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April 2021

Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00

Have I Ruptured My Achilles Tendon?

An Achilles tendon rupture is a complete or partial tear of the Achilles tendon, a band of tissue that runs along the back of the lower leg and connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. This type of injury can occur during forceful jumping or pivoting, when suddenly accelerating while running, or from falling or tripping. An Achilles tendon rupture is particularly common among middle-aged people who play sports as a hobby. If you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, you may feel a sudden pain in the back of the ankle or calf that subsides into a dull ache over time. You may also experience a popping or snapping sensation in the back of the leg. This is often followed by swelling in the area between the heel and the calf and difficulty walking, especially up the stairs or up a hill. If you have ruptured your Achilles tendon, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

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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Tuesday, 20 April 2021 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

An Overview of Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is a common type of fungal infection that can affect the toenails. Infected toenails may become discolored, brittle, or thickened, and can crumble, crack, or separate from the skin over time. Toenail fungus is usually not painful, but can be uncomfortable and unsightly. It is also highly contagious and can spread from one nail to another and from person to person. There are several treatments available for onychomycosis. Over-the-counter and prescription topical treatments, such as medicated nail polishes and creams, are applied directly to the surface of infected nails. Oral antifungal medications are often prescribed for more severe infections, but may cause side effects that require close monitoring. In some cases, removing the infected nail may be suggested. For more information about toenail fungus, please consult with a podiatrist. 

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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, 12 April 2021 00:00

What Does Athlete's Foot Look Like?

Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a contagious fungal infection of the skin on the feet. Sometimes, athlete’s foot can be difficult to recognize visually because it can look a lot like dry skin. Nevertheless, there are some telltale signs that indicate a tinea pedis infection. The skin of the feet will typically be very dry, especially on the soles of the feet and in the areas between the toes, and the skin may peel, crack, or blister. Athlete’s foot may also cause a scaly, itchy, red rash to develop on one or both feet. This rash might cause burning or stinging pain. Left untreated, the infection could spread to the toenails and other parts of the body. Fortunately, athlete’s foot can usually be treated with antifungal medications. If you suspect that you may have athlete’s foot, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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There are many medical conditions that can result in reduced blood flow to the feet and ankles. One common cause is peripheral artery disease (PAD), in which blood flow to the lower limbs is compromised due to plaque buildup in the arteries. The plaque causes the artery walls to narrow and harden, making it difficult for an adequate amount of blood to circulate to the feet and ankles. Varicose veins, in which the leg veins become enlarged, damaged, and unable to move blood efficiently, is also a common condition. Other ailments that can impact circulation include diabetes, obesity, blood clots, and Raynaud's disease. To learn more about how poor circulation can affect the feet and ankles, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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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