Posts for: August, 2018
The side of your foot feels sore--right near the first big toe joint. You feel a slight bump, too. This common foot condition is called a bunion (Hallux Valgus), and your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, Hayden and Kellogg, ID, can alleviate your symptoms. Dr. Jacqueline Babol is the expert you need for precise and kindly bunion treatment.
Wow, it hurts!
When you're on your feet for extended periods of time, that bunion really hurts. It started a few months ago, and typical of bunions, it has worsened steadily.
When you look at your foot, you see that bump has grown. Frankly, it looks a lot like your mom's foot, and in fact, Dr. Babol and other experts say bunions often run in families. Yes, that big toe is turning in toward the second toe, and you need some help.
Bunion treatment in Spokane Valley, WA
At your Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Babol will look at your foot, ask about your symptoms (severity, onset, what relieves them), check how you walk and take digital X-rays. These images visualize how extensive the deformity really is.
If indeed you have a bunion, she may recommend a treatment plan to help you feel better without surgery. Strategies include:
- Better footwear with more room in the toes, or you can stretch shoes you already wear
- Losing weight
- Rest when your feet hurt or feel tired
- Elevation above heart level (rest it on a couple of pillows)
- Night time splints to correct toe alignment (these work really well with young people)
- Padding to reduce friction with your shoe
- In-office corn and callus removal (don't do this at home!)
- Wearing custom-crafted shoe orthotics, or inserts, which correct problems with how you walk
- Cortisone injections for inflammation
Harvard Health says that when bunions are severe, they impact your quality of life and overall physical condition. However, they respond well to conservative treatments, and most people do not require bunionectomy surgery.
Get the help you need
Dr. Babol treats a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions of the lower extremities. Please call her today for a consultation on your foot problem. In Spokane Valley, phone (866) 303-3668, or for the Hayden and Kellogg locations, call (208) 762-0709.
Are you experiencing numbness, tingling, or discolorations in your feet?
Even though poor circulation isn’t a condition, if you are experiencing poor circulation in your feet this is often a symptom of a much larger issue. This is why it’s important to understand the warning signs of poor circulation and when to see a podiatrist, as many of these conditions can be serious or cause further complications to your health.
Causes of Poor Circulation
There are many reasons why someone may have poor circulation. The most common conditions include:
1. Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
This causes poor circulation in the legs due to a narrowing in the arteries and blood vessels. Over time this condition can cause damage to nerves or tissue. While this condition can occur in younger people, particularly smokers, it’s more common for people over 50 years old to develop PAD.
2. Blood Clots
A blood clot causes a block or restriction in blood flow and can develop anywhere in the body. The most common places for a blood clot include the arms or the legs, which can lead to symptoms of poor circulation. In some cases, a blood clot can cause serious complications such as a stroke.
While this condition does affect blood sugar levels, it is also known to affect circulation within the body. Those with circulation issues may experience cramping in the legs that may get worse when you are active. Those with diabetic neuropathy may experience nerve damage in the legs and feet, as well as numbness or tingling.
4. Raynaud’s Disease
A less common condition, Raynaud’s disease causes chronic cold fingers and feet due to the narrowing of the arteries in the hands and toes. Since these arteries are narrow it’s more difficult for blood to flow to these areas, leading to poor circulation. Of course, you may experience these symptoms in other parts of the body besides your toes or fingers, such as your nose, ears, or lips.
Warning Signs of Poor Circulation
You may be experiencing poor circulation in your feet if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Pain that may radiate into the limbs
- Tingling (a “pins and needles” sensation)
- Muscle cramping
If you are experiencing symptoms of poor circulation that don’t go away it’s best to play it safe rather than sorry and turn to a podiatric specialist who can provide a proper diagnosis and determine the best approach for improving circulation. Don’t ignore this issue.