Posts for: January, 2019
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
What is a Crush Injury?
Have a foot crush injury? A crush injury occurs when pressure or force is put on a body part. A foot crush injury may cause pain, swelling, and sometimes bruising. A foot crush injury may take from a few days to a few weeks to heal. If you have a foot crush injury, you should see a podiatrist. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle conditions and injuries. Read on to learn more about foot crush injuries.
Overview- A crush injury is an injury that occurs when a body part sustains intense pressure. Minor crush injuries can be caused by dropping a heavy object on a foot. However, major crush injuries, such as those sustained in vehicle accidents, can cause serious problems. Such an injury can cause a number of issues, including pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, laceration, fracture, and nerve injury. A crush injury can also cause compartment syndrome, which is a dangerous condition caused by pressure buildup from swelling of tissues or internal bleeding.
Causes- The primary causes of foot crush injuries include heavy falling objects, vehicles rolling over the foot, and injuries from industrial manufacturing equipment. Crush injuries are common on farms. The most serious cases occur in agriculture where heavy machinery is used and people become trapped in them or under them. This form of injury is common after some form of trauma from a deliberate attack or following a natural disaster.
Diagnosis- A proper diagnosis is key to treating a foot crush injury. Your podiatrist can accurately assess your situation and help you make the right treatment decisions for the best possible outcome. Your doctor will start with a physical exam, with attention given to the areas of complaint. Your podiatrist may take X-rays and other forms of imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT).
Treatment- Firstly, any wounds that are present will need to be cleaned and bandaged to prevent infection. Treatments for a foot crush injury may also include medication, casting, kinesiology taping, ice and heat, physical therapy, or surgery. Often more than one of these treatments are used. Crush injuries of the foot are very serious. Potentially devastating complications can occur if these injuries are underestimated or mismanaged.
A foot crush injury can affect your day-to-day activities and make your life miserable. Whether your goal is getting back to the work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, a podiatrist can help. If you want to feel better and live well, find a podiatrist near you and schedule an appointment.
Gritting your teeth through the pain doesn't always make you stronger, despite common wisdom. Although uncomfortable twinges often go away quickly if you've suffered a minor heel injury, ignoring severe or lingering pain may lead to chronic pain, arthritis, and other problems, in some cases. Your podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center offer a variety of heel pain treatments at our offices in Fairfax/Burke, Ashburn/Leesburg, McLean/Great Falls, or Reston/Herndon, VA.
What causes heel pain?
Heel pain can occur due to:
- Fractures: Pain that occurs after you fall or jump may be a sign that you have a fracture, particularly if you can't put any weight on your heel. Stress fractures can also occur if you're an athlete and have begun training harder or longer than usual.
- Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs when the long band of connective tissue called the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. The fascia runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your toes to your heels. The condition is more likely to occur if you're a runner or dancer, spend long hours on your feet, are overweight, or have high arches or flat feet. Pain is often felt first thing in the morning and when you rise after standing or sitting.
- Achilles Tendinitis: Pain in your heel may also be caused by inflammation of the large tendon that connects your calf muscles to your heels. You may feel an aching or burning sensation in your heel and notice that it's red and feels warm.
- Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: Your Achilles tendon glides over your heel smoothly thanks to the presence of the retrocalcaneal bursa. The bursa is a small, fluid-filled sac on the back of your heel. Walking and running can trigger heel pain if you have retrocalcaneal bursitis, as can moving your foot up and down.
How can a visit to my podiatrist help?
If your pain lasts more than a week or two or is severe or disabling, it's a good idea to visit our foot doctors. After performing a thorough examination, we can offer treatments that will ease your pain and help you avoid long-lasting complications.
Is it about time you did something about your heel pain? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Center by calling (703) 273-9818 for the Fairfax/Burke, VA, office, (703) 723-9267 for the Ashburn/Leesburg office, (703) 556-8637 for the McLean/Great Falls office, or (703) 723-2719 for the Reston/Herndon office.