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Monday, 24 February 2020 00:00

Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Foot conditions are generally a common ailment among pregnant women. The weight from increased blood volume, as well as the growing fetus, may cause the feet to become flat, which can produce sharp or aching pains. Moderate relief may be found when shoes that are worn fit properly. To ensure a perfect fit and for extra support, it may help to wear custom-made orthotics. Additionally, swollen feet and ankles are a common ailment among pregnant patients, and can be uncomfortable. It is beneficial to elevate the feet frequently during the day, as this may help to reduce existing swelling. Some pregnant women experience ingrown toenails, which may be a result of changes in the size and shape of the toenail. If you would like more information about how your feet may be affected during pregnancy, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 00:00

Wounds that Don't Heal Need to be Checked

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Treating a Bunion May Require Surgery

Bunions can be identified as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. This condition may develop for a number of reasons. Common causes may include wearing narrow or ill-fitting footwear, having an existing foot condition such as flat feet or low arches, the occurrence of a foot injury, inflammatory arthritis, or even genetic factors. Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy may also influence the formation of a bunion. Symptoms that are often associated with a bunion can include redness, soreness, or a burning sensation linked to the affected area. It can also be common for hammertoes to form, as well as calluses, when bunions are present. To relieve the pain that is associated with bunions, it is suggested to wear shoe inserts to lessen the friction, as well as investing in proper footwear that leaves your toes adequate room to move freely in. For some cases, the symptoms of bunions may be severe, in which case, surgery can be the recommended option for treatment. In order to best determine how to care for your bunion, consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for professional care.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 due to 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 worsen existing bunions

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 our offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

Can Hammertoes Be Corrected?

Hammertoes can be identified as a toe with a significant downward bend in the middle joint, often appearing hammer-like, as its name suggests. This condition may come with an abundance of discomfort and pain. Hammertoes can often be associated with the development of corns, calluses, and bunions as well. Their development may be a result of genetics, or wearing ill-fitted shoes that don’t leave the toes enough room to move freely in. Other health complications, such as diabetes, can cause nerve damage, which may also lead to the formation of a hammertoe. Treatment of a hammertoe may vary depending on its severity and overall flexibility, or lack thereof. Flexible hammertoes may be treated through the use of custom orthotics, which are worn to help correct the positioning of the toe. Rigid hammertoes, however, may be corrected by having surgery performed, and are often done when conservative measures are found ineffective. To help diagnose which kind of hammertoe you have, and to determine which action should be taken for its treatment, it is recommended you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice and care.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet.

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

Children And Wearing Shoes

Children are born with flexible feet. The bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons will become stronger as walking and running occur. Research has indicated it is unnecessary for children to wear shoes while indoors. This enables the feet to become stronger as a result of the toes grasping the floor. As walking begins, the arch gradually increases in strength, and will fully develop during the late teenage years. When children begin walking outside, it is important to properly measure your child’s feet,  as this can help you to determine what size shoe to purchase. The shoes need to be flexible, in addition to providing adequate stability. Children’s shoes last an average of four months, which can depend on the activity level. If you would like additional information about how to fit your child for shoes, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

Where Do Corns Form?

Patients who have corns on their feet are often aware of the pain and discomfort they may cause. A corn is a hardened area of skin that forms on the bottom of the feet, or between the toes. It can form as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from medical conditions that can include arthritis. The corn may feel better when the foot is soaked in warm water, followed by gently filing the affected area with a pumice stone. Some patients find it beneficial to apply a small pad over the corn, which may be helpful in reducing any friction as the toe rubs against the shoe. If you have corns on your feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you to find relief. 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM of Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors 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 doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00

Possible Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

The medical condition that is known as athlete’s foot often affects the top layer of skin on the foot. It lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, which can include shower room floors, public pools, or locker rooms, and surrounding areas. Many patients experience symptoms that typically consist of severe itching between the toes, and flaking skin on the bottom of the feet. Additionally, there may be a tingling or burning sensation that is felt on different parts of the feet. Athlete’s foot is considered to be contagious, and may be transmitted to another person in contaminated clothing, socks, or shoes. For mild cases of this ailment, mild relief may be found by applying an anti-fungal powder or cream. If you feel you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the best treatment for you.

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 Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care.  Our doctors 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 offices located in Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Monday, 20 January 2020 00:00

Gout Attacks May Be Painful

The medical condition that is known as gout can be uncomfortable. This form of arthritis generally causes severe pain and discomfort in the big toe and surrounding areas. The pain comes from the joints, and is caused by elevated uric acid levels in the blood. Many patients who experience gout attacks equate the pain to needle-like sensations, and it may be painful if anything touches the toe. Symptoms of this condition often include redness and swelling around the affected joints. Research has indicated that this ailment can develop from genetic traits, or from certain foods that are eaten. These can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have large amounts of sugar in them. A proper diagnosis can consist of having a blood test performed which may be helpful in determining the amount of uric acid that is present. Additionally, it may be beneficial to use a needle to remove a portion of the crystals from the painful joints. If you have been afflicted with gout attacks, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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