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Monday, 14 January 2019 00:00

A fungal infection of the skin that typically affects the feet is known as athlete’s foot. The name originated from people who are active in sports because their socks and shoes tend to be sweaty from participating in their chosen sport, despite the fact it can occur in anyone. There are several symptoms that are associated with this contagious foot condition, including mild to severe itching, redness, soreness, and a general uncomfortable feeling in the feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot lives and thrives in warm and moist places, and these may include public pools, locker rooms, showers and surrounding areas. If athlete’s foot is left untreated, it may lead to infection, and it’s important to know how this ailment may be prevented. This may be accomplished by wearing appropriate shoes in public areas, washing and drying the feet daily, and using anti-fungal powder frequently, which may help to eliminate or reduce excess sweat. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist, so proper treatment can begin.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Thomas Shin from Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms:

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Monday, 07 January 2019 00:00

When pregnancy occurs in many women, the body undergoes temporary changes. These may occur in the feet, and she may notice that her feet look differently. The differences may include the disappearance of the arch as the body’s weight increases, leading to the condition that is known as flat feet, in addition to swollen feet and ankles. The skin on the heels can become dry, which may be connected to cracked heels. Hormonal changes can precede hot or burning sensations in the feet and may be enhanced if the mother-to-be is sleep deprived. It may be beneficial to elevate the feet, which may reduce a portion of the swelling, incorporating a gentle exercise program in the daily routine, and drinking plenty of fresh water every day. If you would like additional information about how the feet can become affected as a result of being pregnant, please consult with a podiatrist.

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. Thomas Shin from Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 Oceanside, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 00:00

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort on the sole of your foot, you may have what is referred to as Morton’s neuroma. It is an inflammation and thickening of the nerve near one of the toes, and may be caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Some patients have foot conditions, which may include bunions, hammer toes, and flat or high arches, and this may lead to the development of Morton’s neuroma. If you feel you may have this ailment, it is important to obtain a proper diagnosis, which may include having an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound performed. Treatment options, which may be considered may include performing gently stretching exercises that may be helpful in loosening the ligaments and tendons, in addition to resting and massaging the bottom of the foot. It is strongly suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can perform the correct tests that are needed for a proper diagnosis, in addition to discussing treatment techniques.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Thomas Shin of Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 00:00

Patients who suffer from the unsightly condition that is known as cracked heels may be familiar with the pain and discomfort, which may be associated with this ailment. It is defined as deep cracks, which may also be known as fissures, which form on the heel of the foot. It may originate from wearing shoes that have open backs, which do not provide adequate support the heels need, in addition to having medical conditions such as obesity, psoriasis, or dermatitis. Research has shown that patients who experience underactive thyroid imbalances may develop cracked heels. This may be a result of sweat glands, located in the feet, being under regulated, and can possibly cause the skin to become excessively dry. If you have developed cracked heels, it is strongly advised to consult with a podiatrist who can determine the cause of this condition and guide you to begin correct treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Thomas Shin from Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How do you get them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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