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Podiatrists play an important role in managing chronic foot pain. Podiatrists can diagnose the underlying causes of the pain and also implement targeted treatment plans. These doctors have the specialized knowledge it takes to pinpoint the source of the foot pain, whether it be caused by structural issues, biomechanical abnormalities, or conditions such as arthritis or neuropathy. They may perform assessments and diagnostic tests to find the answers patients in pain are looking for. Based on the diagnosis, podiatrists may recommend a variety of interventions to ease pain, including custom orthotic inserts to correct foot alignment, stretches to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, or corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. Podiatrists can also provide guidance on proper footwear selection and offer lifestyle modifications to minimize stress on the feet. By addressing the root cause of chronic foot pain and tailoring treatment plans to individual needs, podiatrists empower patients to find relief and regain mobility, which can greatly enhance quality of life. If you have persisting foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can diagnose you and provide a personalized treatment plan.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Family Podiatry. Our doctors 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 offices located in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, 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

Navigating shoe sizing can be a perplexing endeavor, compounded by variations in size between brands and styles. To ascertain the right shoe size, inspecting your existing footwear collection is beneficial, making note of sizes across different brands and styles. This knowledge proves invaluable in choosing the appropriate size for your desired comfort. When shopping for shoes, emphasize aligning the width, flex point, and instep with your foot to ensure a proper fit. Additionally, be mindful of how the choice of materials can affect stretching over time. Context plays a significant role; consider the intended use of the shoe and any foot-related health concerns. Comfort is most important for the perfect fit. Experimenting with at least three sizes is advisable to identify the most comfortable. Be aware that sizing discrepancies can even exist within the same brand. Above all, avoid forcing a fit that may result in discomfort and potential injury. Additionally, ensure that any orthotics you use fit seamlessly with your chosen shoe size for optimal foot support and comfort. If you are having trouble getting the right shoe size for your needs, including fitting orthotics into shoes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can guide you in this quest.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Family Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, FL. . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

A foot stress fracture is a common injury resulting from repetitive strain and overuse of the bones in the foot. Unlike acute fractures caused by sudden trauma, stress fractures develop gradually due to the cumulative effect of repetitive stress on the bones, often stemming from activities like running, jumping, or prolonged standing. These microcracks typically occur in weight-bearing bones, such as the metatarsals, and can lead to localized pain, swelling, and tenderness. Foot stress fractures are particularly prevalent among athletes and individuals engaged in high-impact activities. Recognizing the symptoms, which may mimic other foot conditions, is essential for an accurate diagnosis and timely intervention. Rest, along with wearing proper footwear and a gradual return to activity, forms the cornerstone of treatment. If you have endured a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can confirm the diagnosis and offer the treatment method that is best for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Florida Family Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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