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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Children’s Foot Fractures

A children’s foot fracture is a broken bone in a child’s foot. If your child complains of pain in their foot, there is swelling, they seem to have trouble moving their foot or walking, their foot is bruised or appears misshapen, they may have broken their foot. A podiatrist will examine the foot, checking for decreased movement, skin breaks, and lack of feeling. An X-ray, MRI, or CT scan may be done to check for broken bones or other injuries. If it is found that the child does have a foot fracture, treatments include casting or splinting the broken foot to prevent movement and help the foot to heal, providing necessary medication to prevent infection, and possibly performing surgery. A child with a potential or known foot fracture should rest the foot and avoid activities that cause pain, elevate the foot, and ice it to prevent swelling. If you suspect your child has a fractured foot, see a podiatrist as soon as possible for treatment and to prevent complications.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Sunday, 23 October 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

All About Foot Mechanics

The design of the many different bones, muscles, and ligaments in the feet is masterful and enables the feet to move to perform their different functions. There are 26 bones in each foot, which includes the phalanges in the toes, the metatarsals in the middle of the foot, and the calcaneus bone at the heel. There are also approximately 30 joints in the feet and 100 different ligaments. The feet contain a group of intrinsic muscles and ligaments. These are primarily located across the bottoms, or soles, of the feet. This group is contrasted with the extrinsic muscles and ligaments that are found in the lower leg and essentially curve around the ankle. This then attaches to the foot. If you want to learn more about the biomechanics of the foot and how this critical body part functions, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Healing Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a highly widespread form of heel pain that occurs when the band of tissues under the arch of the foot (the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. After contacting a podiatrist and receiving treatment for plantar fasciitis, there are several ways to gauge how you are recovering. First, it might be a sign that you are healing if the pain is starting to become localized instead of distributed throughout your foot and ankle. Additionally, pain from plantar fasciitis can be most pronounced when taking the first steps of the day. Therefore, if you notice reduced or diminished morning pain, this might be a sign that you are recovering. Lastly, you may be recovering from plantar fasciitis if you find that your normal range of motion in the feet and ankles is returning. Recovery times can vary from person to person. However, it commonly takes patients about six months to fully recover. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today.


 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors 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 offices located in Bend, OR. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Can Ingrown Toenails Become Infected?

An ingrown toenail can be quite painful. It happens when the nail grows into the surrounding skin instead of over it. In severe cases, it may bleed and become infected, and it may be necessary to perform surgery for permanent relief. An ingrown toenail often affects the big toe, and in most cases, requires prompt medical treatment. Patients can experience symptoms that often include swelling, tenderness, and it may produce pus or fluid if it becomes infected. There are various reasons why people may notice an ingrown toenail developing. These can consist of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, genetic reasons that can cause curved toenails, or if a toe injury has occurred. Relief may come from soaking the foot in warm water, followed by using a cotton swab to gently pull the skin away from the nail. This is considered to be a temporary fix until a podiatrist can be contacted. If you have developed this uncomfortable ailment, please make an appointment with this type of doctor who can effectively treat ingrown toenails.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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