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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
May 27, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, approximately 2 million plantar fasciitis cases are treated every single year.

If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, a prompt diagnosis by one of the podiatrists here at the Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise, Nampa/Caldwell, and Meridian, ID, is vital since the condition can cause immense heel pain and other related symptoms—read on to learn more.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms to Watch Out For

Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing and sharp heel pain that usually occurs when you suddenly stand up after being at rest for a long time or get up in the morning. Although affected people usually describe the most common symptom as a shooting pain, plantar fasciitis could likewise cause the heel to swell. This pain could be immensely severe after rest, but it typically lets up as the day progresses, although it often reappears after long periods of staying on your feet or exercising.

Your plantar fascia, situated at the bottom of your foot, is a dense connective tissue ligament or band that connects your foot’s portion to your heel. Its main job is to support your foot arch (sort of like the bowstring of a bow) by absorbing all kinds of strains and stress placed on your feet. Over time, some individuals could develop inflammation or a strain in the plantar fascia that could become a recurring or chronic condition.

Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain is the most unmistakable and common plantar fasciitis symptom. This could also be accompanied by swelling and some redness in certain people. With this in mind, if you have heel pain that persists for weeks, consult a podiatrist at our Boise, ID, practice as soon as possible. Your podiatrist will go through all of your symptoms, evaluate your foot, order necessary tests to rule out similar foot conditions, and recommend treatments that will work best for your specific symptoms.

Need Expert Relief from Your Heel Pain? We Can Help

Arrange an assessment with one our podiatrists here at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates by calling (208) 327-0627 to reach our Boise, ID, office, (208) 463-1660 for our Nampa/Caldwell, ID, office, and (208) 888-9876 for our Meridian, ID, office.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
April 23, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Podiatrist  

Find out when your foot and ankle problems warrant turning to a podiatrist for care.

Spring is on its way and even though we may be self-quarantining, a lot of people are getting out in nature. This means more hiking, biking, walking, and running. As a result, you may notice tired, sore, red or achy feet. While some of these issues will go away with a little TLC and rest, it’s important to know when you should also turn to our Boise, ID, podiatrists for care.

It may be time to see a podiatrist if you are dealing with (or think you’re dealing with).

Bunions

This bony protrusion that typically develops on the outer side of the big toe joint will usually grow larger over time. This affects the overall structure of your feet, causing pain and swelling in and around the big toe joint. To prevent the bunion from getting worse and causing significant pain, it’s important to talk with your podiatrist about simple lifestyle changes you can make now to prevent the deformity from getting worse.

Heel Pain

If you have severe or persistent heel pain this symptom alone also warrants seeing a podiatrist. If you’ve suddenly started tackling tougher Boise, ID, terrain for your runs, or increased the length of your runs, this could leave you deal with inflamed ligaments in the foot. If heel pain is making it difficult to get around, or if symptoms don’t improve within a week of rest and at-home care, then it’s time to see a foot doctor.

Ankle Trauma

If you suspect that you may have sprained or even broken your ankle it’s important that you trust that instinct and see your doctor right away. If the problem isn’t properly treated it’s very possible that the damaged ligament, tissue, muscle or bone will not heal properly. This can lead to long-term ankle pain, weakness and instability. Any foot or ankle injuries should be evaluated by a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates has offices in Boise, Nampa, and Meridian, ID, to serve you better. During the pandemic, we want our patients to stay as healthy as possible during this time. Patients who are experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms, those who’ve been exposed to someone who’s tested positive for Covid-19 and those who’ve traveled out of the state or country the last 14 days should reschedule their appointments.

If you are dealing with foot and ankle problems that are impacting your daily routine call one of our offices today at (208) 327-0627 for our Boise, ID, office, (208) 463-1660 for our Nampa/Caldwell, ID, office, or (208) 888-9876 for our Meridian, ID, office.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
March 20, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions

There are 52 bones in your feet and ankles, which means that feet contain about 25 percent of the bones in our bodies. Our feet also contain about 20-25 percent of the total joints in our body; therefore, it’s not too surprising to find out that your feet and ankles are unfortunately more likely to deal with tendon and joint pain at some point, whether through injury or certain conditions such as arthritis. When pain and other foot problems arise it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to.

Common Causes of Tendon and Joint Pain in the Feet

Tendons are soft tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. Everything from overuse and foot injuries to structural imbalances can lead to pain. Common causes of tendon and joint pain include:

  • Tendonitis: inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse
  • Sprains and strains: a common but usually minor foot and ankle injury, typically caused by physical activity
  • Arthritis: a chronic, progressive condition that leads to joint pain, stiffness, and damage (osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis to affect feet and ankles)
  • Obesity: being overweight or obese can also put excessive pressure on the joints and tendons of your feet and ankles, leading to pain and other problems

Treating Tendon and Joint Pain

Visiting a podiatrist is the best choice you can make if you are dealing with severe, persistent, or new foot and ankle pain. Since some conditions can get worse without proper care and rest it’s important to find out what’s causing your pain so you know how to effectively treat it.

If you are dealing with pain caused by a sports injury or strain it’s a good idea to see a medical professional so you know the extent of the injury. More severe sprains may require protective boots or crutches to reduce the amount of weight being placed on the injured ankle or foot.

Arthritis is also a surprisingly common cause of foot pain. If you notice joint pain and stiffness that affects functionality, range of motion and mobility in your feet then you could be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis can get worse without treatment, it is important that you work with your pediatrician and a team of medical professionals to determine the best medications and course of action to help manage your foot pain and to prevent permanent joint damage.

If you are experiencing foot pain it’s important to see a qualified medical professional that can determine the best way to treat your symptoms. Call your podiatrist today for a comprehensive evaluation.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
August 20, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Hiking Injuries  

Hiking is a great physical pursuit that allows you to combine exercise with experiencing nature first-hand. For those who enjoy this activity, Hiking-Shoehowever, staying safe is vitally important, and that is especially true when it comes to feet. Here at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise, ID, your team of podiatrists is here to provide both novice and experienced hikers alike with information about the common hiking injuries that they regularly diagnose and treat:

 

Blisters

Studies have shown that blisters are the most common injury to affect hikers—after all, constantly being on your feet and wearing new, stiff shoes/boots that rub up against your ankles is a combination that often leads to these small, yet painful, lesions. Most of the time, blisters are easy to treat through simple cleaning and the application of antibiotic ointment and a padded bandage. However, if your blister shows signs of infection or isn't healing, contact your Idaho podiatrist.

 

Sprained ankle

Walking on uneven terrain or slippery rocks creates the looming possibility of a sprained ankle for all hikers. A sprain happens when the ankle turns beyond its normal flexibility and overstretches its ligaments. Your Boise podiatrist diagnoses sprains by three different degrees: mild sprains are considered first degree, moderate sprains are considered second degree, and severe sprains (designated by bruising, pain, and instability) are diagnosed as third degree.

Resting, icing, and elevating the sprain are important regardless of the degree, although you may need a compression wrap, a brace, or crutches if you have a more severe sprain.

 

Frostbite

More adventurous hikers may test their limits by hiking in cold, snowy weather. Although the sights can be breathtaking, patients should be well versed about the risk of developing frostbite. This injury occurs when skin is exposed to harsh cold, with the toes being at particular risk due to their distance from the body's core.

Wearing comfortable, well-fitted socks and shoes can help encourage proper circulation, and you should always make sure to change out of wet gear as soon as possible. If the toes become numb, stay dented in when pressure is applied, or develop a white, waxy appearance, cancel your hiking trip and seek emergency treatment immediately.

 

Concerned? Give us a call

To schedule an appointment with one of our podiatry team members, contact Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise, ID, today!

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
June 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Foot Problems  

As you become more active it’s important to keep the health of your feet in mind.

Summer is such a wonderful time. It’s time to take that trip to Europe or play beach volleyball or just enjoy peaceful walks around the park. Foot CareOf course, whatever you choose to do to celebrate the beautiful warm weather our Boise, ID, podiatrists want you to keep the health of your feet in mind to prevent common foot problems that often occur more frequently as people become more active.

Limit Your Flip-Flop Usage

Yes, we know how comfortable these shoes may seem, especially when it’s blazing hot out; however, many flip-flops do not provide feet with the ample support they need, which not only affects the health of your feet but could also lead to posture and orthopedic issues. Those who do wear flip-flops are more likely to deal with foot, ankle, hip and lower back pain. Therefore, replace those flip-flops with a supportive pair of quality sandals and your feet will thank you.

Slowly Increase Activity

With the warm weather it’s easy to finally get out there and start running again; however, it’s important that you don’t just jump right into a workout that’s perhaps a little too intense. Ease back into running, especially if you’ve taken time away from it during the colder months. Remember, running outdoors can be tougher on your feet due to hard pavement and uneven running surfaces. Make sure to slowly increase the duration and intensity of your run to reduce your risk for plantar fasciitis or tendonitis, inflammatory conditions that cause heel pain.

Consider Shoe Inserts

From very high arches to flat feet, there are many structural abnormalities that can affect how your feet function as a whole. To prevent deformities like bunions and hammertoes, as well as shin splints and other painful conditions, our Boise, ID, podiatrists can create custom orthotics, which can be placed inside your shoes to cushion, stabilize, support, and absorb shock. Shoe inserts are also great for athletes.

Wash Your Feet Daily

This should be a given and yet you would be surprised how many people just think that soaking in the tub or letting water run over their feet in the shower is enough. From participating in yoga to wearing loafers all day for work, there are many factors that can lead to sweaty and dirty feet. They need a proper washing each and every day with soap and water to reduce sweat and to prevent fungal infections, which are more common during the summer months.

Summer should be enjoyed pain-free; however, if you do end up dealing with a foot or ankle problem in Nampa, Meridian, or Boise, ID, it’s important to know where to turn. Our podiatrists here at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates wants to make sure you get the care you deserve. Call us today.