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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Foot Stress Fracture Symptoms

When an individual suffers a stress fracture, they essentially have developed tiny cracks in the bone, often due to repetitive or prolonged pressure. There are a number of different symptoms that are characteristic of a stress fracture. Namely, if you suffer from a stress fracture, you may develop bruising on the skin in the affected area. Typically, this might involve discoloration of some sort around the skin. The skin, for example, may appear to have a red, blue, or purple tint. Additionally, stress fractures may create poignant, localized pain at the site of the fracture. This pain can be worse when putting weight on the feet. Many individuals suffer from stress fractures—if you are one of them, consult with a podiatrist today.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of Idaho . Our doctors 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

Symptoms

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 Boise, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Transmission of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are essentially growths on the feet and they can develop when an individual contracts the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV. These warts can feel hard on the feet and in some cases, they might cause pain. Plantar warts can develop when an individual has skin contact with HPV. Importantly, HPV may be transmitted to someone when they fail to wear shoes in a public area, such as locker rooms and public pool areas. It is also common for someone to contract HPV from infected household members. If you have plantar warts, it might be advisable to take precautions to limit the extent to which you are spreading the human papillomavirus to others. This might include wearing shoes around the house if you live with others. Contact a podiatrist today if you think that you have plantar warts and want to treat this condition.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of Idaho . 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 Boise, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The signs of rheumatoid arthritis are often first noticed in the feet. It is considered to be a type of inflammatory arthritis and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms associated with this condition include swelling, and the foot may feel warm and sore when touched. The foot also may gradually change shape, and this may lead to joint instability. Most people who are afflicted with this ailment notice that the smaller joints of the toes are affected. It is often challenging to walk, and it may be difficult to complete daily activities. In severe cases, the joints can rub together excessively, possibly affecting bursae. These are defined as sacs that are filled with fluid and may become inflamed, which is known as bursitis. If you notice the beginning signs of rheumatoid arthritis in your feet, it is strongly advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly evaluate and treat this condition.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Center of Idaho . Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Diabetic Foot Blisters

If you are someone who lives with diabetes, then you ought to know that diabetes can negatively impact the health of your feet. One way in which diabetes does this is by making blisters on the feet more likely. Diabetics may not be able to feel when their shoes do not fit correctly because of diabetic neuropathy, which is damage to the nerves. Therefore, when shoes are ill-fighting and the material is rubbing up against the foot in damaging ways, a diabetic might not be able to feel these sensations. Additionally, people struggling with diabetes might develop blisters on their feet because they may have a condition known as bullous diabeticorum, which makes an individual develop blisters spontaneously. A diabetic ought to take the risk of developing blisters seriously because blisters have the potential to become infected. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today if you have diabetes and blisters.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of Idaho . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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