Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, caused by the fungus Trichophyton, flourishes in warm and damp environments. This fungus, usually harmless on the skin, can rapidly multiply when feet are confined in tight, non-breathable shoes, particularly plastic ones, or when socks remain damp. It spreads through direct skin contact, as well as indirectly via contaminated surfaces, like showers, pools, towels, and bedding. Symptoms of athlete's foot infections typically include itching, stinging, and burning sensations between the toes, in addition to dry, flaky, red, and scaly skin. In advanced cases, the skin may crack, ooze, or develop blisters. Athlete’s foot, which is highly contagious, can spread to the soles and sides of the feet, or even to the hands. Anyone with a weakened immune system is at a greater risk. Prompt treatment is vital to prevent the infection from spreading and worsening. If left untreated, athlete’s foot can lead to bacterial infections derived from skin fissures. For persistent symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and tailored treatment plans to effectively manage and eradicate the infection. 

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 Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS from Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery.  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 Key West, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Podiatrists play a key role when it comes to managing and preventing foot-related complications in diabetes patients. Foot issues are a common occurrence in diabetics, due to the poor blood circulation and nerve damage, or neuropathy, that often accompany the disease. Podiatrists specialize in early detection and treatment of potential foot problems like ulcers, infections, and structural issues. This makes regular check-ups with podiatrists important for someone who is at risk for these issues. During visits, a podiatrist will conduct comprehensive foot exams to look for signs of decreased circulation, changes in foot structure, or nerve damage. This foot doctor can provide guidance on proper foot care practices, such as how to safely trim nails and avoid injuries. Podiatrists may also recommend appropriate footwear to prevent pressure sores and injuries. Additionally, podiatrists can treat any current foot problems to prevent them from escalating into more serious conditions that could lead to amputation. By closely monitoring the health of a diabetic's feet, podiatrists help maintain mobility and prevent life-threatening complications. If you are at risk for foot complications due to diabetes, it is suggested that you add a podiatrist to your regular care team. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS from Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Friday, 17 May 2024 00:00

If you're experiencing ankle pain, you may be suffering from an ankle injury. Sprains, fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and Achilles tendon ruptures are just some examples of potential ankle injuries. Don't wait for care for an ankle injury, as it may worsen over time. We can help!

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Morton's neuroma, a condition often misunderstood, affects the foot's nerves, particularly between the third and fourth toes. This ailment, named after Thomas George Morton, a 19th-century American surgeon, causes discomfort and pain. The pain is often likened to walking on a pebble or having a fold in the sock. The sensation arises due to the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves, leading to irritation and inflammation. Although high-heeled shoes and tight footwear worsen symptoms, anyone can develop Morton's Neuroma. Interestingly, it is not a true neuroma, but rather a perineural fibrosis, which is a thickening of nerve tissue. Diagnosis typically involves clinical evaluation and imaging studies, with treatment options ranging from orthotics and shoe modifications to more invasive procedures like injections or surgery in more severe cases. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can diagnose and offer correct treatment solutions for Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Robert Hutchison, DPM, FACFAS of Lower Keys Foot & Ankle Surgery. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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