Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Newborn foot care is essential for ensuring proper development and identifying any abnormalities early. Immediately after birth, a thorough examination of the newborn's feet is conducted by healthcare professionals. This examination includes assessing the shape, size, and position of the feet and checking for movement, reflexes, and the presence of any deformities. Common abnormalities detected during this examination include clubfoot, where the foot is twisted out of shape or position, and flexible flatfoot, where the arch of the foot is not developed. Early detection allows for prompt intervention, which may include stretching exercises, casting, or, in severe cases, surgical correction. Proper foot care, including keeping the feet clean and dry, avoiding tight footwear, and monitoring for any changes, is essential for newborns. If you have any concerns about your newborn’s foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss appropriate care and treatment options.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact 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.

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 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, 02 July 2024 00:00

Poor circulation, particularly from peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can significantly affect the health of your feet. PAD occurs when arteries narrow, reducing blood flow to the extremities, most commonly affecting the legs and feet. This diminished blood flow can cause leg pain, numbness, and weakness, which often worsen during physical activity and may persist even at rest. Additional symptoms can include cold feet, pale skin, and changes in toenail health, such as slower growth, thickening, deformation, or discoloration. These issues arise because the reduced blood flow prevents your feet from receiving adequate oxygen and nutrients. In severe cases, PAD can lead to critical limb ischemia, where chronic lack of blood flow results in ulcers, gangrene, and tissue damage. Managing PAD typically involves lifestyle modifications, such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and controlling diabetes. If you experience any signs of poor circulation in your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and effective treatment plan to prevent serious complications.

It is important to find shoes that fit you properly in order to avoid a variety of different foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

Shoes have many different functions. They cushion our body weight, protect our feet, and allow us to safely play sports. You should always make sure that the shoes you wear fit you properly in order to avoid injuries and deformities such as: bunions, corns, calluses, hammertoes, plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and more. It is important to note that although a certain pair of shoes might be a great fit for someone else, that doesn’t mean they will be a great fit for you. This is why you should always try on shoes before buying them to make sure they are worth the investment. Typically, shoes need to be replaced ever six months to one year of regular use.

Tips for Proper Shoe Fitting

  • Select a shoe that is shaped like your foot
  • Don’t buy shoes that fit too tight, expecting them to stretch to fit
  • Make sure there is enough space (3/8” to ½”) for your longest toe at the end of each shoe when you are standing up
  • Walk in the shoes to make sure they fit and feel right
  • Don’t select shoes by the size marked inside the shoe, but by how the shoe fits your foot

The shoes you buy should always feel as good as they look. Shoes that fit properly will last longer, feel better, and improve your way of life each day.

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle injuries are common among kids and adolescents who play sports, ranging from congenital variants to acute and chronic injuries. Congenital variants can include structural abnormalities present at birth. Osteochondroses, a group of disorders affecting the growth of bones in children and adolescents, can cause pain and swelling. Acute injuries, such as fractures and sprains, and chronic injuries, like stress fractures and tendonitis, are prevalent due to the repetitive stress of sports activities. Soft tissue injuries, including strains and ligament tears, are also frequent. Additionally, infections can complicate injuries if not properly treated. Podiatrists must consider systemic diseases such as inflammatory arthritis when a pediatric athlete presents with unexplained pain and swelling in one or more joints. Adolescents tend to sustain more injuries than younger children due to their increased participation in high-intensity sports and the physical changes during growth spurts. If your child has sustained a foot or ankle injury from playing sports or complains of associated pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Barry University Foot and Ankle Institute. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

As the aging population continues to grow, the need for specialized podiatric services in geriatrics is becoming increasingly critical. Older adults often face numerous foot and ankle issues due to years of wear and tear, decreased mobility, and chronic conditions like diabetes, arthritis, and circulatory problems. These issues can significantly impact their quality of life, leading to pain, decreased mobility, and a higher risk of falls and related injuries. Podiatric care is essential for the elderly to maintain their independence and mobility. Regular foot examinations can help prevent and manage conditions, such as bunions, corns, calluses, fungal infections, and foot ulcers. Proper foot care also aids in the early detection and treatment of serious complications such as peripheral neuropathy and poor circulation, which are common in older adults with diabetes. Preventative measures, routine care, and wearing appropriate footwear are vital components of geriatric podiatry services. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for comprehensive foot health management, and to address any specific concerns you may have about your feet or ankles. 

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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