Podiatrist - Hallandale Beach
223 E Hallandale Beach Boulevard
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
954-458-3668

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
September 27, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are a hard and bony knob that occurs on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe. This a foot deformity that is caused by an uneven weight distribution on the joint of the toe. Bunions can happen in anyone but are most common in women. Your podiatrist at Semer Foot and Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, can answer some common questions that people ask about bunions and how they form.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bunions

Q. How are bunions caused?

A. Bunions are caused by issues that would put an uneven amount of weight on the toes. This could be because of tight, narrow shoes that push the toes together. Often, it’s because of a foot deformity where the arch of your foot is either too high or too low. Bunions can also be caused by foot trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, or jobs that cause stress on your feet.

Q. How are bunions treated?

A. Often, the first form of action that your podiatrist in Hallandale Beach, FL, may take to treat bunions is through conservative methods. This could be by having you ice your foot daily and wear shoes that are properly fitted and give your toes space to breathe. You may also need to use orthotics to support your foot. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication and put a pad on the outside of the foot to stop rubbing from happening.

When bunions don’t respond to these treatments, it may be necessary to have surgery. Surgery will include shaving off the excess bone and restructuring your foot to be in a proper position.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today

Don’t hesitate to ask further questions about bunions. Contact your podiatrist at Semer Foot and Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, to learn more about bunions. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (954) 458-3668.

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
April 29, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Podiatrists are often called foot doctors for their emphasis on foot-related conditions, although their specialty tends to extend to ankles, these are highly experienced professionals who can care for a wide variety of problems. You may not think you need a foot doctor until you experience foot pain, which makes sense. But although your Hallandale Beach, FL, podiatrist can certainly treat your foot pain, pain is typically a symptom of an underlying problem, which they can also diagnose and treat. You can learn more by reaching out to your local experts from Semer Foot & Ankle Center.

Foot Pain

If you are suffering from foot pain, whatever the cause, you are likely to be referred to a podiatrist. Your doctor can help diagnose and treat the source of your discomfort, whether it's brought on by a recent injury or an ongoing problem.

Arthritis

Older patients and those who suffer from chronic pain require specialized treatment as many may be dealing with a form of arthritis. Arthritis can cause stiffness and pain in the joints of the whole body, including feet and ankles, which means they'll need extra support and protection, and sometimes surgery if the condition is severe enough.

Foot Conditions

There are other conditions that can affect your feet and produce pain and discomfort as well as sometimes severe symptoms. For example, having very low or very high arches can contribute to heel pain, bunions, and other foot problems. These can be solved with support from orthotics, or also surgery if the problem affects your everyday life.

Diabetes

Diabetes, although not a foot condition, can affect how quickly your extremities heal as well as your ability to detect that there is something wrong. Your doctor can help you examine your feet for possible complications and trim your toenails to prevent them from becoming ingrown if you are unable to do so on your own, which is much more dangerous for anyone with diabetes.

Podiatrist in Hallandale Beach, FL

There are many benefits to seeing your Hallandale Beach, FL, podiatrist on a regular basis, much more so if you suffer from a condition that makes complications more likely. You can dial (954) 458-3668 to schedule a consultation with the professionals of Semer Foot & Ankle Center.
 

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
April 04, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Dr. L. Craig Semer, your podiatrist in Hallandale Beach, FL, is here for you at Semer Foot and Ankle. When you have heel pain we can help you find relief! The heel bone is the largest bone in your foot and since your feet take so much impact every day, you’re bound to have some aches and pains. Read about common causes of heel pain, and when heel pain persists or gets worse, call your podiatrist.

Causes of heel pain

Heel pain is a common problem and can be caused by a number of things. The plantar fascia is a thick band of muscle that runs along the base of your foot. When this becomes inflamed it’s called plantar fasciitis. It's common for this to bother you most when you first get up and start moving, and as you stretch out your foot the pain subsides. Other causes of heel pain include:

  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Stress fractures
  • Flat feet are more likely to have heel pain
  • Diabetics are more prone to foot pain
  • Obese people are more likely to have heel pain

When to call us

Heel pain can happen to anyone and you can rest or elevate your foot at home for some relief, but if the pain doesn't subside you need to come see us if:

  • Pain doesn't improve within 2-3 days
  • Pain worsens or becomes severe
  • There is swelling around your heel or ankle
  • You can't put weight on your foot or walk normally
  • You notice numbness or tingling in your foot besides the pain

If you have heel pain in Hallandale Beach, FL, your podiatrist will diagnose the cause to determine the best treatment for you.

Treating heel pain

Your podiatrist’s recommendations will vary depending on what we’ve determined to be the cause of your pain. Your doctor may recommend:

  • Foot orthotics worn in the shoes
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Steroid injections
  • Ultrasound therapy

Dr. L. Craig Semer can help when you have heel pain in Hallandale Beach, FL, as well as other foot ailments like bunions and ingrown toenails in Hallandale Beach, FL. Contact Semer Foot and Ankle for an appointment at (954) 458-3668.

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
February 10, 2022
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenails  

Find out how to best handle an ingrown toenail.

You have an ingrown toenail, now what? Sometimes ingrown toenails can be treated with simple home care, while others will require expert care. When ingrown toenails are painful or too much to handle on your own, turn to our Hallandale Beach, FL, podiatrist Dr. Larry Semer for treatment and care.

What are the signs of an ingrown toenail?

An ingrown toenail happens when the edge of your toenail (typically the nail of the big toe) grows into the skin. As you might imagine, this can lead to redness, swelling and discomfort around the affected nail.

How can I care for an ingrown toenail?

There are simple measures you can take to ease your symptoms until the nail grows out. One helpful at-home remedy is soaking the affected toe several times a day for up to 20 minutes in warm water, which can reduce pain and swelling. After soaking the nail in warm water, you can apply a small piece of cotton under the corner of the nail to lift the nail and to help it grow away from the skin. Also, make sure to wear properly fitted footwear, as shoes that are too tight or put pressure on the toenails are a no-go. The same rules apply to socks.

When should I see a doctor?

While it is common for an ingrown toenail to cause some discomfort, especially when walking or standing, if the pain is severe or if there is drainage coming from the nail it’s time to see our Hallandale Beach, FL, podiatrist. If you have diabetes, poor circulation or nerve damage in your feet you may also be at an increased risk for developing ingrown toenails. In this case, it’s important that you see us as soon as possible to prevent the problem from causing more serious complications.

Semer Foot & Ankle Center provides comprehensive foot and ankle care to the Hallandale Beach, FL, area. If you are dealing with a persistent or severe ingrown toenail, call us today at (954) 458-3668.

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
January 05, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunion   Bunion Surgery  

If you’re dealing with bunions, you know that not only can they be irritating to deal with, but they can also be painful and can interfere with your daily life. Bunions can feel sore and can rub against the sides of your shoes, causing irritation and discomfort. When you’ve tried all your other options to treat symptoms of your bunions and still have pain, your podiatrist may recommend bunion surgery. Anytime you undergo surgery, you may have many questions and will want to know exactly what happens and what you can expect. Your podiatrist at Semer Foot and Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, can answer questions about bunion surgery and what you should expect from it.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bunion Surgery

Q. When do bunions require surgery?

A. Normally, surgery is a last option for dealing with bunions. Your podiatrist in Hallandale Beach, FL, may recommend bunion surgery when every other option doesn’t seem to help. You may still be experiencing pain and it may be time to shave the bunion down and give your foot some relief.

Q. Is surgery painful?

A. The amount of pain experienced after surgery is different for each person, but your podiatrist will be sure to give you instructions on how to deal with any pain you may experience. If you follow their instructions, you should have very minimal pain and swelling after surgery.

Q. How long will recovery take?

A. Recovery time will vary for each person, depending on how large your bunion was and your body in general. You should be able to return to your normal life in no time and you’ll be able to enjoy all the activities you once loved.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Contact your podiatrist at Semer Foot and Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, for any further questions about bunion surgery and what you can expect. Call for more information today at (954) 458-3668.





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