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Tuesday, 28 November 2023 00:00

Treating Diabetic Foot and Ankle Trauma

Managing foot and ankle injuries in diabetic patients is complex. There is no one-size-fits-all approach for surgeries in these cases. Diabetic injuries can involve different types of bone breaks and dislocations, making treatment difficult. A major challenge is dealing with the limited soft tissue in the foot and ankle, which can easily become damaged. This is especially difficult in diabetic patients who might have other health issues like poor blood circulation or weak immune systems. Podiatrists treat surgeries in diabetic patients carefully to avoid harming the soft tissue and ensure proper healing. They often use special techniques, like minimal cuts or external supports, to repair the bones while protecting the skin and muscles. In severe cases, they may perform the surgery in stages. For diabetic patients, keeping bones stable and avoiding further injury is crucial, which sometimes involves additional support for nearby joints. If you are a diabetic patient and have sustained a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist immediately. This medical professional can make a proper diagnosis and evaluation, with a determination of whether surgery is right for you.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Friday, 24 November 2023 00:00

Let the Expert Treat Your Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

A podiatrist, known as a foot and ankle specialist, is a healthcare professional dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of conditions affecting the lower extremities. With an emphasis on maintaining optimal foot health, podiatrists address a diverse array of issues, including but not limited to, bunions, ingrown toenails, and biomechanical abnormalities. Becoming a podiatrist involves a rigorous educational journey. Aspiring professionals typically embark on a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM program, which encompasses comprehensive studies in anatomy, physiology, and clinical rotations focusing on podiatric medicine and surgery. This extensive education equips podiatrists with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide specialized care for foot and ankle ailments. The dedication to this unique branch of healthcare ensures that podiatrists are well-versed in the complexities of lower limb conditions. If you have foot or ankle problems or are interested in pursuing podiatry as a career choice, it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor who can provide care and information sought.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM from Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Tuesday, 14 November 2023 00:00

What Is Turf Toe?

Turf toe is an injury to the big toe's ligaments, commonly afflicting athletes like those who play football or soccer as they often play on artificial surfaces. It arises when there is excessive force exerted on the toe's metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joints, through actions such as sprinting or jumping. This injury can also happen to dancers and gymnasts, given their frequent hard surface toe flexes. Turf toe can result from overextending the big toe upwards, which can happen due to various activities that stress the toe, such as certain sports movements, wearing heels, or improper walking. The risk may increase by choosing to wear footwear that is too tight.  The toe's joint and the sesamoid bones within the tendons bear the body's weight and aid movement. If these are forced backward beyond their limit, or if the toe stays flat instead of lifting during motion, the ligaments can strain or tear. Turf toe may occur in an instant from a sharp movement, or it may happen gradually from repetitive strain. This is generally a minor ailment, sidestepping the need for surgery. Symptoms range from pain and swelling to a snapping sensation during the incident. Initial mild symptoms can worsen with continuous stress, potentially leading to severe and immediate manifestations upon injury. If you suffer from toe pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM of Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Seaford, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 November 2023 00:00

A Closer Look At Onychomycosis Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common and bothersome condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when fungal organisms, usually dermatophytes, invade the toenail, causing infection. The fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, making your feet, particularly your toenails, an ideal breeding ground. The initial signs of toenail fungus often include discoloration, typically yellow or brown, and a change in the texture of the nail. Over time, the affected nail may become thickened and brittle, with crumbling or distorted edges. It may also emit an unpleasant odor. Toenail fungus can be both unsightly and uncomfortable, and in some cases, it can even lead to pain. If left untreated, it can spread to other toenails and become a chronic issue. Seeking prompt medical attention is vital in addressing toenail fungus effectively which may help to prevent further complications. If you have developed this condition, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer the appropriate treatment option for you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Edward Fryman, DPM, FACFAOM of Seaford Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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