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October 22, 2015
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Crossfit-part one

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Foot health is important  if you are on your feet everyday Crossfit training. Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that many athletes use in their everyday training. So why is it more important for people who use Crossfit training to pay special attention to the health of their feet? Foot position and the fit of your shoes become very important in prevent many foot and ankle injuries often seen in those who are athletes and participate in Crossfit.

Some of the types of injuries commonly seen in those that participate in Crossfit are Acute fractures, Metatarsal stress fractures, Plantar fasciitis, Peroneal tendonitis, and Achilles tendonitis. Because most athletes and Crossfitters tend to push through with their training while injured, it is important to seek treatment early so that we can provide you with preventative care. Emerald Coast Podiatry is committed to helping those with current and previous foot injuries heal up quickly and get you back on your feet and back to your training. We can help you get fitted for the right shoes and help you prevent serious injury to your foot.

Many times Crossfitters are simply just wearing the wrong pair of shoes or shoes with not enough support. There is no perfect shoe for Crossfit training because everyone has different needs for their feet. Typically, you need a different type of shoe for each activity you participate in. For example, you need a pair of shoes for running, a different pair for lifting, and a third pair for jumping. It is unrealistic to exercise this way. What is important is that you find a shoe that will offer the most support across all activities, such as a weight lifting shoe. This type of shoe will offer the most support because weight lifting is a strenuous activity and the shoes used will provide support across several activities.

For those who already have an injury, we want to treat you as soon as possible. There are many treatment options available. We can fit you for shoes that will work for you. Please feel free to bring your current shoes in and we can evaluate them for you. If you need a new fitting, we provide that right in our office. Surgery is only used as a last resort as we are able to treat the majority of patients with more conservative measures. Just remember, you don't have to exercise through the pain.

In part two of our Crossfit blog, we will discuss specific shoes recommendations for Crossfit shoes and discuss foot injuries related to Crossfit training a bit more in depth. Check back soon!


         

  Let's face it. Nail fungus is just plain gross. No one get excited when they discover they have it and everyone wants to get rid of it. But what exactly is nail fungus? For starters, it is an actual organism that lives in the nail and on the surrounding skin. Take a second and let that sunk in...a living organism is living in there. Nail Fungus, also called onychomycosis, causes a thickening and discoloration of the nail and can also start to cause some pain if left untreated. It usually begins as a small spot but can spread and eventually go to the surrounding nails. The nail may begin to thicken or become brittle while becoming distorted in shape. Another possible symptom of having nail fungus is that your nail may begin to separate from the nail bed and start to have a foul odor.

            There are several ways to treat nail fungus. Let's start with the ever popular topical medications that you apply yourself. Those may or may not help subside some of your symptoms and eventually begin to treat the fungus. The downside? It can take an entire year or more to successfully treat the fungus and there is no guarantee that the fungus won't come back. Oral medications can also be used to get rid of nail fungus, but these oral medications can become toxic to your liver and you will need to follow up with having blood drawn monthly to monitor your liver function. A third option is the actual surgical removal of the nail. This will cure the nail of the fungus and get rid of the pain, but you will never be able to replace that nail. After the surgery, you will also have a wound that will require up to at least four weeks of treatment.

            So what is the best option, you ask? At Emerald Coast Podiatry, we have been using laser treatments which have been highly successful and very popular. A beam of light is calibrated and then laser specifically targets the nail fungus and destroys it. It is painless and only requires three 20 minute treatments. You keep the nail, get rid of the fungus, no wounds, no surgery, no more pain, and no discoloration. It really is a win-win. This procedure is performed right in our office and there are no side effects. If you have any questions about nail fungus or laser treatments, please call our office and make an appointment!

            Fort  Walton Beach- 850-862-4119

            Crestview- 850-682-6522

 

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Nail fungus is just plain gross. No one get excited when they discover they have it and everyone wants to get rid of it. But what exactly is nail fungus? For starters, it is an actual organism that lives in the nail and on the surrounding skin. Nail fungus, also called onychomycosis, causes a thickening and discoloration of the nail and can also start to cause some pain if left untreated. It usually begins as a small spot but can spread and eventually go to the surrounding nails. The nail may begin to thicken or become brittle while becoming distorted in shape. Another possible symptom of having nail fungus is that your nail may begin to separate from the nail bed and start to have a foul odor.

There are several ways to treat nail fungus. Let's start with the ever popular topical medications that you apply yourself. Those may or may not help subside some of your symptoms and eventually begin to treat the fungus. The downside? It can take an entire year or more to successfully treat the fungus and there is no guarantee that the fungus won't come back. Oral medications can also be used to get rid of nail fungus, but these oral medications can become toxic to your liver and you will need to follow up with having blood drawn monthly to monitor your liver function. A third option is the actual surgical removal of the nail. This will cure the nail of the fungus and get rid of the pain, but you will never be able to replace that nail. After the surgery, you will also have a wound that will require up to at least four weeks of treatment.

So what is the best option, you ask? At Emerald Coast Podiatry, we have been using laser treatments which have been highly successful and very popular. A beam of light is calibrated and then laser specifically targets the nail fungus and destroys it. It is painless and only requires three 20 minute treatments. You keep the nail, get rid of the fungus, no wounds, no surgery, no more pain, and no discoloration. It really is a win-win. This procedure is performed right in our office and there are no side effects. If you have any questions about nail fungus or laser treatments, please call our office and make an appointment!

Fort Walton Beach- 850-862-4119

Crestview- 850-682-6522

 

Check out our Facebook page!!

https://www.facebook.com/emeraldcoast.podiatry