WISH YOU COULD HAVE ORTHOTICS IN YOUR SANDALS?
Florida is hot in the summer. Flaming hot! And getting folks to wear orthotics in their sneakers is almost impossible in the searing summer heat.
The biggest complaint folks have is that after an hour or so they feel like their feet are on fire and they have to rip them off their shoes off.
If you have bunions, flat feet, or plantar fasciitis you know that it's imperative that you wear your orthotics - and you know they make your feet feel better - so what's the solution?
Well - leave it to Dr. Kussel and Dr. Rosenthal to find a solutionthat is both fashionable (yes, you know Dr. Sheri loves good looking shoes!) and practical (yes, you know Dr. Kussel wants you to have the proper support for your feet!).
So what if we could take your orthotic prescription and put it into a stylish pairof Birkenstock or Naot sandals?
Well it is possible!Fortunately Birkenstocks come in styles for both men and women and are perfect for letting your feet breathe!
Our laboratory works with these two popular shoe companies and has the ability to replace the normal foot bed with your own custom crafted orthotic!
Now, if you are familiar with both of these companies you know that these shoes last for YEARS if you take good care of them and are well worth the investment in purchasing a pair.
So here are two examples of sandal styles that you can have customized - so make sure you ask us if you can have your own pair made for the summer!
Other than ingrown nails, plantar fasciitis is probably one of the more common podiatry conditions we see on a regular basis. I would bet that you know at least one person who has been plagued with this condition. Plantar Fasciitis will turn a strapping male into a limping puppy!
So let’s go over some of the common symptoms. Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
Do you have severe pain in your heel first thing in the morning when you get out of bed that decreases after you’ve limped on it for a while?
- Do you have similar pain when you are sitting at your desk during the day and then have to stand up again?
- Does your heel ache and throb at the end of the day like a bad headache in your foot?
- Have you noticed that when you wear a shoe with at least a one inch heel that you feel somewhat better?
- Have you noticed that the onset of pain seems to align with having been on your feet more, or that you gained weight recently, are barefoot more (maybe you recently moved to Florida!), or that you have new flooring at home– tile rather than carpet?
If you can say yes to the majority of the above – you probably have Plantar Fasciitis. So now that we’ve gotten the symptoms down – let’s talk about what the condition actually is and then how we can get rid of it. Ouch!
Your Plantar Fascia is a thick band of tissue connecting the ball of your foot to the heel bone and helps to maintain the arch of your foot.In addition, your calf muscle which turns into your Achilles tendon attaches to the back of your heel bone and connects to the Plantar Fascia. So if your calf muscles are tight you are going to put a lot of strain on you fascia. That’s why many folks feel more comfortable in a slight heel when they have this condition.
If your Plantar Fascia has been stressed for many years you might even develop heel spurs. But don’t panic – not all heel spurs require surgery and in most cases Plantar Fasciitis can be treated conservatively.
The most common treatments are:
Stretching the calf muscle and Achilles tendon
Strapping the foot (athletic tapping)
Orthotics (custom arch supports)
Changing shoe gear
Obviously surgery is a last resort for any condition and you want to make sure you go through all the conservative therapies first before thinking about surgery. But when needed it can be an amazing relief!
So if you or someone you know is suffering from these symptoms don’t forget to let them know that relief is possible and to get into our office ASAP! We would love to help end the limping.
It's amazing how many folks are coming into the office these days with toenail fungus!
Years ago the average age of a person with fungus nails was usually older. Now with the increasing popularity of nail salons - we're seeing teenagers with fungus.
So here's the scoop on fungus - anyonecan get it and it doesn't mean you are a dirty person. What is does mean is that you've been exposed to fungus and your immune system is not fighting it off. Factors that increase the chances of picking up a fungus and keeping it are:
-Having your feet in hot dark boots all day.
-Having your nails done in a salon.
-Living with a partner who also has a fungus infection.
-Damaging a toenail by dropping something on it.
-Having feet that sweat a lot.
-Hanging out around a swimming pool barefoot.
-Showering at the gym without flip-flops on.
-Sharing grooming tools (like nail files).
Many nail salons are sterilizing their instruments - that is not usually the problem. The issue is with the nail files they use. You cannot sterilize a nail file and they use them over and over again until they need to be trashed. So let's say they file a person's nail that has a fungus and then they work on you.
They file your nail with the contaminatedfile which grinds their fungus right into your healthy nail. Yuck! You're much better off creating your own spa day at home - it will cost you a lot less in the long run - believe me! So what can you do to get rid of these nasty beasts?
Well, oral antifungals are expensive and require you to have blood work drawn. At best they receive around a 70% cure rate, but they can be very hard on your liver and can conflict with many common medications making them pretty risky business.
The Cool Touch Laser that we use in the office is seeing higher cure rates than the oral meds - over 80% without the need for blood work or being concerned about the internal effects of the medication. This has us very excited to say the least! Granted it's not an inexpensive treatment either - but it's a lot healthier!
The key to this treatment is your cooperation.Topical medications must be used in tandem with the laser - along with creating an all-out assault on killing the fungus in your contaminated shoes, shower areas, and on your floors.
Think you might have a fungus?We offer a free consultation to give you the low-down on whether you are a laser candidate or not. So what are you waiting for? Come on in and make an appointment today!
Many of you are familiar with Sheri's smiling face since she's been with us a year now - helping Dr. Kussel in the back office. You might be aware that for the past 6 years she's been working in the travel business and has her own travel agency. Her business had slowed down quite a bit in this economy and so Dr Kussel asked her to come help in the office while her office was slow (they've been friends for years).
But what you might NOT know is that Sheri is a podiatrist too! When Dr. Sheri started her travel agency she retired her podiatry license, but on Dr. Kussels' urging - she asked the state board for her license back and it was granted on April 1st!
This is really exciting because Dr. Sheri will be having her own office hours on Thursdays and Fridays and sharing office time with Dr. Kussel on Wednesdays. That means if you want to see her specifically - you can by letting Alyce or Licia know at the front desk. We are very excited to make it easier for you to book an appointment, especially if you are having a problem on a Friday, right before the weekend (doesn't everything typically go wrong on a Friday afternoon!).
Dr. Sheri used to practice in St. Petersburg right by St. Pete General Hospital on 66th St N. Back then, she was the director of the surgical residency program at the hospital and taught surgery for 5 years. She was the first double boarded podiatrist in both surgery and orthopedics in St. Pete and served her profession as secretary, treasurer and then president of the Pinellas Country Podiatry Association. When she left the profession she was sadly missed.
Dr. Sheri loves all aspects of podiatry but especially enjoys children (of all ages), sports medicine, orthotics, holistic & alternative medical treatments (for those who dislike traditional medications), and aesthetic foot care (she likes using the fillers we use in the face in the feet). She will also be offering laser treatment for fungus nails and the usual podiatric care for our esteemed senior patients and diabetics. However, she will not be doing hospital surgery and will be referring all those cases to Dr. Kussel.
So - we need your help in getting the word out that Dr. Sheri will be seeing patientssince we need to keep her very busy! Feel free to take our newsletter home and give it to a friend whose feet are in need of some loving care. If you have any questions about Dr. Sheri, please ask us!
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