Why Do I Have a Soft Bump on my Foot?

There could be many reasons why you have a bump on your foot, but one of those reasons could be a ganglion cyst.

A ganglion cyst is a sac filled with a jellylike fluid. The word “ganglion” means “knot” and is used to describe the knot-like lump that forms below the skin.  Hippocrates is generally credited with their description.

Ganglion cysts are one of the most common benign soft-tissue masses. They usually occur on the wrist, but they can be found on the foot, too.  These malleable cysts can vary in size. They can get smaller and larger, and sometimes even disappear completely, only to return later!

The cause of ganglion cysts is often unknown, but they may arise from some type of trauma. Another commonly accepted cause of  is known as the “herniation hypothesis”, in which they occur as distention of a weakened portion of a joint capsule or tendon sheath.

Ganglion cyst symptoms include:

  • A noticeable lump
  • Tingling or burning, if the cyst is touching a nerve
  • Dull pain or ache, if the cyst is pressing against a tendon or joint
  • Difficulty wearing shoes due to irritation between the lump and the shoe

A ganglion cyst can be diagnosed via careful examination of the foot. The lump should  visible and, when pressed in a certain way, move freely underneath the skin.

Treatment Options

  • Monitoring- Monitoring is the first treatment option if the cyst causes no pain and does not interfere with walking.
  • Shoe modifications- Placing a pad in the shoe in order to keep the cyst from rubbing against the shoe helps reduce pain and irritation.
  • Aspiration and injection- The aspiration method is when a needle is injected into the cyst and drained. Additionally, a steroid medication may be injected as well.
  • Surgery- Surgical removal of a ganglion cyst remains a viable option as well.

One outdated method used to treat a ganglion cyst was to strike the lump with a large heavy book, causing it to rupture and drain back into the tissue. Historically, a Bible was the largest book in the house and was commonly used for this purpose, which led to the nickname of “Bible bumps”…yikes!

Fortunately, we will not be striking your foot with a large bible or book. If you suspect you have a ganglion cyst, we promise to be gentle!

If you are concerned about a  ganglion cyst or are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Think Twice About Your Cold Feet

Do you have cold feet?

Do you have cold feet?

Cold feet can be a  sign of poor circulation or it can signal an even more serious problem, diabetes.

Those with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes are likely to suffer from chilly feet as well as diabetic neuropathy.

Neuropathy often includes sharp stabbing pains and numbness, but it can be managed.

Neuropathy Tips

  • Always wear shoes! This will protect your feet from bumps or scrapes you can’t detect due to neuropathy and protect you from developing a wound and subsequent infection.
  • Check your feet often, at least once a day! This goes for all diabetics, but if you do develop a wound, you need to detect it as soon as possible.
  • Choose shoes with a wide toe box and lots of protection. Cover those vulnerable toes!
  • Keep your home clean and free of obstacles that could cause you to trip, particularly at night!
  • Avoid soaking your feet in hot, hot water which could result in a thermal burn. For example, if you’re going to have a pedicure, make sure it’s a healthy pedicure that takes place under conditions that are safe for diabetics.  Many salons use appropriate sterilization for the instruments, but that isn’t where infections are likely to come from.  Make you sure you take your own nail polish.  A lot of salons will put a color on your nails and where does the brush go?  Right back in the bottle, and so it went with the 50 people before you that came in contact with that brush.

Bottom line: Pay attention to your cold feet! It could be a sign of a more serious problem.

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Can Dogs Cure Athlete’s Foot?

Can Dogs Cure Athlete's Foot?

Just say “NO” to your dogs licking your Athlete’s Foot!

O.K. it’s time to do some myth-busting today! There seems to be a preponderance of myths surrounding the common condition known as athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).

I’ve addressed this before, but it’s time to address another misconception floating around out there.

Some people have claimed that their dogs can cure this itchy fungus. How you ask? By licking the infected areas! Yes, you read that correctly. People let their dogs lick their feet and other infected areas in order to cure athlete’s foot.

This is a really bad idea. While dog saliva does have some antifungal properties, it is NOT a good idea for your pet to lick away your athlete’s foot! Your beloved furry baby also carries bacteria in his mouth, which could be a problem if  you have open sores or cracked skin because the bacteria could get in there and make it worse! And, you can transmit bacteria back to them. Just say no to doggy cures!

If you think you have athlete’s foot, go see a podiatrist and get a thorough evaluation and forego Fido licking your tootsies! You’ll be better for it, and so will your beloved pet!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Top 10 Little Known Steeler Facts: Part 2

Top 10 Little Known Steeler Facts

Heinz Field: Home of the Steelers!

Here is part 2 of the 10 little known Steeler facts!

6.What do the Steelers and the Supreme Court have in common? The answer is former Supreme Court Chief Justice Byron White, who was one of two Chief Justices to be appointed by President John F. Kennedy. This judicial fellow played college football for the Colorado Buffaloes. After he graduated, White was signed by the Steelers, making him the highest paid player in professional football at the time! He stayed with the team for one season.

7. The Steelers are also connected with the TV show, Married…with Children, a popular show on television in the late 80s. The lead character of the show, Al Bundy (played by Ed O’Neill), was always talking about his high school  glory days in which he was a star football player. An interestingly enough, O’Neill played football at Youngstown State University in the 60s and he was signed by the Steelers in 1969. Unfortunately Ed never made the final Steeler roster as he was cut during training camp.

8.  The 1979 Steelers were the first team to be entirely home grown. Every player on the roster was either drafted by the Steelers directly or was signed as an undrafted free agent. That means that not a single player on the Steelers’ roster that year had worn another NFL uniform in their career leading up to 1979…wow!

9.  Joe Gilliam was the first African-American quarterback to ever start in the NFL. He started one game in the 1973 season for the Steelers and made six more starts the following season before being replaced by Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw during the team’s first Super Bowl run.

10. In their early days, from 1933 to 1968, the Steelers had thirteen different head coaches! That’s a far cry from their more recent years. I guess they were adhering to the saying, “Variety is the spice of life!” Actually, they were just trying to find a coach which could help them win.

Well there you have it! Ten little know facts about the Steelers. Hopefully this will propel you to victory in your next trivial pursuit game. You’re welcome.

Source: www.popularpittsburgh.com

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10 Little Known Steelers Facts: Part 1

Top 10 Little Known Steeler Facts

Heinz Field: Home of the Steelers!

Football season is in full swing! In honor of this, let’s spend some time talking trivia about the best team in the NFL: The Pittsburgh Steelers!

 10 Little Known Facts about the Pittsburgh Steelers:

  1. While the Steelers do have more Super Bowl victories than any other franchise, they were not always a winning team.  The Steelers were founded in 1933, but it wasn’t until thirty-nine long years later that they finally won their first playoff game!
  2. The Steelers are one of only six NFL teams that do not have a cheerleading squad.  In 1961 the team debuted their first cheerleaders, the Steelerettes! They only lasted nine seasons since team President Art Rooney decided to remove them from the programs because he thought they were a distraction.  So long, girls!
  3. One very fun fact about the Steelers is their many different uniform styles. In 2007, the Steelers introduced a new throwback uniform. It is worn only twice each season, both times at home games. One of those times is reserved for when their archrival, Baltimore Ravens, comes to town each year.
  4. The Steelers also have very unique helmets. The Steelers’ helmets are the only franchise in the league to feature the team’s logo on only one side of the helmet! Their current logo was originally used as an advertisement for the American Iron and Steel Institute in 1962. Who knew Steeler’s trivia was so fascinating?
  5. When speaking about Pittsburgh, one thinks “Pirates” because of the city’s baseball team, but the Pirates were a favorite name for two other franchises as well. Pittsburgh also had an NHL franchise from 1925-30 with the same moniker. When Art Rooney founded the football team in 1933, their first few games were played at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Forbes Field, with the name Pirates! The custom in that era was to name your team after the landlords. Wow—three Pirate teams…aaarh!  The football team would remain named the Pirates until 1940 when Rooney changed the named to Steelers to honor the city’s heritage.

I know you’re on the edge of your seat to learn the other 5 facts, so stay tuned for next week’s blog to learn more “riveting” facts about the one and only Pittsburgh Steelers!

Source: www.popularpittsburgh.com

 

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Why Do I Have a Giant Red Bump on My Heel?

Why Do I have a Giant Red Bump on My Heel?

Do you have a “Pump Bump”?

Have you ever wondered what that giant red bump is on the back of your heel?  (Warning: Medical jargon ahead!) You may Haglund’s Deformity or retrocalcaneal bursitis.  It’s also know as pump bump. This is not to be confused with “fist bump“.

This unsightly, and sometimes painful problem can be caused by having a stiff heel support on your shoe that constantly rubs up and down on the back of your heel bone.

Genetics can also play a role in whether or not you develop this condition. High arches can contribute to Haglund’s deformity due to the heel bone being tilted backward “into” the Achilles tendon causing it to rub up against it. This constant friction can eventually lead to a bony protrusion and an inflammed bursa.

Women tend to develop this condition more than men do since their shoes tend to be more “unforgiving”.  Wearing shoes that are a little more flexible in the heel is a great way to help avoid/alleviate this condition.

In addition to changing shoes, soaking feet, and anti-inflammatory medications often mitigate the symptoms of this aggravating problem. If  you’re experiencing a lot of pain from it, consider using ice to reduce swelling and lessen pain. Stretching exercises can also help by relieving tension from the Achilles tendon, especially if you have a tight heel cord. Other options for treatment include heel lifts and heel pads.  If nothing else works, there are several procedures to address the back of the heel bone or the Achilles tendon.

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Sore Feet? Try Exercising Them!

Try exercising your feet!Are your feet tired and sore at the end of the day? Maybe you need to get them into better shape with some exercise. Your feet need exercise, too!

Strong and supple feet will get less fatigued throughout the day.  And don’t forget to check your shoes too; ill-fitting shoes can can cause extremely sore feet!

Here are some exercises to improve your foot fitness!

  • Toe grip: Drop a sock or small wash cloth on the floor and use your toes to grip and lift it off the floor. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat five times each foot. This is a great exercise to strengthen the foot muscles that improve balance!
  • Toe extension: Wrap an elastic band around all five toes. Expand your toes and hold for five seconds; release. Repeat five times on each foot.
  • Calf raise: Stand near a counter and hold on lightly to ensure your balance. Balance on one foot and rise up onto your toes. Hold for about 10 seconds, then lower. Repeat 10 times on each foot.
  • Calf stretch : Sit with one leg stretched out in front of you and wrap a towel or a stretchy belt around the ball of the foot. Pull the towel back gently until you feel a stretch in the arch of the foot and the calf. Hold for 10 seconds; release. Repeat five times on each leg. These keep your achilles tendons and plantar fasciae from getting too tight!

Incorporate these simple exercises into your everyday life and improve your foot health. Remember, take care of your feet and they will take care of you!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Exercise: How Much is TOO Much?

How Much is Too Much?We are a society of extremes. It appears our “super-size” mentality has moved from the fast food drive-thrus across America into the gyms!

From CrossFit mania to “Ultra” Marathons, no exercise is too much anymore… or is it? Moreover, how do you know when your exercise goes from helping you to hurting you?

When Is It Too Much?

While exercise should definitely be a consistent part of your life,  it shouldn’t take over your life. Some days of exercise are intense—others, not so much. Ultimately, exercise is a stressor. That’s the underlying principle of it. But too much stress from exercise is harmful and your body can begin to break down.

Here are a few signs that you are “over-doing” it with your current exercise routine:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Moodiness
  • An elevated resting heart rate
  • Fever
  • Inability to work your earlier level

Obviously these “signs” can be symptoms of other problems, but these should also cause you to take a long hard look at your current exercise routine.

Besides your overall health taking a beating, your feet can suffer as well. Here are some podiatric problems that can result from too much exercise:

If you are experiencing any of these foot problems, see a podiatrist immediately. If you don’t handle these problems correctly early on, you are setting yourself up for serious future challenges. Remember….take care of your feet, and they will take care of you!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz,  Dr. Goecker, or Dr. Sotelo for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Why We Don’t Rush Into Foot Surgery

Know Your Options!

Know Your Options!

As specialists, patients often come to us after they’ve first been to see a primary care physician such as a general practitioner, a family doctor, or even a pediatrician. This usually means that our patients have some idea about what to expect from us—perhaps their physician has told them they need a specific type of treatment or has made a well-educated guess about what we’ll have to say.

But as specialists, we’re uniquely trained and experienced with all matters of the lower limbs, and that means that our recommendations may ultimately differ from what a patient may have thought when they first come in to see us.

Let’s take foot surgery, for example.

Before I go any further: my colleagues and I are foot and ankle surgeons. Surgery is part of what we’re trained to do, and it is a regular part of our practice.

Thankfully, however, very few of the problems we treat on a daily basis require immediate surgical attention—something  I’m sure our patients are happy about.

Our philosophy here is pretty simple. In fact, it’s one shared by many physicians of all kinds:

Do the right thing for every patient all of the time.

We also like the phrase “Just because you can do surgery , doesn’t mean you should.”

There are many well trained foot docs in town, but some book surgery as a first choice, and when patients come to us after the fact, we have see some pretty scary complications by over zealous surgeons.

I dont want that to imply that surgery is to be avoided, just well thought through beforehand.

And when it comes to surgery, we always have to remember:

  • Surgery is often irreversible
  • Surgery can be painful, and always carries with it unavoidable risks
  • Often there are significant viable alternatives that should be considered first

Ultimately, our goal is to provide the very best treatment for every patient based upon the unique circumstances of their situation. Sometimes, of course, surgery is the right option.

But don’t be surprised if we try something less drastic first.

Here’s an example: consider the case written up by my fellow podiatrist, Dr. William Fishco, DPM FACFAS. It involved a 14-year-old, 200-pound young man who had been told he was “flatfooted” and had not outgrown an unusual gait. His family had taken him to a pediatrician, and he’d gone on to see a podiatrist who recommended surgery.

Dr. Fishco—who evaluated the young man to provide a second opinion—rightly (in my opinion) decided that surgery was unnecessary and recommended orthotics along with calf and ankle stretches to correct the issues. Interestingly, the young man did not have any pain and participated in sports and other activities with no problem.

In this situation, surgery could have actually caused more problems than it solved.

Orthotics and Other Neat Gadgetry

When there is pain or other trouble with the feet, we now have some amazing orthotics and other tools available to us thanks to some great research and development work over the years. They aren’t always the right solution for every case, but especially when surgery is on the table, don’t be surprised if we offer orthotics or other simpler treatment options first.

It reminds me of something our “computer geek” often says when he asks us if the printer is turned on and plugged in before diving into the full-on troubleshooting: “Always solve the easy problem first.”

And now that my printer is printing again… I can go back to seeing patients.

Do you have foot or ankle pain? If you or a loved one are looking for a foot doctor in Sarasota or Bradenton, my colleagues and I would be happy to help! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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Kansas City Chiefs Suffer 2 Major Injuries

Kansas City Chiefs lose 2 key players

Derrick Johnson is out for the season!

Saying the Kansas City Chiefs have started their NFL season on the “wrong foot” could possibly be the understatement of the year.

Not only did the Chiefs lose to the Tennessee Titans 26-10 this past weekend, but two—yes, TWO—of their key players are out for the season with the same injury. Not just any old injury, mind you…a season-ending kind of injury. Groan.

It’s painful to even write this. Linebacker Derrick Johnson, a key defensive player for the Chiefs, suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The NFL.com reports…

“It’s hard to overstate this loss. Johnson is one of the very best inside linebackers in football, and he’s the heart and soul of the Chiefs’ defense. There just aren’t many linebackers in football with his range, smarts and versatility.”

But that’s not all. Starting defensive end Mike DeVito also ruptured his Achilles tendon in the game too! Ouch. Both are out for the season. What are the odds?

This team simply couldn’t afford these losses. Its offense is not where it needs to be and was going to rely heavily on its defense to make up the difference. Time for a new game plan. Well, it should be an interesting season, to say the least. We wish Johnson and DeVito the best of luck and a speedy return to health!

If you or a loved one are looking for a podiatrist in the Sarasota-Bradenton area or are experiencing heel problems, Sarasota or Bradenton is the place to be! Please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday, Dr. Zdancewicz, or Dr. Goecker for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in our Bradenton Podiatry office at (941) 753-9599 or our Sarasota Podiatry office at (941) 366-2627.

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