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Okeechobee (863) 357-1166
Clewiston (863) 983-0307
Boca Raton (561) 447-7571

Okeechobee (863) 357-1166
Clewiston (863) 983-0307
Boca Raton (561) 447-7571

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Children’s feet grow at different paces, and growth spurts can depend on the age of the child. This is a good reason to measure your child’s feet approximately every two months until they are six years old. When children are born up until the age of two, their feet are generally soft and flexible. During this stage of life, it is beneficial that children have access to different types of surfaces. Their ability to sense different textures is heightened, and foot muscles can begin to develop. Many parents choose to have their children walk barefoot while indoors, and this can help to strengthen the overall foot. When it is time to purchase their first pair of shoes, arch support is not recommended. Shoes that do not have an arch may allow the big toe to naturally extend. Additionally, the remaining toes can help to control the foot as walking is done, and may be harder to do with an arch in the shoe. If you would like to have more knowledge about what kind of shoes to purchase for your child, a podiatrist can give you the information you are seeking. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact our doctors of Florida Foot Specialist. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Okeechobee, Boca Raton, and Clewiston, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The heel bone, or calcaneus, is the largest of the 26 bones in the foot. Too much stress on the heel, such as repeatedly pounding the feet on hard surfaces, can cause soreness. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel along the sole of the foot. Other sources of heel pain are wearing shoes that lack ample cushioning and shock absorption, running too far, and landing awkwardly on the feet. Tightness in the Achilles tendon, as well as biomechanical difficulties like flat feet and overpronation can also be causes of heel pain. Additional causes of heel pain include heel spurs, arthritis, and stress fractures. Depending on the cause, symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, numbness, and stiffness. If you are experiencing regular bouts of heel pain, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for an examination, a diagnosis, and an appropriate course of treatment. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact our doctors of Florida Foot Specialist. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Okeechobee, Boca Raton, and Clewiston, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 18 January 2023 00:00

Toenail fungus is a nail infection that is characterized by nails that become brittle, yellow, and generally unsightly. In severe cases, the fungus may cause the nail to fall off, and a new nail will grow that forms underneath it. Additionally, common symptoms include a change in the nail shape, and debris may be trapped under the nail. There are specific medical conditions that may put a patient at a greater risk for developing toenail fungus. These can include immune system disorders, genetic factors, or possibly from being diabetic. Many people decide to seek treatment for their toenail fungus, which generally consists of taking prescribed oral and cream medication, and laser treatment may be considered. If you have toenail fungus, it will typically worsen if prompt treatment is not sought. Please contact a podiatrist who can effectively treat toenail fungus.

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 our doctors of Florida Foot Specialist. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Okeechobee, Boca Raton, and Clewiston, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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