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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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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!




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.