Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Ankle replacement surgery, a procedure designed to alleviate severe ankle pain and restore function, involves replacing damaged parts of the ankle joint with artificial components. This surgical intervention is typically recommended for individuals with advanced arthritis, significant joint damage, or debilitating pain that has not responded to conservative treatments. During the procedure, the podiatric surgeon removes damaged bone and cartilage from the ankle joint and replaces them with prosthetic components made of metal and plastic, mimicking the natural structure and function of the joint. Ankle replacement surgery aims to reduce pain, improve mobility, and enhance overall quality of life for individuals struggling with chronic ankle issues. Following surgery, patients undergo a period of rehabilitation to regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the ankle. If you are experiencing chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if ankle replacement is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. John R. Northrup of Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, or tinea pedis, is a common fungal skin infection primarily affecting the feet. It presents with symptoms such as itching, peeling, and cracking, often occurring on the soles of the feet and between the toes. This contagious infection spreads through contact with contaminated surfaces, making environments like swimming pools and locker rooms potential hotspots. Wearing tight-fitting shoes exacerbates the issue by creating a moist environment conducive to fungal growth. Athlete's foot can manifest differently, such as toe web infections, moccasin-type infections, or vesicular infections. Diagnosis generally relies on visual examination, but sometimes skin or nail samples are tested for fungi. Adequate foot hygiene, including keeping feet clean and dry, changing socks daily, and wearing breathable shoes, plays a vital role in prevention and management. Medication is often prescribed for a successful recovery, and it is beneficial to complete the full course, even after symptoms subside. It is suggested for Individuals with diabetes or persistent infections to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for more advanced care.

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. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palm Coast, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Understanding the difference between tennis shoes and running shoes is necessary to improve performance and prevent injuries. While both types of shoes are commonly referred to as sneakers, they differ in several ways. Tennis shoes prioritize lateral stability and traction to accommodate the directional changes inherent in tennis. Running shoes focus on cushioning and support for forward motion, facilitating a smooth heel to toe transition. This discrepancy is evident in the midsole construction. Running shoes feature thicker midsoles for impact absorption and arch support, while tennis shoes have thinner midsoles to enhance lateral support. In addition, the lifespan of each shoe type varies. Running shoes typically require replacement every 350 to 500 miles due to midsole wear. With tennis shoes, the integrity of the outsole tread dictates their longevity.  If you are experiencing foot pain that may be related to your choice of footwear, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment. 

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact Dr. John R. Northrup from Superior Foot, Ankle & Wound Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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