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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
May 10, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Neuroma  

Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, Neuromaa pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.

The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.

Neuroma Causes

While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:

  • Extremely high arches
  • Flat feet
  • Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
  • Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
  • Repeated stress placed on the foot

Treating a Neuroma

A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.

Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.

Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.

Surgery for a Neuroma

Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!

Give us a Call!

If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
April 19, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Nails  

Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!

The Causes and Symptoms

Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…

Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:

  • Cutting the toenail too short
  • Rounding the toenail during grooming
  • Wearing improperly fitting shoes
  • Experiencing toe trauma

If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:

  • Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
  • Regular bleeding
  • The presence of a pus-filled blister
  • The skin has started growing over the nail

Home Remedies

As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:

  • Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
  • Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
  • Avoid snug or constraining shoes.

If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.

Professional Treatments

In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:

  • Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
  • Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.

Concerned About Your Toe? Give Us a Call!

If your ingrown toenail needs medical attention, call our podiatric office today!

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
March 27, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions

Achilles tendonitis doesn't just affect athletes. In fact, you can develop the painful condition even if you don't run, play basketball or participate in other types of sports. No matter what the cause of your tendon pain, the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Achilles Tendonitis PainBoise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridian, ID, offer treatments that will help get you back on your feet.

What causes Achilles tendonitis?

Achilles tendonitis occur when the long thin tendon at the back of your heel becomes irritated and inflamed. The tendon connects your heel bone to the muscles in your calf and allows you to stand on your tiptoes and push off when you run, walk or jump.

The condition can be caused by:

  • The Shoes You Wear: Wearing shoes that don't adequately support or cushion your feet and arches may increase your risk of Achilles tendonitis. Do you wear high heels often? Wearing the shoes regularly can shorten your tendon, making it more likely that you'll develop tendonitis.
  • Your Sex: Men develop Achilles tendonitis more often than women.
  • Your Age: The Achilles tendon naturally weakens as you get older. Even if you've been active all of your life and stretch before activity, you can still develop the condition.
  • Your Arches: Flat foot places considerable stress on your muscles and tendons and may eventually cause Achilles tendonitis.
  • Your Favorite Sports and Activities: People who play or participate in football, running, baseball, dance, softball, tennis, volleyball, gymnastics, or other activities that require quick starts and stops are at risk of Achilles tendonitis.
  • Your Running Routine: Running uphill can strain your tendon and cause painful inflammation.
  • Your Medical Conditions: You may be at increased risk of Achilles tendonitis if you have psoriasis or high blood pressure or your Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, or Meridian podiatrist prescribes a type of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones.
  • Your Exercise Routine: Stretching before exercise can help you avoid Achilles tendonitis and is particularly important if your calf muscles tend to be tight. Other workout factors that may put you at risk include suddenly increasing the length or duration of your workout or only working out or playing sports occasionally.
  • Your Weight: Carrying extra pounds strains your tendons. Losing weight is a simple way to avoid tendonitis.

Are you tired of living with Achilles tendonitis pain? Schedule an appointment with the podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates by calling (208) 327-0627 for the Boise, ID, office, (208) 463-1660 for the Nampa/Caldwell office, or (208) 888-9876 for the Meridian office.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  
By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
February 22, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: flat feet  

If you have flat feet, you've probably become resigned to aches and pains. Luckily, orthotics, prescription shoe inserts offered by your Flat feetBoise, Nampa/Caldwell and Meridian, ID, podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates can improve your comfort.

Flat feet symptoms

If you have flat feet, the inner part of your arch touches the floor when you stand. Flat feet can make standing or walking for long periods uncomfortable. The condition doesn't just affect your feet but may alter your gait and cause pain in your ankles, lower legs, knees, hips and back. Flat feet make participating in sports, including skiing, difficult and can affect your endurance and performance.

How a visit to the foot doctor can improve your comfort?

Orthotics offer a simple solution if you suffer from flat feet. Your Boise, Nampa/Caldwell or Meridian, ID, podiatrist can design separate orthotics for your shoes and for your ski boots. Ski orthotics support your arch, cushion your foot and keep your feet properly aligned in your boots.

The orthotics prevent your arch from flattening when you make turns, reduce cramping and help you maintain ideal knee alignment. Orthotics also enhance balance and foot stability. Hot spots, particularly on the ankles, are common if your feet slide around in your boots. Your new inserts will prevent your feet from rubbing against the sides of your boot, reducing painful hot spots.

Orthotics improve your "feel" for the terrain, make turns feel more natural and effortless, and improve edge control.

Are you ready to find out what orthotics can do for your feet? Schedule an appointment with your podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates by calling (208) 327-0627 for the Boise office, (208) 463-1660 for the Nampa/Caldwell office or (208) 888-9876 for the Meridian office.