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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.

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.

Penguin Podiatry and Charcot Foot

064 Lucky the penguinLucky the Penguin wasn’t so lucky at birth.  He was born with a badly deformed foot, which made it difficult for him to swim and when walking develop sores, which would get infected. The zoo vet determined surgery would be too risky. Luckily for Lucky Teva, a local shoe company stepped forward and was able to engineer footwear to help Lucky function normally.

At the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Vimal Reddy sees this issue on a daily basis; but in humans, not penguins, of course. With diabetes a growing problem in Jacksonville FL, severe case can result in foot deformations called Charcot [shar-COH] neuroarthropathy or simply Charcot FootLike Lucky the Penguin, people with Charcot Foot have altered bone structure.  Walking will put stress on the foot in ways that can damage it, resulting in sores that can become infected. Like Lucky the Penguin, people with Charcot Foot are able to benefit enormously from custom shoes designed to distribute pressure across the foot.

For some, surgery could be the option to correct a foot deformity like Charcot but it’s no walk in the park. The procedure takes a great deal of metal fixators (plates, screws, pins, etc.) and the recovery period is long. For the right patient, it’s worth it if it can restore a patient’s ability to function normally.   Although surgery isn’t for everyone, patients like Lucky the Penguin will do just fine with their custom shoes.

If you have any questions or concerns for yourself of someone you love, please don’t hesitate to contact the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic to set up an appointment today.

Wide Receivers Dash to Victory Despite Injuries

063xrayThree of Jacksonville’s most promising young wide receivers at First Coast High School are potentially leading their team to a perfect season. What makes this so remarkable is two out of the three athletes have struggled with injuries this season. It’s always an inspiring story when athletes overcome a setbacks like an injury to put together a winning season. With proper rehabilitation managed by a podiatric physician such as Dr. Vimal Reddy, an injury does not have to mean the end of your days competing on the football field.

One receiver, Brandon Brooks suffered from a broken ankle. The most common injury in sports is the sprained ankle, which occurs when twisting or rolling your foot inwards. If you roll or twist your foot in the opposite direction, it will likely break.

The ankle joint consists of the:

  • Talus (the ankle bone)
  • Tibia (the shin bone)
  • Fibula

The bony bumps you can feel at your ankle are actually the lowest parts of the tibia (inner) and fibula (outer). During ankle fractures, one or both of these bony bumps will break off. Dr. Reddy will first check the bone fragments for stability to see if they will heal on their own.

Ankle fractures almost always need surgery to heal.  Dr. Reddy would make a small cut over the broken bone and drill screws into the bone fragments so they stay connected.  After surgery, you will need to stay off your ankle for 3-4 weeks, followed by a few weeks in a walking cast and physical therapy to help regain your strength to get back on the field.

Pigeon Toed?…. Not Forever!

046 pigeontoesHave you noticed your child’s toes point inward?  Is your son or daughter pigeon toed? Dr. Vimal Reddy will be able to identify one of the three reasons your child’s feet are doing this.

As children’s legs develop from infancy into adolescence, the bones undergo various twists and turns. Inward pointing toes, or intoeing, may be due to one or more of the following:

  • Inward twisting of the thigh bone (the femur)
  • Inward twisting of the shin bone (the tibia)
  • Inward pointing of the front bones of the foot (the metatarsals)

Will my child grow out of this? In the majority of cases, yes. The bones of the feet will likely straighten out before age 2, while the bones of the shin and thigh might take a bit longer—age 6. The thigh is especially tricky since it twists in such a way that intoeing may not become obvious until age 5. Your First Coast pediatrician will be a valuable resource in helping you decide if you need to watch and wait, or if you need to seek the help of a podiatrist.

While intoeing will usually not cause pain or arthritis, it may lead to children stumbling as they catch their toes on their heels. In each of these cases, treatment generally consists of casting with or without bars. The purpose of these treatment schemes is to gradually guide the bones into a more functional position. It’s important not to wait, since, by age 7 or 8, the bones a child has will be the bones he or she takes into adulthood. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Dr. Reddy at the First Coast Foot and Ankle Clinic will be able to help you decide what treatment is best, if any is needed at all.