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By Nail Fungus By
February 24, 2017
Category: Podiatry

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 Emerald Coast Podiatry
January 18, 2017
Category: Podiatry

Don’t let yellow unsightly nails be the end all be all to your foot health.

It’s amazing how many people can develop a toenail fungal infection. With fungus being everywhere it’s not a surprise that this could toenail fungus happen to anyone. If your nails have grown thicker, yellow and brittle then you too could have fallen victim to a pesky nail fungus. From the office of our Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi, find out what a laser treatment can do to treat your infection.

First and foremost, there are other conditions that can look similar to a fungal infection so it’s important that our Crestview and Fort Walton Beach foot doctor takes a look at your feet before proceeding with this treatment. Of course, those with weakened immune systems or diabetes should always seek medical care right away, as this infection could cause serious health complications.

Keeping your nails trimmed is a good way to get rid of some of the fungi in the nails. Remember that you don’t want to trim your nails too short or at a curve, as this can also increase your risk of an ingrown toenail.

While some patients may see results with prescription or over-the-counter creams, this isn’t always the most effective method since it’s nearly impossible for the topical cream to get through the hard layers of nail to kill the fungus. Other treatment options include an oral antifungal medication.

If you’ve tried all these options and you are still left battling a fungal infection then laser therapy might be the ideal treatment. Unlike topical medications, this laser can painlessly penetrate through the nail and kill the fungi underneath without damaging or affecting the healthy skin or nail around it.

This is an amazingly effective solution for killing stubborn and chronic fungal infections of the nails. You may need several treatments for it to take effect. There are no negative side effects as opposed to other treatment options, and there is no downtime after treatment. Laser treatment stimulates the growth of a healthy nail.

A toenail fungus doesn’t have to ruin the appearance and health of your feet. Turn to Emerald Coast Podiatry in Crestview and Fort Walton Beach, FL, for the expert care you need to get beautiful feet that you can’t wait to show off this summer.