Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Foot pain can affect various areas of the foot, each indicating different underlying causes and requiring specific treatment approaches. Pain in the heel, for example, may signal conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or heel spurs, often treated with rest, stretching exercises, or orthotic inserts. Pain in the arch of the foot may result from conditions such as flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or overuse injuries, requiring supportive footwear, arch supports, or custom orthotics for relief. Pain in the ball of the foot could be due to metatarsalgia, Morton's neuroma, or sesamoiditis, necessitating cushioned insoles, proper footwear, or corticosteroid injections. Furthermore, pain in the toes may indicate issues like bunions, hammertoes, or ingrown toenails, often managed with padding, splinting, or surgical intervention. By pinpointing the location of foot pain and understanding its potential causes, a podiatrist can offer appropriate treatment methods to alleviate discomfort and promote foot health. If you have foot pain or discomfort, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and the appropriate treatment solutions.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Mesa, and Sun City, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Common sports injuries that affect the ankle and foot include sprains, strains, swollen muscles, and fractures. Acute injuries, such as sprains, occur suddenly due to a specific incident like twisting the ankle. These injuries result in pain, swelling, and instability, often requiring immediate attention. Chronic overuse injuries, like plantar fasciitis, develop over time from repetitive stress and can cause persistent pain and stiffness. Ankle sprains happen when the ligaments supporting the ankle stretch or tear, typically from a sudden twist or impact. Symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight. Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot. It causes sharp heel pain, especially in the morning or after prolonged activity. If you have persistent foot or ankle pain from sports participation, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for professional guidance. A podiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis, treatment plan, and preventive strategies to help you recover and return to your sport.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Mesa, and Sun City, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Sever's disease is often experienced by active children aged nine to 14. It occurs when the child’s calf muscle and Achilles tendon excessively pull on the growth plate of the heel bone, or calcaneus, which is still developing until about age 15. Sever’s disease typically arises in young athletes, whose vigorous activities put additional strain on their heels. Children may experience pain along the sides of their heels, which intensifies when they stand on tiptoes or run. Some may also notice warmth and swelling in the affected area. A diagnosis is usually based on these symptoms, as X-rays, while helpful for ruling out issues like bone cysts or stress fractures, cannot confirm Sever's disease. Relief options include using heel pads to reduce tendon strain, night splints to stretch the calf muscles, or in severe cases, a cast to immobilize the area. If your active child is experiencing heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and appropriate treatment for Sever’s disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Arcadia Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Mesa, and Sun City, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Deciphering whether you have an athlete’s foot infection or psoriasis on the feet can be difficult. Understanding the symptoms can help. Athlete’s foot, a contagious fungal infection thriving in warm, moist environments, typically appears as red, scaly patches between toes or under nails. It may cause itching and discomfort if untreated. On the other hand, psoriasis, an autoimmune disorder, manifests with similar symptoms but is not contagious. Psoriasis lesions may cause silvery scales and vary in color over time. They often involve the soles and nails, causing soreness or tenderness. Nail changes, like pitting or discoloration, are common in psoriasis. While athlete’s foot primarily itches, psoriasis can lead to joint stiffness in addition to discomfort. Treatment approaches also differ. Athlete's foot is usually treated with antifungal medications, while psoriasis management may involve topical treatments, light therapy, or systemic medications. If you have a type of rash on your feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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 Arcadia Foot and Ankle. 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 offices located in Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, Mesa, and Sun City, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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