Wednesday, 17 April 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, 16 April 2024 00:00

Erythromelalgia, a rare disorder that primarily affects the feet, casts a shadow over the lives of those afflicted. It is thought to occur as a result of the dysfunction of certain blood vessels that may lead to abnormal blood flow affecting the feet. In this condition, the feet endure excruciating pain and inflammation, often described as burning, stabbing, or throbbing sensations. Despite its rarity, erythromelalgia's effects are profound, disrupting daily routines and causing immense discomfort. Affected individuals may find solace only in cooling measures, as warmth exacerbates symptoms. The distinctive symptom of this disorder lies in the visible manifestation on the feet, which is a striking redness and warmth, similar to a fiery glow, that distinguishes it from other ailments. Walking, standing, or even wearing shoes become arduous tasks, imposing significant limitations on mobility and quality of life. Understanding the nuances of erythromelalgia is imperative, shedding light on its silent but profound impact on the feet and the lives it touches. If you or someone you know is affected by this rare foot disease, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you manage this painful condition.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Jordan Baker, DPM of Best Foot Forward Surgical Podiatry. 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 Florence, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, a fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet, is often closely intertwined with hygiene practices. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, making sweaty socks and tight shoes ideal breeding grounds. Poor foot hygiene, such as infrequent washing or drying between toes, exacerbates the risk of infection. Additionally, walking barefoot in shared spaces like gym showers or swimming pools increases exposure to the fungus. Athletes, hence the name, are particularly susceptible due to prolonged periods of sweaty feet and communal locker rooms. Symptoms include itching, burning, and cracked skin, often between the toes or on the soles of the feet. Fortunately, maintaining good foot hygiene can help prevent athlete's foot. Regularly wash and thoroughly dry feet, especially between the toes, and wear clean, breathable socks and shoes, it is helpful to avoid sharing footwear or walking barefoot in public areas. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you effective medication for treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Jordan Baker, DPM from Best Foot Forward Surgical Podiatry.  Our doctor 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. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a prevalent foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is the excessive or repetitive strain on the ligament, leading to tiny tears and inflammation. This strain can result from various factors, including prolonged standing or walking, wearing improper footwear, engaging in high-impact activities like running or jumping, and certain biomechanical issues such as flat feet or high arches. A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, particularly when taking the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. This pain may gradually subside with movement but can worsen throughout the day with prolonged activity. Additionally, individuals with plantar fasciitis may experience stiffness and tenderness on the bottom of the foot, particularly near the heel. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Jordan Baker, DPM from Best Foot Forward Surgical Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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