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Posts for: June, 2019

June 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

7 Ways to Ease Bunion Pain

Do you have a painful bunion? A bunion forms when the bone or tissue at the joint at the bottom of the big toe moves out of place. Bunions can cause severe and constant pain. If you develop bunions, talk to your podiatrist. Treatment can relieve the pain and pressure of bunions. Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists, which is located in Salt Lake City, UT, offers treatments for bunions. Here are 5 ways to easebunion bunion pain.

1. Change Footwear: Avoid high heels. Wearing them will not only cause pain in the short term, but they will exacerbate the bunions long-term. Wear comfortable, roomy shoes that provide plenty of space for your toes. Shop at a store where the staff measures your foot and can fit you with appropriate shoes.

2. Padding & Taping: Treatment often begins with padding and taping the bunions. Your healthcare provider in Salt Lake City can help you tape your foot in a normal position. This can ease your pain and reduce stress on your bunions. Padding and taping also prevents bunions from getting worse.

3. Medications: Naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Advil), and acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help you control the pain of bunions. If these over-the-counter medications don't solve your problem, your healthcare provider can prescribe prescription medication. Cortisone injections can also reduce the swelling and pain.

4. Orthotics: Custom orthotics are often prescribed to treat bunions. Orthotic devices can provide relief for bunion pain. Orthotics are padded shoe inserts that can help distribute pressure evenly when you walk, reducing your discomfort and preventing your bunions from getting worse.

5. Ice Therapy: Icing your bunions after you've been on your feet for a long time or if they become inflamed can help relieve pain and inflammation. Ice packs or cold packs can be applied to the foot for 10-15 minutes, several times a day, to control the pain and inflammation.

6. Stretches: Stretching exercises of the foot are sometimes prescribed to treat bunions. Stretching out your toes can help keep them limber and offset pain. Stretching exercises are only effective if the bunions are mild and have not yet deformed the underlying bones and joints.

7. Surgery: If conservative treatments do not provide relief from your pain, you might need bunion surgery. The surgery is called bunionectomy. The goal of surgery is to return the affected toe to its correct position. You may get it done in a surgery center or hospital. However, surgical treatment isn't recommended unless your bunions cause you frequent pain or interfere with your daily activities.

If you want a pain-free life, call Utah Musculoskeletal Specialists at (801) 532-1822 right now to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists in Salt Lake City, UT. Our bunion treatments can help you heal the pain and reclaim your life. We want you to live your best possible life!

By Daniel L Preece
June 19, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Flat Feet  

While there are many people with flat feet, often times they won’t even know it; however, there are others with flat feet that regularly experience pain, soreness, and other problems. While flat feet is rarely considered a serious issue, if you are dealing with problems as a result of your flat feet it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist who can offer up ways to prevent problems.

How to tell if you have flat feet

If the arches of your feet touch the floor when you stand then you have flat feet. The arches of our feet don’t actually develop until around the age of six; however, sometimes flat feet develop due to injury or repeated stress on the feet.

Symptoms of flat feet

The most common symptom of flat feet is foot pain that originates in the heels and arches. You may find that the pain gets worse when standing or moving for long periods of time. Those who are physically active may experience pain more regularly. Sometime swelling on the inside of the foot or ankle may also occur.

Potential complications of flat feet

Since flat feet can be responsible for misalignments, this can lead to ankle and knee problems. If you are noticing foot, ankle, knee, hip, or lower back pain then you will want to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.

Treating flat feet

If you aren’t experiencing pain or other issues then you won’t require any treatment for your flat feet. While we can’t fix flat feet our podiatrist can provide you with simple solutions to reduce pain and discomfort associated with faulty biomechanics within the feet. Common ways to prevent flat foot-related pain include:

  • Using arch supports in your shoes, which can take pressure off the arches and provide cushioning and support when standing or moving.
  • Performing certain stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist. There are specific exercises designed to stretch the Achilles tendon to alleviate and prevent foot pain.
  • Wearing the appropriate footwear that provides further arch support. Shoes that are old and worn, as well as certain styles such as sandals or flip-flops won’t provide your feet with the proper support they need.
  • Undergoing physical therapy if you are dealing with foot pain due to overuse injuries, which is common among athletes. Physical therapy can help strengthen certain ligaments, tendons and muscles of the feet and ankles to prevent excessive wear and tear, as well as pain and soreness in the arches and heels.

If you are dealing with pain due to flat feet and can’t seem to get your discomfort under control then you will want to talk with a podiatrist who can recommend certain exercises, proper footwear, and custom orthotics to improve the health of your feet. Talk to a podiatrist today.

By Daniel L Preece
June 03, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Diabetic Feet  

Diabetic feet need special care because of decreased circulation, neuropathy, joint deterioration, and more. While your primary care physician may guide you on blood sugar control, medications, a healthy diet, and active lifestyle, your podiatrist assesses and treats how your feet and ankles function everyday and for the long term. Enlist their help in the health maintenance of your diabetic feet.

Keeping ahead of neuropathy and avoiding amputation

Those are two key goals of diabetic foot care. Your podiatrist will want to see you regularly to assess the color, temperature, sensation, function, and shape of your feet and ankles, noting any developing problems. Early detection of circulation issues, nerve degeneration (neuropathy), and deformities, such as hammertoes, bunions, and Charcot Foot, are key.

Your podiatric foot examination will include an eye-on inspection of your skin (color, temperature, texture, and integrity). Your foot doctor also may perform gait analysis to watch for changes in how you walk. Sometimes a podiatrist orders X-ray imaging or an MRI to view the internal structure of the foot and/or ankle.

Remember, that foot ulcers are the primary threat to the overall health and well-being of the diabetic, says the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Untreated, they may lead to complications so severe amputation is the only option.

What can you do to treat your diabetic feet?

  1. Be proactive. Inspect your feet daily, looking redness or skin breakdown.
  2. Wash and dry your feet daily.
  3. Trim your toenails carefully using a clean clippers. Trim straight across and not too short to avoid ingrown toenails.
  4. Wear shoes at all times--even indoors--to avoid injury.
  5. Wear clean, well-fitting, moisture-wicking socks.
  6. Keep your weight and blood sugars within normal range.
  7. Get in-office treatment of calluses and corns, says the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.
  8. Avoid all forms of tobacco.
  9. Report any changes to your foot doctor as soon as possible.
  10. See your podiatrist every six months or as he or she directs.

Healthy feet and a healthy you

Podiatric health is so important, but especially to the diabetic. So stay in touch with your foot doctor, and be routinized in your foot care for better long-term health.