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April 2020

One of the most well known fungal foot conditions is athlete’s foot. This condition is a contagious skin infection that, as its name suggests, tends to primarily affect athletes. Because athletes’ are likely to get sweaty, hot feet while partaking in their sporting activity, their footwear becomes a space that fungus can likely thrive and grow in due to the dark, moist environment. Some common symptoms of this condition may include an irritating rash on the affected foot, dry skin, and psoriasis. For more information on what symptoms to look out for, it’s suggested to ask a podiatrist.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Friday, 24 April 2020 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!

Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

What Does Foot Pain Indicate?

Foot pain is considered to be a common ailment among many people. It can include pain in the toes, heel, and arch areas, which may be indicative of serious foot conditions. Toe pain can be a symptom of certain types of arthritis, bunions, or it may originate from an ingrown toenail. If there is pain in the ball of the foot, it may be linked to a condition that is referred to as Morton’s neuroma, which impacts the nerves of the foot. A common form of pain and discomfort in the heel can be connected to plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or possibly from an Achilles tendon injury. If you are experiencing foot pain for any reason, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. 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 our office located in El Paso, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Monday, 13 April 2020 00:00

How Do Broken Toes Occur?

A broken toe is typically not a serious condition, despite the fact that it may cause severe pain and discomfort. It may happen as a result of stubbing your toe against a piece of furniture, or possibly from dropping a heavy object on it. Immediate symptoms may include bruising and swelling on or around the affected toe, difficulty in walking, and the toe may appear deformed. Many patients have found buddy taping to be an effective treatment method for mildly broken toes. This is accomplished by taping the injured toe to the toe next to it. This method may be helpful in providing the necessary support as the healing process takes place. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to determine which treatment option is best for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar from Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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Friday, 10 April 2020 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.

Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

What Is a Bunion?

There are many patients who may notice a bony protrusion developing on the side of their big toe. This may be consistent with the signs of a bunion, which typically produces pain and discomfort. It is considered to be a bone deformity, and there are specific reasons why this condition may develop. These causes can include genetic factors, or it may gradually appear from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. If the bunion is severe, larger shoes may have to be purchased, which can accommodate the growing bunion. Many patients find mild relief when a small pad is worn over it, as this may help to protect it from friction that may be caused by wearing shoes. If you are afflicted with a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you proper treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Gabriel Lazar of Advanced Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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