Podiatry Office in Vero Beach, FL | Keith J. Kalish, DPM
By Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA
January 25, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

If you have heel pain, sole pain, swelling, or tenderness, visit Dr. Keith Kalish at Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry in Vero Beach, FL.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

When the ligament that is nearest to the skin on the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia, sustains damage or tears, this area becomes inflamed, stiff, and tender. The plantar fascia is designed to absorb the strain we put on our feet as we step and jump, so if this ligament becomes damaged, there may also be secondary symptoms that spread and worsen throughout the foot and leg.

If you believe you’ve injured your plantar fascia and are showing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, Dr. Kalish can diagnose and treat the condition in Vero Beach, FL at Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry.

What Does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like?

Because this ligament stretches from the ball of your foot to the heel, a person who has injured this area may feel pain that radiates from the sole to the heel, and it is often a sharp pain that is worse in the morning or after a long period of rest. The pain often goes away after a few minutes of walking or exercise and returns after the activity.

In order to avoid putting pressure on this sensitive ligament, a person may begin to limp, which can cause knee and hip pain and throw the spine out of alignment. When your podiatrist conducts assessments to determine if you have plantar fasciitis, he may ask about your symptoms, conduct x-rays, and examine your foot to look for risk factors like a high arch, tenderness, pain upon flexing the foot, and limited motion when pulling the foot upward toward the ankle.

Non-surgical treatment for this condition is the most often prescribed method. It would involve rest from triggering activities, stretching, anti-inflammatory medication, ice, or maybe even supportive orthotics, injections, physical therapy, and splints. Only after a year of non-surgical treatment will a podiatrist consider surgery if the symptoms and pain continue.

Plantar Fasciitis can be a painful and limiting condition that makes it hard to do everyday activities. If you suffer from these symptoms, call (772) 567-0111 to make an appointment with Dr. Kalish at Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry in Vero Beach, FL.

By Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA
December 08, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Toenail Fungus  

Find out how to protect your health toenails from a fungal infection.

Okay, we know that toenail fungus prevention may not be high on your list of to-dos, but fungus infections are surprisingly common and they can wreak havoc on your toenails. Isn’t it far easier to prevent this issue from happening in the first place than to deal with a stubborn toenail fungus once it occurs? We certainly think so. Our Vero Beach, FL, podiatrist Dr. Keith Kalish wants to keep your feet healthy and safe from toenail fungus all year round.

Protect Feet in Public

Whether you’re going to your local swimming pool or hopping in the shower at your gym, fungus loves to thrive in these warm, damp environments. So regardless of whether you’ve had a fungal infection before or not, it’s always important to wear protective shoes (yes, even in the shower!) to prevent fungus from infecting your feet or your nails.

Trim Nails Properly

Before you trim your toenails it’s important to fully sanitize your tools including clippers. Make sure you trim your nails straight across. Dealing with jagged edges? Instead of taking your clippers to them, use a nail file. If you have your nails professionally done at a nearby spa or nail salon, ask them about their sanitization practices.

Rotate Your Footwear

Did you know that you’re supposed to give each pair of shoes you wear a 24-hour break before wearing them again? Putting your feet into those sweaty, damp shoes from yesterday’s romp around Vero Beach, FL, can increase your risk for toenail fungus. It’s highly recommended that you swap out the shoes you wear so you’re never wearing the same pair twice in a row.

Use Powders In Your Shoes

Whether you are prone to toenail fungus or sweaty feet, sprinkling an antifungal powder into your shoes could help protect your footwear (including socks) from developing fungus. This will be particularly helpful on those hot Florida summer days.

If you are dealing with toenail fungus and want to find out if laser therapy is right for you, our Vero Beach, FL, podiatrist Dr. Kalish would be happy to discuss your treatment options. Call Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry today at (772) 567-0111.

By Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA
December 02, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Even though many foot issues can be treated properly at home, some conditions call for a visit with a podiatrist. To receive the proper treatment, Dr. Keith Kalish with Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry in Vero Beach, FL, is prepared to offer you a proper evaluation of any and all concerns you may have.

What does a podiatrist do?

Podiatrists specialize in providing proper medical care for a number of foot and ankle conditions, where their qualified knowledge to conduct examinations helps diagnose the following:

  • sprains/strains
  • arthritis
  • foot and ankle injuries
  • flat foot
  • bunions, calluses, warts, corns, etc.
  • ingrown toenails
  • heel pain/spurs
  • toe abnormalities (e.g. mallet toe, hammertoe, claw toe, etc.)
  • pain in the foot arches or calves
  • foot muscle pain

What are some reasons to visit a podiatrist?

Many of us may not think of our feet aging along with the rest of our body, but over time, the constant use of our feet wears the bones and muscles down. It's important to keep them strong to promote lifelong healthy feet. Visiting Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry in Vero Beach, FL, helps you take care of your feet.

For those with diabetes, there's a higher risk of encountering foot issues as a result of higher levels of glucose in the blood, which often leads to nerve damage and a lack of proper blood circulation. This can generate infections, sores, ulcers, and even toe abnormalities.

Untreated foot problems can cause further issues throughout the body, to the point of hospitalization. If you have diabetes, it's important to maintain proper care of your feet to avoid developing any hindering conditions.

Protect Your Feet

Foot or ankle injuries or conditions can prevent you from engaging in or enjoying daily activities, which is why it's important to continue providing your feet the proper care they deserve.

For further questions, Kalish Foot Care and Podiatry in Vero Beach, FL, recommend scheduling a visit with our podiatrist, Dr. Kalish, by calling our office at (772) 567-0111.

By Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA
October 25, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

If you suffer from diabetes, it is extremely important that you take care of your feet and visit your podiatrist, Dr. Keith Kalish, regularly for diabetic foot care in Vero Beach, FL. Diabetes causes a number of complications, including poor circulation and peripheral neuropathy, which is a form of nerve damage that causes weakness, numbness, or pain. Peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes, but it could also be caused by an infection or injury. If you experience this nerve damage, you might feel numb, pins and needles, or weakness in the affected area. The complications usually present in the hands or feet and make it harder for you to notice injuries like cuts, scrapes, or burns because you can’t feel them.

If you can’t feel an injury, it could easily get infected, especially because diabetes slows the body’s natural healing process. Diabetic foot care in Vero Beach, FL, starts with you being vigilant at home and performing self-examinations of your feet on a daily basis. Inspect them carefully for any nicks or injuries, even between the toes. You should also make sure that they are cleaned thoroughly and dried. Wearing socks and shoes around the house protects your feet by preventing injuries from happening in the first place.

How Your Podiatrist Can Help

Your foot doctor will inspect your feet on a regular basis if you have diabetes so they can monitor your symptoms. They can also help you by offering services like treating infections or ingrown toenails. They can give you advice on how to safely cut your toenails or answer any questions you may have. Do not try any at-home remedies for foot issues if you have diabetes because you have an increased risk of infection. When in doubt, ask your podiatrist.

Diabetic foot care in Vero Beach, FL, is a big part of managing your diabetes. To book an appointment with your podiatrist, Dr. Kalish, contact us today by calling (772) 567-0111 or (772) 465-3207.

By Keith J. Kalish, DPM, PA
April 28, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Bunions are caused when the bone connected to the big toe isn’t supported because of the way the foot is structured, such as low arches. Bunions are a small bump that is located at the base of the big toe and if you’ve ever struggled with bunions, you know that they can be painful to live with. Dr. Keith Kalish in Vero Beach, FL, can help reduce any pain that you may feel from having bunions and can help you regain total foot health.

How to Care for Bunions

If you struggle with bunions, you may feel your bunions throb or ache after a long day and you may avoid certain activities because of them. If you constantly feel pain from your bunions, there are some forms of both home and in-office treatment that your podiatrist in Vero Beach, FL, may recommend for you.

Some examples of treatments you can do at home and lifestyle changes you should make are:

  • Avoiding wearing high-heeled shoes.
  • Massaging the area a few times a day, especially after wearing shoes.
  • Icing the bunion 2-3 times a day.
  • Losing weight to avoid excess weight being placed on the feet.
  • Soaking your feet in warm water.
  • Avoid activities that may cause a flare-up with your symptoms.
  • Exercises and stretches to strengthen your feet.

In addition to recommending some lifestyle changes, your podiatrist may recommend some in-office or custom-made treatments as well. Some of these include:

  • Custom fitting orthotics.
  • Splints from your doctor to wear while sleeping.

If pain persists, foot surgery may be the next option. A bunionectomy may be suggested to remove the bunion and relieve some of the stress placed on your feet.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

If you deal with persistent pain from bunions, it may be time to contact Dr. Keith Kalish in Vero Beach, FL. Call (772) 567-0111 today to schedule an appointment and help reduce the pain you feel from your bunions.

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