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February 2021

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

Am I at Risk for Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot problem, especially among runners. It occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed due to repeated injury or overuse. You may be at an increased risk for developing plantar fasciitis if you are a highly active runner, stand for prolonged periods of times, have tight calves or a decreased range of motion in your ankles, have flat or high arched feet, or are obese. Fortunately, there are many treatments for plantar fasciitis, including resting the foot, performing foot stretches, and modifying your activities or footwear. If you believe that you are at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM  from Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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An ankle sprain can be the result of stretched or torn ligaments from suddenly twisting the ankle. As the ankle rolls outward, the foot turns inward, and this can cause the inside of the ankle to become damaged. The symptoms that many patients experience can include immediate bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. After a proper diagnosis is made, which generally involves having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. This typically begins by wrapping the affected ankle in an elastic bandage, as this is helpful in providing the necessary support to the ankle during the healing process. Additionally, it is beneficial to elevate the sprained ankle, which can alleviate some of the swelling. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this injury.

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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There are many professions that require standing on your feet for the majority of the day. While this is part of the job, working while standing or walking may weaken your feet and cause pain. Some of the foot conditions that can develop include plantar fasciitis, bunions, poor circulation, and Achilles tendinitis. It is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly and have cushioned arches and soles. Additionally, it is helpful to have different shoes that can adjust to the various floor surfaces that are encountered during a typical work day. If you would like more information about what type of shoes to wear while working, please consult with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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, 01 February 2021 00:00

Arthritis: What Causes It & How to Treat It

Arthritis occurs when the cartilage that lines the body’s joints becomes inflamed. This inflammation can lead to swelling, redness, warmth and pain. Because each foot has 33 joints that can be affected by arthritis, it is a common cause of foot pain. Arthritis comes in a variety of forms, including osteoarthritis, gout and rheumatoid arthritis. While heredity plays a role in developing arthritis, infections, drugs, and trauma can all lead to this condition as well. Those who are suffering from arthritis in their feet should seek the care of a podiatrist for treatment. Nonsurgical treatment options that focus on providing comfort include wearing proper footwear with a wide toe box, orthotics with extra cushioning, and forefoot supports.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Don A. Shumway, DPM from Arizona. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is 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 care needs.

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