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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, or onychomycosis, is a common infection that affects the toenails, caused by various types of fungi. It often starts as a white or yellow spot under the tip of the toenail and can spread deeper, leading to discoloration, thickening, and crumbling at the edges of the nail. Causes of toenail fungus include exposure to damp environments, such as public showers or pools, wearing tight shoes, and having a history of athlete's foot. Symptoms include nails becoming discolored, brittle, and misshapen, sometimes accompanied by a foul odor. The affected toenail may also separate from the nail bed, causing discomfort. Proper foot hygiene, keeping feet dry, and avoiding shared nail care tools are preventive measures. Early treatment is important to prevent the infection from spreading and to restore nail health. Toenail fungus can be unsightly and can affect the skin on the feet. If you have developed this infection, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively treat toenail fungus.

For more information about treatment, contact Deborah Holte, DPM of Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

After a long day of standing or walking, tired feet are a common discomfort. Incorporating foot stretches into your routine can provide much-needed relief and rejuvenation. One effective stretch is the toe stretch, where you sit with your legs extended and use your hands to gently pull your toes back toward your body, feeling a stretch along the bottom of your feet. Another helpful stretch is the calf stretch, which involves standing facing a wall with one foot forward and the other foot back, bending the front knee while keeping the back leg straight, and pressing the heel into the ground to feel a stretch in the calf muscle. Additionally, the plantar fascia stretch targets the arch of the foot by sitting with one leg crossed over the other and gently pulling back on the toes of the crossed leg. These simple yet effective stretches can alleviate tension and soreness, leaving your feet feeling refreshed and revitalized. If your feet are tired during the day, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide a comprehensive examination and offer you additional specific stretches to perform.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Deborah Holte, DPM from Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic patients often experience foot problems due to poor blood circulation and nerve damage, or neuropathy, caused by prolonged high blood sugar levels. Reduced blood flow can lead to slow healing of cuts and sores, while neuropathy can cause numbness, tingling, or a loss of sensation in the feet. This combination increases the risk of developing ulcers and infections, and injuries may go unnoticed. Diabetic foot symptoms include swelling, redness, warmth, and pain. Some individuals may feel a burning or sharp pain, while others might experience complete numbness. Foot deformities like hammertoes or Charcot foot can also develop causing discomfort and instability. To manage these issues, diabetic patients should maintain proper blood sugar levels, perform daily foot inspections, wear appropriate footwear, and practice good foot hygiene. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist are essential. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you seek comprehensive care from this type of doctor, who can perform regular foot evaluations and offer preventive measures tailored to diabetic needs.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Deborah Holte, DPM from Northeast Missouri Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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