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Sunday, 19 May 2024 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Foot pain caused by arthritis can be debilitating, affecting mobility and quality of life. Arthritis in the feet often presents with symptoms such as joint stiffness, swelling, tenderness, and reduced range of motion. This pain may worsen with activity and improve with rest, making it challenging to engage in daily tasks comfortably. Different types of arthritis can affect the feet, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. Osteoarthritis typically develops due to wear and tear on the joints over time, while rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that affects the lining of the joints. Gout results from the accumulation of uric acid crystals in the joints. If you have foot pain that persists or worsens, especially if accompanied by other symptoms like swelling or warmth in the joints, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. If the pain is determined to be arthritic, a podiatrist can offer relief methods to help maintain mobility and enhance your quality of life.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Heel pain can stem from various factors, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, heel bursitis, Haglund’s deformity, heel spurs, or even stress fractures. Symptoms often manifest as sharp or dull pain, particularly when walking or standing, localized around the heel or bottom of the foot. Risk factors include obesity, wearing improper footwear, and overuse during activities like running, and age. Prevention strategies involve wearing supportive shoes, maintaining a healthy weight, stretching the calf and foot muscles regularly, and avoiding sudden increases in physical activity. Treatment may include rest, stretching exercises, custom orthotic inserts, or in severe cases, surgery. A podiatrist can offer a tailored treatment plan by diagnosing the underlying cause of heel pain and providing targeted interventions. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for relief options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the nail grows into the skin of the toe, causing irritation, inflammation, and sometimes infection. Home remedies may provide temporary relief from an ingrown toenail, but if pain persists or signs of infection develop, seeking attention from a podiatrist is important. In such cases, prescription medication and surgical intervention may be necessary. Nail avulsion is a minor procedure that involves removing the ingrown portion of the nail, or the entire nail plate, under local anesthesia. Partial nail avulsion allows for regrowth within months, while complete nail avulsion is less common and results in permanent removal. For recurrent cases of ingrown toenails, a matrixectomy may be recommended. This involves removing the nail root to prevent future ingrowth. Various techniques, including chemical, electrosurgical, or surgical methods, are employed based on individual needs. When an infection develops, a podiatrist will prescribe oral antibiotics to clear the bacteria and prevent complications. If you have persistent pain or redness due to an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.
 

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 and Redmond, OR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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