Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Foot pain resulting from obesity can profoundly affect biomechanics and gait, as excess weight places undue stress on the feet, ankles, and lower limbs. This strain can alter the way you walk, leading to compensatory movements and further discomfort. Beyond physical discomfort, foot pain caused by obesity can significantly impact daily life, hindering mobility and limiting participation in activities. Seeking help from a podiatrist offers compassionate support and effective solutions for anyone suffering foot problems related to their weight. Podiatrists understand the complexities of foot pain associated with obesity and can provide personalized care to address your unique needs. They offer a range of treatments, including orthotic devices to support proper alignment and footwear guidance to alleviate pressure. If you carry excess weight and have foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist so you can embark on a journey toward improved foot health and enhanced overall well-being.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, 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.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot is a common fungal infection of the skin, typically occurring between the toes. It thrives in warm, moist environments such as locker rooms, swimming pools, and communal showers. Poor hygiene, sweaty feet, and wearing tight, non-breathable shoes can increase the risk of infection. Prevention primarily revolves around maintaining good foot hygiene practices, including washing and thoroughly drying feet daily, especially between the toes. Wearing clean socks made of breathable materials and changing them regularly can also help prevent fungal growth. Additionally, avoiding walking barefoot in public places and wearing protective footwear in communal areas can reduce exposure to the fungus. Podiatrists play a vital role in treating athlete's foot, offering antifungal medications in various forms, such as creams, powders, or oral medications, depending on the severity of the infection. They may also give guidance on proper foot hygiene and preventive measures to minimize the risk of recurrence. If you have developed athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer you the appropriate treatment method.

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 Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. 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 offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Feet, often overlooked until they begin to ache, play an important role in living a normal life. Three common causes of foot pain include tarsal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsal pain. Tarsal tunnel syndrome involves compression of the tibial or plantar nerves within a passageway in the foot. This type of compression causes pain along the inner ankle and sole. Plantar fasciitis is the result of inflammation of the tissue on the sole of the foot that supports the arch. It results in heel pain and stiffness, particularly after periods of rest or activity. Metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of the foot is often caused by activities that involve running and jumping. There are other causes as well, including foot deformities and shoes that are too tight or too loose. Addressing these types of foot pain requires a tailored approach, ranging from orthotic inserts and physical therapy to lifestyle adjustments and proper footwear. For help with foot pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. 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 offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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