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November 2020

The Achilles tendon is located in the back of the leg, and connects the heel to the calf muscles. It plays an important role in daily life and can cause severe pain and discomfort if it becomes injured. An Achilles tendon injury can happen for a variety of reasons, including overuse, stepping off of a curb unexpectedly, and from frequently wearing high heels. Common symptoms of this type of injury can include immediate pain, swelling, and bruising. Many patients that have endured an Achilles tendon injury realize it takes several weeks for a complete recovery to occur. It is beneficial to keep the affected foot elevated as often as possible, and it can help to perform specific stretches that may aid in the healing process. If you are currently experiencing an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you toward a full recovery.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Ankle Sprains in Children

An ankle sprain can be a common injury during childhood. It occurs when the ankle is twisted or turned more than its normal range, causing the ligaments within the ankle to stretch or tear. Children might twist their ankles while playing, or while walking on an uneven surface. The symptoms of a sprained ankle include pain and swelling near the ankle joint, an inability to bear weight, bruising, tenderness, and a reduced range of motion in the affected ankle. Ankle sprains vary in severity from a mild grade one sprain where the ligaments overstretch, to a severe grade three sprain, in which the ligaments completely tear. If your child has symptoms of an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle 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
  • Bursitis
  • 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 our office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Saturday, 21 November 2020 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

What Is Clubfoot?

Clubfoot is a foot deformity present from birth that affects a baby’s bones, muscles, tendons, and blood vessels. In children with clubfoot, the front half of an affected foot turns inwards and the heel points down, resembling a club. About half of children who have clubfoot have it in both feet. While this condition is not painful for babies, early treatment is highly recommended to ensure that the child can eventually walk and perform other functional activities. Clubfoot is typically treated by using a series of casts and braces to rotate the child’s foot into the correct position over time. Children who complete treatment typically grow up to have normal function in their feet. For more information about this condition, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

What Causes Athlete’s Foot?

The medical term for the foot condition that is referred to as athlete’s foot is tinea pedis. It is considered to be an infection of the skin of the feet that is caused by a fungus. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, which can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. Some of the symptoms that are associated with athlete’s foot include redness, itchiness between the toes and on the bottom of the feet, and in severe cases, blisters may develop. There are preventive measures which can be implemented that may help to prevent athlete's foot from developing. These can include wearing appropriate shoes while in moist areas and avoiding sharing towels, shoes, and socks. Mild relief may be found when an antifungal powder is frequently applied. If you have developed this ailment, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can treat this condition.

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 Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. 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 office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Can Orthotics Help Plantar Fasciitis Pain?

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, can often be the culprit for foot pain. Common treatments for this condition may include lifestyle changes, stretching the feet, and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve pain. However, sometimes these treatments prove ineffective. In these cases, wearing orthotics in the shoes may help. Whether they are mass produced or custom made, used alone or in conjunction with the previously mentioned treatments, orthotics can be effective for reducing plantar fasciitis pain. For more information on orthotics and plantar fasciitis, consult with a podiatrist today.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari  from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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