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November 2022

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Dealing With Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a disease that often targets people as they get older. What happens is that the cartilage between the joints wears down, removing the cushion between the bones and causing them to touch. This brings intense pain and can cause damage to the bones. In some cases of osteoarthritis, bumps known as Herberen’s and Bouchard nodes form at the joints, particularly in the fingers and toes. There is no cure for osteoarthritis, which is also a progressive disease, and the cause is unknown. In some cases, it is brought on by other conditions, including nervous system disorders, a buildup of certain minerals in the body, congenital diseases, and bone disorders. Treatment is available for osteoarthritis ranging from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and topical creams that help reduce pain to surgery that replaces the cartilage or the joint itself. If you believe you have osteoarthritis that is affecting your feet and ankles, please see a podiatrist for treatment options.  

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is 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 care needs.

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There are many issues pertaining to the feet that diabetic patients may have to contend with. Nerve damage, circulatory issues, and diabetic foot ulcers are a few common ailments, and practicing everyday foot care is crucial to implement. Nerve damage is another name for neuropathy and it causes the inability to feel existing cuts and scrapes that develop on the bottom of the feet. A mirror is an effective tool to use to look at the soles of the feet. Also many people will ask a family member or caregiver to inspect the feet. A cut that is left untreated may become infected and this can be a result of elevated blood sugar levels in the bloodstream. When daily foot care is practiced, the risk of getting unwanted foot conditions may be reduced. Proper foot care consists of getting the toenails trimmed weekly, removing corns and calluses, and wearing shoes and socks at all times. It is strongly advised that diabetic patients are under the care of a podiatrist who can help them manage this condition and offer effective foot care practices. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Broken Ankles in Children

As a child grows and slowly begins to mature, they engage in a variety of different physical activities during participation in school sports or during playtime. One foot condition that they may be susceptible to developing is the fracturing of the ankle. When a child has a fractured, or broken, ankle, the break in the bone can essentially travel through the growth plate of the ankle. This condition may occur when a child twists their foot or falls during physical activities. Sometimes, scootering or skateboarding can put a child particularly at risk of developing this kind of condition. If your child has a broken ankle, they may be able to heal within six to twelve weeks. It is important to see a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat the ankle.


 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, 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. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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, 12 November 2022 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Tips for Healthy Trail Running

Most experts agree that running can improve your cardiovascular health, increase endurance, and boost mental well being. Experts have identified several ways to reap the rewards of trail running, which may involve uneven and sometimes unpredictable surfaces. The first thing to do is make sure you have footwear that is specifically designed for trail runs. These shoes provide the extra traction and specific cushioning needed as you may encounter rocks, tree roots, and streams. Second, your stride may need to be adjusted, which includes picking up your feet differently. While some road runners try to conserve energy by keeping their feet close to the ground, this can become a liability in trail running. Dirt can build up and actually slow the pace. Dehydration, muscle fatigue, glucose depletion, and inflammation can lead to injury. Fueling and hydrating before, during, and after runs is recommended. For more information on how to prevent injury while running, please consult a podiatrist. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Children

Sometimes certain medical conditions will cause an individual to exhibit symptoms on their feet. For example, a particular disease might manifest itself in a kind of rash on the feet. One such condition to be aware of is hand, foot, and mouth disease, which can be particularly prevalent in young children. A child with hand, foot, and mouth disease might experience a variety of different symptoms, such as a fever and mouth sores. Importantly, a common symptom of this disease in children is the development of a rash on the bottoms, or soles, of the feet. Importantly, this rash on the feet does not typically feel itchy, although it will feel as though there are raised spots on the feet. Blisters may also develop. Although it may be tempting for a child to touch these blisters and spots, it can be important to refrain from touching these areas. An adult will probably also want to help the child keep the affected area of the feet clean. Contact a podiatrist today for more information on helping your child protect their feet.


 

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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