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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Various Types of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus manifests in several forms, each with distinct characteristics. Subungual onychomycosis is the most common type, occurring beneath the nail plate and leading to thickened, discolored, and brittle nails. White superficial onychomycosis affects the nail's surface, causing white, crumbly spots that can spread and cover the entire nail if untreated. Candida onychomycosis, caused by yeast, often targets nails already damaged or exposed to moisture. This type results in swelling, pain, and a yellow-brown discoloration. Proper diagnosis by a podiatrist is essential to determine the specific type of infection and appropriate treatment. Antifungal medications, whether topical or oral, are typically used to combat these infections, helping restore nail health and prevent further complications. If you have developed a toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively treat the type you have.

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors 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 offices located in Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Managing Pain of Diabetic Foot Problems

Diabetic foot ulcers and peripheral neuropathy are common complications of diabetes, often resulting in significant pain and discomfort. Neuropathy, caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels, damages the nerves, leading to numbness, tingling, and pain in the feet. Ulcers develop due to reduced blood flow and the inability to sense injuries, allowing minor wounds to progress into serious infections. Assessment involves a thorough examination of the feet, checking for signs of neuropathy, poor circulation, and existing ulcers. Podiatrists use tools like monofilaments to test sensation and Doppler devices to assess blood flow. Management focuses on controlling blood sugar levels, proper wound care, and preventing further complications. Pain from neuropathy is treated with medications, while ulcers require cleaning, debridement, and specialized dressings. Custom orthotics and appropriate footwear can alleviate pressure on affected areas. If you suffer from diabetic-related foot problems, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist for optimal care. 

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Possible Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain can stem from various conditions. Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, often causes stabbing pain near the heel. Bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs cushioning the heel, can result from repetitive stress. Heel spurs, bony growths on the underside of the heel bone, may develop due to long-term strain on foot muscles and ligaments. A pump bump, or Haglund's deformity, is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel caused by pressure from footwear. Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, typically due to overuse or tight calf muscles. Diagnosing heel pain involves having a physical exam, reviewing medical history, and sometimes undergoing imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans. Treatment options include rest, stretching exercises, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Sever's Disease and How to Find Relief

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in children and adolescents, particularly those who are active in sports. This condition occurs when the growth plate at the back of the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or tension. As children's bones grow faster than their muscles and tendons, excessive pulling on the heel's growth plate can lead to discomfort, swelling, and tenderness. Identifying Sever's disease typically involves a thorough examination by a podiatrist, including a review of symptoms and a physical assessment. While the condition often resolves on its own once growth plate closure occurs, there are several strategies for managing symptoms and finding relief. These may include rest, stretching exercises, and supportive footwear with cushioning insoles. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose if it is Sever's disease, and offer the appropriate treatment method.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from The Sun Healthcare & Surgery Group. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Antioch, and Martinez, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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