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Podiatry Services in in Bradenton, FL & Lakewood Ranch, FL

November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Runners May Be Prone to Stress Fractures

Patients who enjoy running marathons are familiar with the possibility of getting stress fractures. They can happen as a result of increasing mileage and speed too soon and not warming up properly before running. A stress fracture is defined as a hairline fracture in the bones that can gradually develop over time. The symptoms that patients experience include pain, swelling, and difficulty walking. Additional reasons why this type of injury can occur include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or frequently changing running surfaces. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally consists of having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. Treatment options can include wearing a protective boot for approximately six weeks. If you have endured a stress fracture, please speak with a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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, 30 November 2020 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Risk Factors for Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone in the foot moves down and out of alignment with the calcaneus bone. This can happen due to sudden injury or from repetitive overuse from activities and sports that involve a lot of jumping, changing directions, or sprinting. Symptoms of cuboid syndrome include foot pain, swelling, tenderness, weakness, and a decreased range of motion. Certain risk factors can make cuboid syndrome more likely. These include being overweight or obese, having pronated feet, wearing poorly-fitted shoes, training on uneven surfaces, and having a previous or concurrent ankle or foot sprain. If you are experiencing the symptoms of cuboid syndrome, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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, 16 November 2020 00:00

Athlete's Foot Symptoms

Athlete’s foot refers to a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. While the infection is common among athletes, you don’t have to be one to get it. Athlete’s foot is contagious and spreads through direct contact between the fungus and your skin. You can pick up this infection from walking barefoot in public spaces, particularly in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms and swimming pools, or from sharing personal items such as towels and socks. Athlete’s foot has several noticeable symptoms, including an itching, stinging, or burning sensation between the toes or on the soles, and dry, cracking, peeling, or raw skin on the feet. Often this infection can spread to the toenails, causing them to become discolored, thick, and crumbly. If you have symptoms of athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist 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 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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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

What Does Sever's Disease Look Like?

Sever’s disease is an overuse injury common in younger children and adolescents who participate in running or jumping activities. This condition is caused by repetitive injury to the growth plate in the heel. If your child has Sever’s disease, they will often exhibit heel pain that begins gradually and worsens with exercise, affects both feet, and improves with rest. They may also exhibit tenderness in their heel when it is touched, pain when the ankle is raised upward, and mild swelling in the heel. In cases that have lasted for a longer period of time, your child may also have an enlarged heel bone. If your child complains of heel pain, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat Sever’s disease and other foot and ankle conditions.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their 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 injuries.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Can Obesity Cause Flat Feet?

Obesity has become increasingly common worldwide in recent years. This condition has implications for the health of the whole body, including foot health. Prevalence of flat feet, a condition characterized by a lack of an arch at the midfoot, appears to be higher in obese people. While many cases of flat feet are caused by genetics, flat feet can also be an acquired condition that occurs when the arch of the foot weakens and collapses over time. Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of the arch flattening, as the feet bear the weight of the entire body. This can be a problem, as flat feet can cause foot pain in the heel and arch areas. For more information about the connection between your weight and your foot health, please consult with a podiatrist. 

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Shaun J. Limon, DPM and Lisa Griffith-Limon, DPM from Limons Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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, 02 November 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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