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October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Diverse Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain is a common and often underestimated ailment that can stem from a myriad of causes. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by stabbing heel pain, usually arises from overuse or inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. Bunions, those painful bony bumps at the base of the big toe, typically result from genetic predisposition and from wearing ill-fitting shoes. Achilles tendinitis, manifesting as pain at the back of the heel, often arises from overuse or tight calf muscles. Neuropathy, which induces numbness and tingling, can be caused by diabetes or other health conditions. Gout, a form of arthritis, is marked by severe joint pain and occurs when uric acid crystals accumulate in the joints. Stress fractures may develop from repetitive stress or overuse and cause pain. If you are experiencing foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine the cause and effectively treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Risk Factors and Symptoms of Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity that affects the alignment of toes, causing them to bend or curl downward instead of pointing forward. This condition can occur in any toe but is most often observed in the second or third toe. While some individuals may have hammertoe from birth, it frequently develops over time due to factors like arthritis or wearing poorly fitting shoes, particularly those with tight, pointed toes. The most noticeable sign of hammertoe is an abnormal bending or curling of the toe. This deformity often leads to discomfort, especially when wearing shoes or walking. The persistent pressure on the bent toe can result in the formation of corns and calluses. A hammertoe may also restrict flexibility in the affected toe, which can impede normal movement. Several factors increase the likelihood of developing hammertoe. A family history of the condition can elevate your risk. The persistent use of tight or pointy-toed shoes is a common risk factor, as these footwear choices can force your toes into an abnormal position. Wearing improperly fitting shoes over an extended period can lead to hammertoe formation. For help in dealing with a hammertoe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Caring for Diabetic Foot Wounds

Managing diabetic foot wounds is important for individuals with diabetes, as they are susceptible to slow healing wounds that can escalate into severe complications. First, meticulous wound care is essential. This can begin with cleaning the wound daily with mild soap and warm water, followed by applying an antibiotic ointment and covering with a sterile dressing. Offloading pressure from the affected foot is suggested, as this can be achieved with special footwear, custom orthotics, or using assistive devices, such as crutches. Regular monitoring for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge, is vital. Keeping blood sugar levels under control is fundamental, as high blood sugar can impede the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage any foot wounds that may develop.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 11 October 2023 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Managing Plantar Warts in Children

Plantar warts in children can be a common and bothersome issue. These small, hard growths on the soles of the feet are caused by exposure to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. While usually harmless, plantar warts can be painful and may spread if not treated promptly. Encourage your child not to pick at the wart, as this can cause it to spread. Additionally, advise them to avoid sharing shoes or socks with others. Plantar warts can be stubborn, but with the right care and guidance from a podiatrist, you can help your child get back to having pain-free, healthy feet. Attempting self-removal of these warts at home should be avoided, as it can lead to infection or scarring. Over-the-counter treatments can also be too harsh for a child's sensitive skin. Medical treatments for the removal of plantar warts include cryotherapy, or freezing, laser therapy, or topical medications to remove the wart. If you suspect your child has a plantar wart, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and recommended treatment options. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John C. Lawlor from Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.


  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing


  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Peripheral artery disease, also known as PAD, is a common circulatory condition that primarily affects the arteries of the legs and feet. It occurs when fatty deposits build up in the arteries, causing them to narrow and reduce blood flow to the limbs. Symptoms of PAD include pain, cramping, and fatigue in the legs and feet, especially during physical activity. If severe, this condition can lead to pain at rest, non-healing wounds or ulcers, and tissue damage or gangrene. Treatment aims at relieving symptoms and preventing complications. While non-invasive imaging tests have been used to assess PAD, recent advancements in MRI techniques have had a significant impact on the diagnosis and understanding of this disease. If you are suffering from peripheral artery disease and have troublesome foot symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if any of the newer advancements in testing can better pinpoint effective treatment for you.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. John C. Lawlor of Florida. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Cape Coral and LaBelle, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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