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Podiatrist - Glendale
5750 W. Thunderbird Road F640
Glendale, AZ 85306
602-938-3600 (P)
602-938-0400 (F)

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June 24, 2017
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For many people, summer means breaking out the swimming suits, wearing sandals or flip-flops, and heading out to the pool with family and friends. However, many people do not think twice before putting on their flip-flops, and how they can affect your feet. You might have heard athletes, doctors, or family members say that not all shoes are created equal – that saying is true for flip-flops as well. So, before you begin putting on your flip-flops to enjoy your summer fun, let’s take a closer look at how flip-flops can affect your foot health, and some recommendations for properly caring for your feet while wearing them.   

About Flip-flops

When we go shopping, we might see flip-flops as being a comforting shoe for just lounging around the house, showing off the new pedicure, everyday walking, or for enjoying the sunny weather. However, flip-flops can affect your feet in a negative way when worn excessively.

Since flip-flips are open to the air, it puts your feet at risk for cuts, bruises, rolled ankles, and breaks if something drops on them. Flip-flops are also very loose when you wear them since they are strapped to your feet by a small strip across your feet, or thong between your first and second toes. This can allow the flip-flop to glide back-and-forth along various parts of your feet, causing blisters, corns, calluses, and ankle instability.

The stability in flip-flops is also not ideal as compared with other types of footwear. Part of the reason they lack stability is due to the absence of proper arch support. This can cause you to mimic the motion as if you are walking barefoot on the ground. With enough force and steps taken in your flip-flops, they will eventually wear out, and potentially cause foot pain.

Benefits of Flip-Flops

On the plus side, there are a few benefits for wearing flip-flops. People who already have bunions – wearing flip-flops can help relieve the pressure being applied to their big toe (or little toe) and help minimize any pain. Individuals who suffer from stinky feet (bromohidrosis) – by wearing flip-flops, it allows your feet to breathe, and prevent excessive sweat accumulation in your socks/shoes.

Advice for Wearing Flip-Flops

The good news is you do not need to throw away your flip-flops and can still enjoy them this summer. However, we want to give you some advice for purchasing proper flip-flops, as well as what you should avoid when wearing them. It is important not to continually reuse old flip-flops since they do wear down and make your feet more prone to injuries. It is not advised to engage in activities such athletics or hiking since flip-flops do not provide the stability or protection from accidental injuries (cuts, sprains, breaks, etc.). Lastly, when choosing which pair of flip-flops, it is important to make sure the ones you buy fit your feet comfortably. They should not hang off the edge or fit too tightly around your foot; this can increase the risk of injuries to your toes or irritate your feet and cause blisters. Another important factor to consider is the quality of material the flip-flops are made of; leather is ideal since it will help with reducing the irritation of your foot and developing blisters or rashes.

If you have questions or concerns about wearing flip-flops and your foot health, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, and have all your treatment options presented to you to ensure you continue to maintain happy, healthy feet for this summer.

At one point or another, everyone has had to endure the smell of either your own, or someone else’s stinky feet. Having stinky feet can be uncomfortable for many people, including yourself, and cause some people to feel embarrassed. Interestingly, having smelly feet is a foot condition, and is known as bromohidrosis. So, what exactly causes our feet to develop such a smelly odor?

Causes of Bromohidrosis

There are numerous causes to the development of bromohidrosis. The main problem is due to increased sweating and excretion of waste (specifically isovaleric acid) from fungi and bacteria living in your footwear; this causes the foul odor you commonly smell. Your feet can produce large amounts of sweat daily (around 300 mL of sweat) and this provides a moist, ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to grow. Other conditions can increase the amount of sweat produced by your feet, such as stress, some drugs, changes in hormone levels, and increased physical activity (exercising, standing for long periods of time, etc.).  

Treating Bromohidrosis

To put it simply, the easiest way to treat smelly feet is to eliminate/minimize the source of the odor – the bacteria and fungi. There are many ways to do this, some of which you can do daily, and make a habit of it.

  • Shower regularly and bathe your feet (especially between your toes) to cleanse them and remove any bacteria

  • Change your socks daily (try to avoid wearing nylon socks)

  • Throw out any old shoes

  • Try to wear different shoes daily as much as possible to allow time for your shoes to dry out

  • Avoid wearing plastic shoes and choose to wear shoes that enable your feet to breathe (canvas, mesh, leather, etc.)

  • Powdering your feet can help absorb some of the moisture; deodorants are not recommended since they do not eliminate the bacteria, they only mask the smell

  • More aggressive treatment may be needed if the other treatments are not effective

 

When to see a Podiatrist

  • When the previous treatments above have not worked

  • You begin noticing a rash or redness on your feet

  • Your feet start sweating more frequently without increased activity

 

If you or your family members have been enduring smelly feet and want more information on how to treat it, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, and have all your treatment options presented to you to ensure you continue to maintain happy, healthy feet.

 

By [email protected]
June 12, 2017
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Background

Most people can recall a time they had a fluid-filled blister on their toes and possibly remembering it being an unpleasant, painful experience. You did what you could to treat it by leaving it alone to heal itself, applied different ointments, or popped it using a tiny needle, and covering it with a band-aid. However, suppose after treating it, you notice it that it is not healing, or it came back in the same location. The reason it is reoccurring or not healing could be that it is not a blister, but instead a digital mucoid cyst.

About Digital Mucoid Cysts

A digital mucoid cyst can be described as a small, thin-walled sac, and containing a clear, jelly-like fluid. These cysts tend to have an appearance like a typical blister (round, smooth, clear, and possibly red around the border). The cause(s) of digital mucoid cysts are not well understood, but are potentially linked to a type of connective tissue degeneration known as myxoid generation. These cysts are commonly found on the top part of the foot near the toe nail and can vary in their size; often they are about as wide as a pea or a pencil eraser. These cysts typically do not cause pain or problems, but can become a problem if it grows, or develops closely to the toe nail. When these cysts become larger, they can become painful when you wear shoes; this is due to the pressure being applied to the cyst. The cyst can occur in patients of all ages, but are most commonly seen in people who are middle-aged or elderly.

Treatment Options Available to You         

Since these cysts typically do not cause problems, no treatment may be necessary. The good news is there are treatment options available to you if it does start causing you pain. Some cysts may heal on their own, but often they require further treatment, or can reoccur over time. Additional treatment options include: changing your shoes to reduce the pressure applied to the cyst, cortisone injection, or surgical excision.  It should be noted these cysts can still reoccur after treatment over time and should be followed up by your podiatrist.

Conclusion

Digital mucoid cysts can present with no symptoms or cause enough pain to prevent you from walking comfortably. Due to the possibility of recurrence, it is a good idea to have it monitored by your podiatrist, and to determine the best course of treatment for you. At Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists, we have the expertise to meet your individualized needs. Do not hesitate you schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Glendale, Arizona. 

Do you ever hear your foot or ankle “pop” when you are walking or enjoying a leisurely activity? Does this ever cause you any concerns or worries about your foot health? Feet and ankles pop and creak for numerous reasons and often cause concerns in people who hear their feet pop and creak. These popping and creaking sounds are often painless, but if the popping begins to cause you pain, it is a time to go see your podiatrist to find out what is causing the discomfort.

What Causes My Foot to Pop?

Hearing these sounds is not uncommon and can be caused by many other foot conditions. The following is a list of some of the most common reasons for the ankles popping or creaking:

  • Previous ankle sprains – this is because the ligaments are loose and allows the bones to move more freely than they should be; as a result, the ankle because unstable

  • Tendon Dislocation/Snapping over bones – When a joint is moved out of its normal place, the tendons around it move as well, and tend to make the snapping sound when it is moving back to its normal position; this is most commonly seen in the tendons on the outside of your ankle (Fibularis/peroneal tendons)

  • Small amounts of gases escaping – Most of the joints in your body have a fluid that helps lubricate and protect them (called synovial fluid). This fluid contains small amounts of certain gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. Sometimes these gases form bubbles in the synovial fluid and eventually get released; think of it like kids blowing bubbles through a straw into their drinks and hearing the bubbles pop

 

When Should I Go See a Podiatrist?

In most cases, the popping sounds are painless, and are something you do not have to worry about. Most of the time, a foot that pops will not show up as anything serious on a scan. However, sometimes the popping can cause pain, and are clues to more serious foot conditions. Some examples could be arthritic joints (cartilage degenerated), Achilles tendon tear/rupture, previous injuries to other tendons, or Morton’s neuroma (entrapped nerve in the foot). It is important to find out what is causing these painful pops to ensure it does not worsen, or lead to more serious foot problems.

If you are concerned or have more questions about any popping or creaking sounds in your foot, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists in Glendale, Arizona, and have all your treatment options presented to you to ensure you continue to maintain happy, healthy feet this summer.

April is the month to remind ourselves of the importance of your feet and how you can begin taking proper care of them. It is an uncommon habit for people to spend much time thinking about their feet, especially if they do not hurt, and often take them for granted. However, your feet are important structures, and more complex than they may appear. Think about how many steps you take each week, whether its basic walking or playing with your kids, your feet are constantly working behind the scenes to help you enjoy work and activities. With 26 bones, a combination of over 100 ligaments and muscles, you can start to imagine how important they are for walking and your health. Foot problems can start off small, but slowly progress toward other parts of the body, and eventually affect your overall health.

 

The good news is there are many routine habits you can do to help prevent injury to your feet and allow you to continue engaging in the activities you enjoy. Here is a list of some recommendations you can do to help maintain proper foot care:

1. Get into a habit of routinely inspecting your feet; this can be when you shower and take your shoes on and off. Ideas on what to look for: cuts, callused toes, redness on the skin, blisters, their shape (does it look noticeably different than the others), check the color of your toes (are they pink? blue?), look for moles you did not notice before, check the flexibility of your foot and toes, and if there is any pain in your foot. Skin cracks, peeling or dry skin buildup.

 

2. Perform daily stretches on your legs, ankles, and feet to reduce the strain on your muscles.

 

3. Make sure you are wearing proper sized shoes; ill-fitted shoes can cause development of foot conditions and affect your foot function over time. These include: Calluses, corns, blisters, bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammertoes, stress fractures and many other foot ailments.

 

4. Be sure to replace your shoes at least 1 to 2 times per year or when the inside of your shoes begins to wear down; talk to your podiatrist about shoe recommendations for your foot type.

 

5. Wash and dry your feet whenever you shower or when you participate in activities causing excessive foot sweating; this will help you avoid getting a fungal toe or foot infection.

 

6. Try minimizing how often you walk barefoot, especially outdoors, since your feet are more likely to get unnoticed cuts or develop an infection (fungal, bacterial). If you are have Diabetes, you should never go barefoot.

 

7. During the warmer days, if you wear flip-flops or sandals, wear sunscreen to decrease the chances of getting a sunburn, and minimizing the risk of skin cancers.

 

This month is about celebrating and taking special note of the care of your feet. We only get one set of feet and it is important to take proper care of them. If you notice any sudden changes in your foot health, experience any pain, or suffer an injury to your foot, please do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary N. Friedlander or Dr. Jay C. Larson at Sole Foot and Ankle Specialists in Glendale, Arizona.

 




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