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Friday, 25 February 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

Ways to Reduce Arch Pain When Running

Runners can experience pain in the arch of the foot that may be caused by a variety of factors. Some structural causes include high arches, flat feet, and arthritis. Examples of outside factors include the type of running shoes you wear, how you run, and where you run. It may be wise to start with an inventory of your footwear. Rotating pairs of shoes is a great way to prevent putting pressure on the same spot every time you run. And as a rule, it’s a good idea to get new shoes every 350 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first. You may need to see a podiatrist to evaluate how you place your feet and see if you would benefit from custom orthotics for extra cushioning and better arch support. It helps to avoid running on pavement or concrete surfaces and find softer ground to run on. Stretching your feet prior to running is suggested as a way to increase flexibility and keep muscles from tightening. Massaging your feet after each run can increase blood flow and release built-up muscle tension. If you continue to have arch pain during or after you run, it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist regularly for treatment advice.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Treatment for Foot Ulcers Caused by Diabetes

People with diabetes often develop peripheral neuropathy, caused by damaged nerves that make the feet numb. This condition often results in the inability of the diabetic to feel pain in the foot or toes. Cuts and sores that go unnoticed can take a long time to heal and eventually form into ulcers. When this happens, the health of the diabetic is at risk, as the ulcers can lead to gangrene or even limb loss in extreme cases. One way to treat the ulcers is with a total contact cast which is designed to protect the skin by placing a layer of foam between the foot and the plastic shell of the cast. As a result, the pressure is taken off the ulcer and gives it a chance to heal. This process can take up to 8 weeks. If you have neuropathy and notice sores on your feet that are not healing, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your feet and offer treatment options.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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, 08 February 2022 00:00

Prevention Tips for Gout

When uric acid builds up in the joints, usually the big toe, it forms a very painful type of arthritis known as gout. This happens when there is too much uric acid in the blood, and the acid forms crystals around the joints causing them to be stiff, irritated and painful. The main key to preventing gout is a healthy lifestyle, which includes maintaining a healthy weight, getting enough vitamin C, and avoiding foods that are high in purines. Patients who are struggling with pain in their big toe and believe it is due to gout would be wise to consult with a podiatrist. The doctor will assist in managing the condition, as well as provide options for pain relief.   

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. 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 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, 01 February 2022 00:00

What Is a Lisfranc Injury?

If you are experiencing severe pain and swelling in the midfoot area and are having trouble bearing weight on your foot, you may have sustained a Lisfranc joint injury. This joint is a band of tissue that connects the long bones that lead to the toes to the tarsal bones in the arch and helps with alignment and strength of the foot. Bruising and an unusual widening of the foot are other signs of a problem. Injuries to this joint may occur directly, by dropping something heavy on your foot, or indirectly like the result from twisting your foot. It is most common in runners, athletes who play contact sports, and victims of car accidents. It can also be caused by something as simple as tripping on the stairs. In such injuries a ligament may be torn or stretched, or a bone may be fractured or dislocated. If your symptoms become worse, it’s a good idea to contact a podiatrist as quickly as possible for a full examination to determine a treatment plan. In the meantime it is suggested that you stay off the injured foot, wrap it to keep the swelling down, apply ice to the area, and keep it elevated when sitting or lying down.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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 care needs.

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