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Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Broken ankles are a fairly common injury, especially among athletes. There are several bones that make up the ankle joint that are vulnerable to breaks and stress fractures. These bones are the tibia or shin bone, the fibula, and the talus which is a small bone located deep within the ankle. If you have broken your ankle, you will likely experience severe pain, swelling at the ankle joint, bruising, redness, or discoloration, and an inability to put weight on the affected ankle. Broken ankles are diagnosed through a physical examination and imaging studies such as an X-ray or CT scan. If you think that you may have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

The plantar fascia is the fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects to the heel bone. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed due to overstretching, plantar fasciitis occurs and usually results in heel pain, heel spurs, or arch pain. Pain is often felt on the inside of the foot where the heel and arch meet, and it is at its worst in the mornings or after a long rest. Flat feet is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis because the plantar fascia gets stretched away from the heel when bearing weight. When flat feet are the cause of plantar fasciitis, orthotics that support the arch will likely be needed for treatment. Since plantar fasciitis has other causes, patients who believe that they have it should consult with a podiatrist to find the cause and a proper treatment method.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. This can cause the skin around the nail to become red, painful, and swollen. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can damage the skin and expose the area to bacteria, leading to an infection. Home treatments for ingrown toenails include soaking the affected foot in warm water, applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the skin and covering it with a bandage, and wearing wider shoes to keep pressure off of the affected toe. If home treatments do not help, or if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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