Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Excessive fluid in the feet can cause extreme swelling. This is an uncomfortable feeling, and is known as edema. Some of the symptoms that can accompany swollen feet include bruising, numbness, and the feet may feel stiff. When the feet become swollen, it may be indicative of existing medical conditions, which include arthritis. Additionally, it may happen as a result of an ankle sprain or fracture, and this typically happens immediately. The feet may become swollen from an insect bite, and this is considered to be an allergic reaction. Some people notice their feet can become swollen from standing for extended periods of time throughout the day, and can be very common among pregnant women. The warmer temperatures may cause the feet to become swollen, and it is suggested that sodium intake is reduced. If your feet are swollen, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can effectively determine what the cause is, and offer correct treatment options. 

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin of Florida. 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 offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

People who develop heel spurs are aware of the pain and discomfort they may cause. It is defined as a bony growth on the back of the heel and between the arch, and is generally felt while walking and running. It is a calcium deposit, and wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may increase the risk of getting a heel spur. They may be one of three shapes, including pointed, shelf-like, and hooked, and may be up to a half inch long. The common symptoms that many patients experience can consist of a chronic ache in the heel of the foot, and there may be inflammation and swelling in the affected area. Additionally, it is often tender to the touch, and it may feel warm. A heel spur happens as a result of strained ligaments and muscles that gradually wear out the soft tissues in the heel. People who have experienced a heel injury, are overweight, or who frequently run and jump on hard surfaces, may be at a greater risk for developing a heel spur.  Mild relief can come from resting the affected foot as often possible, and wearing shoes that have adequate support and cushioning. If you have been afflicted by a heel spur, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can recommend correct treatment options, which may include surgery for permanent removal. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Both Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes can produce long-term complications due to increased levels of glucose (sugar) in the blood. They also share several similar symptoms. For instance, when your body struggles to expel excess amounts of sugar from your blood, you may urinate frequently or get excessively thirsty. Diabetes can also make it difficult for cells to absorb glucose in the blood and convert it into energy, causing you to feel fatigued and weak. A decrease in fluids may cause dry mouth and itchy skin, and disruptions in insulin production or use can affect your ability to get energy from food—making you lose weight unexpectedly or be hungrier than usual. Your feet are often the first area to exhibit signs of diabetes. High glucose levels in the blood can cause nerve damage in the feet, which can result in numbness, burning, tingling, or swelling. This can make it difficult for you to feel when you have a cut or bruise on your feet. Poor circulation associated with diabetes can exacerbate this problem by decreasing the body’s ability to heal any such injury, and wounds may develop. This can be problematic in people with diabetes and may lead to far more serious complications if it is not managed and treated properly. That is why a podiatrist is a critical part of your health team should you be diagnosed with diabetes.


 

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 Dr. Michael D. Garvin from Florida. 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 offices located in Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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