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Dr. Martin Thomas Girling, DPM

Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist)

Dr. Martin Thomas Girling DPM is a top Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist) in Plant City, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Martin Thomas Girling DPM is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Martin Thomas Girling DPM is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Martin Thomas Girling DPM is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Plant City, FL, Dr. Martin Thomas Girling DPM is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
Dr. Martin Thomas Girling, DPM
  • Plant City, FL
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Are arch supports the only way to treat neuroma?

No... that’s step one. If the orthotics had a metatarsal pad, good start. Next is a steroid injection. Surgically we can inject an alcohol solution to kill the nerve or surgically READ MORE
No... that’s step one. If the orthotics had a metatarsal pad, good start. Next is a steroid injection. Surgically we can inject an alcohol solution to kill the nerve or surgically excise the nerve. Or even Dina decompression. Many many treatments. New one is called ossitron. I am not a fan, it will never work long term.

What is the best way to clean your feet when you have diabetes?

No different than non diabetics. Soap and water. I suggest avoid ivory as it drys the feet too much. Remember after washing and getting between the toes it is very important to READ MORE
No different than non diabetics. Soap and water. I suggest avoid ivory as it drys the feet too much. Remember after washing and getting between the toes it is very important to DRY WELL. Sounds simple, but is very important.

Can heel pain be treated surgically?

His ally is no surgery. Stretching, icing, NSAIDS, even injections. There are surgical procedures as well ..... as a last resort!!!

What can I do for my dry and cracked heels?

For OTC mess, I recommend either Eucerine or LacHydren 12%. Many farmers prefer Bag Balm or Utter Balm.

I have a bone growth under my heel and it hurts. What should I do?

You heel maybsurly hurt but it is not from the spur. It’s fasciitis.
Stretch ice an anti inflamitories. To start.

Why could my feet be so itchy?

Most likely, you have acute vesicular tinea pedis (fungal infection). Use OTC Nizoral Shampoo and wash at pm, but don’t rinse off till am. Then, apply an antifungal like Lamisil READ MORE
Most likely, you have acute vesicular tinea pedis (fungal infection). Use OTC Nizoral Shampoo and wash at pm, but don’t rinse off till am. Then, apply an antifungal like Lamisil or Lotramin. Give it a full 30 days, not the one week people suggest. Wash normally, no special soaks as that often kills normal flora (bacteria) and promotes fungus.

I have pus-filled white bumps around my ankle. What could this be?

If not from ant/bug bites likely a fungus

Why do my feet hurt every time I run?

It could be many things. Most likely if running is a new thing for you, your feet need to adjust. Flat feet and high arch feet may hurt with running. Arch supports or custom-made READ MORE
It could be many things. Most likely if running is a new thing for you, your feet need to adjust.
Flat feet and high arch feet may hurt with running. Arch supports or custom-made orthos is my help. How old are your sneakers? Old shoes can be a big reason for foot pain with running. See a podiatrist, get a good biomechanic exam.

Why do I have flat feet?

Flat feet are very common. Arch supports such as Power Steps May help. If not call a podiatrist for custom orthotic devices

Are there any side effects of wearing acupuncture slippers for a long time?

If they fit well and are comfy rarely a problem.

Is hammertoe genetic?

The propensity for hammertoes yes but not truly genetic. Proper shoes and inserts can prevent. See a podiatrist for further care. It can be slowed down if not prevented.

What is the best way of recovering from a sprain?

Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation.
Called RICE

I have had repeated sprains in my ankle. Will it keep happening? What can I do?

I prefer lace up ankle brace called AFO lace up. Works wonders.

Is dipping feet in hot water with Epsom salt supposed to help my heel spurs?

First heel spurs are a symptom of biomechanics of the foot. Spurs don’t hurt. Like black and blue marks that is where it hurts but not the reason. Epsom salts just spends your READ MORE
First heel spurs are a symptom of biomechanics of the foot. Spurs don’t hurt. Like black and blue marks that is where it hurts but not the reason.
Epsom salts just spends your money. It is of no value for this.
Hot water increases inflammation although while doing it it feels better.
Treatment is
A) roll on a frozen ice bottle (not tennis ball)
B) do calf stretching exercises (the real cure)
C) try contrast baths. Soak in ice water for 1 min followed by Luke warm water for 3 min and repeat for 20 min.
D) purchase a Dorsal night splint on line
E) purchase Power Steps on line
F) if no improvement after 30 days then go to a podiatrist for Rx meds and an injection.

Why do I keep getting an ingrown toenail?

Yes, ask your podiatrist to do a phenol alcohol matrixectomy. We usually recommend this after the second occurrence assuming you have adequate circulation.

Why does my foot feel heavy?

Most likely pressure on the outside of you knee. Either sleeping or pressure while at work?
Pressure on common peroneal nerve can do this.