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Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Effective Foot Wound Care

Proper wound care for the feet is a crucial aspect of maintaining overall health and mobility. Whether managing minor cuts, blisters, or more substantial injuries, tending to foot wounds can help to prevent complications and expedite healing. Wound care can begin by cleaning the affected area gently with mild soap and lukewarm water, and patting it dry without rubbing. This can be followed by applying an appropriate antiseptic, which can help to prevent infections. Covering the wound with a sterile bandage or dressing can safeguard it from dirt and friction. It is beneficial to regularly change the dressing and monitor the wound's progress, keeping an eye out for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pus. If the wound does not show signs of improvement or healing, seeking medical attention is essential to ensure a seamless recovery process for your feet. If you have a foot wound, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively treat wounds on the feet.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Remedies for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels, those uncomfortable and unsightly fissures in the skin, often catch us off guard. Cracked heels can occur for a variety of factors, with dry skin being a prominent contributor. Excessive exposure to harsh weather, improper footwear, and prolonged standing can exacerbate the issue. Prevention starts with consistent moisturization that consists of regular application of a thick, emollient foot cream that can help to keep the skin supple. Exfoliating gently removes dead skin cells, allowing better absorption of moisturizers. Additionally, wearing well-fitting shoes with proper cushioning minimizes pressure on the heels. In cases of severe cracking, medical attention from a podiatrist may be necessary. Prescription creams and ointments, along with professional treatment, can help to provide relief. Embracing a routine of foot care and protective measures is key to healing those cracks and restoring smooth, comfortable feet. If you are afflicted with cracked heels, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

Causes of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is a common and bothersome condition that affects millions of people worldwide. This fungal infection occurs when microscopic fungi, such as dermatophytes or yeast, penetrate the nail bed through small cuts or openings. The warm and damp environment inside closed-toe shoes provides an ideal breeding ground for the fungi to thrive. The infection often starts with a white or yellow spot under the nail and gradually spreads, causing the nail to become discolored, thickened, and brittle. Individuals with compromised immune systems, or who have diabetes or poor circulation are generally at a higher risk. Additionally, frequent exposure to moist environments, wearing tight-fitting shoes, or walking barefoot in public places may also increase the likelihood of developing toenail fungus. Early detection and proper treatment are essential in preventing the spread of the infection and can help restore healthy toenails. Toenail fungus can be treated by a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor for relief options that are correct for you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.


  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail


If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.


In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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


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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

How Purines in Your Food Can Cause Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis and is caused by an overabundance of urates in the system. The urates can form needle-like crystals in the joints, commonly in the big toe. Sudden bouts of extreme pain, swelling, redness, and stiffness develop almost out of nowhere and can last a week or more. They can start at any time and are often experienced at night. Besides genetics and certain lifestyle choices, one of the main causes of gout is eating foods and drinking beverages rich in purines. These can be found in red meat, organ and game meats, and even turkey. The types of seafood that are rich in purines are herring, scallops, mussels, codfish, tuna, and trout. In addition, sugary drinks and foods that are high in fructose contain large amounts of purines. While alcoholic beverages are not high in purines, they can inhibit the kidneys from eliminating uric acid, which furthers the buildup of urates. Gravy and meat sauces, as well as yeast and yeast extracts, are also high in purines. For more information on ways to reduce uric acid and cut back on the effects of gout, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who is trained to deal with this condition.  

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.


  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Stress Fractures in the Feet

Dancers and basketball players, as well as runners, may be familiar with stress fractures in the feet. This overuse injury, which consists of hairline fractures of the bones in the foot, often results from repetitive pounding on hard surfaces. A sudden increase in activity, such as playing longer and more often, or adding excess mileage to a run, can result in developing stress fractures. These tiny cracks are easy to dismiss at first because the pain often diminishes with rest. They also are difficult to detect with a foot X-ray, and often may only be noticed through digital imaging tests. Certain types of footwear, exercise equipment and surfaces, as well as insufficient rest periods are other major contributors to foot stress fractures. Finally, osteoporosis, arthritis, and neuropathy can be factors. A podiatrist can offer a clear diagnosis of stress fractures, and depending on the severity can offer the appropriate treatment options. For more information, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts


Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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