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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis: What it is, Causes, and Treatments

June 17, 2024
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What is plantar Fasciitis?

People who suffer from plantar fasciitis will feel stiffness or sharp pain in their heels. It’s usually felt after long periods of rest, such as sleep, or long periods of standing. The sharp pain and stiffness can be present when someone starts walking after these long periods but usually goes away after walking for a few minutes.

Causes

There are several things that can cause someone to develop plantar fasciitis. One cause is an abnormal foot structure. Someone with flat feet or high arches are more likely to have plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is also common among athletes. This is because athletes are constantly on their feet, putting lots of pressure on their heels, and causing constant stress on their feet.

Like athletes, teachers are another group of people more prone to plantar fasciitis because they spend a lot of time on their feet. Individuals who are spending long amounts of time on their feet should be aware of the signs of plantar fasciitis and invest in a good pair of shoes.

Treatments

There are several different treatment options for people with plantar fasciitis. These treatment options include rest, ice, exercise and supportive footwear. If those don’t work, we offer more treatments such as custom orthotics, injections, night splints and physical therapy. If you are experiencing any type of sharp heel pain, it’s time to come to see our specialists and find a treatment option that works for you.

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The Importance of Proper Footwear

June 10, 2024
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What’s your reasoning for the shoes you choose in the morning? Is it a style choice? Maybe you have a go-to pair that you wear for everything. Or maybe you don’t put much thought into your shoes at all. It’s our hope that this article will influence you to be more mindful of the shoes you wear and how they aid in your health.

Prevents Blisters and Calluses

Whether a shoe is too big, too small, or the wrong fit, it can lead to blisters and even calluses. The wrong pair of shoes will rub on your foot causing pain. It can be so uncomfortable but is easy to prevent with a good fitting pair of shoes.

Decreases the Chance of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by flat feet or feet with high arch. We recommend people with these symptoms to get general or custom-made orthotics to balance that foot shape. This aids in comfort while also preventing the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

Improves Posture and Decreases Back Pain

Poor posture and back pain are some things people suffer from every day. But not everyone correlates this pain to their shoes. Our feet hold up the rest of our bodies so it’s important to have a good foundation for them to rest on.

Prevents Injury

Wearing the wrong pair of shoes is one of the easiest ways to get injured. On the other hand, wearing the right pair is one of the easiest ways to prevent injury. A good fitting pair of shoes is so important for all types of activities.

Protects Against Infection and Injuries

With school ending and the temperature increasing, people are more active. With a variety of activities to take part in this summer, don’t forget to protect your feet. Going barefoot or with sandals on can expose your feet to bacteria and fungus. By prioritizing taking care of your feet, you’ll be able to avoid exposure and continue having a fun summer.

Come Get Orthotics!

While not every foot problem can be solved by wearing proper shoes, it can certainly help improve and prevent all kinds of foot pain! If you’re ready to start walking comfortably, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors. They can steer you in the right direction for shoes. They can also recommend generic or custom-made orthotics to get that perfect fit.

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New Patient? Here’s What to Expect at Your First Visit

June 3, 2024
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Any type of new doctor's appointment has the potential to make a person nervous. A person might not know what to expect or prepare for. If this sounds like you, don’t worry! We’ve got all the information for you to make your visit as seamless as possible.

Before Your Visit

Before it’s time to see one of our doctors, there are a few things that need to be taken care of. Be sure to bring in copies of your insurance cards so they can be scanned into your chart. Next, you will need to fill out some new patient paperwork. Once these things are taken care of, it’s time to wait to be seen by one of our providers.

During Your Visit

When they’re ready, one of our medical assistants will take you back for an assessment. Depending on the reason for your visit they might [insert what the MA does]. After that, it’s time for you to meet with a podiatrist. The podiatrist will look over what the medical assistant documented, answer any questions you might have, and then discuss and carry out a treatment plan. If you’re feeling nervous about your treatment, that’s okay! Our doctors are very patient and understanding. They’re there to help you in any way they can. They work very hard to find the correct solution for each individual patient.

After Your Visit

Once all your questions are answered and you and the doctor have chosen your next steps, you will return to the front of the office where you can set up a follow-up appointment. In the weeks following your appointment, you’ll receive a bill for the services provided during your visit. You can either pay for that online, pay over the phone, or pay it on your next visit.

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Foot Care Tips for Summer: 5 Things You Should be Doing

May 28, 2024
Feet in water

I’m sure you’re just as excited as we are for it to be warming up outside. As school ends and the days get longer, there is so much to go out and do. With all the fun activities, it’s important not to forget to care for our feet. Here are 5 things you should be doing this summer to keep your feet heathy.

Don’t go Barefoot

With so many outdoor summer activities coming up, it can be tempting to go barefoot. You might be at the pool, lake, playing in your backyard, or even at a park. In all those situations, it’s important to be wearing shoes. Keeping your shoes on lowers the risk of getting a cut on your foot or developing a fungus.

A better alternative to going barefoot would be to bring sandals or water shoes to your next outdoor activity.

Apply Sunscreen to Your Feet

Most of us remember to apply sunscreen on our face, shoulders, and back. But the feet can get forgotten about. To prevent the tops of your feet from getting a nasty sunburn, make sure to be thorough when you apply your sunscreen and don’t forget your feet!

Don’t Forget to Moisturize

Just like when it comes to sunscreen, our feet can get neglected when it comes to moisturizing. For those of us living in a desert, warmer temperatures don’t mean our air is any less dry. It’s still just as important to moisturize our feet in the summer as it is in the winter.

Keep Band-Aids and First-Aid Kit with You

No matter how prepared you are, accidents are going to happen. It is so common to step on something accidentally. To avoid any hiccups in the road, make sure to always be prepared with a first-aid kit with you.

Rest/Ice When You Need to

A lot of peoples’ physical activity naturally increases as the temperature increases. Because of this, your body and your feet might not be used to the level of activity you’re doing. As you are enjoying everything that summer has to offer, don’t forget to rest and ice your feet when you need to.

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If any of these signs or symptoms sound familiar to you, don’t wait! Schedule an appointment with one of our Specialists TODAY and get back to living your best life! For more tips, tricks, and helpful information, be sure to check out and follow our popular social media accounts!

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Signs to See a Podiatrist

May 15, 2024
Hands rubbing foot

Lots of questions can arise when it comes to podiatry. It can be hard to know if a problem will go away on its own or it’s time to seek professional help. Here at Foot and Ankle, we have board-certified podiatrists and surgeons who are ready to answer all your questions and get you back to living a happy and active life. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms below, call us to schedule an appointment

Ingrown Toenail

Ingrown toenails are more common than you think. While they can be treated at home, it’s always great to seek professional help, especially if it keeps coming back. If you’re feeling tenderness, redness, swelling, or pain in any of your toes, it might be time to see a specialist. Our professionals can get you the care you need to ensure your ingrown toenail doesn’t come back.

Numb Feeling in Your Feet

Do you have a numbness or tingling feeling in your feet? What about burning pain or having a hard time standing for long periods of time? This could be caused by a neuroma. This might sound scary but it’s not. A neuroma is an irritation or inflammation of a nerve in your foot. This irritation causes swelling which makes you feel that burning and tingling feeling.

You Have Chronic Pain in Your Feet

Have you had pain in your feet for months or even years that hasn’t gone away? It might be time to come in to talk with one of our foot doctors. They can give you the care you need and find answers and solutions that work best for you. No one should be living with constant pain.

You’re on Your Feet All Day

Whether you’re a nurse, teacher, doctor, construction worker, or any other physically demanding job, you’re probably on your feet a lot. If that includes you, it’s important to wear proper shoes that give you the support you need. Our doctors can help you get custom made orthotics and consult you on appropriate shoes for your profession.

Swelling of Your Foot or Ankle

If you recently tripped, rolled your ankle, or were involved in any other accident that caused your foot or ankle to swell, it’s important to get it treated by a doctor that specializes in sports- related injuries. Here at Foot and Ankle, we will take care of you through protective footwear, corticosteroid injections, and stretching exercises to get you back to your best.

Schedule an Appointment Today!

If any of these signs or symptoms sound familiar to you, don’t wait! Schedule an appointment with one of our Specialists TODAY and get back to living your best life! For more tips, tricks, and helpful information, be sure to check out and follow our popular social media accounts!

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