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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.

Is Your Middle School Superstar Benched with Heel Pain?

003 heel_pain_in_childrenAs summer comes to an end and fall season’s start, many parents face unexpected injuries to their favorite players.  I’m not talking about the Jacksonville Jaguars, though their O-line has its fair share of injuries, I’m referring to our middle school super-stars.  These young athletes seem to have grown a foot over summer, return to the school sports and are benched by heel pain.

A feeling of tightness throughout the foot and pain, specifically in the heel, can be caused from the bones of the foot growing faster than the muscles and ligaments.  The heel ossifies (turns into bone) later that the other foot bones, so children that play sports (most commonly soccer or basketball) and are very active are more likely to develop pain here.  The pain is caused from a repeated stress, such as running or jumping, on the growth plate in the heel, and is a sign of Sever’s disease.

Sever’s disease, medically called Calcaneal Apophysitis, is an inflammation caused by stress on the growth plate in the heel and is very common in children.  The pain is generally worse after physical activity, and commonly located on the side or back of the heel.  This is unlike another common condition, plantar fasciitis, which is worse after long periods of inactivity.  Sever’s will go away on its own in most children, but it may take a while.  There are several simple options we can offer to confirm the diagnosis, eliminate the pain and shorten recovery so kids don’t miss the fall sports season.  A fracture of the heel has very similar symptoms so if the pain is chronic, or does not subside with conservative treatments it should definitely be looked at by a podiatrist.

003 seversWe at First Coast Foot and Ankle Cliniccan offer several options for treating and preventing Sever’s disease.  Children’s arch supportsare recommended for those who have not yet experienced the severe pain, but are at risk because of their participation in sports or high activity level.  Children’s arch supports are commercially available or can be custom fitted by us and will fit into athletic shoes or cleats. It is also important to choose an athletic shoe that supports the child’s arch since it is still developing.

Heel cushions can be a good option for children already experiencing the heel pain.  Icing for 20-30 minutes after strenuous activity and stretching exercises for the calf muscles will help alleviate the pain and decrease the chance of it returning.  Temporarily decreasing the activity level, specifically activities that include jumping or running, may also be required in order to let the area heal.

Let us help heal your pain, make an appointment to get your kid back in the game.

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.

Tebow to the Jacksonville Jaguars: Stinky Situation for Jag Fans

069 Tim_Tebow_New_York_Jets_Press_Conference_Tebow_Wins_AgainTim Tebow, previously with the Denver Broncos, has been traded.  Too much of the dismay of many Tebow fans in Jacksonville FL, the UF graduate was not picked up by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but the New York Jets.  Although Tebow is very “excited” about this, fans in the North Florida area thinks the situation stinks!

What can really stink is after a long day of anticipation and perspiration, it’s time to unwind, kick off your shoes and put your feet up. If you’re like many people, it can be a bit of an eye-opener and nose-tingler the moment your shoes and socks hit the floor.

Sweaty feet (hyperhidrosis) and smelly feet (bromhidrosis) are two common and conditions of the foot. Some cases are caused by:

  • Systemic (“whole body”) conditions such as anemia (low blood count)
  • Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
  • Most cases have a “local to the foot” cause

The main issue feeding foot odor is sweat. Our feet are among the most perspiring parts of the body- able to produce more than a pint of sweat in a single day! Sweat alone doesn’t have a distinctive smell. The smell from sweating is caused by bacteria on our skin that eats the sweat and excretes waste, causing the stink! It’s perfectly normal to have bacteria on your skin but it doesn’t always produce a noticeable smell.

So do sweaty, smelly, feet happen to begin with?

  1. Wearing shoes or socks made of synthetic materials contributes to the production of excessive perspiration and the bacteria growth that causes this condition and odor
  2. Most footwear is made of synthetic materials- especially tennis shoes. Many synthetic materials don’t “breathe” very well and therefore,
  3. The sweat our feet excrete can’t easily escape into the air like the sweat our hands excrete — it all collects on our skin and in our socks.
  4. The bacteria thrive in this kind of environment by feeding on the excess sweat.
  5. When you take off your shoes the foul odor that hits you is all the bacteria excretion that’s collected on your feet and in your socks and shoes.

What’s a person with smelly and/or sweaty feet to do?!!

  1.  Decrease the amount of bacteria on your feet
  2.  Decrease the amount of sweat that collects on your feet and in your shoes

How to Reduce Bacteria:

  •  Wash your feet with anti-bacterial soap
  •  Wear clean socks everyday
  •  Give a pair of shoes 24 or more hours to air out before wearing again

How to Reduce Sweat:

  •  Wear well-ventilated shoes instead of very constrictive shoes, such as boots
  •  Always wear socks, preferably made of cotton or other absorbent materials
  •  Change socks multiple times per day, if possible
  •  Apply antiperspirant to your feet

If your foot odor or sweating is excessive and basic remedies are not helping, make an appointment to visit Dr. Reddy at the First Coast Foot & Ankle Clinic.