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August 2023

Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy, abbreviated ESWT, is a proven treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain. This therapy is done for injuries persisting for over six weeks, where the body struggles to heal itself. ESWT prompts an irritation at the injury site, transitioning it from chronic to acute, which facilitates natural healing. It is often combined with other therapies such as offloading and strengthening exercises. ESWT is particularly effective for plantar fasciitis, which previously necessitated extended rest, cortisone shots, or surgery. ESWT involves delivering low and high energy shockwaves to the plantar fascia, stimulating the body's self healing mechanisms. It enhances blood circulation, encourages cell regeneration, and reduces nerve sensitivity. It is noninvasive and has no side effects. Typically, four to six sessions spaced a week apart are needed for optimal results, with symptom improvement often noticed after just two sessions. Healing continues for up to three months post treatment. If you have plantar fasciitis and are interested in learning more about this type of treatment, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if ESWT is right for you.

Shockwave therapy is a treatment commonly used to treat various injuries and conditions, particularly plantar fasciitis in the feet. To learn more, consult with Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave therapy is a new treatment option designed to treat bone conditions such as tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and others. Shockwave therapy uses high intensity sound waves that are directed to the affected tissues of the body with pinpoint accuracy. The effects are very beneficial, leading to a production of collagen fibers, eliminating inflammation.

Who Benefits from Shockwave?

Shockwave is recommended for patients suffering from heel pain and associated problems. Heel pain is a common condition which can be caused by obesity, overexertion, and spending a substantial amount of time on hard floors with your feet exposed and unsupported.

Fast and Easy

The therapy is actually a simple process that can leave patients feeling better the very next day. Shockwave therapy is not as dramatic as it sounds. It enables more blood flow to effected areas, addressing the source of the problem and allowing treatment to last for a long time.

Treatment & Recovery Time

Shockwave treatment will enable your feet to recover quickly. This is especially important since surgery is not required. It is cost effective and does not require the use of anesthesia. This treatment is a better option to surgery, since it is proven safe.

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

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

What Is a Good Foot Care Routine?

In the bustling rhythm of daily life, our feet often bear the brunt of our activities, yet they are often neglected when it comes to self care. Establishing a robust foot care routine, however, unveils a cascade of remarkable benefits. Regular exfoliation and moisturization not only soften the skin but also prevent unsightly issues such as calluses and cracked heels. This routine is not just about aesthetics, as it nurtures the foundation of our body's mobility. A soothing foot soak not only relaxes tired muscles but promotes blood circulation, enhancing overall well being. A well maintained foot care routine can improve posture and alleviate potential joint pain. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of practicing every day foot care routines, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with important information.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Foot stress fractures are common injuries that can significantly impact daily life and physical activities. It's essential to understand the basics of these fractures to prevent and manage them effectively. Stress fractures occur due to repetitive stress on the bones, often seen in athletes and runners, especially those who suddenly increase their activity levels. They are tiny cracks in the bone that can be difficult to detect initially, as symptoms may start mild and gradually worsen. Common signs include localized pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. Resting and elevating the affected foot is crucial in the early stages of managing a stress fracture. Seeking prompt medical attention and avoiding weight-bearing activities can prevent further damage. Wearing proper footwear, implementing gradual exercise progression, and incorporating rest days into the routine are essential preventive measures. Understanding foot stress fractures empowers individuals to take proactive steps in maintaining foot health and avoiding potential complications. If you have a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. 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 Macclenny, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Essential Wound Care for Your Feet

Your feet are your constant companions, carrying you through life's journey. When injuries occur, proper wound care is vital to ensure a speedy recovery and prevent complications. The following are steps that can be taken for proper wound care. Begin by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid introducing bacteria into the wound. Gently cleanse the affected area with mild soap and warm water, patting it dry with a clean towel. Bleeding can be controlled by applying gentle pressure with a clean cloth or sterile gauze. Using an antiseptic solution or ointment can help to disinfect the wound and minimize the risk of infection. This can be followed by applying an adhesive bandage or sterile dressing to shield the wound from dirt and friction. Change the dressing regularly and keep an eye on any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or discharge. By following these simple wound care steps, you can safeguard the health of your feet. If the bleeding persists or the wound is deep, it is suggested to seek prompt medical attention from a podiatrist.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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Sunday, 06 August 2023 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Keeping Toes Flexible With Hammertoe

Hammertoe can be uncomfortable and unsightly. It is a noticeable foot condition that causes the second and third toes to bend upward at the middle joint. These toes are often difficult to straighten out, and can become painful. Additionally, blisters and corns may form on top of the affected toes where they meet the shoe, and wearing shoes may be uncomfortable. A common cause of hammertoe comes from wearing shoes that are too tight, with inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. A proper diagnosis consists of having a physical examination performed, followed by beginning the correct treatment. Toes may be splinted to keep them straight, and specific toe stretches can be performed. This may be effective in keeping the toes as flexible as possible. If you have developed hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are best for you.

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


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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