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Posts for category: Foot Health

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 06, 2018
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Find out how to handle this itchy, uncomfortable fungal infection.

Treating Athlete's Foot

Whether you forgot to wear sandals in the gym shower or your child came home with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot, there are many reasons why you might end up dealing with this unpleasant fungal infection. Sure, it’s not a serious problem for a healthy individual but you will want to know what to do to treat the problem effectively and keep it at bay in the future. Our Stoughton and Madison, WI, podiatrist, Dr. Neal Katz, is here to tell you what you can do about athlete’s foot.

How to Treat Athlete’s Foot

While athlete’s foot is seemingly easy to catch it isn’t always the easiest to get rid of. Luckily, most over-the-counter anti-fungal treatments tailored specifically for athlete’s foot may be all you need to fight the infection. While some people may swear by at-home remedies such as tea tree oil, sunflower oil, and vinegar, if you want a faster and more effective approach, it’s highly advised that your first trip should be to your local drugstore to pick up an OTC anti-fungal medication.

Of course, if you have diabetes, a compromised immune system or if you are dealing with a serious and uncomfortable bout of athlete’s foot, then you will want to turn to our Stoughton and Madison foot doctor for more advanced and immediate care. Not everyone responds well to at-home treatment and those with diabetes may find that even the simplest infection can turn ugly if it isn’t handled in an effective and timely manner. We can offer more aggressive medications (whether topical or oral) to target and eliminate that annoying athlete’s foot.

Preventing Athlete’s Foot

There are certainly specific safety precautions you can take to prevent athlete’s foot from happening to you. Athlete’s foot is highly contagious, so if a member of your family has it, it is important that you do not share shoes, socks, towels, or bath mats with this individual until the infection is completely clear. Also, make sure to disinfect the tub after each use.

If you are in public restrooms, locker rooms, pools, or gyms, these warm, dark environments are just perfect for fungus to thrive and multiply. This is why it’s imperative that you wear protective shoes or sandals whenever you are in these settings to prevent a fungus from infecting your feet.

Are you dealing with a severe or persistent bout of athlete’s foot? Do you need advice on lifestyle modifications to reduce your risk of athlete’s foot in the future? If so, don’t hesitate to call our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatry team today to find out what we can do to help. We offer three convenient locations to serve you better.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 05, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Running  

If you're a runner, it goes without saying that your feet take the brunt of the punishment. In fact, for runners the feet are more vulnerable to injury than any other part of the body. Luckily, both long-distance runners and casual joggers can improve their performance by paying extra attention to their feet and taking steps to prevent common foot problems. Poor fitting footwear is often the source of many foot problems caused by running. A visit to our practice can help you determine the best shoes for your foot structure.

A Runner's Roadblock

While many running-related foot injuries can result from a fall or twisted ankle, most running injuries are caused by overuse, meaning the majority of runners experience foot and ankle pain because they do too much for too long. Runners should be aware of the signs of foot problems that can slow them down if not treated promptly. Common foot and ankle injuries experienced by runners include:

Achilles Tendonitis: Achilles tendonitis and other calf-related injuries are prevalent in runners. Poor training, overuse and improper footwear are the three most common reasons for this condition. A sudden increase in distance or pace can strain the muscles and tendons in the foot and ankle, causing small tears within these structures that result in pain and inflammation. Appropriate shoes and training are the most important steps to preventing Achilles tendonitis. Conservative treatment includes rest, ice, stretching and sometimes orthotics or physical therapy.

Heel Pain: Runners develop heel pain more than any other foot-related injury. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, the result of placing excessive stress on the ligament in the bottom of the foot. Rest, stretching and support are the best ways to ease the pain and inflammation. Reduce your mileage and avoid hill and speed workouts. Stretch before and after you run, and ice your heel after each workout. Special splints and shoe inserts from our practice may also provide support and relief for your heel pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of a bone. Runners generally notice gradual muscle soreness, stiffness and pain on the affected bone, most often in the lower leg or the foot. Early diagnosis is critical, as a small fracture can spread and eventually become a complete fracture of the bone. Stress fractures are typically caused by increasing training more quickly than the body's ability to build up and strengthen the bone.

If you have symptoms of a stress fracture, you should stop running immediately and see a podiatrist. This injury can keep a runner off the track for several weeks, and is not an injury that you can run through. Depending on the severity of the stress fracture, a cast may be necessary.

If you experience chronic foot pain from running, make an appointment with a podiatrist. Leaving foot injuries untreated could result in more serious conditions, ultimately keeping you from your best performance. Keep in mind that these are not the only foot ailments caused by running, and when at-home foot care isn't effective, you'll need to be evaluated by a podiatrist. As in most cases, prevention is the best medicine. Good footwear, proper training and recognizing a problem before it becomes serious are your keys to staying on the road and avoiding foot injuries.


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