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Posts for: May, 2015



Freedom to do and say as one pleases. Today we are free to go about our business. Today we attend religious service, to gather with friends and family, to travel , to read or watch whatever we want. The daily freedoms we enjoy; that become part of the fabric of our lives, are born on the preservation of a free country. A country based on a concept which, prior to its founding was unheard of, a government by, for and of the people. It is defended by citizens, through the years who give of themselves for its protection putting their lives on the line in dedication to the concept of freedom.

In these days of electronic do dads of all flavors, these days of hectic schedules and no time. Join us in taking a moment to look past the Memorial day sales, the bbq’s, the white sandy beach and warm sunshine. Join us as we reflect on the brave men and women, the families grieving the sacrifice of their beloved father, mother, sister, brother.  Let our thoughts and prayers be with them on Memorial Day. I say to all of our military members, we appreciate you and your sacrifice, not only on this Memorial day but everyday.

What do construction workers,  nurses, restaurant workers and retail sales people all have in common? It is consistent daily pounding on their poor feet.  We all have hight demands on our lower extremities and making sure they are properly cared for needs to be a high priority. Whether you work in the OR, the ER or on the floors, only you can save your soles.

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Feet are amazing pieces of engineering. Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints and 19 muscles. The whole structure is held together by more than 100 ligaments. Finally, there are approximately 7,000 nerve endings in your foot. No wonder they hurt. So what do you do to fight foot fatigue, perish pedal pain, heal hurtin' hooves? Here are a couple of answers for nursing your feet back to good health.

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Consider being fitted for orthotics. I don’t necessarily mean the custom fit Cadillac models while they are usually a good bet to reduce fatigue and increase function, you can save a little money in the short run by trying and over the counter pair. If you can fold them up or bend them with ease they are unlikely to be of any short or mid term benefit.  When shopping for an otc orthotic, look for a confortable somewhat firm set that does not deform in your hands easily. They are likely to last about 6-8 weeks before needing replacement. But if you find that they work, talk to your foot doctors at emerald coast podiatry about being fitted for a custom pair just for you

Change your shoes. Clogs are cute and sneakers are safe, but there are dozens of different shoes and styles on the market and not everyone's feet need the same gear. Walking shoes should be replaced every three to six months, and essentially, walking is what you do for your job. Treat your work shoes like the athletic gear they really are. Don't go by appearance. Shoes can still look great on the outside while the inner supports are totally worn out. Best advice: have at least two pairs of work shoes and rotate them. Also, get fitted properly at least once a year. Age, weight, and how much you exercise can all change your foot size and shape. Bad shoes equal bad feet.

Stretch. It is as important to stretch your feet as it is the rest of your muscles. Lie on your back and lift up one leg to a 90 degree angle; hold there with both hands. Point your foot then flex it with a full range of motion. Do two sets of 25 point-and-flexes per foot at least two times per week. Plantar Fasciitis is pain in the flat band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. Anyone who walks, stands, or runs for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces, is prone to developing this excruciating ailment. The most common way to fix it is to stretch your feet. Place a towel or belt around the ball of your foot and do a slow, steady stretch, pulling towards your body. It may take several weeks to resolve.

Soak them in Epsom Salts. It sounds like a remedy from Grandma but it is proven to work. Take 20 minutes to half-an-hour and let your feet soak in a mixture of warm water and epsom salts. The combination of warm water with the magnesium in the salt eases the pain in your overworked muscles and joints.

Your feet are a precious commodity as a nurse, sales team member, runner, or mom. You cant do your job or enjoy life to the full if you are limping and grabbing hold of the coffee table because of pain in your heel or arch. Keep your feet healthy, pamper them a little and give them appropriate support and rest. None of us is getting any younger and our feet need to carry us a long way for a lifetime.

Isnt Fungus Great!



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During a Mother’s day get together, I noted a display of beautiful wines,  delicious cheeses and Finger foods of grllled portabella. There was golden bubbly beer as well.  Don’t forget about the bread and pasteries! All brought to you with the help of fungus, yeasts, and molds!

Oh, those are awesome, giddy up!!

You know what is not awesome? Toe nail fungus, toenail yeasts, and toenail molds!

Oh, that isn’t awesome! Yuck!

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Toenail fungus.  Even the name can make you recoil. The unsightly thickening, yellow discoloration of the toenail is brought on by the not so distant cousins of everyday organisms.  The organism opportunistically finds its way into the nail and doesn’t like to leave! Over 32 million people in the United States are afflicted with nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis.

Toenail fungus is unhealthy. It can cause pain. It’s contagious. It vacations in the skin from its home in the nail, causing characteristic burning, itching of Athlete’s foot and secondary infection by bacteria. In rare cases it can be even more serious, infected ingrown nails, painful deep blisters under the nail. Very rarely, the discoloration can be melanoma-not a joking matter, like the picture below.

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And, let’s face it, onychomycosis is ugly.  It’s getting warm out, do you want to wear sandals if your nails are unsightly?  Keeping them trapped in a shoe? If you soak the toes in vinegar, you get fungal nails that smell like vinegar. Apply vaporub? You guessed it, menthol scented, thick, yellow nails. I’ve even heard of yellow mustard application. Really?

Emerald Coast Podiatry is here to help.  We will take the time to sit with you, discuss your questions and tailor a treatment plan just to you. Contact us soon so the only fungus you’ll have to worry about at your summer barbecues is your white wine and cheese.

Alas! Poor Achilles!


Great warrior of the Greek empire, conqueror of the Trojan empire, felled by an arrow to the heel!  Although one would wonder why he wasn’t submerged in the river styx completely and not held by the heel, he remains, nonetheless an example of strength and fortitude, of hard work and reliability

 The great warrior of our bodies is the aptly named Achilles tendon. It is the thickest and strongest tendon in the body. This tendon can receive a load stress 3.9 times body weight during walking and 7.7 times body weight when running! It goes without saying that a painful Achilles can be devastating.

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Often, patient will develop Achilles tendinitis ( the early stage ) or Achilles tendinosis ( long standing, thickening and chronic scarring of the tendon) Both are painful and both can lead to significant reductions in lifestyle and activities. Discerning the two is paramount.  Consistent tearing of the Achilles tendon can result in bone formation within the tendon resulting in the development of a spur.

Posterior calcaneal spurring associated with the Achilles can decrease the Achilles strength, making it work harder and propagating more inflammation, tearing, and spur formation.

At Emerald Coast Podiatry, we tailor the treatment of this ailment specifically to the needs of our patients. Advancements in non- surgical treatments have rendered surgical treatment rare. We advocate traditional conservative treatments, as well as advanced stem cell and prolotherapy techniques in recalcitrant cases.

Surgical treatment has been relegated to a last resort but when necessary, we get our patients back to activities using the most researched and trusted techniques.

Think of your doctors and staff at Emerald Coast Podiatry as your river styx! We will discuss your condition with you and explain all treatments available so you can carry on your own legendary journey!