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fungal-toenail2Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos quarterback, is expected to keep playing despite the foot injury he sustained in the game against Indianapolis. The injury was reported to not have been too serious, but will still be listed on the injury report. Manning also suffered a right shoulder injury the previous week but did not exit the game and continued to play.

Playing with a sports injury can cause many problems with later on. For more information contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Playing Sports with Foot Injuries

Many types of foot injuries affect athletes over the course of their athletic career. Despite their setbacks, many of these athletes will continue to play with mild foot injuries and attempt to ‘push’ through the pain. In order to be able to prevent injuries, it is important to stretch before any activity, wear proper footwear and replace shoes as needed. Some of the foot injuries athletes are at risk for include:

  • Turf toe- upward bending of the big toe outside normal range of motion
  • Stress Fractures
  • Overpronation- excessive foot movement during gait
  • Plantar Fasciitis- swollen ligament in the foot’s base
  • Strains

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay Area. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 21 December 2015 01:39

Obesity Rates Are Rising

obesity4Obesity is a common problem among Americans, with obesity rates in adults climbing as much as 38 percent in 2013 to 2014, according to lead researcher Cynthia Ogden of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. If obesity is not treated, this can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Obesity is defined by an adult’s body mass index (BMI), which can be calculated by body fat, height, and weight. Those who have BMIs of 30 or more are considered obese, and obesity rates can vary by sex, age, and race.

Any additional problems in the feet of those with obesity can be detrimental to foot health. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Obesity and your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Solutions

Footwear – Specially made footwear that supports your joints, arches, and ankles, and allows room for good circulation is a great option to mitigate pressure and pain. A podiatrist will help you decide what works best for your specific needs.

Exercise – Exercise will help alleviate the pain and give your feet the strength it needs to support your body. Exercise also increases blood flow to your feet, allowing them to remain healthy and strong.

Most importantly, seek the help of a podiatrist for foot care if something is wrong or doesn’t seem to be working. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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fungal-toenail2While cold feet are often known as poor blood circulation, the symptom may also be confused for other things. Some say cold feet can actually be signs for peripheral neuropathy, when the nerves have trouble transmitting impulses to and from the brain. Pain in the feet is more commonly known as poor blood circulation. In any case, both problems need immediate attention for relief.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain      -numbness in legs

-cramps              -skin discoloration

-weakness          -slower nail & hair growth

-stiffness             -erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you. A doctor will also prescribe you medication which will help for PAD.  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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hammertoe4Many patients are under the impression that a majority of foot ailments such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, and foot pain can only be treated with surgery. Foot experts agree, however, that most foot problems can be treated with non-surgical procedures such as shockwave therapy, ultrasound-guided injections, insoles, or physical therapy. Orthopaedic surgeon Norman Turner stated, “I think people come in wanting surgery because they want a quick fix and want to be back to normal.”

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Center of Tampa Bay. Our doctors will provide you with quality foot and ankle information and treatment.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, attacking the source of the problem so treatment lasts for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Tampa Bay area. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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