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By Foot and Ankle Clinic
October 17, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Blisters  

While the appearance of blisters may be embarrassing, the pain accompanying them is often much worse and more of a concern for people who have them. Although blisters are a common foot problem experienced by many, have you ever wondered what the cause of those pesky blisters could be? Or, better yet, how they can be treated?

Blisters:

Blisters appear on a swollen part of the foot and consist of fluid, typically clear, though, depending on the blister, the fluid may also have blood. Blisters are usually caused by repeated friction or rubbing on a specific part of your foot. Here are some examples of things that can produce that constant friction:

  • The type of footwear and how properly your shoes fit

  • Your skin type and foot type (high, low or medium arch)

  • The moisture found around your feet

  • Heavy objects you may be carrying around, like a bag pack 

Symptoms:

While blisters are rarely filled with pus, pus can form if the blister is infected. In that case, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. If you have any of the following symptoms, it’s preferable to talk to your doctor:

  • Foot Pain
  • Soreness
  • Redness
  • Swelling

While the symptoms may seem common, any persistent pain needs medical attention. Individuals with diabetes need to be especially careful. If left untreated, the blister may turn into an ulcer, leaving you susceptible to an amputation.

Preventive Care Treatments:

There are several precautions you can take to prevent blisters. Here are a few preventative care options:

1.      Make sure to wear proper fitting shoes

2.      Wear moisture-wicking socks

3.      Cushioned insoles are a good idea

4.      Double-socks will provide extra cushion

5.      Wear orthotics recommended by your podiatrist

6.      Use antiperspirants, powders, and lubricants to reduce moisture and friction.

The key to healthy feet is preventative care and referring to your foot doctor whenever you have questions or concerns. 

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
October 01, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Bunions  

With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.

 

Signs That You May Have a Bunion

Generally forming on the side of your big toe, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
  • A generally red discoloration
  • A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes

The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:

  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Periodic numbness of the foot
  • Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot

 

Treatments

For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear

In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:

  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)

 

Concerned? Contact Us

If you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
September 23, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

Heel PainMetatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot - the part of the sole just behind the toes
  • Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
  • Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
  • Pain that increases when walking barefoot

Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:

  • Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
  • Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
  • Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
  • Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
  • Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.

When conservative treatments aren't effective and pain persists, visit our practice for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
September 13, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Odor  

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!

By Foot and Ankle Clinic
September 10, 2019
Category: Podiatry

Heel pain can develop for various reasons and can interfere with your ability to participate in certain activities or perform routine functions. Fortunately, there are several options available today for treating heel pain. Here at Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, your podiatrist, Dr. Jacqueline Babol, can recommend a suitable treatment approach based on the specific cause of your heel pain. Read on to learn more!

What could be causing my heel pain?

There can be several possible causes of heel pain, one of the most common being that repetitive motions have put repeated stress and strain on your heels and feet. Other possible causes include:

  • Tendonitis
  • Foot injuries
  • Stress fractures
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Heel spurs
  • Arthritis

Of all the causes on the list above, plantar fasciitis is perhaps the most frequent condition developed by patients. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia tissues that run along the bottom of the feet become inflamed and irritated due to tension or strain from overpronation or structural abnormalities in the foot. Plantar fasciitis causes frequent heel pain that ebbs and flows based on activity/time of the day.

What are the non-surgical treatments for heel pain?

In Spokane Valley, WA, heel pain can be treated through various non-surgical methods, including resting the foot, applying ice to the heel, wearing supportive shoes, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Other non-surgical treatments for heel pain include:

  • Custom orthotics — Devices placed inside your shoes to correct overpronation or the structural abnormalities that have been causing your plantar fasciitis or other similar conditions.
  • Padding and strapping — Pads are placed inside the shoes to soften the impact of stepping when walking or running. Strapping reduces strain on the plantar fascia tissues and helps support the foot.
  • Walking cast — Involves wearing a removable cast for a few weeks to immobilize the foot so that it can rest and heal.
  • Night splint — Wearing a splint while sleeping helps the plantar fascia tissues remain stretched for an extended time, which can minimize heel pain in the morning.
  • Corticosteroids — Corticosteroids can be injected into the foot to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain associated with plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions.
  • Physical therapy — Involves performing stretching exercises to improve flexibility and other exercises to strengthen the muscles in the feet.

When is surgery needed to treat heel pain?

Non-surgical treatments for heel pain are effective for most patients. In some cases, though, surgery is needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis or heel spurs when other non-surgical options have not provided complete relief after several months of treatment. A podiatrist can discuss surgical options with you if you are still experiencing heel pain after trying non-surgical treatment.

Need relief? Give us a call

You do not have to continue struggling with heel pain. A podiatrist can develop an effective treatment plan for you. For the treatment of heel pain in Spokane Valley, WA, schedule an appointment with Dr. Babol by calling Foot and Ankle Clinic at (866) 303-3668. Appointments are also available at the Foot and Ankle Clinic’s Hayden and Kellogg, ID, locations by calling (208) 762-0909.





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