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Feet Itch and Sweat?

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Above pictured is Dr. Kaplan and his labradoodle Barley!

Athletes foot is a fungal infection that occurs on the skin of the feet. It is important to realize that this does not only occur in athletes, but can occur in anyone. Fungus is everywhere in the environment and is transmitted to the feet by walking barefoot- commonly seen in gym locker rooms, swimming pools and bath-houses. Fungus likes to live in dark and moist places and now that winter is upon us and we are not wearing sandals, our feet tend to stay in dark, moist conditions in our closed toe shoes.

Symptoms:

Itching of skin

Flaky/ scaling of skin

Blistering

Cracked Skin

Raw Skin

Pain

Steps to avoid Athletes Foot:

Keep shoes and socks dry

Change shoes regularly

Avoid moisturizing between toes

Wear flip flops in public showers

Dry in between toes daily

Many times people mistake athletes foot for dry skin but unfortunately just applying a moisturizer or exfollient will not clear it up. Many times, you need prescription medications to resolve the infection. If you think that you are developing athletes foot or any other foot/ ankle conditions, contact Quality Foot Care today for evaluation by one of our board certified podiatrists!

Put Away those Sandals!

Now that October has arrived, most of us are packing up our sandals and summer shoes and putting them away and bringing out the closed toe shoes and sneakers in anticipation of colder weather. (Although this week it is going to feel more like summer) Closed toe shoes don’t allow for the foot to breathe and they form a moist, dark environment  where fungus loves to grow.
We commonly see athletes foot infection spike in winter months. Most people with athletes foot infections complain of scaling skin that sometimes becomes red and inflamed and itches like crazy. You should avoid scratching as this can lead to skin openings leading to bacterial infections which can be far worse than the original athletes foot infection.
Treatment:
For Acute Cases:
     Antifungal Cream- Clarus Topical antifungal Cream is a great option to
                     start the clearing process.
     Exfoliating Cream- This allows some of the scales to break down
              especially if you have very dry feet which allows better
                    penetration of antigungal cream.
It is also important to not only treat the foot but also to treat the shoes/boots as this is where fungus likes to live. Clarus anti-microbial spray is always a good option to spray in the shoes. This will also help with odor control in the shoes. This product is both antibacterial and antifungal.
If you or anyone you know is experiencing athletes foot infection or any other foot/ankle issues, contact Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 for an appointment with one of our board certified podiatrists in Doylestown, PA.

Unsteady On Your Feet?

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As most of you probably are not aware of, September is Fall Risk Awareness month. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is treated in an emergency room for a fall which is a staggering number. Falls are also one of the leading causes of death among older individuals.  As you know, falls are very costly both in terms of lifestyle changes and monetarily for insurance companies. In 2012, the total cost of fall injuries exceeded $36 billion dollars and may reach nearly $60 billion dollars by 2020. What is important to realize for both you and your loved ones is that many falls can be prevented. Many times falls occur secondary to a poor base of support and poor stability. Physical therapy for both improving balance and lower extremity support can help prevent falls. As podiatrists, we play a crucial role in preventing falls. We can conduct a fall risk assessment and determine your risk stratification for falling. Depending on the results, we can recommend physical therapy as well as different braces to help increase stability on your feet and try to prevent falls.

If you or any of your friends, family, or parents have fallen or have issues with balance, we can help. Contact your local board certified Doylestown, PA podiatrists for a consultation today!

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At Quality Foot Care, you’ll have the confidence of being treated by one of our highly trained foot & ankle specialists.  Our podiatrists are board-certified and exceed all of the highest educational standards.  You’ll also be pleased to know that they are active staff members of Doylestown Hospital.. See All Doctors

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