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By contactus@emeraldcoastpodiatry.com
April 17, 2017
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Our practice was awarded the prestigious Best in Destin Award for Podiatry. This reader's choice award was given to us by our loyal patients! We  thank all of you for voting for us. We are proud we could be a part of keeping you healthy and active!

If we can help you out with pain or difficulty in your feet or ankles  let us know by going to Emeraldcoastpodiatry.com

By Nail Fungus By
February 24, 2017
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The Achilles tendon runs from the heel bone to the calf muscle in the back of the leg. When this tendon is injured, Achilles tendonitis can achilles tendonitisdevelop. Achilles tendonitis typically results in pain and discomfort when putting strain on the feet while standing, walking, running or jumping. Individuals who develop Achilles tendonitis should see a podiatrist for treatment, but there are also things you can do to protect yourself from developing it in the first place. At Emerald Coast Podiatry, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi is your Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, FL, podiatrist.

Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis is an injury that develops in the Achilles tendon when it is strained, pulled or torn. This tendon is the largest one in the entire body and runs along the back of the leg from the heel bone to the calf muscle. The Achilles tendon can become inflamed and irritated when performing repetitive movements, such as running sprints regularly. It is also possible to strain the Achilles tendon and develop tendonitis when standing for long periods of time or even from having flat feet.

There are several types of problems that can affect the Achilles tendon. Achilles tendonitis happens to be the most common. It can best be prevented by minimizing repetitive movements and resting the feet, as needed. It is especially important for individuals who are on their feet for long periods of time regularly to rest their feet and legs. For those with flat feet, wearing orthotic shoe inserts or footwear with adequate arch support can minimize strain on the Achilles tendon and help prevent Achilles tendonitis.

Treatment Options

There are a few different options for treating Achilles tendonitis. Resting the feet and legs is important to avoid putting additional strain on the injured tendon. Anti-inflammatory medications, prescription or over-the-counter, can provide relief from the discomfort of Achilles tendonitis, as can applying ice to the injured area. Other possible treatments include orthotic heel cups or pads, a walking boot, physical therapy, laser therapy, ultrasound treatment, stem cell injections or surgery. A Crestview and Fort Walton Beach podiatrist can recommend the appropriate treatment for you.

Protect yourself from Achilles tendonitis by avoiding repetitive movements that put strain on the Achilles tendon, such as running or standing for extended periods. If you do develop Achilles tendonitis, a podiatrist evaluates your injury and determine which treatment options are best. Dr. Ricciardi is your Crestview and Fort Walton Beach podiatrist. To schedule an appointment, call Emerald Coast Podiatry at (850) 862-4119 for the Fort Walton Beach office or (850) 682-6522 for the Crestview office.

By contactus@emeraldcoastpodiatry.com
February 10, 2017
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What is an Amniotic Injection

Amniotic fluid is a highly concentrated mixture of sterile, and ethically obtained proteins, cytokins and other important compounds, which are essential elemens in the development and sustaining of our body's repair process.  Studies have shown this fluid to be naturally regenerative and can reduce inflammation and scars.  Amniotic fluid is the fluid surrounding a child during pregnancy.  Amniotic fluid is now obtained ethically, and donated from consenting mothers of cesarian deliveries   It is important to note, these cells come from the amniotic sac and are not part of the embryo. The amnioitc fluid has noting to do with the baby and is universally discarded at birth. The donation of this fluid allows it to be purified, and through a multilevel FDA APPROVED process, sterilized and manufactured for injection. 

What Benefits Can This Treatment Offer?

Amniotic stem cell therapy is a very safe and effective treatment.  There is no risk of rejection in the patient.  The fluid contains the growth factors that help to stimulate tissue growth, stem cell activity and naturally reduce inflammation.  It also contains hyaluronic acid, which acts as a lubrican acting at the site of delivery to enhance healing.

Who Is A Candidate For Amniotic Stem Cell Therapy?

This treatment is ideal for patients suffering with one of the following:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Achilles Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tendon or ligament tears or pain
  • Wound healing

 If you have pain that is not responding to traditional care Emerald Coast Podiatry would be honored to speak to you about this and other cutting edge and traditional treatments to help get you back on your feet. 

By contactus@emeraldcoastpodiatry.com
January 23, 2017
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 Have you ever had pain in your foot so bad that you would rather just sit around all day and not get off the couch? Has is hurt so bad that you hate taking that first step out of bed in the morning? The truth is, is that you are not alone. You may think to yourself “Hey, I just have to get on with life and deal with this pain.” This is far from the truth. Your heel pain may be caused by something called plantar fasciitis, which is caused by a ligament that runs the length of your foot and can cause a lot of pain and swelling. Your plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber and over time this can cause wear and tear on that ligament. This can be caused by a number of things, such as wearing unsupportive shoes like flip flops or being flat-footed.


The primary problem here is micro tearing of the plantar fascia near the insertion onto the heel bone. All it takes is one small injury. ONe you may not even notice. But when it is compounded with every step, 10000 steps per day on average, 7 days per week, before you know it your heel is killing you. 


Sometimes that initial injury is soley ( no pun intended) your biomechanics, the way your body lines up when you take a step. 


    A typical symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain that can occur when you get up and stand on your feet. Most people often feel this in the heel or arch of the foot. It can start out as dull, aching, or stabbing and most often will get worse over time if left untreated. There are a lot of ways to treat plantar fasciitis and the good news is that it is 100% curable and almost never requires surgery! It might just seem like dealing with the pain or ignoring the problem is easier. We are all busy, but it is worth it to get rid of that pain! If left untreated, you may develop other foot, knee, and back problems because of altering the way you walk as a result of the pain.


There are so many options for treating plantar fasciitis, an individual plan can be tailored to you by Emerald Coast Podiatry,


At Emerald Coast Podiatry, we utilize treatments ranging from simple biomechanical assessment and correction

to exercise, stretching, Custom inserts, Laser Treatments and Cutting Edge Stem Cell injections.


The 2 treatments which are popular these days and will very, very rarely be recommended to you are completely stopping your running or exercise and surgery. 


I will do everything I can to get you moving painfree and pursuing that healthy lifestyle.


At Emerald Coast Podiatry, we treat plantar fasciitis and all of its symptoms. Don't deal with the pain just because you think you don't have any other choices! We have two convenient offices for you.t:


341 Racetrack Road

Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547



120 E. Redstone Ave., Suite A

Crestview, FL 32539



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By contactus@emeraldcoastpodiatry.com
January 19, 2017
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Exactly what is cellulitis? It is a common bacterial infection of the skin that can affect virtually any part of the skin, though it is most common in the lower legs and feet. While it is the skin that is most often affected, bacterial cellulitis can quickly spread to other parts of the body and also to deeper levels of the skin, tissues, lymph nodes, and even the bloodstream. If you leave an infection like this untreated, it can become life-threatening very quickly. Below are some common questions on bacterial cellulitis with focus on the foot and ankle.


What type of bacteria causes cellulitis?

Typically, cellulitis is caused by Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria.


What are the symptoms of cellulitis?

Common symptoms often include: pain, redness, swelling, warmth to the site of the infection, fever, dimpling of the skin, skin that expands around the infection, blisters, and red spots on the skin that become white when pressed.


Why is cellulitis more common in the lower legs and feet?

Often, the bacteria enters the skin through cracks in the skin, cuts, or other open areas of the skin. Risk factors can include age, obesity, recent surgery, athletes foot, history of cellulitis, skin disorders, or any open cut or break in the skin. These miniscule cracks are enough to allow the bacteria to enter the skin and spread. Diabetics are also at an increased risk and should also follow all recommended foot care. Poor lower extremity circulation coupled with a decreased feeling in the foot can  lead to open sores and cracks in the skin that go undetected, allowing the bacteria to enter and cause an infection.



What kind of treatment can I receive for cellulitis of the foot?

Your podiatrist will work with you and your specific case to come up with the best treatment plan. Typical treatment can include things such as antibiotics and possible hospitalization if the infection is severe. Elevation of the effective area and treating the symptoms can also be expected.


If you suspect ANY type of foot infection, make an appointment with us as soon as possible!




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