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August 2020

Monday, 31 August 2020 00:00

Do I Have a Heel Spur?

Heel spurs are bony protrusions that develop on the bottom of the heel, and typically form due to an underlying issue such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. Heel spurs tend to form over a long period of time due to damage that pulls on the heel bone. Those who wear high heels, are older, or are very active are at a higher risk for heels spurs. Those who are experiencing heel pain, and possibly a heel spur, should visit a podiatrist right away. A podiatrist can check to make sure that the heel pain isn’t caused by an underlying condition and then provide treatment to manage the pain. In extreme cases, surgery may be required.

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, 24 August 2020 00:00

Reflexology Is a Form of Foot Therapy

An effective type of foot therapy is known as reflexology. This is practiced by applying pressure to specific parts of the foot that are linked to certain organs. By implementing this form of foot therapy, several health benefits may be noticed which may be helpful for preventing illness. Additionally, reflexology may be helpful in promoting relaxation by calming the nervous system, and this may help to reduce stress. When specific parts of the foot are touched, it is known to improve overall well being, and many patients have observed that their immune systems have become stronger. A podiatrist can help you to determine the best way to perform foot massages, and it is suggested that you schedule a consultation to learn more about this type of therapy.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Don A. Shumway, DPM of Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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

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It is important to maintain proper foot care, and this can be difficult for many seniors to accomplish. Elderly people may have difficulty in bending down to trim their toenails, in addition to checking their feet for cuts, bruises, or wounds. Poor circulation may be a common ailment among seniors and this may cause numbness in the feet. Dry feet may be prevented when plenty of fresh water is consumed daily, and the feet can feel better when they are soaked in warm water. It is important to wear shoes and socks that fit correctly, and this often helps to prevent bunions and blisters from developing. If you would like additional information about how elderly feet should be cared for, please consult with a podiatrist.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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, 10 August 2020 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Stress Fractures

Stress fractures occur as small hairline fractures that form after repetitive stress or injury and gradually get worse. Some examples of this repetitive stress include running, marching, and various sports such as basketball and soccer. Some signs of a stress fracture include significant pain, swelling, difficulty walking or exercising, and pain during activities. X-rays will be needed in order to make a proper diagnosis, and in some cases, more detailed scans will be necessary. In order to properly treat a stress fracture in the foot, it is important to consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to assess the injury and determine what steps will need to be taken for the fracture to heal correctly.    

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

How Is Gout Diagnosed?

Excess uric acid in the bloodstream may cause an arthritic condition that is known as gout. This can happen as a result of genetic factors, or from eating foods that have elevated purine levels. These types of foods can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that have large amounts of sugar. Gout typically affects the big toe, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms consist of swelling, tenderness, and the affected area may appear red. A proper diagnosis is done by performing a blood test which can be helpful in verifying the amounts of uric acid in the blood. Additionally, in some cases, a needle may be inserted into the affected area to analyze the crystals and confirm the onset of gout. There are methods that can be implemented which may prevent painful gout attacks from occurring. It is beneficial to ingest a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, in addition to drinking plenty of fresh water daily. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you find relief as quickly as possible.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. 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 form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment 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 care needs.

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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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