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The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers offer a wide variety of treatments to help our patients that are experiencing foot and ankle pain or injury. Our West Palm Beach podiatrists will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan to relieve your foot and ankle pain. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.

Skin conditions can often affect the feet as well as other parts of the body. Some of the common foot problems that we treat at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers are Athlete’s foot, psoriasis, varicose & spider veins, calluses & corns, warts, dry skin, ulcers, dermatitis, foot odor, eczema, and heel fissures. If you think you might have one of these skin problems, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other more serious foot problems. It is important to remember that if you have diabetes or any other condition that interferes with blood flow or healing, you should pay close attention to your feet and seek care from a doctor immediately rather than trying over the counter or home remedies. Our Belle Glade podiatrists, or an experienced podiatrist at any of our locations, will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for your skin condition. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is a troublesome fungus infection that affects the feet, specifically the toes. The predominant symptom of Athlete’s foot is an itchy rash. The skin can also be flaky and dry with stinging and burning too. This condition is common in South Florida because it thrives in humid and damp conditions. It is contagious and can be picked up by walking barefoot in gyms or pools. Fungal infections can be difficult to treat. Over the counter topical treatments are often not successful and Athlete’s foot often returns. For stubborn and severe cases, prescription treatment is available. Read more...

Calluses and Plantar Keratoses

A callus is a term that most people are familiar with since it is a common foot problem. Calluses are a build-up of thick skin on the feet that is caused by constant rubbing and friction. Plantar Keratoses are a type of callus that forms on the ball of your foot as a result of the bone inside the ball of your foot falling. Foot calluses are usually not a medical condition but they can become painful and require treatment from a podiatrist. This is especially the case for diabetics. Read more...

Dermatitis

Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin includes a broad range of skin conditions. In our office, we often treat patients with contact dermatitis, stasis dermatitis, and eczema on the feet. Contact dermatitis is inflammation caused by an allergic reaction or irritation from something that touched your feet. Stasis dermatitis is an inflammation on the skin of your legs, ankles, or feet caused by bad circulation. The doctor will diagnose which type of dermatitis you have and treat it accordingly. Read more...

Dry and Cracked Skin

Dry skin on feet can be a chronic problem if you are in a very dry environment. However, self-care treatments can usually prevent dry skin on your feet from becoming dry, cracked skin, which can be painful and require medical attention. Daily moisturizing and following our prevention tips can help your dry skin from affecting your daily activities. Read more...

Eczema

Eczema is a chronic skin disorder where your skin can become irritated and develop an itchy rash. Eczema is most often seen in patients who have allergies. Eczema can cause dry skin on the feet in addition to the red rash or bumps. Over the counter creams are available; however, if they are not working our doctors can prescribe something stronger that will help to better relieve your symptoms. Read more...

Foot Odor

Foot odor is not usually a skin problem that requires treatment from a podiatrist; however, our expert clinicians can help you prevent this embarrassing problem from interfering with your social life. In the event that your foot odor is severe enough to warrant treatment, prescription medications and laser treatment is always an option. Read more...

Heel Fissures

Callused and dry feet can often develop heel fissures, which are cracks in the skin. They can be very painful and patients with heel fissures risk infection. Patients with diabetes and other conditions that cause poor blood flow or circulation in the feet need to be very careful about getting cracked heels because it will not heal as quickly. If you have painful heel fissures, be sure to seek treatment with one of our podiatrists before the condition worsens and impedes walking or other activities. Read more...

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes patches of thick skin that can be red, white, or a silver color. Patients with this this skin problem produce new skin cells faster than the body can shed them. There isn’t a cure for psoriasis, but there are creams and ointments that have been successful in treating the patch of thick skin and the resulting dryness, itch, and burning. Read more...

Soft and Hard Corns

Corns are another common skin condition that affects the feet. They are similar to calluses because both are areas of thick skin that builds up on the feet. Corns are usually smaller and can be more painful because they usually form on the top of or in between your toes. Hard corns form on the bony part of the top or side of your toes and soft corns form inside toes. All corns are a result of friction and usually caused by wearing shoes that are too tight or do not fit right and no socks. If you have corns that are painful, you should see a podiatrist before the skin condition worsens. Read more...

Ulcers

Foot ulcers are sores that do not heal quickly, can continue to get worse and possibly infected. Untreated ulcers can lead to amputation, so it is a very dangerous skin condition and must be taken seriously. Diabetes and other conditions that cause peripheral neuropathy, such as peripheral vascular disease, put patients at risk for developing large and painful ulcers on the feet. Even the smallest cut or sore can turn into an ulcer. Proper shoes must be worn so that they do not rub your feet raw and cause a sore to form. It is also very important to examine your feet daily. This must be done even if you did not feel any foot pain because neuropathy can prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort. If you do find any cuts or sores on your feet, contact your doctor immediately and begin wound care protocols. Read more...

Varicose & Spider Veins

Varicose veins are large, swollen veins that bulge through the skin. Spider veins are a smaller and milder version of varicose veins; they show through the skin because they can be red, purple, or blue. For most patients this is a cosmetic problem with no symptoms, but for some people, varicose veins cause pain, discomfort, and circulation problems. A treatment for varicose and spider veins called sclerotherapy is done in our office if self-care options like compression stockings and weight loss do not alleviate symptoms. Read more...

Warts

Warts are a common skin disorder. They are growths that form on the skin as a result of the human papillomavirus (HPV). Warts are common on the hands and feet. If these types of warts appear on the bottom of your feet, they are called Plantar Warts. Unlike warts in other places, foot warts can be very painful because of their location. We provide wart removal in our office and while most warts are removed for cosmetic reasons, if you are in pain because of a growth on the bottom of your foot, treatment will be necessary to stop the problem before complications arise. Read more...

YOUR NEXT STEPS

Do these symptoms or conditions sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment of your foot skin problems. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Belle Glade or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or click here to request an appointment online.

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Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints. Common symptoms across all types of arthritis include pain, swelling, and stiffness of the affected joints. There is no cure for arthritis so treatment options focus on relieving symptoms and preventing the disease from progressing. South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers’ doctors treat patients with a variety of different types of arthritis that affect the ankles and feet.

If you think you might have arthritis in your feet or ankles, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our Palm Beach Gardens podiatrists will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for arthritis with you. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.

 

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis where the cartilage that protects the joints breaks down as a result of constant use. It is also called degenerative joint disease but is also referred to as “wear and tear” arthritis. As the disease progresses the bones can start to rub together without the protection of the cartilage that cannot grow back or be replaced once it is worn down.

 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is both an autoimmune disorder and a chronic inflammatory disorder. The immune system’s function is to protect you from viruses and bacteria infections. When a patient has rheumatoid arthritis, their immune system is abnormal and it attacks the lining of their joints. This causes the chronic inflammation. Rheumatoid arthritis often begins by affecting the smaller joints, like the fingers and toes, but can move into other joints as it progresses. The symptoms are much the same as with other types of arthritis, such as pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints. However, with Rheumatoid arthritis, patients can experience flare-ups. Rheumatoid arthritis treatment can include the same types of treatment for other forms of arthritis but also include a combination of different prescription medicines and other drugs that can slow progression of rheumatoid arthritis as well as aide in in helping your immune system find balance. Each patient reacts differently to these medications, so our doctors work with you to find the right combination for you to treat arthritis in toes and other joints.

 

Gout

Gout is the result of having too much uric acid in the blood. It is different than other types of arthritis because there is a direct cause of this arthritis and it disappears after treatment. Too much uric acid in the blood can be caused by improper diet, excessive alcohol usage, or a side effect of certain medications. The uric acid build-up causes urate crystals to form in the joint and most commonly affects the joint in the big toe. Gout is characterized by polarizing pain in the joint. Patients often feel like their joint is on fire because the burning and pain and inflammation. Once the uric acid condition is resolved, the pain will subside and then treatment focuses on preventing the excess uric acid in the blood. In most cases, the patient will not have to deal with arthritis in the big toe or the affected joint(s) long term if the uric acid is controlled.

 

Traumatic Arthritis

Traumatic arthritis is a type of arthritis that results from an injury. A fracture or other type of injury near a joint has a very high probability of causing arthritis. Traumatic arthritis presents itself similarly to osteoarthritis in that there is wear and tear on the cartilage that protects the joints. Even after the injury heals, patients still will have arthritis to deal with, so traumatic arthritis treatment includes medications to lubricate the joints and halt the progression of the disease.

 

Your Next Steps

Don’t live with arthritis foot pain or ankle pain another day! Our Palm Beach Gardens podiatrists are very experienced in diagnosing and treating arthritis of the feet. We accept all major insurance providers. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment or complete form.

Toenail conditions often lead to foot pain and fall under conditions treated by podiatrists. Common toenail problems that we treat at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers include toenail fungus, ingrown toenails, nail discoloration and psoriatic nails. If you think you might have one of these conditions or are experiencing toe pain, don’t delay treatment as it could worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Our podiatrists at each of our 6 locations, including our Lake Worth location, offers care from podiatrists who will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive treatment plan for your toenail condition. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are a condition that occurs when the edge of your toenail grows into the flesh on the side of your toe. It can cause toe pain to the point of inhibiting your activity and often become infected. Ingrown toenails are a result of not cutting your toenails straight across; and can be made worse when you wear shoes that are too tight and crowd your toes. Our doctors relieve your foot pain associated with ingrown toenails by cutting away the nail and often use laser treatment to prevent it from growing back.

Psoriatic Nails and Feet

Patients with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis often develop psoriasis of the nails as well. Symptoms of psoriatic toenails include breakage, pitting, lines, and unusual thickness. Without treatment they can impede your activities and lead to social impairments because of the unsightly appearance. Even though there is no cure for psoriasis on nails, our podiatrists are able to treat it with prescription creams, ointments, and injections that can help reduce the symptoms.

Toenail Discoloration

Toenail discoloration can help doctors diagnose a number of different conditions. Nail discoloration can indicate a problem with the nail or nail bed itself as well as other systemic diseases. Usually a discoloration in the toenails is caused by a fungus. If your toenails turn yellow, green, or black, you should consult with one of our podiatrists for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus is a fungal infection that affects one or more nails. It is very common in South Florida because of the wet and humid climate. It is easily contracted when walking barefoot in places like gyms, outdoor bathrooms, and swimming pools. Toenail fungus causes yellowing or discoloration of the toenail and if left untreated can become brittle, thick, unsightly, and even painful. The condition is very resistant to over the counter treatments, but our podiatrists have toenail fungus treatment options that can help you safely and effectively treat it.

Diabetes often leads to foot problems because of complications that can occur as a result of some of the symptoms of diabetes. Diabetes causes neuropathy, a weakened immune system, and clogged arteries. All of those problems can lead to foot sores that do not heal at a normal rate. Infection can lead to severe diabetic foot ulcers, which can lead to amputation if the tissue is unable to heal properly. If you have diabetes, or think you might have one of these diabetic conditions, don’t delay treatment as symptoms can worsen with time or lead to other serious foot problems. Diabetics must be vigilant about monitoring their feet for sores or cuts on a daily basis. Our Lantana podiatrists and foot doctors throughout Palm Beach will provide a diagnosis and discuss a comprehensive diabetic foot care plan. Call 561-793-6170 to schedule an appointment today or click here to request an appointment.

Charcot Joint

Charcot joint, also known as Charcot foot disease or diabetic Charcot foot, is a serious complication that affects the feet of diabetic patients. If severe peripheral neuropathy is present, patients do not feel Charcot joint developing. Charcot foot is a condition where the bones in your foot become weakened and are in danger of breaking or becoming deformed. As this disorder progresses, the joints can collapse, bones can break, and severe cases can require surgery or even amputation. Read More...

Deep Space Infections

Patients with diabetic neuropathy or peripheral neuropathy are susceptible to the development of deep space infections in the foot. Deep space infections have a high morbidity and may lead to amputation if not identified early. There are several compartments in the foot surrounded by various layers of muscle and connective tissue. The compartments in the foot communicate with compartments of the leg through tunnel-like spaces around the tendons that travel through both the leg and the foot. This allows for easy spread of the infection from the foot to the leg. Since you may not feel the pain or onset of a deep space infection, keeping up with podiatry appointments is critical so that your doctor can identify and monitor your legs for the possibility of infections. If an infection is found, emergency surgery is required immediately. An incision will be made to drain the fluid and intravenous antibiotics will be administered to fight the infection. This type of infection can also easily cause blood poisoning (sepsis). Read more...

Nerve Problems (Neuropathy)

The high sugar levels in diabetic patients can lead to nerve damage, called diabetic neuropathy. Combined with poor circulation, the nerve damage often affects the extremities, including the hands and feet. This is called peripheral neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy symptoms include numbness, which means that you may not feel any foot pain when a cut or sore develops until it is too late and already developed into a serious ulcer. For this reason, it is very important that diabetics check their feet daily and keep up regular visits with their podiatrist for diabetic foot care and prevention. Read more...

Peripheral Vascular Disease

Peripheral vascular disease is another condition that can develop in patients with diabetes. Since diabetes causes a lack of blood flow, it causes peripheral vascular disease, which is the narrowing and hardening of the arteries in the hands and feet. Diabetes is not the only cause: other risk factors include heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, kidney disease, and genetics. Read more...

Ulcers

Diabetes can cause even the most minor of cuts or sores to worsen and develop into a diabetic foot ulcer. Diabetics do not heal at the same rate because of a compromised immune system and a reduction in the blood flow to the extremities. Sores can turn into ulcers and get infected and steps must be taken to prevent amputation. Proper shoes must be worn so that they do not rub your feet and you must examine your feet on a daily basis to make sure that no sores or cuts have occurred. This must be done even if you did not feel any foot pain because neuropathy can prevent you from feeling it. If you do find any cuts or sores on your feet, contact your doctor immediately and begin wound care protocols. Read more...

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