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Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:00

Should I Get Bunion Surgery?

Bunions are a common foot deformity in which a bony bump slowly grows along the outside of the foot at the base of the big toe joint. Bunions can be painful, making walking and finding comfortable shoes particularly difficult. Conservative treatments such as resting and icing the foot and shoe modifications are usually the first line of treatment to address bunion symptoms and slow or prevent progression.  However, surgery is also an option and can be used to relieve pain, improve foot stability, restore walking ability, improve the appearance of the foot, and prevent other deformities from developing. Whether or not you should consider surgery depends on the severity of the bunion, the impact that symptoms have on your daily life, and the presence of any other health conditions. To learn more about treatment options for bunions, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Michael Metyk, DPM of Florida. 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 Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Children and Shoes

The best shoes for children will always meet their physical needs as their feet develop. Babies will benefit when they can walk barefoot while indoors, as this can help to strengthen the overall foot as the toes grip the floor. When your child starts to walk outside, it can be beneficial to choose a shoe that is made from good quality materials, in addition to ensuring that the sole is not too stiff. Shoe styles can vary, and it is helpful to get your child’s feet professionally measured, followed by trying on and walking in the shoes before any purchases are made. The feet are the foundation of the body, and shoes need to be changed as the feet grow. This allows the feet to have ample room to move and grow. If you would like additional information about what type of shoes to buy for your child, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the right shoes for your child.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Michael Metyk, DPM of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Tuesday, 15 June 2021 00:00

Drinking Water May Help Cracked Heels

The foot condition that is known as cracked heels can be unsightly and uncomfortable. It can occur as a result of standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day, or wearing shoes that have an open back. Additionally, existing medical conditions including eczema and psoriasis may lead to developing cracked heels. It is beneficial to receive regular pedicures, and it may help to stay hydrated by frequently drinking water. There are patients who find mild relief when their feet are soaked in warm water, and it often helps to use a good moisturizer. If you have cracked heels and would like more information about how to prevent and treat them, please consult with a podiatrist.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Michael Metyk, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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There are patients who have found their gait or walking style may have been altered if their lifestyle includes frequently wearing flip flops. The heel and ankles can negatively be affected, in addition to the skin on the feet when flip flops with no backs are worn often. Many people choose to wear this type of shoe for their ease and colorful designs, despite the potential damage they may cause. The toes can naturally scrunch in an effort to keep the shoe on the foot and performing this motion repeatedly can overstretch the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. If you enjoy wearing flip flops,please consult with a podiatrist who can recommend a more supportive sandal that can have less harmful side effects on the overall foot.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Michael Metyk, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Diabetic patients often have decreased sensitivity in their feet, which makes a visual inspection of the feet even more important. If you're diabetic, having periodic screenings is extremely important for maintaining the overall health of your feet.

Helping your favorite senior citizen take care of their feet can improve their quality of life, help keep them safe and comfortable, and may even lead to early detection of systemic conditions that affect the feet. To protect their feet from injury, make sure they wear properly-fitted shoes at all times. Socks should not be tight at the ankle or leg, and they should be the moisture-wicking kind that transfers moisture to the outside of the sock. Keep their toenails trimmed, but not too short, to avoid ingrown toenails. Have them do stretches a few times a day for their feet and toes to keep the blood flowing (a podiatrist should be consulted first) and reward them with a relaxing foot bath which can relieve muscles and soothe bunions and dry skin. It is important to examine the bottom of the older adult’s feet regularly to check for cracks, cuts, blisters and sores and bring them to a podiatrist if anything unusual or concerning develops.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Michael Metyk, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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