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Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

Athlete’s Foot in Yoga Studios

Athlete’s foot is a particular kind of fungal infection that can be transmitted by walking barefoot in warm, moist environments. As a result of the condition, a patient can present a scaly, red rash that itches. Many patients are often curious to know whether or not this foot condition is particularly prevalent in places such as yoga studios. There are several things that you might consider being on the lookout for the next time you go to a yoga studio. Sharing yoga mats with others without properly cleaning them could potentially increase your risk of developing athlete’s foot. Additionally, some yoga studios have locker rooms where individuals can leave their shoes in lockers. However, walking around barefoot in these spaces can significantly increase one’s risk of spreading athlete’s foot. It is best to consider avoiding walking around barefoot in these locker rooms. If you are worried about developing athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist today. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Causes of Bunions

A hard lump on the side of the toe may be a bunion. It is considered to be a deformity, and large bunions may cause difficulty while wearing shoes. Women can be prone to developing bunions as a result of the high heels that are worn. They generally provide little room for the toes to move freely in, and this may cause the side of the big toe to rub on the shoe. Some patients notice their toes shifting toward each other, as the bunion may cause this misalignment. Corns and calluses may develop on top of the bunion, and putting a protective pad over it may bring relief. Pain may be caused by a bunion, and the toe may become numb or have a burning sensation. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist, who can offer you relief solutions, which may include minor surgery for removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

Pickleball and Foot Injuries

Pickleball is a popular sport, and it is a combination of tennis and badminton. Research has shown the average age for players is approximately 40 years old and a large percentage of players are over the age of 55. This sport involves the feet moving suddenly in all directions, which may put stress on the ligaments and tendons surrounding the ankle joint. Many people endure ankle injuries, but the range of motion may be maintained when an ankle brace is worn. Achilles tendonitis is another injury that pickleball players may be prone to. This can happen as a result of repetitive stress to the Achilles tendon. It is in the back of the lower leg, and it connects the heel to the calf muscles. Heel pain may accompany this type of injury. Additionally, the heel may become bruised from playing on hard surfaces, which may lead to plantar fasciitis. This is a tearing or inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is found on the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. If you are interested in playing pickleball, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can inform you of effective methods to help prevent foot injuries.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness 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 Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Why Do Cracked Heels Develop?

The medical term for dry skin is called anhydrosis, and this is a common cause of cracked heels. The aging process, existing medical conditions, such as eczema, and standing on hard surfaces for most of the day can cause cracked heels to develop. When open back shoes or flip flops are frequently worn, this can also be a reason for patients to have cracked heels. In addition to being unsightly, symptoms can include rough and tight skin, and the heels and surrounding area may begin to itch. Severe cracks in the skin are known as fissures, and can bleed and become infected if left ignored. Relief for mildly cracked heels may come from using a good moisturizer daily, and filing the skin with a pumice stone. This is considered to be a temporary remedy, and it is suggested that patients speak with a podiatrist who can offer permanent relief and treatment options, which may include prescribed medicine.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Sunday, 05 March 2023 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

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