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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
November 10, 2015
Tags: Heel Pain  

Discover the best ways to prevent heel pain from happening to you.

Heel pain can happen to anyone. Find out the best ways to prevent it so that you won’t find yourself frequently seeing our Boise Heel Painpodiatrists for treatment.

Wear the right shoes

While this bit of advice might not come as much of a shock, you would be surprised how many people don’t head it. It’s important that when you choose shoes that you find ones that actually fit well all around. This means only wearing shoes that have solid heels and full support.

Also, only look for shoes that contain shanks. While this supportive strip that runs the bottom of the shoe isn’t visible you can often tell whether shoes have shanks by checking the firmness of the shoes. If it bends in the middle then chances are good the shoes have no shank.

Throw out old shoes

Once shoes start to present with worn soles it’s time to part ways with them. Shoes that have started to wear away won’t offer the proper support, which can increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis-related heel pain. This advice is particularly important for those who are runners or physically active since shoes that are too old won’t offer the proper athletic support necessary to protect feet and ankles.

Warm-up beforehand

Issues such as having tight calves can contribute to heel pain. By stretching out the Achilles tendon and your calf muscles before any physical activity you can improve flexibility of the ligaments in your feet and prevent heel pain. Talk to your Boise, ID foot doctor about the best stretches to perform before your regular exercise regime.

Maintain an ideal weight

If you are overweight or obese then you are at a greater risk of developing heel pain. In order to prevent this condition from happening to you take healthy steps to lose that excess weight. By maintaining a healthier weight you can take some of that unnecessary pressure off your feet and legs.

Make steady changes to your exercise regime

By suddenly increasing either the intensity or duration of your regular exercise routine you put your feet at serious risk of developing heel pain. This is why it’s very important that any changes made to your physical activity happen gradually. Pace yourself to prevent pain.

If you are currently dealing with heel pain and you aren’t finding relief from at-home measures then it’s time to turn to the pros. Call your Boise podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
August 06, 2015
Tags: hammertoes  

Hammertoes are a relatively common foot condition affecting millions of Americans. Some people think it is just a cosmetic issue, but it is a problem that affects the bone structure of the feet. Some patients may even joke about hammertoes, but when you consider the Hammertoes potential ramifications of allowing it to progress, it's no laughing matter. Learn how to diagnose hammertoes, and how they can be treated at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise.

What Are Hammertoes?
Hammertoes are a foot condition that causes a change in the positioning of the toes. The toes bend over into an almost 90-degree angle (called a contracture), causing the tops of the toes to stick up farther than they should. When this happens, it becomes extremely uncomfortable to wear normal shoes. Hammertoes are almost always accompanied by corns and calluses on the toes.

Do You Have Them?
Hammertoes are very noticeable and easy for your Boise foot doctor to diagnose. The first indication that you may have them is if your toes curve downward, and you have a hard time moving them back into their natural position. Other symptoms:

  • pain or friction when you try to put on shoes
  • inflammation and burning
  • unsightly calluses forming 
  • open sores forming on toes

Hammertoes progress over time, which is why it’s important to have them treated at the first sign.

Fixing Hammertoes
There are treatments available to fix hammertoes and return your feet to normal. Since wearing tight shoes for long periods of time is almost always the cause of hammertoes, the first remedy is to get better shoes and orthotics to protect the feet. Toe pads can help reduce the appearance of calluses and corns. If there’s intense pain, corticosteroid injections may help. Your podiatrist can also splint the toes to help them move back into a straight position. In rare cases, surgery is recommended. 

Schedule a Foot Examination Today
The sooner you have hammertoes treated by a qualified podiatrist at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates, the better for your overall foot health. Call the Boise office at 208-327-0627 today to arrange an exam at a time that’s convenient to your busy schedule.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
April 13, 2015

Baseball is a great way to get in shape, make friends and enjoy a beautiful Spring day. It's also a great way to get a serious injury if you aren't careful. Every year Boise residents both young and old suffer from heel pain and have to visit Idaho Foot & AnkleCommon Heel Injuries Associates as a result of an injury they received while playing baseball. Here are four common baseball injuries to watch out for as well as a few tips for how to avoid them.

1. Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when a ligament in the bottom of the foot tears away from the heel, causing pain and inflammation. This injury is generally caused by overuse, wearing improper footwear or significantly increasing a training program too quickly. Avoid plantar fasciitis by wearing proper footwear, stretching, and not overextending yourself on and off the field.

2. Sprains

A sprain is a common sports injury in which a ligament is stretched or torn. Sprains can happen as a result of falling, being hit, or landing on a foot in an awkward position. Avoid sprains by wearing shoes that fit properly, avoiding exercising when tired or in pain, maintaining a healthy diet and strong body, and maintaining a healthy weight.

3. Fractures

Fractures occur when a bone is broken either part or all of the way through. Fractures often happen as the result of a strong force, such as colliding with another player, being hit by a bat or ball, or landing on a foot incorrectly while running. Avoid fractures by eating a healthy diet to keep your bones strong, wearing shoes that fit properly, avoiding exercising when tired or in pain, and keeping the field clear of tripping hazards.

4. Achilles Tendinitis

Achilles tendinitis is an injury that occurs to the tendon in the back of the heel known as the Achilles tendon. This injury is usually the result of overuse and of frequent starting and stopping while exercise. Prevent Achilles tendinitis by stretching regularly, eating a healthy diet, wearing shoes that fit properly and increasing your training intensity gradually.

While no one wants to be out for the season, attempting to continue playing through an injury only increases your chances that your injury will worsen. If you are suffering from heel pain, visit Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates in Boise for a diagnosis and proper treatment options right away. We will help get your heel pain under control as soon as possible so you can return to your favorite Boise baseball field as soon as possible!

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
February 11, 2015

Find about more about this chronic ankle condition and what it means for your ankle health.

Have you experienced a serious ankle sprain or several ankle sprains in the past? Did you decide not to seek treatment in hopes that Lateral Ankle Painthe condition would clear up on its own? If so, did you know that you are also at an increased risk for lateral ankle instability?

This chronic condition can cause consistent pain and inflammation around the ankle. Your Boise podiatrist shares the most popular questions regarding lateral ankle instability so you are informed about your condition and the treatment options available to you.

What is lateral ankle instability?

Sometimes referred to as chronic ankle instability, this condition involves weakened or loosened ligaments that cause your ankle to become unstable.

What causes this ankle disorder?

Lateral ankle instability is the result of ligaments that have been injured or stretched out due to a partial or complete tear. Often this ankle problem occurs after multiple injuries (e.g. sprains) to the ligaments. Those who’ve experienced these injuries and have never sought treatment, or received inadequate treatment for their injuries, are also more prone to developing lateral ankle instability.

What are the symptoms characteristic of lateral ankle instability?

This condition is often characterized by chronic ankle pain. You may notice that your ankle will often give out during movement, particularly exercise. Your ankle may feel unstable at times. Some people will also experience tenderness and swelling.

How is lateral ankle instability treated?

After performing a thorough physical examination, we will discuss the best treatment options for you depending on the severity of your condition. We often recommend physical therapy to help stretch and strengthen the weakened ligaments. This will help improve range-of-motion and retrain muscles to make balance and movement easier.

Braces may also offer support and protection for the ankle, preventing it from turning out and causing further injuries. Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen can also help with pain and swelling. If your symptoms are more severe, we may recommend a strong prescription medication.

Surgery may be recommended in some cases to repair the damage ligaments. However, this will depend on the severity of your instability and whether or not your ankle responds to other non-surgical treatments.

If you have suffered from multiple ankle sprains or if you have chronic swelling and pain around the ankle, then it’s time to see your Boise podiatrist for treatment. Call Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates today and get the treatment you deserve.

By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
January 12, 2015
Tags: Foot Health  

Keeping your feet happy means keeping you happy - and considering we were made for walking, that's important to know if you find your feet feeling worse with each step.

Foot issues become even more troublesome if you're on your feet a lot. Whether you're running around back and forth at your Foot Healthhard labor job or you just like going for morning jogs, repetitive impact on your feet throughout the day can lead to symptoms of progressive discomfort and persistent foot conditions that render daily runs a thing of the past.

One of the most common foot and heel pain conditions in people who run is known as heel fissures, which are cracks in your dry skin. If you keep running on an existing fissure, it can open further and become more painful while making your feet more susceptible to infections in the process!

But at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates, you can stop your foot pains in their tracks. Run by expert podiatrists qualified and ready to cure what ails you(r feet), Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates races past its competitors to the feel-good foot finish line!

Check out a few ways you can prevent heel fissures from ruining your runs below:

Drink Lots Of Water

This will help moisturize your entire body-- especially your dry feet!

Invest In Moisturizers

Before you go to bed each night, rub your feet with moisturizing lotion to keep them adequately moisturized throughout the evening. Never moisturize your feet before a run, as doing so can raise your risk for injury because of the excess moisture that makes your feet more vulnerable to slippage.

Use A Pumice Stone

Gently rubbing a pumice stone along your feet allows it to slough off dead skin cells and reveal smoother, more moisturized skin beneath.

If you're ready to take the next step in podiatrist perfection, give Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates a call at (208) 327-0627 for the best foot and heel services in Boise today!