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January 2023

Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

Toenail Fungus Is Treatable

A noticeable symptom of toenail fungus is yellowish or white nails. In severe cases, they can eventually crumble and fall off, and it is advised that medical attention is sought from a podiatrist before this happens. It develops as a result of a fungus that enters the body through small cracks in the skin on the feet. This type of fungus lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, consisting of shower room floors and public swimming pools. It is beneficial to refrain from sharing towels, shoes and socks, in addition to wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas. Toenail fungus is treatable, and it generally takes up to a year for a complete recovery. After the fungus has stopped growing, the new nail will grow in, and prescribed medication is gradually stopped. If you see signs that you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who will take a sample of the fungus, and start you on the right treatment path.

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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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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Recent studies have shown that approximately 10 percent of the American population has diabetes. Many of these are seniors, and other health issues may arise from the disease. Diabetic patients need their feet to be looked after and cared for daily, and this can begin by examining the bottom of the feet using a mirror. A family member or health care provider may be able to accomplish this exam, which is effective in noticing existing cuts, bruises, or scrapes that are on the feet. A common condition that diabetic patients can develop is a foot ulcer, and this happens when a cut is unnoticed as a result of neuropathy. This is the inability to feel sensations on the feet, which may cause a small cut to become infected, and often requires prompt medical treatment. An open sore may require an X-ray to be performed, to observe if it has spread to the bone. Washing and drying the feet in addition to cutting the toenails properly are part of good diabetic foot care habits. If you would like more information about diabetic foot care tips, please consult a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

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, 17 January 2023 00:00

Children’s Ankle Braces

As a young child grows, matures, and engages in physical activities such as school sports, it is common for the child to possibly experience some kind of foot condition. Ankle complications can be common among children, particularly because overuse injuries and growth spurts can put pressure on the ankle. There are many different ways to treat ankle injuries such as sprains among children, depending on the nature and severity of the injury. One way in which a medical professional might recommend treating a child’s ankle injury is with the use of an ankle brace. For example, ankle sprains and stress fractures may be significantly supported by the use of an ankle brace of some kind. Ankle braces come in different shapes and sizes. Typically, they may look like a kind of boot or wrap. If your child is struggling with an ankle injury, talk to your podiatrist about ankle braces or other devices that may help the foot heal. Please schedule an appointment today for correct treatment options.


 

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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Wednesday, 11 January 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Pregnancy and Plantar Fasciitis

Pregnancy can have a variety of different effects on the feet as the pregnant woman progresses through each trimester of her pregnancy. Plantar fasciitis is one risk factor in the feet associated with pregnancy. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the arch of the feet, becomes significantly inflamed. It is common for an individual who is pregnant to demonstrate some kind of overpronation, which is typical because of the increase in weight gained from the pregnancy. Due to the overpronation, a pregnant individual can ultimately stretch their plantar fascia in a damaging way, eventually resulting in plantar fasciitis. Pregnant women should take extra special care of their feet due to the risk factors associated with pregnancy. Also, keeping the feet healthy and strong can ensure that the feet are less likely to cause some kind of fall in a pregnant woman. Contact a podiatrist today if you are pregnant or are planning to be. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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People who enjoy walking and running may wonder if they can use either type of shoe for both activities. Research has shown that both types of shoes have similar qualities, which include laces that can provide a secure fit, and cushioned midsoles that can help to absorb shock. Additionally, most of these shoes are made of sturdy materials that can ensure the shoes will last for several miles. The difference between walking and running is the actual time that the feet are spent in the air. Runners can put more stress on their bodies from the extra time the feet spend in the air than walkers, who always have one foot on the ground.  It is beneficial to have shoes that fit correctly, regardless of which type is chosen. This is done by ensuring there is a thumb’s width of space between the front of the shoe and the big toe. If you would like additional information about what type of shoes are beneficial to wear for walking and running, please confer with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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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