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

December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Should My Child Wear Shoes at an Early Age?

Research has shown the average child takes approximately 20,000 steps per day, triggering the thought process for parents to choose the right shoes for their child. This can help to support and protect the child’s feet as they grow older. Many parents feel it is best if their child walks barefoot while indoors, which may  help to strengthen the feet. The toes can become stronger from gripping the floor, and this can positively affect balance. Some parents believe that foot and toe deformities can come from wearing shoes at an early age, and they may encourage their children to walk barefoot while indoors and outdoors. When the first shoes are purchased for protection against the outside elements, it is beneficial that the shoes are flexible, lightweight, and have a strong and stable structure. Children’s feet grow at an accelerated speed, and it is suggested that their feet are often measured, which can determine the correct shoe size. If you have questions about what type of shoes to buy for your child, please contact a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Various Reasons for Foot Pain

Our feet provide us with the mobility to walk, run, and complete daily tasks. It is important to take proper steps in taking care of our feet, and this may help in preventing foot pain. Despite this information, research has indicated that approximately one out of three people who are over 65 years old will have foot pain. Heel pain is common, and may be a sign of plantar fasciitis. This can happen when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable and unsightly. This can develop from a fungal infection, and it may be prevented by wearing appropriate shoes while frequenting public swimming pools and locker rooms. A pain or ache in the back of the leg may indicate an Achilles tendon injury has developed, and it may come from increasing speed or distance too quickly while running. Any type of foot pain can wreak havoc on the day’s activities, and it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is and treat your foot pain accordingly.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, 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.

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 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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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Smelly Feet During Pregnancy

Any pregnant woman knows that the feet undergo a series of important changes. For example, the feet may seem to expand in size over the course of a pregnancy. Additionally, many soon-to-be mothers are not fully aware of the fact that the feet may actually become more odorous during a pregnancy. Foot odor during pregnancy might be caused by edema, hormonal alterations, and a higher body temperature. If the increased foot odor during pregnancy is becoming bothersome, there are several things that you might consider doing to combat the smell. For example, you might wear shoes that provide enough space for the feet to breathe in. The use of moisture-wicking socks also might be beneficial. If you are expecting a baby in the near future, contact a podiatrist today who can help you best prepare yourself for the changes that your body and feet will undergo during the process.


 

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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Monday, 12 December 2022 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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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Foods That Cause or Worsen Gout

Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis that results in swelling and severe pain in joints. It often shows itself in the big toe joint first. This condition comes on from having high uric acid levels in the blood and the formation of crystals in the joints. Uric acid is produced when purines, a naturally occurring substance in the body, are broken down and excess acid is not eliminated. Purines can also be found in certain foods, particularly red meats, seafood, high-sugar beverages, alcohol, and beer. It is important to limit the consumption of these foods if one is prone to gout. If you have pain in the joint of your big toe and you think it might be gout or have no idea what it could be from, see a podiatrist who can make an accurate diagnosis and provide treatment.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. 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 form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment 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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