Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

The selection of appropriate footwear plays a pivotal role in maintaining foot health and comfort, yet certain shoe types can inadvertently contribute to the formation of painful blisters. Wearing ill-fitting shoes, characterized by tightness or inadequate space for the toes to move freely, often creates friction and pressure points against the skin, leading to blister formation. High heels, particularly those with a narrow toe box and stiff materials, force the feet into unnatural positions, increasing the risk of blisters on the toes and heels due to constant rubbing and pressure. Similarly, shoes with rough seams, abrasive materials, or poorly cushioned interiors can result in friction and irritation, promoting blister development. Additionally, shoes made from non-breathable materials trap moisture and heat, creating a conducive environment for blister-causing friction and skin irritation. If you are seeking more information about what to look for in shoes that can prevent blisters, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with useful tips.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Kevin Davis of Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Recovering from a torn Achilles tendon necessitates a strategic approach, wherein the guidance of a podiatrist can prove invaluable. Whether opting for surgical intervention or a non-surgical route, the journey entails careful progression and diligent rehabilitation. Following initial immobilization, facilitated by a plaster cast, the rehabilitation plan, overseen by a podiatrist, emphasizes gradual reintroduction of movement, range of motion exercises, and flexibility work. Surgical interventions similarly involve a period of postoperative immobilization, followed by structured rehabilitation under the supervision of a podiatrist. The anticipated timeline for recovery spans approximately six to nine months. Close monitoring by a podiatrist ensures proper loading of the healing tendon while mitigating the risk of reinjury. Heat therapy, ice application, and flexibility training, all incorporated into the rehabilitation regimen, play pivotal roles in fostering optimal healing. Patience, adherence to the prescribed plan, and collaboration with a podiatrist are needed for achieving successful outcomes and restoring function and strength to the injured tendon. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Kevin Davis of Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. 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 Springfield, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 09 February 2024 00:00

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Pain on the top of the foot is a common issue that can often improve within a few weeks. Common causes of top of foot pain include intense or repetitive exercise, wearing tight shoes, and conditions like gout or tendonitis. To alleviate top of foot pain, a podiatrist may recommend rest and elevating the affected foot whenever possible. Wearing shoes that provide ample room for your feet, have a low heel, and a soft sole is recommended for comfort and support. Consider using soft insoles or shoe pads to cushion the affected area. If you are overweight, losing weight may reduce the stress on your feet. Engage in gentle stretching exercises for your feet and ankles to promote flexibility. Avoid engaging in sports or activities that exacerbate the pain, and refrain from prolonged walking or standing. Wearing high heels or tight shoes should also be avoided. If you have this type of pain and it persists, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Kevin Davis from Davis Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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