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Stephan J. LaPointe, DPM, PhD, FACFAS

July 2022

Athlete’s foot is a pesky affliction of the foot that you may experience at some point in your life. The condition is a kind of fungal infection that is spread in warm, moist environments. Most typically, athlete’s foot can be spread to someone when they walk barefoot in highly-trafficked public areas where the fungus is present such as pool sides and locker rooms. There are several risk factors associated with athlete’s foot. First, if you are someone who usually wears damp or tight-fitting shoes, socks, or stockings, then you are increasing your risk of developing athlete’s foot. Wearing this kind of shoe or sock for prolonged periods can essentially trap the fungus, enabling it to thrive and wreak havoc on your feet. Additionally, if you are someone who suffers from persistently sweaty feet, then you may be at a greater risk of developing athlete’s foot. Those with conditions such as HIV-AIDS who have impaired immune systems are also particularly susceptible to suffering from athlete’s foot, as such individuals have a difficult time fighting off the fungus. If you identify with any of these risk factor groups, it might be a good idea to contact a podiatrist who can help ward off athlete’s foot. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists .  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

Probable Causes for an Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition. It occurs as a result of the skin growing into the sides of the nail instead of over it. The symptoms that are generally associated with this ailment often include extreme tenderness, swelling, and is often painful. The big toe is typically affected by an ingrown toenail, although it can affect the other toes. In severe cases, the affected toe may produce a discharge, and can become infected. Ingrown toenails can happen for a variety of reasons. These can include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, incurring a toe injury, or possibly from genetic reasons. Additionally, it may come from trimming the toenails incorrectly. Relief can come from soaking the toe in warm water, followed by gently pulling the skin away from the nail. If the ingrown toenail is severe, surgery may have to be performed that can remove part of the nail, or the entire nail. It is important to wear shoes that are comfortable, and fit correctly, and it is beneficial to refrain from wearing tight socks. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can recommend the right treatment for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe of Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 15 July 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Foot Pain and Cycling

Foot pain in cycling is rarely discussed but it is more common than might be imagined. A main cause of foot pain is ill-fitting footwear. Shoes that are too tight or do not have enough room in the toe box will cause pain. Socks that are too thick and take up too much space in the shoe, as well as bulkier orthotics built for walking or standing, can cramp toes, restricting blood flow and nerve conduction in the feet. Another common cause of foot pain in cycling is when cleats are too far forward. They can put more pressure on the forefoot, causing the foot muscles to do more work to stabilize the foot. This forward position can also allow the toes to lean down, which can cause the foot to slide down in the shoe and jam up against the front of the shoe. With the toes pointing down, the quadriceps will also be activated more than the glutes and hip extensors. This can upset the balance of these muscle groups and the weight distribution between the hips and feet. Moving the cleat further back can allow these muscles to relax. If you are a cyclist experiencing foot pain, try different shoes and move the cleat back to relieve discomfort. If these simple fixes do not work, consult with a podiatrist who is in the best position to diagnose any foot problems and treat them.

 

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Toe Fractures

Broken toes can be painful. There are 28 bones in the foot and 19 of them are toe bones. A toe fracture is a break in a toe bone. Toe fractures can either be traumatic or stress fractures. Traumatic toe fractures, also called acute fractures, are caused by a direct blow or impact, like badly stubbing a toe. These can be displaced, where the toe is broken in such a way that it changes position, or nondisplaced. When one has a traumatic toe fracture, there may be a sound when it breaks, the pain is typically at the site of impact, there may be a crooked or abnormal appearance to the toe, and it generally swells and bruises the next day. A stress fracture is a tiny, hairline break usually caused by repetitive stress to the toe. Athletes are often victims of toe stress fractures. They can be caused by an abnormal foot structure, osteoporosis, or improper footwear. These fractures cause pain with or after normal activity, pain at the site of the break when touched, and swelling but no bruising. Both types of toe fractures should be seen by a podiatrist who will provide a proper diagnosis and treatment.



 

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Stephan J. LaPointe from Georgia Foot & Ankle Specialists . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Rome, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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