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Solution to Heel Pain After Too Much Holiday Shopping

007 ShopperIt’s finally cooling off in Jacksonville, FL, Thanksgiving has past and the Holiday Season is officially upon us, leaving many running for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.  While running is great cardio, it may not be so great for your feet due to obnoxious heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. From the weekend recreational runner, to professional athletes, and holiday shoppers making their way through the St. John’s Town Center or The Avenues Mall, heel pain is unbiased.

  • Where does plantar fasciitis cause pain? In the arch and heel of the foot.
  • Early stages: the pain is most severe when stepping down the first time in the morning and improves with walking.
  • As the condition progresses pain becomes present throughout the day – and can be quite disabling.
  • How do I get plantar fasciitis?  Inflammation of the large ligament running from the heel across the bottom of the foot to the ball of the foot.  The inflammation is caused by “overuse” of the ligament, which causes injury and tearing of some of the ligament fibers.

007 Heel PainThe kicker to this painful problem is it doesn’t generally hurt while exercising but exercising will make it worse, and there will be no relief until you allow a period of rest. There are several treatment options for plantar fasciitis.  Conservative treatments for heel pain include:

  1. Getting rid of inflammation by icing and stretching: As with any treatment plan, stretching techniques will be suggested and can be combined with icing to alleviate some of the discomfort by rolling/stretching your foot over a frozen water bottle.
  2. Anti-inflammatory: Always consult your physician before taking any medication, and to confirm that the condition is plantar fasciitis.
  3. Correct fitting shoes paired with custom orthotics:can help keep the pain at bay

For many people with mild or moderate plantar fasciitis these methods alone will bring relief.  Unfortunately for some cases of persistent or severe plantar fasciitis, a more direct treatment plan will be needed.

If you’re currently suffering from plantar fasciitis symptoms and other treatments have not been effective, you may be a good candidate for a non-invasive procedure called Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology, or EPAT.  EPAT was initially used to treat kidney stones before being approved for several musculoskeletal disorders, including plantar fasciitis.

How does it work?  EPAT works through pressure waves increasing the circulation and metabolism to an area, speeding up the healing process.  It offers more intense results to persistent pain without the risk and recovery time associated with surgery.   EPAT is not needed for every patient, but those who are candidates have experienced great results.

If you or someone you know is suffering from severe heel pain come see us at First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic to get your feet free of pain.

Retired Jacksonville Jaguar Fred Taylor Inducted into the Pride of the Jaguars

Despite the Jacksonville Jaguars losing to the Cincinnati Bengals at last Sunday’s game there was a silver lining for First Coast fans.  The official NFL referees are back and Fred Taylor was inducted into the Pride of Jaguars during halftime!  But the last thing any football fan, team, or coach needs at this point in the season is their star football players being injured.  Steve Smith, the veteran wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers missed practice earlier in the season due to an infection in his left foot.  Fortunately Smith was able to play in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

How the foot infection came about still remains a mystery, but there are numerous ways for a foot to become infected, from bacterial to fungal.  Anytime you have an open lesion or a possible opening to the skin such as a blister, or even a bug bite, the wound can become swarmed with bacteria and cause an infection.  Ingrown toenails can also commonly become infected.  Signs of infection include:

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Drainage
  • Warmth
  • Foul odor

This is especially important for diabetic patients due to the fact that diabetes is a systemic disease which predisposes these patients to infection.  It is crucial that the diabetic patient perform daily foot checks to make sure that they do not have a new wound.  Something of equal importance is to make sure the web-spaces between the toes is dry, since wet, web-spaces can also be a portal of entry to infection.

At First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic, we see many diabetic patients for routine foot checks every three months, as well as treat a multitude of painful ingrown toenails that can potentially lead to infection.  Not only do we prevent the infection, but we can also treat it by prescribing antibiotics to rid your body of those pesky bacteria.

If you or someone you know may be suffering from a possible infection request an appointment today to see what Dr. Vimal Reddy can do for you.

Jacksonville Jaguars Offensive Line Suffer from Ankle Injuries

005a Jag InjuryFirst Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic could not be more excited that football season has begun! But already three of the Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line starters are wearing protective boots on their left ankles following the overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

  • Left guard Eben Britton suffered an ankle injury and was out for the remaining of the game
  • Uche Nwaneri also suffered an ankle injury
  • Right tackle Cameron Bradfield suffered a leg injury

In this one game, there have been more injuries to the lower extremities than any other and Coach Mike Mularkey is starting to wonder if it might have been a turf issue. “It’s the most foot injuries I’ve ever been around,” Mularkey said. “Foot, ankle, you think about the number of linemen we have lost with it, it’s just unheard of. I don’t know if it’s bad luck. I am putting a little research out there with some of the turf teams if they’re experiencing the same kind of issues we are with our ankles and feet. We have had an unbelievable number of injuries to that part of the body. More than I’ve ever been around.”

So what will happen this Sunday when the Jags hit Everbank Field to take on the Houston Texans?  Even with a ranking of 32nd in the NFL in total offense and all these injuries the offensive line is still showing signs of improvement.

Don’t Hide Ugly, Thick, Discolored Toenails…. Treat Them!

002 Toe FungusIt’s hard to believe the 2012 Summer Olympics are over, the school year has started in Jacksonville, FL and Football Season is upon us. Although fall is right around the corner, we are still feeling summer temperature’s here on the First Coast, leaving many still showing off their toes in flip-flops or sandals.  For some this can be embarrassing if you have thick, yellow, cracking, brittle nails, which can be painful and hard to treat, could be fungus.  Nail polish can disguise the discoloration, but regular polish can also lock in the fungus, making it worse. Summer is more fun if you’re fungus free!

Toenail fungus, called onychomycosis, can start as a yellowing of the toenail but progress into a painful, thick nail with a foul odor.  Fungus thrives in hot, humid environments, making it an extremely common condition in Florida.  This contagious infection can be spread easily in moist environments such as public swimming pools, and gyms and can be difficult to get rid of.

It can be difficult to get rid of toenail fungus and recurrence is high, but a podiatristcan give you options that have the highest success with the particular kind of fungus you have:

  • Topical nonprescription creams
  • Oral Medications, which can have side effects
  • Surgical removal of the nail
  • Laser Therapy

First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic makes sure to offer the most effective treatments available, from anti-fungal nail polish, to the most up-to date treatment tools.

002 rednailACurrently the Pinpointe FootLaser is one of the most effective treatments for nail fungus.  The procedure is quick, painless and does not have to be repeated.  The laser is able to go through the nail and destroy the fungus under it while leaving all other tissue unharmed.  The laser offers effective treatment without the side effects and prolonged treatments of many of the medications currently used, and without the pain and recovery associated with surgical removal of the nail.

The First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinics’ Four steps to Fabulous Fungus Free Feet:

  1. Rid yourself of any current fungus: Let us PinPointe the problem for you!
  2. Keep feet dry: Dry cotton socks and ventilated shoes are a good choice
  3. Don’t share: Tools such as nail clippers or files, and clothing can spread fungus
  4. Wear shoes in public facilities: showers, gyms and public pools

If you or someone you know may possibly be suffering from toenail fungus, request an appointment today to see what Dr. Vimal Reddy can do for you.

Set Your Sights on a Smoother Pregnancy

Pregnant and the Olympics are not two words most people would put in the same sentence; But at the 2012 London Olympics, Nur Suryani Mohd Taibi of Malaysia represented her country for the air rifle competition, eight months pregnant!

Just weeks away from her due date, Mohd Taibi reported “I only feel pain when I walk too much…  sometimes I forget that I’m pregnant.”  And though she not the most decorated Olympian like Michael Phelps, she now holds her own Olympic record as the most pregnant Olympian.  At eight months pregnant Mohd Taibi, like many current day mothers-to-be, does not have time to be slowed down by foot pain.

Many soon-to-be-moms are burdened by everything from back pain and cramping calves, to swollen ankles and sore feet.  Pregnancy hormones can wreak havoc on your body, and your feet are no exception.  Foot pain experienced during pregnancy is due to the increased hormone levels coupled with the extra weight of the baby.  Women may develop:

As the pregnancy progresses, the increasing weight may make the problem worse; Causing walking to be very painful, as well as other issues such as sore knees and back due to the added strain.  Our Olympian Mohd Taibi represents Malaysia where the warm humid conditions cause even further difficulties, such as increased swelling and risk of foot infections – both fungal and bacterial.  The Jacksonville area certainly competes with Malaysia in this regard this time of year.

Ammunition to keep your baby-bump bliss right on target:

  • Aim at taking time off your feet: Taking time to rest and elevate your legs will help reduce swelling
  • Choose correct footwear for your pregnant feet: Feet change size throughout your pregnancy so have them measured accordingly
  • Custom made Orthotics can control or prevent the over-pronation which leads to other body aches

Jump the gun on foot pain and make an appointment before pregnancy related foot problems become more advanced and difficult to treat.  Come see us at First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic for assistance to prevent expected pregnancy-related foot problems and for expert treatment of any problems you may already b experiencing.

This will be the straightest shot at keeping your feet healthy during your pregnancy.

“Knock Your Socks Off” For Optimum Health

072 Socks off-1It’s that time of year to knock your socks off and enjoy a little fun in the sun in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and the Ponte Vedra Beach area!!!  That also makes it a good time for annual physical examinations (aka “annuals”) essential for maintaining a clean bill of health. Despite this, yearly foot exams by a qualified foot and ankle specialist are an important aspect of the “annual” that is often bypassed. But when a doctor’s trained eye isn’t nearby, it’s your very own inspection that could save your life.

The next time you clip your toenails or lace up some shoes, take a closer look at your feet. Via an initiative appropriately named “Knock Your Socks Off”, the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) and the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) recommend routine self-exams to focus on the most common areas of the foot for melanoma (malignant skin cancer) to appear:

  1. The soles
  2. Between the toes
  3. Around or under toenails

Routine self-examinations of the feet are an easy way to find skin cancer early, when it’s easiest to cure. Need more motivation??

  • Nearly 50% of those who learn they have melanoma of the foot die within five years because the cancer has already spread to other parts of their body by the time it is diagnosed.
  • Approximately 65,000 people will learn they have melanoma this year.
  • It’s difficult to estimate how many of those cases will involve the foot, but more than 8,000 will die.
  • If detected in its earliest stages, 92% of melanoma patients are alive after five years.

Unlike many other types of cancer, melanoma strikes people of all age groups, even the young. Routine self-exams of the feet increase the likelihood of noticing suspicious moles, freckles or other spots. If a mole, freckle, or spot on your foot starts to change over the course of a month and becomes asymmetrical or changes its bordercolordiameter or elevationcontact Dr. Reddy immediately.

The First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic provides professional, routine foot care services for patients with certain medical conditions that place them at high risk for developing foot problems and complications, such as:

– Poor circulation

– Peripheral neuropathy (loss of sensation)

– Bleeding disorders

– Diabetes

We encourage those individuals without the above medical conditions to schedule a routine podiatric wellness exam! Either it be yourself of someone you love let the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic keep your feet safe this summer and year round!

Gate River Run 2012

GRR-2012Come see us at our booth for the 2012 Gate River Run, Runners Expo at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds!  We’re next to the Donna Deegan Marathon and Black Creek Outfitters.

Hours of Expo: 

Thursday, March 10th           11:00 AM until 6:00 PM

Friday, March 11th                 11:00 AM until 8:00 PM

Saturday, March 12th             8:30 AM until 12:00 PM

“Like” us on our Facebook page and be entered to win a pair of custom orthotics valued at $450!

“Like” our Facebook page at the expo and get $3’s off BioFreeze, usually $15!

Also enter at our booth for a chance to win a iPod Nano!

The First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic looks forward to seeing you there!  Come join the fun!

Seven Steps to a Better Winter Run

065 Doggy-Winter-RunningSnow may only very rarely be in the weather forecast during winter in Jacksonville FL, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get a bit chilly. Runners, who frequently hit the pavement or trails early in the morning, often experience the coldest part of a day. As such, it’s recommended that runners have two different types of training regimes- one for warmer days (thankfully plentiful in Florida!) and one for cooler days to help keep you going.

Whether you’re a casual recreational jogger or a competitive athlete considering participation in the upcoming “26.2 With Donna – National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer” consider the following for your “winter running regime”:

1.     Not too much:Do not plan to make any increases in mileage or speed during colder weather. Pushing oneself harder in the cold could lead to injury (and a visit to the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic!)

2.    Warm up indoors:at least briefly before running and be especially vigilant if conditions are wet or perhaps even icy.

065 cold weather running tips3.    Wear clothing appropriate for running in colder weather: Running shoes in good condition are a must. Try thick, absorbent, dry socks and make sure you have adequate space in your running shoes to accommodate these thicker socks; consider buying a half-size larger running shoe for your winter regime. Also, wear a warm hat. A significant amount of body heat is lost directly from the head, which affects the whole body’s circulation.

4.    Be mindful of the wind-chill factor! Some runners prefer to run into the wind to start off and then return with the wind at their backs. The return run is easier since you have perspired and your body is warmer.

5.    Protect your skin!Use a moisturizer, protective lip balm, and sun block to prevent blister formation and redness in the face area.

6.    Stay Hydrated:Drink PLENTY of water before and after running to ensure your muscles recover after running in cold weather.

7.    Most Importantly:Be safe, stay warm, and HAVE FUN!