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Powerstep Protech Orthotics – Podiatrist in Sebring, FL



Orthotics are shoe inserts that correct an abnormal, or irregular, walking pattern. Generally called arch supports, orthotics allow people to stand, walk, and run more efficiently and comfortably. Podiatrists sometimes prescribe orthotic devices to correct an abnormal walk, or gait, and often for patients following surgery. Orthotic devices come in many shapes and sizes, and materials and fall into three main categories: those designed to change foot function, are primarily protective in nature, and those that combine functional control and protection. Rigid orthotics The so-called rigid orthotic device, designed to control function, is often composed a firm material such as plastic or carbon fiber, and is used primarily for walking or dress shoes. Such orthotics are made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot. Rigid orthotics control motion in two major foot joints that lie directly below the ankle joint and may improve or eliminate strains, aches, and pains in the legs, thighs, and lower back. Soft orthotics Soft orthotics usually absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off uncomfortable or sore spots. They are typically made up of soft, cushy materials. Soft orthoses also are worn against the sole of the foot, extending from the heel past the ball of the foot, including the toes. Such orthotics are also made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a plaster cast or other kind of image of the foot. Soft orthoses are

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Diabetic Foot Care – Podiatrist in Sebring, FL



According to the American Diabetes Association, about 15.7 million people (5.9 percent of the United States population) have diabetes. Nervous system damage (also called neuropathy) affects about 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes and is a major complication that may cause diabetics to lose feeling in their feet or hands. Foot problems are a big risk in diabetics. Diabetics must constantly monitor their feet or face severe consequences, including amputation. With a diabetic foot, a wound as small as a blister from wearing a shoe that’s too tight can cause a lot of damage. Diabetes decreases blood flow, so injuries are slow to heal. When your wound is not healing, it’s at risk for infection. As a diabetic, your infections spread quickly. If you have diabetes, you should inspect your feet every day. Look for puncture wounds, bruises, pressure areas, redness, warmth, blisters, ulcers, scratches, cuts and nail problems. Get someone to help you, or use a mirror. Here’s some basic advice for taking care of your feet: Always keep your feet warm. Don’t get your feet wet in snow or rain. Don’t put your feet on radiators or in front of the fireplace. Don’t smoke or sit cross-legged. Both decrease blood supply to your feet. Don’t soak your feet. Don’t use antiseptic solutions, drugstore medications, heating pads or sharp instruments on your feet. Trim your toenails straight across. Avoid cutting the corners. Use a nail file or emery board. If you find an ingrown toenail

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Podiatrist in Sebring, FL – Olga Garcia Luepschen, DPM



Olga Garcia Luepschen, DPM has helped thousands of patients find the relief and comfort necessary to walk through a healthy life. With her experience and comforting nature, you are assured to receive the best possible care for all your foot care needs. Dr. Luepschen completed her pre-medical training at the University of Central Florida with a BS in Biology in 1988 and went on to study at the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco. Residency training was completed at Westchester General Hospital, in Miami, where she specialized in diabetic limb salvage and wound care. Dr. Luepschen is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Orthopedics and Primary Podiatric Medicine as well as the American Academy of Wound Management. She and her husband have resided in Highlands County with their two daughters, Rebecca and Sara since 2001. At Gentle Foot Care Center, we believe that a doctor and patient become a team for treating an individual’s feet. Our physicians spend most of their time listening to understand your concerns and responding with the best treatment options for you. With the help of our professional staff, they also follow up to make sure that generally pain is relieved, problems are resolved and your health improves. We also want our patients to be informed about podiatric problems and treatments, because informed patients make better decisions about their health and well being. That is why we’ve included an extensive section on this web

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Heel Pain – Podiatrist in Sebring, FL



Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain, and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue thatstretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Also called “heel spur syndrome,” the condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. Visit our website: www.gentlefootcarecenter.com

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Ingrown Toenails – Podiatrist in Sebring, FL



Ingrown toenails often are the result of trimming your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes. While they are common, ingrown toenails can be painful. When trimming your nails, avoid tapering the corners so that the nail curves with the shape of your toe. The sides of the nail will curl down and dig into your skin. Shoes that are too tight or short also may cause ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenail start out hard, swollen and tender, and later, may become sore, red and infected. Your skin may start to grow over the ingrown toenail. Soaking your foot in warm, soapy water several times each day is usually a good way to treat an ingrown nail. Please contact our office to determine the best course of treatment for your condition. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed if an infection is present. Part of your ingrown toenail (partial nail plate avulsion) may need to be surgically removed if an acute infection occurs. The procedure involves injecting the toe with an anesthetic and cutting out the ingrown part of the toenail. You can prevent ingrown toenails by: Trimming your toenails straight across with no rounded corners. Ensuring that your shoes and socks are not too tight. Keeping your feet clean at all times. Visit our website: www.gentlefootcarecenter.com

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Fungal Nails – Podiatrist in Sebring, FL



Since fungal nails are usually more resistant and more difficult to treat than Athlete’s foot, topical or oral antifungal medications may be prescribed. Permanent nail removal is another possible form of treatment for fungal nails. After a fungal nail infection has cleared up, you can take steps to prevent the infection from coming back. Keeping the fungus under control will help prevent a fungal infection of the skin from reinfecting the nail. Before bed, thoroughly wash and dry your feet, and apply a non-prescription anti-fungal cream to the entire foot from the ankle down. Use the cream every night, then gradually apply it less often. Keep your feet dry. Dry feet are less likely to become infected. Apply powder to your dry feet after you take a shower or bath. Other tips: Don’t share nail clippers or nail files with others. Don’t share shoes or socks with others. Try not to injure your nail, such as by cutting it too short (trauma to the nail may lead to infections). Wear dry cotton socks, and change them two or three times a day if necessary. Wear dry shoes that allow air to circulate around your feet (tight, enclosed, moist shoes contribute to fungal toenail infections). Wear shower sandals or shower shoes when you are at a public pool or shower. Visit our website: www.gentlefootcarecenter.com

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