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footAround Christmas time of last year, writer Kelly Bradford developed a strange pain in her heels that she couldn’t account for. At first she thought it might be related to high heels, but the discomfort didn’t diminish after she stopped wearing them as frequently. Next she suspected corns, but the pain didn’t stop even after she applied salicylic acid.

After a few months the pain became unbearable, so Bradford went to see a medical professional. Her doctor found two extremely large verrucas, or plantar warts, in her heels, pressing against her nerves. Fortunately some cryotherapy and a few weeks of applying over-the-counter drugs to the afflicted areas were enough to make the problem go away.

A plantar wart is a common skin condition that occurs when the human papilloma virus gets into the body. If you need help getting rid of plantar warts from your lower extremities, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can prescribe a comprehensive form of treatment and teach you how to prevent these irritating growths from coming back.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are found on the feet. These warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) getting into open wounds on the feet. You can recognize plantar warts by a hard bump on the foot. They are usually found on the heels or balls of the feet. Plantar warts are usually not a sign of anything dangerous but do not ignore them if they do cause pain or embarrassment.

If you do have a plantar wart, you may notice some pain when standing but since these warts are not cancerous or dangerous, a podiatrist only needs to be seen if there is excess pain. Doctors can usually easily diagnose plantar warts. Although plantar warts don’t often call for treatment, there are options available.

Home remedies are also available to help with plantar warts. An apple cider vinegar soak can help remove the wart. You can soak your feet in the vinegar for 20 minutes before using a pumice stone to remove any loose skin from the wart.

For more information about Plantar Warts, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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akhil-viz1Triathlete Akhil Viz competed in the 2014 Cotswold 113 with the objective of completing the race in less than four and a half hours. The cycling and swimming of the competition proved to be little trouble for Viz. However, when Viz began the running portion, that is when the triathlon proved to be a challenge.

This difficulty level was there since Viz had to adjust his biomechanics to running as opposed to cycling or swimming. Viz was almost worn out towards the end, but he was still able to accomplish his goal by finishing with the impressive time of 4 hours and 29 minutes.

Biomechanics make up your body’s movements. For foot and ankle conditions and injuries, contact podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body causing an interference with the biological structure and focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

- Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
- In 1974 biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination to the area.

Modern technology improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes providing a better understanding of podiatry concepts for biomechanics.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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julius-randallLast year, during Julius Randle’s senior year of high school, the young basketball star broke his foot and needed to have a screw surgically inserted into the bone to make sure it healed all the way. Now he’s considered one of the NBA’s top draft prospects, but his value has recently come into question in light of certain rumors that he’s going to need more surgery soon to replace the screw.

“My foot is fine,” Randle told the press during a pre-draft workout he performed for the Celtics. “Everybody has their opinion on what they should do. But I’m pain-free.” Having another operation would prevent the draftee from playing in the summer, but he would likely be fully healed by the time training camp starts.

After Randle’s foot surgery, it probably took him a while to get back into playing basketball. If you’re an athlete who recently sustained a podiatric injury, contact podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff will help you plan the levels of physical activity you take part in for the next few months so that your body reacclimatizes itself to sports in a healthy way.

Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries

While one of the most common injuries among athletes may be a sprained ankle, there are still many other types of injuries that plague athletes in any sport. But for less severe foot and ankle injuries, it is recommended by physical therapists and sports medicine doctors that athletes use the R.I.C.E. method to help alleviate pain and to speed up the healing process.

The acronym R.I.C.E. stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. These four steps help in the healing process, not only to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, but also to improve overall health of the affected area, allowing you to get back on to your feet again. Although resting is usually the key to all healing, it’s necessary to see a doctor to ensure treatment for any other problems that may not be obvious to you right away.

For more information about Getting Back into Sports after Foot and Ankle Injuries, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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oleg-mikheyevRussian Parliament member Oleg Mikheyev is seeking to endorse a national ban on shoes with heels that are more than five centimeters in height. “The harmful effects of wearing extremely high heels and flat shoes have now been recognized by experts of the entire world,” Mikheyev wrote of his plan. “It’s time to change this trend.”

Although some believe the politician’s proposal carries misogynistic undertones, Mikheyev claims that what he does is for the podiatric health of Russia. If this proposal is indeed enacted, rumors have it that some women will wear their heels high in spite of this law out of protest.

Even if they are legal, high heels aren’t soaring when it comes to foot health. If you are struggling with foot or ankle pain, call podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.       Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.

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If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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achilles-tendonSean Weatherspoon of the Atlanta Falcons suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon during a team practice. “We sent Sean to the doctor for some additional testing and evaluation and unfortunately the results showed that he ruptured his Achilles tendon,” coach Mike Smith said. Unfortunately for Weatherspoon, this spells the end of this year’s season as a result.

“Sean had been working extremely hard to get back on the field, but regrettably he will miss the entire 2014 season. He will have a procedure done in the near future and we expect him to make a full recovery.” Smith said in a team statement. Recovery time from Achilles injuries generally range from six months up to a year.

Achilles tendon injuries can be extremely painful. If you injured your Achilles, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

What is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body, and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can cause severe difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What are the symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

- Inflammation
- Dull to Severe Pain
- Increased blood flow to the tendon
- Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

- Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
- Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation. Often the doctor will order an MRI to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment will involve rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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chastity-stewartChastity Stewart has been battling a foot injury for over a month but is heading to the NCAA national meet in Eugene, Ore. “I think I have a shot,” Stewart said. “I didn’t think I would be here getting ready for nationals or run as fast as I did at conference or regionals. I want to surprise myself as well as everyone else and pull it out.”

Stewart felt a sharp pain in her foot about a month ago, and tried to roll her foot over a round object to massage the muscles and tissues. Her pain continued, and she went to UNT’s trainers who treated her for plantar fasciitis. Despite this, Stewart will continue to participate on the track.

Plantar fasciitis can be painful. For questions or treatment options, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can treat your foot and ankle injuries.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.       Requires multiple sessions.       This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.       This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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bob-satko2Bob Satko is ready and willing to run 250 miles to raise money for his grandson, who suffers from Fancomi Anemia. Satko’s grandson was diagnosed with the condition in 2013. Fancomi Anemia is an uncommon blood disease that can turn into bone marrow and even develop certain cancers. The marathon Satko will participate in will be putting raised money towards the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, which will aid his grandson and others suffering from the condition.

Two years prior, Satko finished a previous challenge that left the grandfather with blisters on his feet. “This year I will be much more careful,” the Maple Valley resident said. This year, Satko will run an extra 50 miles beyond the finish line in support of his grandson.

Blisters on the feet can be difficult to contend with. If you sustained blisters on your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

For more information regarding the prevention and treatment of blisters on the feet, follow the link below.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every twenty seconds someone loses a limb because of diabetes.  Hoping to change this number, scientists from the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance developed what they call a ‘Smart Sock’ that utilizes sensors and fiber optics to detect areas where ulcers may form.

Dr. Armstrong claims this invention was inspired by virtual reality video games. Although this technology is impressive, it is not expected to be available to the public until at least 2019. Until then, many people with diabetes and other systemic diseases are prone to amputation if their condition is left untreated.

If left untreated, systemic diseases can create permanent debilitations in your daily life. If you are contending with foot or ankle difficulty, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can treat your foot and ankle needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Foot

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Some common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs to lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. When the body doesn’t produce enough insulin this is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often leads to amputation. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Wednesday, 04 June 2014 16:20

Pretty Shoes Often Cause Ugly Bunions

bunion-skeletonIt is true that what you give out is what you get in return when it comes to your appearance. If you choose to sacrifice comfort for the sake of style, you are in for quite a cost, according to WRIC Newsroom.

"I adore shoes," says 17-year-old Alaini Snoot as she rummages through the aisles at Saxon Shoes. The teen says that she owns more pairs than she can count on her two hands. "Every shoe I go for is going to be fun and cute." Saxon Shoes President Gary Weiner says "When they like something, they really want it. Sometimes size goes out the window."  Unfortunately, wearing the wrong shoes is when complications of the feet such as bunions and foot pain develops.  

Bunions are a very common foot condition. If you suffer from bunions, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff can provide assistance with your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or boney growth enlargement, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big to become inflamed and often painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary, particularly among Caucasians
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that place undue stress on feet, such as heels and stilettos, can cause bunions to form
  • Blood Tests – to help rule out other conditions while finding underlying causes to bunions, especially from disease
  • Radiological Exam- X-rays can show whether there are any joint enlargements near the toe’s base, which can indicate a bunion

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Podiatrists knowledgeable in anatomy and foot structure can be able to diagnose bunions through the following two methods:

To learn more about treatment procedures on bunions, please follow link below.

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Tuesday, 27 May 2014 20:18

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Women’s tennis superstar Victoria Azarenka will miss the 2014 French Open, as she continues to nurse a foot injury that has kept her on the sidelines since March.  She will also have to miss this season’s second Grand Slam event. 

“Hi Guys - Unfortunately I will not be able to compete in Roland Garros this year. Working hard on my recovery & getting back on the court” tweeted Azarenka.

Azarenka was last seen on the court at the Indian Wells, where she lost in the second round to Lauren Davis.  Before that, the only two tournaments she competed in this season were the Brisbane International and Australian Open.  Azarenka is hoping to be back to full strength by the U.S. Open in late August.

Physical rehabilitation is sometimes necessary to treat athletic injuries.  If you are suffering from a sports related injury, see podiatrist Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff, DPM of Lake Worth Podiatry. Dr. Lapoff will care for all of your foot and ankle needs.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed.

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