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July 2021

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

When Cracked Heels Become Painful

Heel fissures (cracked heels) that deepen may not only be unattractive, but painful. Left untreated, they may form hardened calluses, bleed, or even become infected. Cracked heels are usually the result of dry skin. Sometimes, this is exacerbated by obesity—which can cause dry skin to stiffen and crack when it is overly stretched. Standing on hard flooring for prolonged periods, as well as wearing poorly fitting or open-back shoes, or having certain foot disorders, psoriasis, eczema, and other medical conditions may also contribute to the development of cracked heels. You can help prevent heel fissures from occurring by keeping your feet hydrated with emollient or humectant moisturizers, limiting your time in the shower or bath, and opting for warm, rather than hot, water. Severely cracked or bleeding heels should be cared for by a podiatrist who can help prevent them from becoming infected.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

Reasons Why Ankle Pain Can Occur

Ankle pain may indicate different foot conditions. It can happen as a result of the aging process, or from ailments that can include plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Some patients who experience ankle pain may find mild relief when shoes that are worn can keep the ankle higher than the toes. Losing excess weight may help to reduce existing ankle pain, and performing specific stretches may be beneficial in strengthening the affected foot. Additionally, ankle pain may come from enduring an ankle sprain or fracture, and immediate medical care is needed for a prompt recovery. If you have ankle pain for any reason, speak with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 19 July 2021 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

If you have ever tried to shop for shoes online, you may have noticed that, in addition to different brands having different measurements for their sizes, shoe sizing standards also vary by country. But whether you’re a size 7, 38, 5, or 24 (which are all, more or less, the same size), it may be worth knowing more about these numbers. In the United States, shoe sizes generally increase in standard increments of a third of an inch. In the UK, an adult’s shoe size can be estimated by measuring the length of the foot, multiplying it by three, and then subtracting 25. In Europe, shoe sizes increase by increments of two-thirds of a centimeter. If all these numbers are making your head spin - you’re not alone. Finding the right size shoe can be difficult work. In a brick and mortar store, a sales associate can often help you find the right shoe size by measuring your feet, and you should always try on shoes and make sure that they fit comfortably before you commit to wearing them. A podiatrist can further assist you by suggesting specific features of shoes, such as extra padding or a wider toe box, that would best meet your foot health needs. For more information about finding the right shoes for you, consult with a podiatrist. 

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Foot pain can occur in your heels, arches, toes, or soles, and may range from mild to severe. Generally speaking, foot pain is caused by a medical condition, injury, or lifestyle factors. Medical conditions that can lead to foot pain include arthritis, diabetes, gout, neuropathy, and peripheral vascular disease. Foot pain is often caused by injuries while playing sports, participating in physical fitness programs, or accidents. Lifestyle choices that can add to the pressure and stress your feet endure include wearing the wrong shoes. High heels, shoes that don’t fit properly, or those that fail to provide proper support during physical activities can all cause painful foot conditions. Carrying extra weight in your body can put a tremendous amount of undue pressure and strain on your feet, while wearing down fat pads and connective tissue. If you have any pain in your feet, consult with a podiatrist to determine the cause and to receive the treatment you need.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor 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 one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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