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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Flat shoes are all too common among the general public. For example, canvas shoes and flip-flops are flat shoes that have next to no cushioning or support. Yet despite this, they can be exceedingly popular among many people. However, consistently wearing flat shoes can cause the feet a considerable amount of pain. As a general rule, someone who cares about the health of their feet should minimize the extent to which they are wearing shoes with no arch support. Additionally, shoes that have extremely thin soles are generally not a wise decision to make if you are struggling with foot pain of any kind. If you currently have foot pain or are wearing flat shoes, contact a podiatrist today to schedule an appointment. This foot specialist will be able to help you address any problems you are having. A podiatrist can answer your questions or treat any foot conditions you may have.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Richard DiMario from Maine. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Athlete’s foot is a fairly well-known foot condition that occurs when a fungal infection is spread, often in warm and moist environments. As a result, the athlete’s foot rash can develop on the feet, especially in between the toes. The athlete’s foot rash is distinctive for many different reasons. First, the rash will usually be discolored with a red color. Additionally, the rash will also appear to be somewhat moist in texture. The rash may also be accompanied by a series of small blisters that can spread across the feet. The infection from athlete’s feet may also even extend beyond the toes on the feet, reaching the soles of the feet and the toenails. If you are someone that is interested in learning more about athlete’s foot or believe that you may have the condition yourself, contact a podiatrist today for more information. 

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. Richard DiMario from Maine.  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 York, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

A well-fitting shoe is the most important consideration when selecting shoes for an aging foot. Seniors should be particularly mindful of having their feet measured when they buy shoes as the foot changes as aging occurs. The arch can fall, and the foot can become longer and wider. Issues with the forefoot are common in seniors and properly fit shoes, with sufficient room in the toe box, will help in preventing pain in this area as well as problems with toenails and bunions. Shoe quality varies by brand and just because a shoe fits in one size with one brand or model does not mean it will when considering another brand or model. Visiting a podiatrist is helpful in understanding the right shoes for your feet as you age.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Richard DiMario from Maine. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Wednesday, 04 January 2023 00:00

Sweaty feet can be a temporary problem caused by having your feet enclosed in shoes and socks all day, or from high temperatures. But if having sweaty feet is an everyday occurrence, the chances are that you have a condition known as hyperhidrosis. This condition is thought to be genetic in nature. Some people are born with overactive sweat glands, and the moisture produced goes well beyond sweating from hot weather, exercising, or stress. Several underlying health conditions and certain foods may also cause hyperhidrosis. In some cases of hyperhidrosis, bacteria forms around the feet, causing them to emit a foul odor. It is a good idea to use antibacterial soap regularly to keep the feet clean and healthy. Wearing moisture-wicking socks or open-toed shoes or sandals is a good way to keep your feet dry. A podiatrist can offer more advanced treatment options, including several prescribed antiperspirant medications. In extreme cases, surgery to block the nerve passageway that tells the feet to sweat can be performed. For more information, please contact a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Richard DiMario of Maine. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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