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Posts for: December, 2013

Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers' Luis Scola (4) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz player Marvin Williams was experiencing pain in his heel during his team’s last game and was forced to sit out to avoid aggravating it.

The Jazz lost the game to the Pacers, perhaps due to Williams’ absence. Williams claimed that his pain was only in his heel, and wasn’t a symptom of the Achilles tendon injury which had been recovering from during the offseason.

"It's not my actual Achilles, which is good news,” he said. “It's just my heel. My heel is really inflamed right now. It's causing a lot of discomfort (and) putting a lot of pressure on my foot right now."

Depending on the cause, heel pain can be tough to deal with on your own. If you are experiencing pain in your heel, a podiatrist such as Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle may be able to help. Dr. Crismali can assess the problem you are having and determine what kind of care you need.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change          
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Heel PainBetween trekking around the mall and spending hours waiting in lines, your feet will probably take a beating this holiday shopping season.

Luckily Dr. Steve Roseberg, CEO/President of Foot Products Enterprises Inc., has provided solutions to protect your feet from Black Friday through the rest of the season.

On suggestion he has is to be aware of your arch, whether it is flat or pronounced, and wear shoes intended to offer good support for that foot type. If necessary, you can equip your footwear with insoles to make them more comfortable. Dr. Rosenberg recommends taking your shoes off when you get home for the day and soaking them in warm water.

Whether it’s the holiday season or any other time of year, you should pay attention to the health of your feet every day. With advice from a podiatrist such as Dr.Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle, you can learn all you need to know about protecting your feet from harm and avoiding injuries.

Every Day Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. After all, without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks. It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before, for example.

For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops.

Also, wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Athlete's footA scientist at James Mason University is developing a medicine that combats athlete’s foot based off probiotics.

The medicine, which uses “good bacteria” to fight fungal infections, was originally made to cure diseases in frogs. The scientist, biologist Harry Reid, asserts that there are no complete satisfactory athlete’s foot treatments available now, but that a probiotic solution would handle fungus better than conventional drugs. He and his colleagues plan on testing samples of the medicine in hopes of finding a formula that works.

Fungal infections are unpleasant and have the potential to cause major discomfort. If you have athlete’s feet, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali will determine the severity of your athlete’s foot and use the appropriate treatment to mitigate the fungal infection.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

If you suffer from itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet, this may be a sign of athlete's foot. Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be extremely contagious, and it often infects shower floors, gyms, socks and shoes, and anywhere else feet may come in contact with. It is commonly found in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools. This condition can also be prevalent in "commons" areas in prisons and residential care facilities.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

- Hydrate your feet by using lotion
- Exfoliate
- Buff off nails
- Use of anti-fungal product
- Examine feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts are present.

What is Tinea?

- Athlete’s foot is often caused by the same fungus that causes ringworm (tinea).
- Tinea can invade other parts of the body as well, if the proper thriving conditions for it are met.
- Tinea thrives in mostly dark, warm and moist environments.
- Although many people never experience athlete’s foot, around 70% of the population may suffer from tinea at some point.

People with a history of tinea or other skin infections are more likely to suffer from recurrent, or even additional, unrelated infections.

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Diabetic Foot CareScientists at the University of Colorado have conducted a study that shows that patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) can reduce their risk of heart attacks by taking drugs that lower their blood pressure.

The study involved a total of 53 people with PAD, who normally have a higher chance of getting heart attacks than others due to poor circulation. A control group of 31 PAD patients weren’t given any medicine, while the other 22 were asked to take drugs to lower their blood pressure. Of the control group, 12 participants had heart attacks during the time of the study, while in the other group only 3 did. This could indicate new directions in treatment for heart disease patients.

If you’re having problems with circulation in your feet, contact a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can analyze your condition and provide you with the best care possible.

What is Poor Circulation in the Feet?

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. It usually restricts the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development.

It can also cause:

-muscle pain   
-numbness in legs
-cramps           
-skin discoloration
-weakness       
-slower nail & hair growth
-stiffness        
-erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes and or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, or who are over 50.

If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD, and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions

As always see a doctor as they will help try and fit a regime that suits you.

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