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By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
January 22, 2018
Category: Foot Care

Find out the best approach for getting rid of a fungal infection within a toenail.toenail fungus

Noticing that one of your toenails has started to get thick, brittle and yellow? If so, then chances are pretty good that a fungal infection is to blame. If you are dealing with this issue our Ocala, FL, podiatrist, Dr. Robert Linn, Jr., is here to tell you the many treatment options available to you.


Topical Treatments

Most of the time, many of our healthy patients who aren’t dealing with diabetes will try and treat their fungal toenail infection all on their own. There is nothing wrong with that. After all, there are quite a few topical antifungal treatments that you can purchase over the counter from your local pharmacist that might work for you.

However, topical antifungals aren’t often the most effective approach since the fungus is often within and under the nail, areas that this topical cream or ointment won’t be able to penetrate. You will take this medication for several weeks but won’t notice if the treatment was successful until several months later when the nail grows in healthy and clear.

Medicated Polish

Did you know that there is a nail polish that could actually help you get rid of your toenail fungus? The nail polish is applied to the infected nail and left on for several days before being removed and reapplied. This polish may be used for several months and even up to one year and it can be a great way to prevent future infections in those who are prone to toenail fungal infections.

Oral Antifungal Medication

This is the most common treatment option that our Ocala foot doctor may recommend to you if you are dealing with toenail fungus. Since the medication is taken by mouth it is more effective and kills the infection more efficiently than topical antifungals will. Again, just like with topical medication, you won’t notice results until the nail has grown back.

If you are interested in finding out more about treatments that could finally eliminate that pesky fungal infection then it’s time you called Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala. Let our expert podiatry team help you get beautiful, clear toenails again.

By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
January 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care   Baby Feet  

A child's feet grow rapidly during the first year, reaching almost half of their adult foot size. This is why podiatrists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet. Proper care at a young age is essential for healthy development.  Since many adult foot ailments develop in childhood, periodic visits to your child’s podiatrist and basic foot care can help minimize these problems later in life.

A child’s feet are formed from soft, pliable cartilage which makes them more susceptible to deformities. A young child can be affected by foot conditions such as:

  • Intoeing
  • Out-toeing
  • Flat feet
  • Warts
  • Heel pain

Tips for Parents

Parents can help promote normal, healthy foot development for their baby.

  • Examine your baby’s feet regularly. If you detect anything unusual, contact your child’s pediatrician or podiatrist right away.
  • Encourage exercise.  Lying uncovered allows the baby to kick and move feet and toes freely so not to inhibit normal development.
  • Cover feet loosely. Tight clothing or covers restrict movement.
  • Alternate your baby’s position several times a day. Lying too long in one spot may place unnecessary strain on the feet and legs.

Growing Up

As your baby continues to grow and develop, so will the feet. It may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every few months, as tight-fitting footwear can aggravate pre-existing conditions. After your child takes their first steps, you should also carefully observe walking patterns. Intoeing, out-toeing, and gait abnormalities can be corrected when they are detected early.

A baby’s feet will carry them throughout life, so it’s important to begin good foot care at a young age. Neglecting your child’s foot health invites problems in other parts of the body, such as the back and legs. Whether you have questions about your child’s foot health or suspect a problem with the development of your child’s feet, please contact our office. We want every step your child makes toward adulthood to be pain-free and easy!

By Foot & Ankle Center of Ocala
January 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Weightloss   Foot Care  

With our feet bearing the weight of our entire body, it’s no surprise that carrying excess weight may increase the chance of developing foot problems. In fact, recent studies have shown that overweight people experience more heel pain, tendonitis, arthritis, ball-of-foot pain, fractures and sprains in their feet and ankles than individuals at a normal, healthy weight.

Extra weight doesn’t have to be substantial to have an impact on your feet and ankles. As little as 10 or 20 pounds can trigger pain in the lower extremities. Being overweight changes the way your foot functions, and the force on the feet intensifies.

The most common foot problems from being overweight include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Excess weight adds strain to the plantar fascia, overusing and weakening it. This causes it to become inflamed and irritated. Heel pain is one of the most common problems caused by weight gain.

  • Tendonitis: When the feet endure extra weight, it eventually causes the tendons/ligaments to be overused, which leads to injury and inflammation.

  • Fallen Arches: An increase in body weight and pressure causes the supporting structures in your feet (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) to become stretched and weakened, breaking down over time. This can weaken the muscle which gives the foot its arch, causing over-pronation and leading to other problems such as knee and hip pain.

Other effects from carrying extra weight include changes in posture, changes in gait (steps become shorter), and stress fractures.

Losing extra pounds can help ease the pain and reduce problems caused by carrying excess body weight. Unfortunately, it's tough to lose weight when your feet hurt. To combat foot problems triggered by weight gain, ease into a low-impact activity that doesn’t require you to place pressure on your foot, such as water aerobics.  Always start any new workout routine slowly. Work with your physician to find healthy ways to modify your diet, and your podiatrist to select the best, most supportive footwear for your feet.

Foot pain is never normal, regardless of weight, as it indicates some type of stress or injury. You should always consult an experienced podiatrist if you are experiencing any pain in your foot.