Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Ankle pain can range from mild discomfort to debilitating agony, often hindering mobility and affecting daily activities. Common symptoms include swelling, stiffness, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. Causes can vary from sprains and fractures to conditions like arthritis or tendonitis. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating ankle conditions. They can order diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or MRIs, to assess the extent of injury or identify any underlying conditions. Visiting a podiatrist is suggested to obtain a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan for ankle pain, promoting recovery and preventing future complications.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with William Beaton, DPM from Advanced Podiatry and Wound Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Thursday, 11 July 2024 00:00

Do you work on your feet all day and find your feet in pain? Don't go to work in pain each day. Your foot pain can be treated, and we can help.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for toenail fungus involves using focused light beams to target and eliminate fungal infections in the nail bed. This non-invasive procedure is considered both safe and effective, offering a promising alternative to traditional antifungal medications. The laser penetrates the nail to reach the underlying fungus, disrupting its growth and ultimately destroying it. Many patients experience significant improvement after just a few sessions, with minimal side effects. Unlike oral medications, laser treatment does not carry the risk of systemic side effects, making it a suitable option for those who cannot tolerate pharmaceuticals. While results can vary, and complete eradication may require multiple treatments, laser therapy remains a highly viable method for combating stubborn toenail fungus. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if laser treatment is the correct treatment option for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with William Beaton, DPM from Advanced Podiatry and Wound Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

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

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Swollen feet and ankles can result from various causes. Prolonged standing or sitting, particularly during travel, can lead to fluid accumulation in the lower extremities. Injuries such as sprains or strains often cause localized swelling as part of the body's natural response to trauma. Medical conditions like heart disease, kidney problems, and liver disorders can also lead to swelling due to fluid retention. Additionally, pregnancy frequently causes swollen feet and ankles from increased pressure on the veins. Certain medications, including those for high blood pressure or diabetes, may have swelling as a side effect. Lifestyle changes like regular exercise, elevating the legs, and wearing compression socks may help to manage and reduce swelling. Swollen feet and ankles also may indicate an underlying health condition. If you have swollen feet and ankles that are causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can uncover the reason and offer you relief remedies.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact William Beaton, DPM of Advanced Podiatry and Wound Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

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


 

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