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Steven Shlonsky, DPM
149 Thierman Ln
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 897-6343 We make house calls
Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Cracked heels are unsightly and can become painful. This foot condition can develop for a variety of reasons and may bring embarrassment to the affected patient. The causes can include wearing shoes with an open back, standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, and a lack of moisture. Additionally, research has indicated that cracked heels may develop from specific vitamin or mineral deficiencies as well as aging skin. There may also be medical conditions that lead to cracked heels, which consist of obesity, thyroid disorders, eczema, and psoriasis. Many patients find relief when their feet are soaked in warm water, followed by applying a good moisturizer. Choosing shoes that have a closed back may help to prevent cracked heels in addition to wearing shoes that generally fit well. Patients who have dry heels or show signs of fissures, also known as deep cracks, are urged to speak with a podiatrist who can prescribe medication to treat this ailment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

The nerves of the ankles and feet can become compromised, producing a burning sensation or numbness. These symptoms can be the result of an injury, wrap, or cast. Often nerve damage occurs during or after surgery, if the nerve is cut during the process. The medical term for these types of nerve damage is a neuroma. The tibial, saphenous, and plantar nerves affect the inside of the ankle and arch. The superficial peroneal and deep peroneal nerves affect the top of the foot. The sural nerve runs along the outside of the ankle and heel. Most people with a neuroma in these areas experience an overall burning sensation or numbing. In addition, when a nerve is damaged it can also affect other nerves that are nearby, resulting in redness and a shiny appearance. A podiatrist can perform a number of tests to determine the location of the nerve damage. Included are X-rays, MRIs, nerve conduction study, and diagnostic injection. If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a neuroma in the ankle or foot, please consult a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment options.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Steven Shlonsky from Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Saturday, 12 November 2022 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Pain in the arch of the foot may indicate that a plantar fibroma has formed. Many people can experience pain and discomfort, even though it is a benign growth. Common symptoms can include a noticeable lump that has formed in the arch and it may hurt more when wearing restrictive shoes or walking barefoot. Research suggests plantar fibromas may be more prevalent among people who have endured previous foot injuries. There may also be existing medical conditions that can contribute to the development of a plantar fibroma including liver disease, epilepsy, and diabetes. Additionally, there may be a connection between certain medications or supplements and having this type of growth. These can include high blood pressure meds, anti-seizure meds, glucosamine, and large doses of vitamin C. If you have this foot condition, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist sooner rather than later who can guide you toward the correct treatment methods. 

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Steven Shlonsky of Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Shlonsky can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

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

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