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Monday, 14 October 2019 00:00

A large and bony area that develops on the side of the big toe may often be referred to as a bunion. It affects the joints and bones of the big toe, and is considered to be a foot deformity. It can be caused for several reasons that may include genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in, or medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. Bunions may be prevalent among patients who choose to frequently wear high heels. Depending on the severity of this ailment, larger shoes may need to be worn to accommodate the bunion. Moderate relief may be found if pads are worn over the bunion, and this may help to protect the protrusion against the shoe. Surgery may be necessary if permanent removal is desired, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide the best treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM of Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 08 October 2019 00:00

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Monday, 07 October 2019 00:00

There are ligaments and tendons that surround the ankle which connect the bones to the feet. If an injury should occur that stretches or tears the tendons, the result may be an ankle sprain. A common reason ankle sprains occur may come from twisting the ankle by suddenly stepping off a curb. The typical symptoms that many patients experience can be severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and it may be difficult to walk. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which generally includes having an X-ray taken, the proper treatment can begin. The affected foot may feel better when it is wrapped with an elastic bandage, and this may help to provide adequate support. For severe sprains, it may be impossible to put any weight on the foot, and crutches may be needed for mobility. There are measures that can be taken which may reduce the risk of enduring a sprained ankle. These may include wearing shoes that fit properly, performing exercises that can strengthen the ankles, and being aware when walking on uneven surfaces. If you have sprained your ankle, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss the best treatment options for you.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

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

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

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

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Monday, 30 September 2019 00:00

When an injury occurs that damages the top layer of the skin, a blister will typically form over the affected area. This is how the body responds to protect that portion of the skin as the healing process takes place. It is defined as a small bubble that is filled with fluid, and will gradually drain when new skin has formed. Blisters are generally caused by excess friction that is placed on the feet. This can happen as a result of wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly, possibly causing the skin to eventually become damaged. There are additional reasons why blisters may occur. These can include an allergic reaction to an insect bite, sunburn, frostbite, or from medical conditions such as dermatitis. It is beneficial to cover the blister while wearing shoes, and this may ensure it stays intact until it naturally drains. If you have a blister on your foot that has become infected, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can properly guide you toward the correct treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM of Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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