Athlete’s Foot

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We can help rid you of that annoying Athlete’s Foot!

Athlete’s Foot

Thomas A. LeBeau

St. Augustine Foot and Ankle

Athlete’s Foot: Athlete’s foot is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus usually attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms, are also breeding grounds for fungi. Not all fungus conditions lead to Athlete’s foot, however. Other conditions, such as malfunctions of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, also may mimic Athlete’s foot.

You can treat most cases of athlete’s foot at home with over-the-counter lotion, cream, or spray. For bad cases, your doctor may give you a prescription for pills or for medicine you put on your skin. Use the medicine for as long as your doctor tells you to. This will help make sure that you get rid of the infection. You also need to keep your feet clean and dry. Fungi need wet, warm places to grow. You can do some things so you don’t get athlete’s foot again. Wear shower sandals in shared areas like locker rooms, and use talcum powder to help keep your feet dry. Wear sandals or roomy shoes made of materials that allow moisture to escape.

With our experience at St. Augustine Foot and Ankle we will do everything we can to help rid you of that annoying Athlete’s Foot problem and get you back to your regular activity. If you are experiencing burning and tingling in the foot accompanied by a rash or suspect you have Athlete’s Foot or are feeling pain in your foot or lower leg of any kind please come see us as soon as possible. Give us a call to set an appointment at (904) 824-0869 or feel free to email us at

Vertigo: Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

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Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine


So what exactly is Vertigo?

Are you a golf fan? If you are you will remember Jason Day collapsing on the 9th hole in the second round of the US Open this year, check out the video here. Jason had been battling dizzy spells for several weeks and his symptoms peaked in the middle of the biggest pro golf tournament of the year! On the 9th hole of the second round his vertigo overcame him and collapsed with severe dizziness. So we ask the question again, what exactly is Vertigo?

Vertigo also known as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is an inner ear condition that causes brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. The inner ear is our primary balance organ and consists of two different sensors. These sensors detect the linear and angular acceleration of the body through space and send signals to the brain to orient you to your surroundings. These signals prevent you from falling over uncontrollably. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is usually triggered by specific changes in the position of your head. This might occur when you tip your head up or down, when you lie down, or when you turn over or sit up in bed. Although benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be a bothersome problem, it’s rarely serious except when it increases the chance of falls. The signs and symptoms of BPPV can come and go, with symptoms commonly lasting less than one minute. Episodes of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can disappear for some time and then recur. Activities that bring about the signs and symptoms of BPPV can vary from person to person, but are almost always brought on by a change in the position of your head. Some people also feel out of balance when standing or walking. You can receive effective treatment for BPPV from a doctor or physical therapist.

Have you been diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?

At Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine we can help with your Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Our therapists will design a treatment program that will help determine and address the specific causes of your vertigo as it pertains to your inner ear. The physical therapy treatment for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo consists of a thorough examination to determine the other possible causes of your balance problems, the program itself, and then follow up to make sure you are able to function with minimal or no balance issues. Typically a series of movements performed by you with the assistance of your physical therapist will help flush out your inner ear freeing those sensors to function properly. This type of treatment is effective over 90% of the time.

When preparing for your physical therapy appointment at Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine be sure to avoid ‘motion sickness’ medication prior to the visit, arrange for someone to drive you to and from the clinic, expect to be here for 90 minutes, and then plan some rest time for after as fatigue is common.

At Longevity Physical Therapy St. Augustine our goal is to get you back to your old self as efficiently as possible. If you are experiencing dizziness or have been diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) please contact us at (904) 217-0520. Or you can email to