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By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
July 16, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Athlete's Foot  

Athlete's foot can make your life very uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are a few things you an do to prevent and treat the fungal infection.athlete's foot Podiatrists Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan treat foot pain and other conditions, helping Chattanooga, TN, residents find relief for their foot and ankle conditions.

How can athlete's foot be prevented?

Athlete's foot is caused by a very contagious fungal infection. Fortunately, it's easy to avoid the infection if you follow these steps:

  • Don't Go Barefoot: Many people develop fungal infections after coming in direct contact with the fungus. If you want to avoid athlete's foot, wear sandals or shoes in all public areas, including locker rooms, public shower facilities, and walkways around pools.
  • Change Your Shoes and Socks Often: There's nothing fungi like better than the warm, moist environment your shoes and socks offer. Don't wear the same pair of shoes every day to allow your footwear to dry completely before you wear it again.
  • Be Selfish: Sharing is a good thing - until someone develops athlete's foot. Don't share socks, shoes, slippers, towels or washcloths with anyone else to reduce your athlete's foot risk.
  • Clean It Up: Bleach is the natural enemy of athlete's foot fungus. Clean bathtubs and shower stalls with products that contain bleach.
  • Pay a Visit to the Foot Doctor: Over-the-counter anti-fungal creams and powders may be helpful if you have a mild case of athlete's foot, but they may not get rid of a more severe infection. Call your Chattanooga foot doctor if your infection doesn't go away or if you have athlete's feet and diabetes.

Relief foot pain and other athlete's foot symptoms with a visit to the foot doctor. Call Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Drs. Dennis Bizzoco and Brian Burgan at (423) 855-0728 to schedule your appointment.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
May 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Do you have a sports injury? Physical activity is essential for good health, but sometimes people injure themselves when they play sports.sports injuries A podiatrist can get you back in the game. Podiatrists diagnose and treat foot and ankle sports injuries. Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan at Associates in Foot And Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, provide a full range of podiatric services.

Types of Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are injuries that occur when playing exercising or playing sports. The most common types of sports injuries are knee injuries, fractures, dislocations, and sprains and strains. Acute traumatic injuries include things like strains, sprains, fractures, and cuts. Overuse injuries include things like stress fractures. These injuries happen over time, usually from repetitive training, like throwing a football or serving a volleyball.

Causes of Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can be caused by a number of different factors. Improper gear, poor training methods, and accidents can cause injuries. Not stretching enough or warming up can also lead to sports injuries. Football, basketball, boxing, hockey, and martial arts carry the highest risk, but noncontact sports also carry risk. 

Preventing Sports Injuries

Athletes of all ages need to rest between practices, events, and games. A lack of sleep and muscle fatigue predispose athletes to injury. Stretching is another important prevention technique that should become a habit for all athletes before starting an activity or playing sports. Protective equipment, like shoes, pads, and helmets are also important for injury prevention.

Sports Injury Diagnosis

The correct diagnosis is key to treating a sports injury. Your podiatrist will start with a physical examination, with attention given to the areas of complaint. In addition to the exam, you will also go through your medical history with the podiatrist, and he or she may order x-rays or other imaging tests to confirm a diagnosis. 

Treatments for Sports Injuries in Chattanooga

Your podiatrist will develop a treatment plan that may combine more than one type of treatment, depending on your personal needs. Some common treatments for sports injuries includes orthopedic casts, splints, heat and ice, medication, steroid injections, physical therapy, and range of motion exercises. Your podiatrist may recommend surgery for your sports injury if your symptoms are severe enough to warrant an operation. 

A sports injury can affect your daily activities and make your life miserable. If you have a sports injury, call Associates in Foot And Ankle Care at 423-855-0728 today to schedule an appointment in Chattanooga, TN. Our sports injury treatments will ease your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Wound Treatment  

Prompt treatment of diabetic foot ulcers can help you avoid serious infections. Our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and wound treatmentDr. Brian Burgan, discuss wound care and explain how you can prevent ulcers.

Why are sores a cause for concern?

Even the tiniest sore or cut can become infected if you have diabetes. When your blood sugar levels rise, your body can't fight infections as effectively, which means even a minor injury can quickly become a serious medical problem.

What can I do to prevent wounds?

A daily self-examination is a must if you have diabetes. Look for broken blisters, cuts, scrapes, ingrown toenails, calluses and other injuries. It's not always easy to examine every inch of your feet yourself. Ask a family member to help you, or use a small mirror to check hard-to-reach areas.

If you notice a red spot on your foot due to friction from your shoes, swap the shoes for a more comfortable pair, but keep an eye on the spot to make sure it doesn't turn into a blister. Call our Chattanooga office immediately if you notice red streaks on your skin, a bad smell, or a hot or cold sensation in your feet, or if the skin has turned black, blue or white.

Orthotics are helpful in reducing pressure on your feet, a common cause of blisters. The custom-made shoe inserts not only improve the alignment of your feet but also cushion them. Shoe selection is particularly important if you have diabetes. Tight shoes should be avoided, as they're more likely to rub against your feet.

How are wounds treated?

If you notice signs of an infection, your foot doctor will clean and dress the wound and prescribe antibiotics. In some cases, he may recommend a brace, boot or crutches to eliminate pressure on your foot while it heals. Maintaining good control of your blood sugar level is very important if you have a wound. During your treatment, your foot doctor may also consult with your medical doctor to ensure that your condition is well-managed.

Wound care treatment can prevent serious complications due to diabetic foot ulcers. If you're concerned about your feet, call our Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists, Dr. Bizzoco and Dr. Burgan, at (423) 855-0728 to schedule an appointment.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
December 20, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: diabetic foot care  

Even the slightest foot injury can put your health at risk if you have diabetes. Fortunately, it's easy to prevent problems by adopting a good diabetic foot carediabetic care regimen. Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care explain how daily foot exams can help you prevent infections.

Don't skip daily examinations

Daily foot exams every day offers important benefits for your health. When your blood sugar is too high, it takes longer for your body to heal itself if you get a cut or sore. Before long, that scrape or burst blister can turn into an infection.

Diabetes can also cause diabetic neuropathy, a condition that affects the nerves in your feet. If you have diabetic neuropathy, you may no longer be able to feel pain in your feet if you have a cut or even be able to tell if your shoes are too tight. Daily examinations can help you spot signs of trouble before they can cause serious health problems. During your daily examinations, look for these signs of trouble:

  • Red Spots: Red spots often precede blisters. If you notice them, wear shoes that don't rub against your feet.
  • Blisters: Place a bandage over the blister to cushion and protect it. Do not pop it.
  • Cuts, Scrapes, Burst Blisters and Sores: Schedule an appointment with our Chattanooga office if you notice any sores, cuts or breaks in your skin. Even the slightest scratch can quickly turn into an infection if you don't receive prompt treatment for the injury.
  • Ingrown Toenails: If the edge of a nail starts to grow into your skin, don't attempt to free the nail yourself.
  • Changes in Skin Color: Black, white, blue or red skin or red streaks are never good signs. If all or part of your foot changes color, call our office immediately.
  • Sensation Changes: Numbness or pain in your feet can be a sign of diabetic retinopathy and should be evaluated by a foot doctor.

Regular diabetic care at the podiatrist's office can help you avoid common diabetes complications. If you're concerned about a foot issue, call Chattanooga, TN, podiatrists Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco at (423) 855-0728 to schedule an appointment.

By Associates in Foot and Ankle Care, Inc.
November 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain  

Do you have persistent foot pain in Chattanooga, TN? Is it around the ball of your foot? Would you describe it as stabbing, burning or even foot painas though you are stepping on a small stone? If these symptoms sound all too familiar, you may have a common foot complaint called metatarsalgia which affects the five metatarsal bones in your foot near the base of your toes. Dr. Brian Burgan and Dr. Dennis Bizzoco treat foot pain at Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga. Foot pain does not have to rule your life. Get to the bottom of it and find some relief.

Where it originates

Foot pain comes from the literally tons of pressure your feet endure every day as you walk, run, stand and play sports. People of all ages and walks of life experience this kind of podiatric issue, but in particular, metatarsalgia occurs more often in people who:

  • Are overweight
  • Wear improperly fitting shoes (high heels put a lot of pressure on the ball of the foot)
  • Have high arches, hammertoes or other deformities
  • Suffer with arthritis and gout
  • Are on their feet all day or play sports with repetitive bouncing and jumping, such as tennis
  • Are middle-aged and older because the fat pad on the bottom of the foot gradually thins with age

Calluses from repetitive motion lead to this kind of foot pain. Traumatic injury to the foot does as well, says the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics and Medicine.

How your podiatrist can help

Your foot doctor will examine your feet, check your gait and possibly take X-rays. He specifically wants to see where your foot pain is located and if your have any obvious deformities such as hammertoes or bunions. Then, he'll offer treatment options aimed at preventing foot pain and treating it appropriately when it happens. Treatments include:

  1. Rest and elevation. Just get off your feet for a while, or if you're exercising or working too hard, back off a bit.
  2. Take over the counter analgesics such as ibuprofen as directed to reduce pain and inflammation.
  3. Change your shoes to something with low heels, good arch support and a wide toe box.
  4. Wear custom-made orthotics.

Specifically made to correct gait issues, such as overpronation, or to take undue pressure off certain areas of the foot, orthotics are constructed from materials that vary in density and rigidity. Worn consistently, they can improve the biomechanics of the foot and reduce chronic pain.

Come see us

At Associates in Foot and Ankle Care in Chattanooga, TN, Dr. Burgan and Dr. Bizzoco want their patients to experience the best foot comfort and function possible. If metatarsalgia is compromising your quality of life, come to the office for a comprehensive podiatric exam. We'll work on that foot pain and get you feeling better. Call today: (423) 855-0728.

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