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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Signs That You May Have Gout

Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, manifests through a distinctive set of symptoms that characterize its presence. One of the most common signs is sudden, intense joint pain, often affecting the big toe. This pain is typically accompanied by swelling and redness around the affected joint, creating a visibly inflamed and tender area. The onset of gout attacks can be abrupt, with discomfort escalating rapidly. Limited mobility in the affected joint is a prevalent consequence, making it challenging for individuals to bear weight or move the joint freely. Gout attacks can also induce a discomfort that persists even between episodes. Recognizing these signs is essential for a timely diagnosis and intervention. Seeking medical advice and exploring lifestyle modifications can mitigate the impact of gout, allowing individuals to manage symptoms and lead a more comfortable, mobile life. Gout can cause extreme pain and discomfort. If you have had one or frequent gout attacks, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to successfully manage this condition.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski from Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Time and Requirements to Become a Podiatrist

Embarking on the journey to become a podiatrist is a commitment that demands dedication and years of focused education. The path typically begins with earning a bachelor's degree, setting the foundation for the pursuit of a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, or DPM, degree. DPM programs generally span four years, delving into a comprehensive curriculum covering anatomy, pharmacology, and specialized podiatric subjects. Following graduation, aspiring podiatrists must complete a residency program, usually lasting three years, to gain practical experience and refine their skills in a clinical setting. Successful completion of both the DPM program and the residency is essential for obtaining a state license to practice as a podiatrist. This investment in time and commitment is essential for individuals aspiring to provide specialized care for foot and ankle health. If you are interested in pursuing podiatry as a career choice, it is suggested that you speak to this type of doctor who can answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski from Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Understanding Foot Stress Fractures

A foot stress fracture, a microscopic crack in a bone, can bring discomfort and disruption to one's daily activities. Typically caused by repetitive stress and overuse, these fractures often occur in weight-bearing bones, such as the metatarsals. These bones often endure more force than they can handle, leading to tiny cracks that, when compounded over time, manifest as stress fractures. Athletes engaging in high-impact activities, dancers, and military personnel are particularly susceptible due to the repetitive nature of their routines. Factors like sudden increases in activity intensity, improper footwear, or inadequate recovery periods can elevate the risk. Early recognition of symptoms such as localized pain, swelling, and tenderness is essential for timely intervention. Adopting preventive measures, such as a gradual increase in activity levels, and incorporating rest into routines can significantly decrease the risk of foot stress fractures. If you have developed a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer the treatment method that is right for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski from Central Florida Foot Care, PA. 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 Leesburg, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Surgical Removal of a Bunion

Bunion removal surgery, a definitive step toward alleviating the discomfort and deformity caused by bunions, marks a transformative journey for many individuals. The surgical procedure involves the correction of the misalignment of the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint at the base of the big toe. This joint deviation, commonly associated with the development of bunions, can lead to pain, swelling, and difficulty in finding suitable footwear. The surgical process typically includes realigning the affected joint, removing excess bone, and addressing any soft tissue abnormalities. Following the surgery, a period of rest and rehabilitation is vital to ensure optimal recovery. While bunion removal surgery is a significant decision, it can offer a renewed sense of comfort and mobility for those who have struggled with the limitations imposed by this common foot condition. If you have a bunion, and are considering surgery for removal, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who determine if this a correct treatment choice for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Nicholas Przystawski of Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Monday, 08 January 2024 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

A Comprehensive Overview of Athlete’s Foot

Athlete's foot, a common fungal infection, unfolds as an uncomfortable and often itchy condition affecting the feet. This ailment thrives in warm and damp environments, making sweaty socks and tight shoes an ideal breeding ground for the fungus trichophyton. The infection typically begins between the toes, presenting as redness, itching, and a burning sensation. As it progresses, athlete's foot can lead to the development of blisters and the peeling of the skin. Beyond the discomfort, this contagious infection can spread to other parts of the body or to others through contact. Prevention involves keeping feet dry, wearing breathable footwear, and practicing good hygiene. If you have any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose this condition and prescribe medication, if warranted.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Nicholas Przystawski from Central Florida Foot Care, PA. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.


The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot


Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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


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