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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

What to Do With Flip-Flops

The negative foot health effects that wearing flip-flops can have on your feet are plentiful and well documented. For example, many people are familiar with the fact that wearing flip-flops can cause foot pain because the shoe provides next to no support. Since there is virtually no padding or arch support, the flip-flop can be quite damaging to one’s feet. Therefore, one might wonder what they should do with their flip-flops and whether they should be wearing them at all. It is important to note that for some people, wearing flip-flops for very brief periods of time, for example when walking one block to get to the beach, can potentially be fine. Additionally, if one wants to slip on a pair to wear around the house after painting their toenails to avoid smudging the nail polish, this might also be generally harmless. The key is remembering that wearing flip-flops for extended periods of time is what is damaging. Of course, each individual’s feet are different, and when in doubt, it is best to consult a podiatrist. Contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors 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 offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Ankle Sprains and Volleyball

Sometimes, playing a particular kind of sport can increase an athlete’s susceptibility to particular kinds of foot conditions. For example, when an individual plays volleyball, they may be putting themselves at a risk of enduring a foot injury, such as an ankle sprain. The lateral ankle sprain is a common injury among volleyball players. There are several reasons for this. Most importantly, volleyball players often must frequently jump during games. When coming back down from a high jump, a volleyball player might land incorrectly on the outside of the foot. Often the force with which this occurs on the feet can be too much for the muscles around the ankle to handle. Ankle sprains can be the result. If you are a volleyball player and want to take steps to protect your feet, it is a good idea to contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment. 

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

The Many Benefits of Foot Massages

Foot massages are performed worldwide, and have been practiced for hundreds of years. They have been proven to be beneficial to different parts of the body, starting with the feet. There are specific pressure points in the feet that are connected to different organs in the body, and may be effective in releasing energetic blockages. Having a foot massage may help to reduce stress, possibly alleviate pain, and accelerate recovery from an injury. Additional benefits can include improved circulation and a reduction in the stress hormone known as cortisol. Many patients enjoy an enhanced sense of well-being and balance after having a foot massage performed, and they may sleep more fitfully. Physically, the joints in the feet may be loosened by rotating and twisting the toes and the feet. Many people enjoy the firmness of having their feet rubbed, and a scented lotion is often applied during the massage process. If you would like to learn about the additional benefits of foot massages, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, one of our podiatrists of Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

A Broken Foot Affects Daily Life

A broken foot can wreak havoc in daily life and cause severe pain and discomfort. It can also make everyday tasks impossible to complete. Most broken feet occur from a fall as the foot may twist in a different direction than the rest of the body. Conversely, it may also happen gradually, and this may be referred to as a stress fracture. Common symptoms that many people experience with a broken foot can consist of a bone that may protrude through the skin appearing displaced, and the foot may immediately become bruised or swollen. It is difficult to walk and prompt medical attention is often sought. A proper diagnosis consists of having an X-ray taken and this is successful in determining the severity of the fracture. A cast or protective boot may be prescribed for approximately six weeks. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat it as quickly as possible.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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The feet carry the weight of the body and have a total amount of 52 bones. This is combined with several muscles, ligaments, and tendons which work together to support the body. Additionally, they act as shock absorbers, and also send signals to the brain to maintain proper balance. Research has shown that approximately one-third of people who are over 65 years old have foot pain. The feet often change as the aging process occurs, and it is important for elderly patients to pay close attention to their feet. There are simple methods that can be practiced that can help to identify potential foot problems. These can include washing and drying the feet daily, trimming the toenails properly, and wearing shoes that fit correctly. It is beneficial to inspect the feet daily which can help to notice existing cuts, blisters, and scrapes. If you would like more information about what procedures to practice for elderly feet, please contact a podiatrist who can offer you helpful tips. 

If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists of Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Miami, North Miami Beach, Miami Beach, and Tamarac, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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