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Monday, 27 April 2020 00:00

Possible Symptoms of a Stress Fracture

A stress fracture is defined as a small crack in the bones of the feet, and it is also known as a hairline fracture. It generally occurs as a result of repetitive force that can come from consistently participating in running and jumping activities. It happens gradually, and many patients who have this type of fracture often continue their day through the pain. They may notice symptoms that include swelling, achiness, and it is often painful to walk. Mild relief can be found when the activity that caused the fracture is stopped, and it may be beneficial to wear orthotics that can offer the necessary support as the healing process occurs. If you have a stress fracture that has impacted your foot, it is advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 20 April 2020 00:00

How Is PAD Diagnosed?

There are common symptoms that many patients experience with peripheral artery disease (PAD). These can include cramping in the legs and feet while walking or exercising, foot wounds that have difficulty healing, and coldness in the feet. This condition can develop as a result of blocked arteries, and cramps are the body’s natural warning method of having inadequate blood flow. A proper diagnosis may include having a test performed that can check the blood pressure in the feet, which can be compared to the blood pressure in the arm. If there is an abnormal difference between the two, additional testing may be performed. If you feel you have symptoms of PAD, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heel
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

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Research has indicated the importance of maintaining everyday foot care. One of the first steps in accomplishing this is by wearing shoes that fit correctly. This may help to prevent uncomfortable foot conditions from developing, including bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails. Additionally, it is beneficial to regularly trim the toenails, and the feet may feel better when they are washed daily. Many patients enjoy using a moisturizer on their feet, which may be helpful in preventing cracked heels. There are several ways to pamper your feet for general well-being, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward choosing methods that are right for you.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:00

What is Gout?

A large amount of uric acid in the body may lead to a condition that is commonly known as gout. This ailment often produces severe pain and discomfort, and typically affects the big toe. Patients who are afflicted with gout may notice the pain is so debilitating, it may cause an inability to walk. Additional symptoms may include redness, swelling, and some patients may have a fever. Gout is caused by factors that can include family history, and from eating foods that have elevated purine levels. This can lead to a build-up of uric acid, which may cause sharp pains between the joints in the big toe. These types of foods can consist of shellfish, red meat, and drinks that have a high sugar content. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and this may help to diminish a portion of the swelling as well. If you have developed gout, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to find comfort, and suggest methods to possibly prevent this ailment from occurring in the future.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors 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 Vista, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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