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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

The Dangers of Hiking With Wet Feet

Hikers can easily get wet feet, simply by having to cross a stream, or from a sudden downpour. Hiking experts recommend not hiking in conditions that may cause your feet to get wet. Potential problems from continuing to hike after your feet are wet include developing fungal infections and blisters. Possible infections include athlete’s foot, which can cause cracked, itchy, and inflamed skin between the toes, and toenail fungus, which can cause the nails to crumble and flake. This also can endanger the nail bed itself. Blisters are caused by friction as the side of the toe or heel rubs against the inside of a shoe. If the activity continues when a blister forms, it not only can be painful, but it can become infected. Prevention measures include wearing waterproof boots, carrying an extra pair of moisture-wicking socks, and investing in a pair of gaiters that help to keep your feet dry. For more information on how to keep your feet safe while hiking, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

How to Take Care of Your Feet

We underestimate how much time we spend on our feet and how much wear and tear they go through. When we stop and think about just how much our feet do for us, we can more fully appreciate the need to spend some time and energy taking care of them. A foot care routine can easily be implemented, and the payoffs are substantial. A proper foot care routine starts with looking at the feet more frequently to assess whether there are cuts, cracked heels, corns, or blisters that need to be tended to. Those with diabetes need to use particular care in examining their feet for developments that can turn into infections. Good regular foot care includes washing, drying, and moisturizing the feet each day, wearing shoes that are comfortable and the right size, and keeping the toenails trimmed by cutting them straight across and rounding the edges with a nail file. A pampering foot massage and a pedicure are icing on the cake in foot care. If you want to know more about how you can take care of your feet, it is suggested that you talk to a podiatrist about what other things you can do to maintain their health and functioning.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

Causes of Toenail Loss From Hiking

Hikers toenail is a condition that can be painful, unsightly and a generally unpleasant experience among people who enjoy this activity. It also can lead to other conditions, including fungal infections and misshapen toenails. Symptoms of hikers toenail include a blackened appearance of the nail, which is actually caused by blood forming underneath it. Combined with the warm and moist environment that develops within hiking boots, it is a perfect breeding ground for fungal infections. One of the main causes of hikers toenail is improperly fitting footwear. Specifically, boots that are too short and boots that leave too much room for the foot to slide are the top causes. Both can make the toes push forward against the tip of the boot. If this continues, it can form an ingrown toenail, or it can actually separate the toenail from the nailbed. In most cases, however, the toenails simply become bruised, cracked, and blackened. For treatment of severely bruised toenails, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who is a trained foot doctor and can help to remedy the situation.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Friday, 12 May 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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Tuesday, 09 May 2023 00:00

Broken Toe Warning Signs

Breaking any bone in the body should never be taken lightly. The toes of the feet are no exception. When an individual breaks their toe, they may experience any number of unpleasant symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and bruising. If you have broken your toe, you might seek health attention from a trusted medical professional, such as a podiatrist. This ought to be done especially if your broken toe is accompanied by bleeding or sensations of numbness. Additionally, if a broken toe appears to be pointing the incorrect way or there is discoloration, these are usually signs that immediate medical attention be sought. If any of this information applies to you or a loved one, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for treatment.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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, 02 May 2023 00:00

Stretches After an Ankle Injury

People who have endured an ankle injury often realize the importance of performing specific stretches that are designed to strengthen the foot. It is beneficial to start out slowly, then gradually increase intensity as the pain levels adjust and eventually diminish. Many people who start stretching after an ankle injury often gauge it by the pain levels. The stretches can be successfully accomplished when the pain is kept between a level of 0 to 5, with excessive discomfort rating a 10. If the pain becomes unbearable, it may help to increase resting times between movements and reduce the speed at which a stretch is done. Many patients find it is beneficial to exercise in small increments during the course of the day. This may help to prevent fatigue, and it may lead to possibly increasing repetitions. A desirable time frame to hold a foot stretch can range between 20 and 30 seconds. The goal is to increase the range of motion and the time the stretch is held. If you would like more information about the importance of performing stretching techniques after an ankle injury, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Gerald Perelman from Ohio. 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.


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 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.


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.


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 our office located in Wilmington, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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