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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

How Can You Catch Athlete's Foot?

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection of the skin on the feet. It can cause the skin to become dry, scaly, and itchy, and in more severe cases can cause skin peeling, blistering, and pain. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be spread through both direct and indirect contact with a contaminated surface or an infected person. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm and moist environments. Places like public swimming pools, locker rooms, and showers can be a breeding ground for the fungus. It is best to wear shoes when walking in these areas. You can also catch athlete’s foot by sharing personal items, such as towels, shoes, and socks, with an infected person. For more information about athlete’s foot, consult with a podiatrist today.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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, 23 November 2020 00:00

Can Gout Cause Difficulty Walking?

The toe that is most often affected by gout is the big toe. Crystals can form in the joints of the toes, causing severe pain and difficulty walking. There are specific triggers that are known to cause gout. These can include eating foods such as red meat and shellfish, and drinking beverages that have a high sugar content. Additionally, genetic factors may contribute significantly in the development of gout. The symptoms that are associated with gout is tenderness surrounding the affected joint, redness, and stiffness. An effective method that may help to prevent gout can be including fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily eating habits, in addition to drinking plenty of fresh water. If you are afflicted with frequent gout attacks, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 16 November 2020 00:00

The Potential of Foot Surgery

The foot consists of twenty-six bones along with several muscles, joints, and tendons. Many people put consistent pressure on their feet accomplishing everyday activities and can develop foot conditions. Foot surgery may be a solution for relief and may improve everyday quality of life. Common types of foot surgery can relieve the pain and discomfort from bunions, hammertoe, and plantar fasciitis. Additionally, an Achilles tendon injury may require surgery that can properly repair the damaged or torn tendon. If you have foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if foot surgery is right for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM of Arizona. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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, 09 November 2020 00:00

Heel Spurs 101

The plantar fascia is the band of tissue that connects the heel and the toes. Heel spurs are bony growths that form close to where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. The growth generally forms as a protective measure to keep an overstressed muscle or tendon from being pulled. Factors that can contribute to heel spurs include having flat feet, high arches, tightening of the Achilles tendon, obesity, or a sudden increase in activity. Pain and swelling under the heel, numbness on the outside of the foot, and pain that is worst upon getting up in the morning are usually signs of heel spurs. Heel spurs can be very painful, especially when walking, and medical attention may be needed. A podiatrist will be able to provide a proper diagnosis and suggest treatment options. Common treatments may involve relieving pressure on the heel bone, often using orthotics.  

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Snowflake, AZ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Morning Foot Pain

Foot pain in the morning can indicate the existence of specific conditions that can include plantar fasciitis, plantar warts, or rheumatoid arthritis. Plantar fasciitis may be prevented by wearing shoes that fit correctly, in addition to replacing them approximately every five hundred miles. Plantar warts develop on the sole of the foot, and are caused by a virus. This condition can cause severe pain and discomfort, and relief may be found by implementing immediate treatment. Stiff feet in the morning may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis, and the pain may continue throughout the day. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat and manage foot ailments.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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Sunday, 01 November 2020 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!

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