Posts for: November, 2021
Your Sweaty Feet Could be Hyperhidrosis
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating. Plantar hyperhidrosis is when people experience excessive sweating of the feet. Men are often more likely than women to develop this issue. The good news is that if your podiatrist determines that you have plantar hyperhidrosis there are ways to several ways to treat it.
Your Hyperhidrosis May Be Secondary
Okay, so what does this mean exactly? This means that you may have an underlying condition that could have brought about hyperhidrosis. So by finding and treating the underlying cause we can often alleviate hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis may be caused by:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Intense stress
- Certain prescription medications such as antidepressants
- Tuberculosis and other infections
As is the way for treating most health conditions, your podiatrist will often recommend certain lifestyle changes and simple treatment options first to see if these are effective enough against excessive sweatiness. Only if these treatment options don’t work will your podiatrist turn to more aggressive options. Conservative options include:
- Applying deodorant or antiperspirant to your feet
- Applying antifungal powder to the feet
- Making sure not to wear the same shoes two days in a row
- Choosing breathable shoes (shoes made from leather or canvas)
- Wearing moisture-wicking socks
While a podiatrist can recommend a variety of options to help you manage your sweaty feet, there are instances where you may need to turn to a foot and ankle specialist for more aggressive treatment. One way that a podiatrist treats sweaty feet is with iontophoresis, a painless device that passes mild electrical currents through the feet to temporarily stop sweat glands from producing sweat. Along with iontophoresis, a podiatrist may also recommend Botox injections, which can also temporarily stop excessive sweating for anywhere from 6-9 months.
If you are dealing with sweaty feet and it’s impacting your daily routine or making you uncomfortable, a podiatrist can evaluate your issue and figure out how to get your sweating under control.
If you’re an active person and you participate in sports that cause you to run and jump often, you’re at risk for Achilles tendinitis. Achilles tendinitis occurs as an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon and is most common in runners and older people who only play sports such as tennis or basketball on the weekends. Dr. Belancio at South Jersey Foot & Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, can help diagnose your heel pain and help you treat your Achilles tendinitis.
Treating Achilles Tendinitis
Often, you’ll be able to relieve the pain caused by Achilles tendinitis through at-home care, but it’s important to talk to your podiatrist in Vineland, NJ, about your heel pain to determine if further care needs to be applied. They may recommend that you take over-the-counter pain medications to help reduce your pain and inflammation. You can also ice your ankle daily, as well rest.
If at-home treatments don’t seem to help, your podiatrist may give you some exercises to do at home to help stretch and strengthen your foot. They may also recommend using an orthotic device to help elevate your heel and reduce some of the strain and stress placed on your Achilles tendon. This can help provide cushioning to your foot and hopefully will make you feel comfortable again.
If non-surgical options don’t seem to work, your podiatrist might suggest surgery to repair your Achilles tendon. This is usually only an option in severe cases that last several months without any signs of relief.
Contact Your Podiatrist Today!
Don’t let Achilles tendinitis go untreated! Contact Dr. Belancio at South Jersey Foot & Ankle Specialists in Vineland, NJ, to learn what exactly is causing your heel pain and how you can treat it. Call for more information and to make an appointment today at (856) 839-0579.
Why Splinters Need to be Removed
Regardless of whether the splinter is wood, glass, or even a plant thorn, you must remove it from the foot as soon as possible. Why? Because these foreign objects also contain germs, which can lead to an infection if the splinter isn’t promptly and fully removed.
How to Remove a Splinter Yourself
You probably have all the tools you need at home to remove a splinter safely. Of course, it’s important to go over the basics of safe splinter removal. Here are tips for safely removing the splinter:
- Soak the foot in warm water for a few minutes to soften the skin
- Wash your hands thoroughly before removing the splinter
- Once the skin has softened in the water, see if you can squeeze the splinter out by simply applying pressure to both sides (like you would a pimple)
- If squeezing doesn’t work, you can use tweezers or a sewing needle to remove the foreign object (just make sure to disinfect these tools first with rubbing alcohol)
- If the splinter cannot be grabbed with tweezers, use the needle to create a small opening around the splinter to make it easier to grab
- Be gentle and careful when removing the splinter to avoid breaking it
While a splinter often isn’t a big deal there will be situations in which turning to a podiatric physician will be the best option. You should turn to one if:
- You aren’t able to remove the splinter or foreign object yourself
- The area becomes red, tender, swollen, or contains pus (signs of infection)
- You feel like there’s a splinter but you can’t see it
- You have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet (do not try to remove a splinter yourself)
- The splinter is too deep or too painful
- Your child is too squeamish or won’t sit still so you can remove the splinter