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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis significantly impacts quality of life, primarily due to persistent heel pain. This condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, often resulting in stabbing pain, particularly during the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The pain can range from a dull ache to sharp discomfort, making walking, standing, and engaging in daily activities challenging. Symptoms can include heel pain, stiffness, and swelling. Common causes are overuse, wearing improper footwear, obesity, and excessive standing or walking on hard surfaces. Relief options include rest, stretching exercises, proper footwear, and orthotic devices to provide arch support. In severe cases, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or surgery might be necessary. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to manage it and prevent further complications.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin, which causes pain and has a potential for infection. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can treat ingrown toenails through a variety of procedures depending on the severity. For less severe cases, a podiatrist may carefully trim the ingrown portion of the nail and instruct the patient on proper nail care techniques to prevent recurrence. If the ingrown toenail is more problematic or keeps coming back, a podiatrist might perform a partial nail avulsion. This involves numbing the toe and then removing the ingrown section of the nail. In some cases, a podiatrist may also apply a chemical called phenol to the affected nail root to prevent the problematic portion of the nail from growing back. These procedures are generally quick, done with minimal discomfort, and allow patients to return to daily activities fairly quickly. If you are suffering with an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for treatment and to prevent the ingrown toenail from returning. 

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Podiatrists play an indispensable role in the realm of diabetic limb salvage by addressing not only the immediate wound but also the underlying biomechanical issues of the foot and ankle. These foot and ankle specialists view the diabetic wound in the context of the entire lower limb's structure and function, which involves meticulous local wound care. Debridement and the use of advanced topical therapies and bioengineered tissues, coupled with strategies to offload pressure from the wound site are included. Offloading techniques might include total contact casts, custom braces, and healing shoes with custom inserts designed to redistribute pressure and prevent further injury. When conservative measures fail, surgical intervention may be necessary. Procedures like Achilles tendon lengthening or tendon transfers are performed to rebalance the foot, addressing deformities and reducing abnormal pressures that contribute to ulcers. In more severe cases, reconstructive surgery may be needed to stabilize the foot and prevent ongoing damage. Postoperative care is critical to ensure long-term success, with custom footwear and regular biomechanical monitoring playing key roles in preventing recurrence. If you are experiencing diabetic foot ulcers, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for holistic care that heals the wounds and maintains the overall health and function of your feet.

Limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have diabetes, cancer, or any other condition that could lead to foot amputation if left unchecked, consult with Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Limb Salvage?

Limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

However, there are other causes as well, such as cancer and traumatic injury. Links between higher mortality rates and amputation have been found. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

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

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