene, which involves the death of body tissue. This sometimes necessitates amputation to prevent further health complications. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, can help manage peripheral neuropathy and prevent severe complications. If you have peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you add a podiatrist to your regular care team. 

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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 May 2024 00:00

Deciphering whether you have an athlete’s foot infection or psoriasis on the feet can be difficult. Understanding the symptoms can help. Athlete’s foot, a contagious fungal infection thriving in warm, moist environments, typically appears as red, scaly patches between toes or under nails. It may cause itching and discomfort if untreated. On the other hand, psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder, manifests with similar symptoms but is not contagious. Psoriasis lesions may cause silvery scales and vary in color over time. They often involve the soles and nails, causing soreness or tenderness. Nail changes, like pitting or discoloration, are common in psoriasis. While athlete’s foot primarily itches, psoriasis can lead to joint stiffness in addition to discomfort. Treatment approaches also differ. Athlete's foot is usually treated with antifungal medications, while psoriasis management may involve topical treatments, light therapy, or systemic medications. If you have a type of rash on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM from Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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 May 2024 00:00

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition affecting the tibial nerve as it passes through the tarsal tunnel, located on the inside of the ankle. It primarily affects individuals who engage in repetitive activities or have deformities, such as flat feet. The syndrome occurs when the nerve becomes compressed, leading to symptoms like tingling, burning sensations, numbness, or shooting pain along the inner ankle and sole of the foot. Diagnosis generally involves a physical examination, medical history review, and possibly nerve conduction studies or imaging tests to confirm the compression. If you have symptoms of tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. This type of healthcare professional can help you manage the condition by suggesting conservative treatments first. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary to relieve pressure on the nerve and alleviate symptoms, restoring comfort and function to the affected foot.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Imaze Marian Davis, DPM of Marian Davis, DPM, PA. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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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