Posts for category: Foot Conditions
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- 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 you have flat feet, you've probably become resigned to aches and pains. Luckily, orthotics, prescription shoe inserts offered by your Boise, 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.
Athlete's foot is one of the most common fungal infections of the skin and is frequently seen in our office. Whether you've had it or not, it's important to understand how you can avoid and treat this highly contagious infection if you do contract it.
The fungus that causes athlete's foot thrives in damp, moist environments and often grows in warm, humid climates, such as locker rooms, showers and public pools; hence the name "athlete's foot. " This infection can itch and burn causing the skin on your feet and between your toes to crack and peel.
Tips For avoiding Athlete's Foot:
- Keep your feet dry, allowing them to air out as much as possible
- Wear socks that draw moisture away from your feet and change them frequently if you perspire heavily
- Wear light, well-ventilated shoes
- Alternate pairs of shoes, allowing time for your shoes to dry each day
- Always wear waterproof shoes in public areas, such as pools, locker rooms, or communal showers
- Never borrow shoes due to the risk of spreading a fungal infection
A mild case of athlete's foot will generally clear up on its own with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. But since re-infection is common due to its contagious nature, many people require prescribed anti-fungal medication to effectively treat the infection. Generally, it's always best to consult with your podiatrist before choosing a treatment.
Mild cases of athlete's foot can turn severe and even cause a serious bacterial infection. If you notice your rash has become increasingly red, swollen and painful or you develop blisters and sores, call our office right away. Athlete's foot left untreated could eventually spread to other body parts and infect other people around you.
With the right treatment, you'll be cured of your athlete's foot in no time, which means the sooner you can enjoy the activities you love without pain and irritation!
What Causes Warts?
Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.
An HPV Infection
Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.
Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.
Breaks in Your Skin
HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.
A Weak Immune System
In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.
If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!