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Items filtered by date: October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Choosing Socks for Sweaty Feet

Sweaty feet can be more than just an inconvenience. They can lead to a host of problems, ranging from blisters and fungal infections to bacterial growth. With approximately 4.8 percent of the population dealing with hyperhidrosis, it is clear that many individuals are searching for solutions to keep their feet dry and comfortable. One effective way to manage this situation is by choosing the right socks, which can play an important role in keeping your feet moisture free and safer from infection. The soles of your feet have more sweat glands than any other part of your body. These sweat glands are essential for temperature regulation, but for those with hyperhidrosis, they can become overactive and lead to excessive perspiration. This not only causes discomfort, but also poses various health risks. A number of issues need to be taken into consideration when choosing socks for hyperhidrosis, including materials, breathability, construction, fit, and safety. If you are unsure about the best sock choices for your feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist, who can offer expert advice tailored to your needs.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Foot Injuries and Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, is a condition affecting the cuboid bone in the middle of the foot. It typically arises from foot injuries or dislocation that result in the tearing of the joints and ligaments around the cuboid bone. It is often associated with sports that stress the feet or individuals with significant overpronation. The primary symptom is foot pain and weakness, particularly when bearing weight. Swelling, tenderness, and redness may accompany these symptoms, hindering daily activities and sometimes causing a limp. Diagnosis can be challenging, as imaging tests may not consistently reveal the condition. If you have pain on the outside of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and tailored treatment.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Wednesday, 18 October 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Foot blisters are a common issue, particularly among athletes and active individuals. These fluid-filled sacs typically form due to friction and pressure, often caused by ill-fitting shoes or repetitive movements. Moisture and heat can exacerbate the problem, making the feet more susceptible to blisters. When it comes to treatment, the first step is to keep the area clean to prevent infection. Refrain from popping the blister, as the fluid acts as a natural barrier that promotes healing. Cover the blister with a sterile bandage or moleskin to reduce friction. If the blister does burst, clean it gently with soap and water, apply an antibiotic ointment, and cover it. Wearing well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks and properly-sized shoes can help prevent future blisters. Using blister pads or bandages on areas prone to friction can also reduce the risk. Ultimately, taking steps to minimize friction and maintaining good foot hygiene can go a long way in preventing and treating foot blisters effectively. If you have discomfort from foot blisters, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Understanding the Anatomy of Flat Feet

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, is a common condition where the arches of the feet appear to be flat or absent. Understanding the anatomy of flat feet can shed light on this condition. The arch of the foot is a vital structural feature, composed of tendons, ligaments, and bones, including the tarsal and metatarsal bones. In individuals with normal arches, these structures work together to absorb shock, distribute weight, and provide stability during movement. However, in individuals with flat feet, these components may not function as effectively. Common causes of flat feet include genetics, injury, or conditions such as tendon dysfunction. When the arch collapses or flattens, it can result in an uneven distribution of weight on the foot, leading to pain, fatigue, and potential musculoskeletal issues. Understanding the anatomy of flat feet is the first step towards seeking appropriate care and management. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help individuals with flat feet explore treatment options. These can include wearing orthotics, doing specific exercises, and, in some cases, undergoing surgery to address discomfort and improve foot function.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Managing Plantar Warts in Children

Plantar warts in children can be a common and bothersome issue. These small, hard growths on the soles of the feet are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. While usually harmless, plantar warts can be painful and may spread if not treated promptly. Encourage your child not to pick at the wart, as this can cause it to spread. Additionally, advise them to avoid sharing shoes or socks with others. Plantar warts can be stubborn, but with the right care and guidance from a podiatrist, you can help your child get back to having pain-free, healthy feet. Attempting self-removal of these warts at home should be avoided, as it can lead to infection or scarring. Over-the-counter treatments can also be too harsh for a child's sensitive skin. Medical treatments for the removal of plantar warts include cryotherapy, or freezing, laser therapy, or topical medications to remove the wart. If you suspect your child has a plantar wart, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment options. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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