Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Wearing appropriate footwear is paramount for individuals with flat feet to maintain comfort, stability, and overall foot health. Flat feet, a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, can lead to various issues such as overpronation, arch pain, and discomfort while walking or standing. Proper shoes for flat feet offer vital support and alignment, helping distribute weight evenly across the feet and reducing strain on ligaments and muscles. Shoes with adequate arch support and cushioning may help to alleviate discomfort and prevent the progression of foot-related problems associated with flat feet. Additionally, supportive footwear can promote proper alignment of the lower body, reducing the risk of related issues such as ankle and knee pain. By choosing shoes designed specifically for flat feet and prioritizing comfort and support, individuals can reduce discomfort, enhance stability, and maintain an active lifestyle with confidence and ease. If you have flat feet and are interested in purchasing shoes that can bring relief and offer adequate support, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Tendonitis of the foot and ankle can cause discomfort and pain, often due to overuse or injury. The tendons that connect muscles to bones become inflamed, leading to symptoms like swelling and aching. There are various types of tendonitis affecting different parts of the foot and ankle, including Achilles tendonitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, peroneal tendonitis, flexor tendonitis, and extensor tendonitis. Achilles tendonitis typically results from increased activity levels, new sports, or wearing ill-fitting footwear. It generally responds well to conservative treatments. Posterior tibial tendonitis is associated with flat feet and may require braces or orthotics. Peroneal tendonitis affects the outer ankle and can be linked to high-arched feet and previous ankle sprains. Flexor tendonitis is common among dancers and those who balance on their toes, while extensor tendonitis is often caused by friction with tight shoes or certain medical conditions. Common causes include overuse, abnormal foot structure, trauma, or underlying medical conditions such as arthritis. Diagnosis involves medical history, X-rays, or MRI scans to determine the extent of the injury. If you have tendon pain in the foot or ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment, and to learn about prevention measures.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Friday, 09 February 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, affects approximately 10 million adults in the U.S., with about five percent of those over 50. The condition is slightly more prevalent in men. Peripheral artery disease is caused by clogged arteries that block the flow of blood to the lower legs and feet. Risk factors include high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, and hypertension. Others are family history, chronic renal failure, obesity, and physical inactivity. Common symptoms can include intermittent pain with exercise and severe pain in legs, especially at night. Additional signs of PAD are numbness, weakness, and muscle atrophy in legs, coldness and color changes in feet, and hair loss on the arms and legs. Thickening toenails and poor wound healing, which may lead to ulcers and gangrene, are also telltale signs of PAD. Prompt recognition of symptoms and risk factors is important to prevent complications that can include tissue damage. If you are experiencing symptoms of PAD in the lower leg and feet, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a thorough exam. 

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Jeffrey Lerner from Palm Beach Podiatric Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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

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