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Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

All You Need to Know About Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, is a skin infection caused by dermatophytes, a type of mold-like fungi. These fungi naturally reside in the skin folds of the foot and generally remain in check if the foot is kept clean and dry. However, conditions like wearing tight, closed shoes or plastic footwear can create a warm, moist environment that promotes fungal growth. The two main fungi responsible for athlete's foot are trichophyton rubrum, which causes moccasin-like lesions and tends to be chronic, and trichophyton mentagrophytes, causing sudden, severe blister-like lesions between the toes. Both conditions are contagious and can be spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or indirectly via contaminated objects like towels, shoes, or wet floors. The risk of contracting athlete's foot increases with age and is higher among those with weakened immune systems. If you have athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Proper Recovery for a Foot Stress Fracture

A foot stress fracture can be a painful setback, but with the right approach to recovery, you can ensure a swift and safe return to your active lifestyle. The first step is rest. Allowing your foot to heal is of utmost importance, and this may mean using crutches or a brace to minimize weight-bearing. Getting adequate nutrition, rich in calcium and vitamin D, aids in bone healing. Gentle exercises like swimming or stationary cycling can help maintain cardiovascular fitness without adding stress to your healing foot. Gradually, as pain subsides, introduce weight-bearing activities and strength exercises. Wearing footwear with proper arch support and cushioning is suggested to help reduce pressure at the fracture site. A gradual return to regular activity and sport is vital to prevent re-injury. If you have suffered a foot stress fracture, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide the correct treatment options.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Achilles Tendinopathy

Achilles tendinopathy, or inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can hinder daily activities and mobility. The primary cause of Achilles tendinopathy is overuse, often prevalent among runners and others engaged in sports that involve repetitive stress on the Achilles tendon. This can lead to small tears and degeneration of the tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel. Those individuals with flat feet or over-pronated feet are at a higher risk. This can be a result of the flattened arches placing constant strain on the tendon, resulting in inflammation, pain, and swelling. Footwear choices, such as flip flops, sandals or high heels, can make the condition worse. Further, being overweight places extra stress on various body parts, including the Achilles tendon. A common symptom of Achilles tendinopathy is pain and tenderness in the back of the heel or ankle, which often gets worse with physical activity. Other symptoms can include stiffness in the ankle, reduced range of motion, and tendon swelling and thickening. Additionally, patents may experience a noticeable cracking or creaking sensation during movement. If you suspect you have Achilles tendinopathy or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Daniel Bell, DPM of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Facts About Gout

Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can affect anyone, but it is more common in men and those with a family history of the condition. Furthermore, the risk of gout increases with age. Gout typically presents with sudden and severe joint pain, most commonly in the big toe, but it can affect the ankles and other joints. The affected joint becomes red, swollen, and tender to the touch. Gout occurs due to excess uric acid levels in the blood, leading to the formation of sharp urate crystals in the joints. This build-up can be due to genetics, dietary choices, obesity, excessive alcohol consumption, or medical conditions such as kidney disease. Managing gout involves both lifestyle changes and medical intervention. Lifestyle modifications can include adopting a low-purine diet, limiting alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy weight. Medications, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine, and urate-lowering drugs, can help control pain and prevent future flare-ups. If you suspect you have gout in the big toe or ankle, seeking prompt medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. This type of doctor can effectively manage gout and help you to lead a more pain-free life.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

Fascinating Facts About Children's Feet

Children's feet are amazing structures that undergo significant development and growth, making them quite intriguing. A baby's foot at birth contains only cartilage and gradually ossifies into bone over time.  As they grow, the arches of their feet start forming at approximately age two and continue developing into early adulthood. Surprisingly, children have about twice as many foot sweat glands as adults, but their sweat does not develop an odor until puberty. The skin on a child's foot is also very delicate, making them susceptible to injuries and conditions such as warts and athlete's foot. It is important to encourage barefoot play to promote healthy development. A podiatrist can provide you with knowledge about children’s feet, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor if you would like to learn more.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Daniel Bell, DPM of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 01 October 2023 00:00

We Can Treat Your Foot or Ankle Pain

Foot or ankle pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life and can occur due to several different conditions. Pain can also be an indicator of a more serious underlying condition, which is why you should seek professional help as soon as you notice any abnormalities in your feet.

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