Blog Archive

How to Get Rid of Mosaic Warts Dec 3rd, 2021

All warts stem from the same human papillomavirus (HPV), but they don’t all look and feel the same. Common warts can be small or large, round or oval, rough or smooth, and they most often appear on the hand and fingers, but you might also notice them on your knees,...

How Important Is Rest for Foot and Ankle Sprains? Nov 5th, 2021

A wrong step off a curb, a bad pivot in a game of basketball, or a sudden twist can overstretch the ligaments in your foot or ankle and cause a sprain.  At Dan Preece, DPM & Darren Groberg, DPM, in Salt Lake City, a branch of Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, our...

Five Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis Oct 6th, 2021

There’s a long band of shock-absorbing tissue on the bottom of your foot called plantar fascia. It’s a pretty tough part of your anatomy, and it can take a fair amount of pressure. After all, it was designed to keep the spring in your step despite supporting the weight of...

Demystifying Diabetic Neuropathy: The Secret Is in Your Sweat Sep 6th, 2021

Every day, our experienced podiatrists, Dan Preece, DPM, and Darren Groberg, DPM, part of the Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists in Salt Lake City, see the damage caused by diabetic neuropathy. Sustained high levels of blood sugar wreak havoc on the nerves throughout your body, but especially in your feet. The classic...

Can Dietary Changes Help You Manage Gout? Aug 5th, 2021

Whoever coined the saying, “You are what you eat,” was certainly on to something. Everything you put in your mouth causes ripple effects in your health status. Your diet impacts every part of your body, including your heart, gut, blood, and even your toes — particularly your big toe.  Gout...

Five Effective Treatments for Hammertoe Jul 11th, 2021

You can blame hammertoe on any of several possible culprits, from genetics to chronic disease and from trauma to unfortunate shoe choices, but there are only a few ways to treat it.  Here to discuss your options, Dr. Daniel Preece and Dr. Darren Groberg, our podiatrists at Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists...

Is My Ingrown Toenail Infected? Jun 30th, 2021

Whether the clippers slipped and you trimmed your toenails too short or at an angle, or you injured your nail (including simple toe-stubbing or wearing tight-fitting shoes), your toenail may follow a different path as it grows. And that path may lead down into the skin at the edge of...

4 Signs of Achilles Tendonitis May 18th, 2021

Greek mythology tells the tale of a great warrior named Achilles whose mother dipped him into the River Styx to make him invincible. But she held him by the heel, so that portion didn’t touch the magical waters and remained his only vulnerability. Ironically, contrary to the lore, your Achilles...

Do Warts Go Away on Their Own? Apr 18th, 2021

Some viruses attack your upper respiratory tract, like colds and flu, others cause gastrointestinal problems like rotavirus, but some affect your skin, like the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes warts. Although most warts aren’t considered a serious medical condition, some can be a symptom of problems that need medical attention,...

Common Signs of Nail Disorders Mar 11th, 2021

Your toenails are meant to protect your toes and the skin beneath, but even though they appear hard and tough, they do have a few vulnerabilities.  Several different nail disorders can attack your toenails and make them look or feel awful. At Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists in Salt Lake City, Utah,...

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Ankle Pain Feb 1st, 2021

Pain is the body’s way of making you stop, assess an injury, protect it, and get help if necessary. But there are many reasons people choose to ignore that defense mechanism and push past the pain. For some it’s pride, for others it’s a sense of duty and responsibility to...

Activities That Contribute to Plantar Fasciitis Jan 14th, 2021

Your feet bear the weight of your entire body with every step, and even more so if you run or jump, so it’s a good thing they’re equipped with built-in shock absorbers.  Called plantar fascia, these long, thick bands of tissue run the length of the bottom of your feet,...

Neuropathy and Bladder Problems Dec 22nd, 2020

Neuropathy is a complicated — and often misunderstood — condition affecting millions of people. In fact, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes estimates that 20 million people have some form of neuropathy, often brought on by diabetes. At Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, Dr. Daniel Preece and Dr. Darren Groberg...

Common Complications of Flat Feet Nov 9th, 2020

The arch of your foot has a tough job: It needs to be strong, yet flexible, as it distributes your weight evenly across your feet and up your legs and gives you a spring in your step. If your arches are too high, too low, or nonexistent, it triggers a...

Causes of Chronic Foot Pain Oct 7th, 2020

You shove your feet in shoes, pound them on the pavement, stand on them all day, and then wonder why they hurt all the time. The truth is, there could be any number of reasons why your foot pain never seems to go away. We’re here to help you figure...

Why You Should Care for Your Toenails Sep 24th, 2020

It’s easy to let toenail care slip down to the bottom of your priority list. For the most part, they seem to need little more than a trim now and then. But if you use the wrong tools or use them the wrong way, you could be doing more harm...

How We Help with Hammertoe Aug 19th, 2020

If you drop something on the floor and your hands are full, you might try picking it up with your toes. Although we don’t typically rely on our toes for the same dexterity of our fingers, they’ll do in a pinch. But if your toe or toes seem to be...

What Is Gout? Jul 7th, 2020

Arthritis is an umbrella term for a wide array of inflammatory joint diseases. You may have heard of the most common types, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, but gout doesn’t seem to get the same attention. But just because you don’t hear about it often doesn’t mean it isn’t a prevalent...

The Importance of Having a Board-Certified Podiatrist on Your Diabetic Care Team Jun 22nd, 2020

Just like a lawyer studies to take the bar exam, chefs go to culinary school, and astronauts know more about space flight than the average citizen, podiatrists know your feet inside and out. And that really comes in handy when you have diabetes. Dr. Dan Preece and Dr. Darren Groberg...

How to Keep a Sprained Ankle From Becoming Chronic Instability May 20th, 2020

From athletic injuries to clumsy falls off the curb, many everyday activities can lead to a sprained ankle. And the severity can range from grade 1 (stretched ligaments) to grade 2 (stretched and partially torn ligaments) to grade 3 (severed ligaments). They all involve pain and swelling, but some might...

Steps to Take During a Gout Flare-up Apr 21st, 2020

Joint pain is typically blamed on arthritis, but if it occurs particularly in your big toe, it’s likely gout, a condition caused by too much uric acid in your body. With nowhere to go, the uric acid forms hard deposits in your joint that causes pain, redness, and swelling. Your...

Living with Plantar Fasciitis Mar 24th, 2020

After a long night’s sleep, you pull back the covers, swing your legs over the side of the bed, and take your first step of the day. This simple act that most people take for granted is an excruciating step into the painful reality of plantar fasciitis for you. You’re...