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Research has indicated that foot pain women may experience may come from from wearing high heels. The balance in the body may be altered as a result of the ankles bending forward, and this is a feeling that is similar to standing on tiptoes. Additionally, the calf muscles may be shortened which may affect the Achilles tendon, and this may lead to painful injuries. It may be helpful to limit wearing high heels, or to choose a lower and wider heel. Stretching and resting the feet frequently throughout the day may be beneficial in preventing unwanted foot conditions that may be associated with wearing this type of shoe. If you would like additional information about the possible hazards associated with wearing high heels, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly assist you.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which parts of my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Monday, 04 February 2019

What Is a Plantar Wart?

If you notice a small thickened area in the heel or bottom of your foot producing severe pain and discomfort, you may have what is referred to as a verruca wart, which is more commonly known as a plantar wart. It is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), and will typically attack the skin on the bottom of the feet. It typically lives and thrives in moist and warm environments which may include public pools and surrounding areas, shower room floors and locker rooms. It is known to enter the body through tiny cracks in the skin and grows into the heel as a result of pressure the foot endures while walking. Many people may notice a small and callused area where the wart has formed, and small black dots may be present in the center. If you have developed a plantar wart, please speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Monday, 28 January 2019

Importance of Podiatry

The feet support the entire body; therefore, foot health has a large impact on one’s overall health. The foot and ankle have 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Consequently, there are a lot of areas in the feet and ankles where something can go wrong. Ingrown nails, corns, calluses, bunions, and other ailments are also possibilities on the outside of the foot. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to avoid any complications in the feet or ankles. Podiatrists are experts in this area and offer support for both feet and ankles. They can provide guidance on how to prevent difficulties and give treatment for any ailment that has already progressed. If you feel that you are having any problems with your feet or ankles, then is it highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist to figure out what the issue is.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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Monday, 21 January 2019

Different Types of Flat Feet

The medical term given to a condition where there is an absence of the arch in the foot is referred to as flat feet or fallen arches. Research has shown the majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will typically develop as walking begins. As this occurs, the muscles and tendons in the feet generally become stronger and this may initiate the development of the arch. There are different types of flat feet, and the most common is known as flexible flat foot. This is apparent when the arch is visible as the foot is held up and disappears when placed on the ground. Additionally, this condition may be caused by a short Achilles tendon, which may cause the heel to lift sooner than it should as walking or running occurs. The causes of flat feet involve the bones and tissues in the feet. If an injury should occur, damage to the arch may cause flat feet to occur. If you feel you have this condition and are experiencing any type of pain as a result of this, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this ailment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Monday, 14 January 2019

Is Athlete’s Foot Contagious?

A fungal infection of the skin that typically affects the feet is known as athlete’s foot. The name originated from people who are active in sports because their socks and shoes tend to be sweaty from participating in their chosen sport, despite the fact it can occur in anyone. There are several symptoms that are associated with this contagious foot condition, including mild to severe itching, redness, soreness, and a general uncomfortable feeling in the feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot lives and thrives in warm and moist places, and these may include public pools, locker rooms, showers and surrounding areas. If athlete’s foot is left untreated, it may lead to infection, and it’s important to know how this ailment may be prevented. This may be accomplished by wearing appropriate shoes in public areas, washing and drying the feet daily, and using anti-fungal powder frequently, which may help to eliminate or reduce excess sweat. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist, so proper treatment can begin.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms:

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Monday, 14 January 2019

How a Broken Toe Is Diagnosed

There are several ways a broken toe can happen. These may include a sudden fracture by dropping a heavy object on your toes, stubbing your toe, or having a stress fracture gradually occur. Noticeable symptoms of a broken toe may include severe pain, discomfort, swelling, and many patients may see signs of bruising beginning to appear. In severe fractures, the toe may look crooked, and the ability to walk may be hindered. Once a proper diagnosis confirms the toe is broken, which typically happens when an X-ray is performed, the correct course of treatment can commence. It may be beneficial to elevate your foot, and this may aid in reducing a portion of the swelling, in addition to wearing a shoe with a stiff sole that can provide maximum support. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you through the healing process.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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Monday, 07 January 2019

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

If you have ever experienced an ingrown toenail, you may be familiar the pain and discomfort it may cause. It is defined as the result of the nail pushing into the skin as the growth process occurs. Many patients notice obvious symptoms that may accompany this condition, including swelling, redness and tenderness in the area surrounding the nail. Research has shown there may be several reasons why ingrown toenails may develop. These may consist of improperly trimming the toenails, wearing shoes and socks that may be too tight, or having a predisposed genetic trait. Moderate relief may be found in soaking the nail several times throughout the day, and this may ease the inflammation. If you have developed this ailment, it is important to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly extract an ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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

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If you are experiencing pain and discomfort on the sole of your foot, you may have what is referred to as Morton’s neuroma. It is an inflammation and thickening of the nerve near one of the toes, and may be caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Some patients have foot conditions, which may include bunions, hammer toes, and flat or high arches, and this may lead to the development of Morton’s neuroma. If you feel you may have this ailment, it is important to obtain a proper diagnosis, which may include having an X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound performed. Treatment options, which may be considered may include performing gently stretching exercises that may be helpful in loosening the ligaments and tendons, in addition to resting and massaging the bottom of the foot. It is strongly suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can perform the correct tests that are needed for a proper diagnosis, in addition to discussing treatment techniques.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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The importance of tending to your feet daily is just as important as properly caring for your facial skin and hair. One of the first things in maintaining good foot care is to properly wash and dry your feet every day, followed by utilizing a superb moisturizer. This may aid in preventing uncomfortable bacterial and fungal infections, in addition to possibly avoiding cracked heels from developing. When the toenails are trimmed correctly, ailments such as ingrown toenails may be prevented from forming. Additionally, wearing socks may protect the feet from everyday dust and dirt, and wearing comfortable shoes may aid in the avoidance of bunions, hammertoe, and possible damage, which may be inflicted on the ligaments and tendons. If you would like additional information about how to properly care for your feet, please consult with a podiatrist who is able to provide the correct knowledge.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors 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 Mesa and Phoenix, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you have fallen unexpectedly or stepped abruptly off a curb, you may have had the displeasure of experiencing an ankle sprain. It is typically the result of the ankle suddenly twisting or rolling, which may move the ankle out of alignment. There are several ligaments that surround the ankle and may tear if an ankle sprain occurs. There are several symptoms that may be associated with this condition, including noticeable swelling, bruising, and difficulty in bearing weight on the ankle. It’s important to have a proper diagnosis performed, which most likely may include having an X-ray taken. An MRI may be prescribed if the ankle sprain appears to be of a serious nature, or if damage has occurred to the surface of the ankle joint. There are many ways to treat a broken ankle, and this may depend on the severity of the injury. If you feel you have sprained your ankle, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can determine the best course of treatment for you.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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