podiatric services W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA
Did you know the average person takes about 10,000 steps every day? That is a lot of stress on your feet! When you consider the array of surfaces and inclines that people walk on, you can imagine why foot problems are a common complaint among us all.

bunions W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. They can develop from an inherited structural defect, excess stress on your foot, or can result from an existing medical condition.

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Corns W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Corns

Corns are small calluses that usually occur on the feet and on or between toes in weight-bearing areas. Corns are usually caused by ill-fitting shoes and can grow into unsightly, hardened patches that become a nuisance.

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Calluses W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Calluses

Although many people consider calluses to be a simple skin problem, it is actually an indicator of bone problems. In the foot, calluses are typically seen on the heels, balls of the feet, and on the outer side of the big toe. Calluses have their own nerves and sacks of fluid that act as cushioning, which can cause pain over time.

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Hammertoes W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Hammertoes

Hammertoe is a condition where the second, third, or fourth toe, is bent at the middle joint, overlapping the toe(s) next to it. It is caused by improperly fitting shoes and problems with the toe muscles.

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Diabetic Foot Care W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes is a chronic disease causing high blood glucose (sugar) levels. Diabetes also weakens your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight off infections, which can, in turn, damage your nervous system. This damage can affect the ability to feel sensations in your feet.

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Warts W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Warts

Although warts may be painful, they are harmless. Warts are caused by a viral infection which penetrates the skin through tiny or "invisible" cuts/abrasions. If left untreated, warts can grow as large as an inch or more in circumference and even spread out into smaller clusters.

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Plantar Fasciitis W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It is caused by the irritation and inflammation of the large band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). Some symptoms include stabbing pain that usually occurs in the mornings. As you walk around on the foot the pain normally decreases, but it can return after standing for long periods of time.

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Heel Pain W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Heel Pain

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints from patients. While heel spurs may or may not show up on an x-ray, the spurs themselves are a result of the actual problem: plantar fasciitis.

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Ankle Pain W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Ankle Pain

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle is twisted or forced in a way that stretches or tears one or more ligaments. The severity of the injury depends on if the ligaments are stretched, partially torn, or fully torn. Symptoms of an ankle sprain include pain, bruising, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty walking.

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Flat Feet W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Flat Feet

A common condition of the foot structure, flat feet, is caused by an undeveloped arch of the foot. While infants and toddlers lack arches in their feet, the structure continues to develop through adolescence and is fully formed by adulthood.

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Athlete's Foot W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is a contagious fungal infection that mostly affects the feet, with the potential to spread to toenails and hands. The fungus thrives in warm, humid, and dark environments, which makes athletes more prone to the infection. Communal showers, swimming pools, and locker rooms are hotbeds for the bacteria.

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Achilles Tendonitis W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, joining the lower portion of the calf to the heel bone. Although it is able to withstand forces of around 1,000 pounds, it is the most frequently ruptured tendon in the body. Typically, injury of the Achilles tendon is caused by athletic activities.

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Neuromas W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Neuromas

Neuromas are enlarged, benign growth of nerves, typically found between the third and fourth toe. Enlargement is caused by tissue rubbing against the nerves, oftentimes caused by poorly fitting shoes or abnormal bone structure.

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Toenail Fungus W. Kellogg and Hayden, ID and Spokane Valley, WA

Toenail Fungus

Fungal nail infections require a process of treatments along with a continual effort to prevent it from recurring. Keeping the infection under control can include thoroughly washing and drying feet, applying anti-fungal cream, not sharing nail clippers or shoes/socks, wearing dry cotton socks and changing them often, wearing dry shoes, and using shower sandals in wet, public places.

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