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Smiling Faces You Will See At Our Podiatry Office!

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The physicians and staff at Quality Foot Care strive to make every appointment a pleasant experience!

Let’s meet some of the smiling faces you will see at your next visit…

JACKIE- Receptionist/Assistant: Jackie has been at Quality Foot Care for the last 7 years! She is one of the friendly voices you hear when calling the office to make an appointment. She has 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys working with people, biking and gardening.

BRENDA #1- Certified Podiatric Medical Assistant: Brenda #1 has been at Quality Foot Care for 2.5 years. She is married for 18 years to her husband Ryan and has one daughter Mackenzie. She loves animals and has 3 dogs, 6 chickens and 1 rat. While she is not at Quality Foot Care, she enjoys rehabbing baby and injured wildlife. She likes classic cars, crocheting and roller skating.

BRENDA #2- Receptionist: Brenda has been at Quality Foot Care for 6 months now. She is another friendly voice you may hear when calling our office. She has two grown daughters, Tracey and Katie. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband Nick.

CHERYL- Assistant: Cheryl is the newest member of our Quality Foot Care family. She has been married for 12 years and has 1 daughter. While she is not at work, she enjoys the outdoors, exercising, travelling, her dog as well as decorating and gardening.

Jill- Medical Biller: Jill is the leader of our billing department. She is the one that you may speak with for billing questions or concerns. Jill has one daughter. In her spare time, she likes going to flea markets, spending time with family and doing karaoke.

If you or anyone you know have foot and ankle issues, contact Quality Foot Care of Doylestown at 215-230-9707 for an appointment today!

 

 

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!

Pokemon Injuries!

I am sure you have all heard of this new Pokemon craze spreading around the United States or have seen a bunch of teens running around a local park with there cell phones out. Yes, I have to agree this is a great way to get children out of the house and away from there sedentary video games but it is also causing its fare share of injuries. Although I do not know much about the game, I have had a small number of teenagers come to the office with their parents complaining of foot pain and injuries from running around a field looking for Pokemon. Most of the time, they say that they were wearing no shoes or flip flops when they were running and twisted there foot/feet. What’s important to realize is that you should make sure your children are wearing supportive sneakers when running around outside whether playing Pokemon or sports activities. I would also recommend against playing in the dark as there can be divots in the grass etc that can lead to injury. In addition to that, if your children experience any foot injury or pain, they should make an appointment with a podiatrist right away. As children’s bones and soft tissues are still growing, early treatment of any injury can possibly prevent complications down the line.

If you or your children have any foot or ankle pain, call Quality Foot Care today to make an appointment with your local board certified podiatrists!

Do I need Heel Spurs Removed???

Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Spur Syndrome
It is common in practice that I have a patient come to the office with x-rays from their primary care doctor showing heel spurs. Patients always are very anxious about this and think that they need surgery to remove them. It should be known that the majority of the time, heel spurs are not the culprit for heel pain. One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia which is a ligament on the bottom of the foot. With constant pulling of the ligament on the heel bone, a heel spur develops which is just a calcification of bone. Most of the time, plantar fasciitis is treated non surgically with stretching, icing, steroid injection and anti-inflammatories. Once the pain is completely resolved, it is important to address the biomechanics of the foot with custom orthotics to try and decrease the chance for recurrence. In cases when these non surgical options do not work, surgery is an option through a very small incision on the side of the foot. It is always important to see your local podiatrist at the first sign of heel pain. The sooner treatment begins, the better the outcome.
If you or any family members or friends have heel pain or any other foot and ankle issues, contact Quality Foot Care today at 215-230-9707 for an appointment with your local board certified podiatrists.

Don’t Be Embarrassed Wearing Flip Flops this Summer!

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A day usually does not go by in the office when I do not see a patient who comes to me saying that there toenails are ugly. With spring here, and summer right around the corner, everyone is preparing for flip-flop season. What better way to prepare than by seeing your podiatrist to get your toenails into shape. Ugly toenails (thickened, discolored, crumbly nails) can be caused by many different things. Most commonly, this type of presentation is caused by a nail fungus. Nail fungus is contagious and is generally seen after walking barefoot on a pool deck, locker room, hotel room floor, etc. Treatment is important to not only prevent spreading on your feet but also to prevent yourself from sharing with your whole family.

A Podiatrist Can Do That?

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This weather today makes me look forward to summer and kayaking- picture of Dr. Kaplan and his dog Barley!

As a practicing podiatrist, a week does not go by without a patient coming in for one issue and during the course of exam I find another issue that the patient did not know we treated. Commonly it’s a patient that comes in for foot pain and I notice a skin condition on their foot and right away they say they are going to make an appointment with their dermatologist. I am here today to tell you that podiatrists treat ALL conditions related to the feet whether it be pain or not.

Going Skiing this Weekend?

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I am sure that everyone reading this had their parents tell them when they were younger to cover their feet, hands, and chins when going out in the cold to prevent frost bite just as my parents always did. My answer growing up was always “it’s not that cold.” It turns out that frost bite is more common than you probably think. Most people think that it is only seen in the homeless but I am here to tell you this in not the case.

How effective is Topical Medication for Toenail Fungus!?

“What can I use for the fungus in my nails?” This is a question that I get all day everyday from  patients. My answer usually consists of a discussion of topical medications vs oral medications. I then always get asked the question “How effective is the topical medications?” I set out to write this blog to answer the burning question of how effective topical anti-fungals are for nail fungus.