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June 2023

Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Diabetes and Podiatry

Diabetes can affect the feet, and complications may ensue. Practicing a daily diabetic foot care routine is crucial in protecting the feet from this serious disease, and there are simple methods that can accomplish this. These can include washing and drying the feet daily, followed by inspecting the soles. Many people use a mirror to do this, or possibly have a family member or caregiver help them, if available. The skin can be kept smooth by using a good moisturizer, and it is important to refrain from applying it between the toes. It may be helpful to wear socks that have extra cushioning and do not have elastic tops. These types of socks are designed for diabetic patients and are also made from materials that can absorb moisture. Nerve damage, or neuropathy can often accompany diabetes, which is the inability to feel existing cuts or scrapes that are on the bottom of the feet. It is advised against walking barefoot at any time, which may help to protect the feet from incurring wounds. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Young People and Flip-Flops

Many students go back to school after having worn flip-flops most of the summer. Flip-flops are enticing footwear for young people because they are inexpensive, come in many colors, and can be fashionable. However, these sandals do not cushion or support feet and will often lead to foot problems. It is not generally known that new bone growth continues in the heels of feet through the teen years. Flip-flops do not cushion the heel and repeated stress from walking in these shoes can lead to heel inflammation in the bone growth area and cause pain. In addition to heel and arch pain, flip-flops can lead to sprained ankles, cuts and scrapes, and callus buildup on the heels and toes. Stretching exercises and shoe inserts can help with pain incurred from wearing these shoes, but reducing the time flip-flops are worn and keeping them for beach-going or around pools is best. If your child has foot pain after wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you take them to see a podiatrist who can assess the damage and provide proper treatment.

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 16 June 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Unsightly Toenail Fungus

People who are afflicted with toenail fungus are often embarrassed by how their feet look. This is an unsightly foot condition that is contagious. Common symptoms that many patients experience can consist of thickened and yellowed toenails that may have separated from the nail bed. The nail may change shape or look distorted and can become brittle. People who have a weakened immune system may be prone to developing toenail fungus, in addition to patients who are diabetic or who have poor circulation. The fungus that causes this ailment lives in warm environments like shower room floors, public swimming pools, and surrounding areas. If you frequent these types of places, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes such as flip-flops or water shoes. It is also helpful to refrain from sharing shoes, socks, and towels, and putting powder in the shoes can be a good prevention technique against toenail fungus. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this foot condition. 

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Stephen Petrofsky of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Foot Pain Can Be Inconvenient

The feet are responsible for multiple functions of the body. These include balancing the body’s weight, and allowing mobility by walking and running. Many people do not pay attention to their feet unless they develop foot pain. There are various reasons why foot pain can happen, ranging from a broken bone to arthritis. Each foot has 26 bones, numerous ligaments, muscles, and tendons, and an injury or medical condition can cause foot pain.  For example, one common painful foot deformity is a bunion. This is a hard lump that forms on the side of the big toe may cause the other toes to shift together. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can pinpoint the cause, and treat it accordingly.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Stephen Petrofsky from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Port Charlotte, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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