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October 2022

Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

What Causes Chronic Ankle Instability?

When you are walking along and suddenly your ankle gives way, causing the foot to roll over onto its side, you may have chronic ankle instability. Common complaints of ankle instability include repeated turning of the ankle, frequent swelling, pain, and tenderness. The main cause connected to chronic instability is repeated ankle sprains. Often the reason for this is not allowing the ankle to heal completely after a sprain. This healing process can take months, and impatience to get back to the activity may put the ankle at risk for another sprain. The ligaments may become overstretched, increasing the instability of the joint and putting other parts of the foot at risk for injury. Seeking the help of a podiatrist is essential in dealing with ankle instability when it reaches the chronic level. Both nonsurgical and surgical options may be needed. After a thorough examination and diagnosis, a podiatrist can determine the best treatment options for you.  

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski from Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Exist for Various Reasons

There are various reasons why patients can develop heel pain. These can include uncomfortable foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or an Achilles tendon injury. Diabetic patients may be prone to developing heel pain, and bursitis may cause this pain to become worse. Mild relief may be found from heel pain by frequently elevating the affected foot, wearing shoes that fit correctly, and performing gentle exercises and stretches. Many patients choose to wear soft insoles in their shoes, in addition to wrapping an elastic bandage around the ankle which may provide extra support. Heel pain is often indicative of an existing medical condition, and it is strongly urged that you contact a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can accurately determine the cause and provide effective treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski of Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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Thursday, 13 October 2022 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!

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

What Is Maffucci Syndrome?

Podiatrists are familiar with the fact that there are a number of rare foot conditions that can impact the health of someone’s feet. Maffucci syndrome is one such rare foot condition. This condition typically impacts the hands and the feet. It is so rare that less than 200 cases have been reported since its discovery in 1881. If an individual has Maffucci syndrome, they may experience the development of benign growths on the bones of the feet. These growths are especially located at the end of the bones. This condition is potentially serious because although the growths are initially benign, it is possible that they may become malignant (meaning cancerous). Interestingly, Maffucci syndrome is not an inherited condition, and those living with the syndrome can be smaller in stature. If you want to learn more about Maffucci syndrome or other rare foot conditions, contact a podiatrist today.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski of Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Leesburg, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Treating Toenail Fungus

Onychomycosis, also called tinea unguium, is a fungal infection affecting the nails. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments which can cause them to overpopulate. The same fungi that cause jock itch, athlete’s foot, and ringworm can cause nail infections. Such an infection might present itself as yellow or white spots on the toenail, the nail may raise from the nail bed, the skin surrounding the affected toenail may darken, the nail can become brittle and thick, and there may be a foul odor. Complications can arise from toenail fungus, so early intervention is suggested. Toenail fungus is contagious as well. It can spread between nails, onto the skin, and to other people. If you have any of these symptoms, see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis. Fungal infections can mimic symptoms of other conditions. Once confirmed, a podiatrist will be able to recommend treatment for your specific toenail issue.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski of Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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