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

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
March 31, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Foot care is just as important as caring for any part of your body. Dr. L. Craig Semer offers his patients a wide variety of services, be it surgical or regular checkups. At Semer Foot & Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, you can count on your podiatrist.

When To See Your Podiatrist

  • Ingrown toenails: This condition may cause intense pain, irritation, swelling, and infection if not treated immediately and properly. Ingrown toenails are when the nail digs into the skin on the side of the toe, breaking the skin.

Treating options include:

  • Visiting your Hallandale Beach podiatrist to have it surgically removed
  • Soaking the foot daily with warm water
  • Over-the-counter medications to relieve pain and swelling.
  • Bunion: This is an enlargement of the joint at the base and side of the big toe and may cause other issues like hammertoe. People suffer discomfort and pain because of friction against shoes. Bunions do not resolve by themselves because they are bone deformities but you can these tips may relieve irritation and pain:
    • Wear protective padding in shoes
    • Removal of corns and calluses
    • Wear properly fitted footwear
    • Use orthotic to help stabilize the joint
    • Splints for nighttime wear are recommended for adolescents with bunions.
    • Surgical treatment, known as a bunionectomy
  • Ankle Sprains: This happens when abnormal force stretches or tears ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The severity of the sprain dictates the type and duration of treatment. Long-term problems develop if the ankle sprain isn't properly treated. Generally speaking, maintain certain habits to prevent ankle sprains, like exercising, stretching, and wearing well-fitted shoes.

Symptoms include a twist or injury, swelling, and bruising.

Treatment includes:

  • Resting
  • Elevating the ankle
  • Applying ice to reduce swelling
  • Compressive bandages
  • Immobilize and support the injury
  • Surgery in severe cases

Need a podiatrist?

These aren't the only reasons to visit your foot doctor but if you need to speak with a podiatrist, he's only a phone call away. You can reach Dr. L. Craig Semer to learn what he offers patients at Semer Foot & Ankle Center when you call his Hallandale Beach, FL, office at (954) 458-3668.

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
December 29, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

There's never a convenient time to develop heel pain. The pain affects every facet of your life, making it more difficult to exercise, shop, or even walk the short distance from your car to your job. Fortunately, your Hallandale Beach, FL, podiatrist, Dr. L. Craig Semer, offers several treatments that ease heel pain.

What you can do about heel pain at home

Following these recommendations may help relieve your heel pain:

  • Rest: Rest is an essential aspect of the healing process. Stay off your feet as much as possible as soon as you notice heel pain. If the pain worsens or continues longer than a week, give your Hallandale Beach foot doctor a call.
  • Apply Ice and Use Pain Medication: Both ice and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications (like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) reduce swelling and relieve pain.

What to do when heel pain doesn't improve

If you're still in pain after home treatment, give your podiatrist a call. (Don't wait to call if you're bleeding, have severe pain, can't walk easily, or suspect you broke a bone.) Your foot doctor will examine your foot and may recommend a few tests that will determine the cause of your heel pain. Common causes of heel pain include:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Inflammation in the plantar fasciitis, a tough band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes, can trigger heel pain.
  • Bone Spurs: Bone spurs are calcium deposits that form on the bone. They can be related to plantar fasciitis.
  • Achilles Tendonitis or Rupture: Pain at the back of your heel may be due to inflammation, tears, or a complete rupture of your Achilles tendon, the long, thin tendon at the back of your ankle.
  • Retrocalcaneal Bursitis: Heel pain may also occur due to inflammation in the retrocalcaneal bursa, the small sac that helps the Achilles tendon glide over the heel.
  • Fractures: A fall or jumping from a high place may fracture your heel. If your heel is swollen or misshapen, or you can't put any pressure on it after an accident, you may have a fracture.
  • Stone Bruise: The fat pad under your heel can become bruised if you step on a hard object or wear shoes that don't adequately cushion your heels.

Although treatment varies depending on the cause and severity of your pain, your treatment may include crutches and casts or boots to relieve pressure on your heel while it heals. Heel cups or orthotics, prescription shoe inserts that cushion your heel and keep your foot properly aligned, may also be helpful. Other heel pain treatments include night splints, prescription pain medication, corticosteroid injections, ultrasound treatment, shockwave therapy, and surgery(in some cases).

Are you struggling with heel pain? Call your podiatrist in Hallandale Beach, FL, Dr. L. Craig Semer, at (954) 458-3668 to schedule your appointment.

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
December 10, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Toenail  

An ingrown toenail can be more than a temporary annoyance if it's not treated in time. Home remedies may alone be helpful, but you should consult your podiatrist to avoid complications and more severe cases. Contact Dr. L. Semer of Semer Foot & Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL.

What You Can Do Yourself

With treatment, ingrown toenails can go away in about a week.

The first thing you'll want to do is look into socks or shoes that are not too constricting, so they won't bunch up your toes together and make the situation worse.

Products known as toe protectors can also be helpful. Some go on your big toe as a padded ring, others completely encase it.

But if at all possible, try going without shoes or wear sandals until the condition clears.

Pain and swelling are the two immediate problems to combat.

Soaking your foot daily in warm water, about three times a day for twenty minutes can help with both.

So can over the counter medications, and antibiotic ointments to minimize the chance of infection. Consult your doctor for advice on either.

Your best bet is always to contact your podiatrist in Hallandale Beach, FL, for advice.

How Your Podiatrist Can Help

If you notice the affected skin around your toe has swollen, become red, if it bleeds, or if it hurts a lot, you may have an infection.

If you suspect it you should contact your doctor. They will help relieve you of infection and pain and treat your nail surgically if necessary.

Most of the time only a partial removal of your nail is necessary to alleviate the injury. It will usually grow back in a matter of months.

However, more serious ingrown nails require a full removal, which will take over a year to regrow.

So it's important to get it treated, and treated early. An ingrown nail can become extremely painful and the infection can spread.

Prevention

Footwear is very important, not only in avoiding anything too tight but using safety shoes if your work demands it. Sandals are your friends.

The way you cut nails also matters, such as cutting them too short. For advice or help, and to treat an ingrown nail, call Dr. Semer of Semer Foot & Ankle Center in Hallandale Beach, FL, by dialing (954) 458-3668.

By Semer Foot & Ankle Center
March 31, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Could your foot problems be due to a bunion? Help is on the way!

A bunion is a fairly common foot ailment; however, just because you have one doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with the pain and discomfort. Learn more about this condition and how your 
Hallandale Beach podiatrist may be able to help provide the relief you’ve been looking for.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony bump that originates at a toe’s joint. While any toe can be affected, bunions are most often found at the base of the big toe.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of a bunion are:
A large, hard protrusion at the base of the big toe
Localized pain and swelling
Soreness and redness around the affected toe
Difficulty moving the big toe

If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, decreased mobility and a visible bump on the joint of the big toe, then it’s time you visited your foot doctor for proper care.

What causes a bunion to form?

A bunion forms when weight isn’t distributed evenly on the joints of the feet. Over time this causes the joint to become unstable and form a hard lump. A bunion may be the result of a congenital foot deformity, a past injury or arthritis. There is also a debate as to whether wearing tight, high-heeled shoes could also cause a bunion to form.

What treatment options are available to me?

There are many conservative options that you can try to help alleviate your bunion symptoms. Some of the most common options include:

Wearing shoe inserts or custom orthotics (which your podiatrist can prescribe for you)
Only wearing shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes room to move
Splinting or taping the foot so it’s in the proper position
Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Tylenol or Aleve
Taking prescription medication or cortisone injections may also reduce pain and swelling, particularly if symptoms are more severe
Applying a wrapped ice pack to the bunion to reduce swelling and discomfort
Can a bunion be removed?

While the treatment options above are designed to reduce and even eliminate the pain you are experiencing, they are not designed to remove or get rid of the bunion. The only way to truly get rid of a bunion is to have it surgically removed, and surgery is not often recommended until you have exhausted all other treatment options and still haven’t experienced any relief.

Will a bunion get worse if left untreated?

Bunions are known to increase over time, but it will be hard to predict when a bunion will get larger. When you come in to see your foot doctor we may be able to determine just how large your bunion may become over time.

Contact your
Hallandale Beach Podiatrist

A bunion doesn’t have to rule your life. Turn to your
Hallandale Beach podiatrist to find the answers you need to treat your bunion symptoms effectively.

April 23, 2010
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Whether you are an existing patient or searching for a podiatrist in the Hallandale Beach area, we're excited you are here. With the podiatry industry advancing, we recognize the importance of keeping our patients and visitors up to date with all of the new and exciting things taking place in our practice.

As we move forward with our blog, we hope to promote podiatric awareness as a vital part of your healthy, active lifestyle. Here you will find a variety of articles and topics including the latest developments in podiatry, podiatric treatments and helpful foot care advice from Dr. Semer and his staff.

We hope you find our blog to be helpful, engaging and informational to ensure the long-term health of your feet.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.





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