April was National Foot Health Awareness Month

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

April was the month deemed National Foot Health Awareness, with the American Podiatric Medical Association offering some tips for everyone about taking care of their feet. Heel pain is one of the most common ailments of the feet, and the APMA suggests “wearing shoes with shock-absorbent soles, rigid shanks and supportive heel counters.” Proper shoe fitting is important in ensuring …

What to Look for in the Right Footwear

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

When finding the right running shoes, it’s important to remember that everyone’s feet are different. Because everyone’s feet can vary, so can their running styles, or pronation. A well-fitted running shoe should feel snug but not tight in the heel area, have room between your toes to the top of your shoes, and you should be able to move “your …

The Benefits of Going Barefoot at a Young Age

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

Parents who often worry about their children going barefoot outside don’t have to worry anymore. The cause of injury to those who are barefoot is low, unless you are located in the city where pathwalks may have sharp objects, or plan to walk on unsafe and unflat surfaces. Skin is also designed to keep out any germs and bacteria, so …

Treating Gout, the “Disease of Kings”

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

Gout has historically been known as “the disease of kings,” affecting those who were wealthy and could afford to drink and eat excessively. However, gout cases have been increasing since the 1960s, and the condition can be very debilitating for your body’s joints. Gout occurs when uric acid isn’t filtered out properly in the body and uric acid levels increase, …

Treating Your Blisters

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

Anyone can get blisters on their feet, so how’s the best way to cope with them, especially if you plan on doing a lot of physical activity? Treatment options for your blisters can include putting products like Vaseline on your blisters, to provide protection and prevent further rubbing from your shoes. Other solutions include coconut oil, a liquid band-aid, thick …

Stretch Feet to avoid Aches

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

If your feet are aching, it may be because they aren’t stretched and maintained. If you exercise often or you’re just walking around and you feel your legs and feet aching, you may need to start strengthening your muscles. There are simple stretches designed to help target certain muscles in your legs and feet, which can alleviate pain and soreness. …

Wear a Proper Fitting Shoe to avoid Friction

West Coast Podiatry Team Foot Care

According to the Valley News team, it is very important to consider what you put on your feet during the winter months. Dr. Richard Arness states. “The type of shoe you wear is very important because that provides that friction between the bottom of your foot and the ground.” While there are many shoes out there are very stylish and …

Walking: A Great Exercise For You and Your Feet!

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

  With everyone on the “running” bandwagon lately, I fear one of the best exercises around is being forgotten: walking! Walking remains one of the most fun, natural, and inexpensive ways of keeping your feet (and you!) in tip top shape.  It’s the perfect exercise in so many ways. It’s not strenuous, not hard on your joints, it’s relaxing, and …

Plantar Melanoma

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

There are many types of foot cancers—one of the more rare kinds is plantar melanoma. Melanoma found on the sole or underside of your foot is called plantar melanoma. Malignant melanoma is a skin cancer that is very curable if caught early. Although it makes up only 1 percent of skin cancers, malignant melanoma accounts for over 60 percent of …

Foot Corns

How to Get Rid of Corns

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Care, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Corns (hyperkeratosis) are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop when your skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Corns typically have a hard center and tend to develop on the tops and sides of your toes. They can be painful, but not always.  And let’s face it…corns are ugly! Corns are caused in a variety of ways. …