Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection affecting the skin of the feet, typically occurring between the toes. There are three main types of athlete’s foot, which are interdigital, moccasin, and vesicular. Interdigital athlete's foot typically occurs between the toes and is characterized by itching, scaling, and sometimes maceration of the skin. Moccasin athlete's foot affects the soles and sides of the feet, presenting as dry, thickened, and scaly skin that can sometimes crack. Vesicular athlete's foot features fluid-filled blisters, often appearing on the instep, and can cause intense itching and discomfort. The infection is caused by dermatophytes, which are fungi that thrive in warm, moist environments like locker rooms, public showers, and swimming pools. Risk factors include wearing tight, non-breathable footwear, sweating heavily, and walking barefoot in damp communal areas. Symptoms include itching, burning, peeling, and cracked skin, often accompanied by redness and blisters. Athlete's foot is extremely contagious and can spread through direct contact with infected skin or contaminated surfaces. Treatment involves antifungal medications, available as creams, sprays, or oral prescriptions, depending on the severity. If you have athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat the infection, which often includes prescribed medication.  

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C..  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Wearing high heels to work every day can have a significant effect on the feet and the rest of the body. High heels shift body weight forward, increasing pressure on the forefoot and leading to conditions like bunions, hammertoes, and metatarsalgia. The unnatural angle of the foot can cause calf muscle tightening and Achilles tendon shortening, resulting in discomfort and pain. Over time, high heels can alter posture, leading to lower back, hip, and knee pain due to misalignment of the spine and joints. Wearing high heels may seem glamorous, but it can also cause pain, blisters, and calluses. To mitigate these effects, choose heels with lower heights, opt for wedges or platforms for better weight distribution, and use cushioned insoles. It can also help to regularly stretch the calves and feet, and alternating with more supportive footwear. If you enjoy wearing heels to work and you have persistent foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for advice and care.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

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.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Heel pain is a frequent concern, often associated with conditions such as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that occurs when the thick band of tissue under your foot, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. This commonly results from daily activities like running, standing for long periods, or wearing improper shoes. Podiatrists, or foot doctors, can help treat plantar fasciitis and relieve pain in multiple ways. Podiatrists may recommend specific stretching exercises to release tightness in the plantar fascia or they may customize orthotic inserts to support the foot. In some cases, they may suggest anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroid injections aiming to reduce pain and inflammation. With proper guidance from a podiatrist, heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis can become more controlled. If you are suffering with heel pain or conditions such as plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to find a treatment best fit for your specific condition.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM of SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor 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 our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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