Posts for: May, 2018

By Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

∙       Years of walking

∙       Improper footwear

∙       Poor circulation

∙       Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout

∙       Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

∙       Brittle or discolored toenails

∙       Discoloration or cold/numb feet

∙       Severe pain in feet and ankles

∙       Blisters or cracked skin

∙       Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

∙       Inspect your feet and nails regularly

∙       Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them

∙       Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin

∙       Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks

∙       Trim your toenails regularly

∙       Don’t cross your legs

∙       Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!


By Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay
May 03, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Does one of your heels hurt? Heel pain is a common complaint. Heel pain can be caused by standing for long periods, wearing poorly heel painfitting shoes, or playing sports. Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay, which has offices in Zephyrhills, Sun City Center, Riverview, and Wesley Chapel, FL offers treatments for heel pain. Read on to find out how your podiatrists Dr. Robert Valins, Dr. Maria Walshe and Dr. Domenick Calise can help with your heel pain.

#1- Orthotic Devices- Your doctor may recommend prescription orthotics to treat your heel pain. Orthotic devices are custom-molded, individually designed shoe inserts or foot pads. Research has shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain.

#2- Cortisone Shots- If your pain persists, your podiatrist may inject cortisone into the tissue to reduce pain and inflammation. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. The cortisone starts working in a few days and its effect can last for several days to a few months. 

#3- Stretching Exercises- Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises to treat heel pain. Stretching exercises are an effective way to prevent and manage heel pain. Research shows that stretching exercises reduce inflammation, improve function, and ease pain . Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done on a regular basis. 

#4- Night Splint- Podiatrists use night splints to treat heel pain. A night splint is a brace that attaches to the foot, ankle and lower leg. Night splints hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep. Night splints may help reduce the morning pain experienced by some patients. 

Say no to heel pain. Call Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay at 813-788-3600 today to schedule an appointment in Zephyrhills, FL. Call 813-788-3600 to schedule an appointment in Sun City Center, FL. Call 813-633-5900 to schedule an appointment in Wesley Chapel, FL. Call 813-633-5900 to schedule an appointment in Riverview, FL. Our heel pain treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.


By Total Foot and Ankle of Tampa Bay
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.



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Wesley Chapel, FL 33544
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