Posts for tag: Boise
By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
September 19, 2014
These days, more people are on social media platforms than are not. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, the amount of adults on Facebook increased from 67 percent to 71 percent from 2012 to 2013, and undoubtedly has continued to rise in the last year.
Why Social Media?
So why should a podiatry practice care that adults are active on Facebook and Twitter? The team at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates recognizes that their patients love a way to connect with their doctors on a different, more personal level. This understanding of patients’ lives outside of the office sets them apart from other foot doctors in the Treasure Valley area.
Patients can easily access Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates’ social media channels by visiting:
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/idahofootankle
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/Idahofootankle
Real Time Updates
The team wants patients to be able to receive real-time updates on the goings-on of their podiatry office, as well as to be privy to the constant advances that are being made in the industry. From emergency closures to research on heel pain, the office posts information that is pertinent to their patients’ health and wellness.
Doctors Stanley B. Leis, Rebecca A. Smiley-Leis, Stewart O. Jones, Kerry W. Anderson and Randall L. Benedict are eager to share the knowledge and wisdom they have gathered throughout their collective years of practice. They know that sometimes certain questions don’t come up during an office visit and that sending out a quick tweet or posting a brief message on Facebook can help to ease a patient’s mind and feet.
Call Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates Today!
Many medical practices don’t yet realize how imperative it is that they engage with their patients on social media. The Boise podiatrists at Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates are aware that sites such as Facebook and Twitter are not going anywhere anytime soon, and that they can truly be a valuable asset and smart way of communicating with their patients outside of the office or after hours.
Are you a patient of Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates? If so, we would love to hear about your experiences below!
By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
June 27, 2014
Muscle and ligament imbalances around the toe joints can cause what Boise, ID podiatrists call “hammertoes.” People with this condition find that their toes become locked in a bent position, causing irritation and rubbing on the top of the toe. Hammertoes can be a serious problem in people who have problems with poor circulation. We recommend Boise patients with diabetes or arthritis to visit our office at the first sign of foot pain.
Two types of hammertoes affect the Boise, Idaho population. Flexible hammertoes are a milder form of the condition, and allow persons affected some mobility in their toes. Treatments provided at this stage of the condition may be able to correct or reverse the problem. Rigid hammertoes are a more advanced form of this foot ailment, limiting all movement in the toes and usually shifting tendons out of proper alignment. At either stage, it is important to visit a podiatrist, but in the latter instance, surgery may be required to correct the condition.
What Causes Hammertoes?
The joints in your toes, just like all other joints in your body, require pairs of muscles to work together in order to create movement. Because of the daily stresses put on feet, it is not uncommon for these muscles to become imbalanced. When that happens, hammertoes can form. A few main culprits have been found to increase the risk of developing hammertoes:
- Genes: The shape of your foot can impact where you put pressure on your feet when you walk. Unfortunately, flat feet and high arches are usually traits inherited from your parents and without surgery, you can’t necessarily fix them. You can, however, look for footwear that counters the imbalance caused the shape of your feet when you walk.
- Arthritis: Hammertoes can be a rather annoying symptom involved with the development of arthritis. While there isn’t any fool-proof way to treat hammertoes caused by arthritis, knowing your susceptibility for arthritis can go a long way in staving off this condition. Boise podiatrists recommend daily toe exercises to keep your feet fit and flexible, especially if you have a history of arthritis in your family.
- Poor-fitting footwear: If shoes are too tight, short, or pointy, they push the toes out of balance. Women who wear high heels often are at a higher risk for developing hammertoes because of the severe pressure those types of shoes put on the toes.
Start taking steps toward healthier feet. To learn more about the causes of hammertoes and ways you can prevent them, call (208) 327-0627 to schedule a consultation with podiatrist at Idaho Foot & Ankle today.
By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
April 23, 2014
When your back hurts, your entire body hurts, and this can interrupt your day-to-day activities. If you're suffering from severe backache, particularly after standing or walking for extended periods of time, the cause may not just be due to a problem with your back. As a matter of fact, there’s a good chance your feet, specifically your shoes, are one of the sources of your pain. If you are experiencing back pain, consider visiting one of our Boise, ID podiatrists for an evaluation, and find out if your shoes are the problem.
Why Your Shoes May Be Causing Your Back Pain
Your spinal column and the surrounding muscle tissue serve as the foundation of your body. But when strain and stress are exerted on the muscles, tendons and vertebrae, unbearable back pain can be the result. Long hours of standing on your feet, lifting heavy objects incorrectly and age can all play a role in the presence of back pain as well.
If you suffer from back pain, it is important to have the condition evaluated by a qualified health care professional who can determine if there is a specific disease process that is occurring within the spine. Proper treatment can then be initiated that may include conservative therapies to relieve the pain and improve overall function.
What many people don’t know, however, is that something as simple as your shoes may be the cause of your agony. The spinal column is comprised of bone with discs of tissue, muscles, ligaments, and sensitive nerve endings. The vertebrae are stacked one on top of the other, making the spinal column both strong and flexible. Poor posture caused by poor fitting shoes, however, can pull the vertebrae out of alignment, which in turn pulls on the tender muscles and nerve endings. Making sure your feet are supported properly will help ensure that your body posture is aligned properly. And if your body is within the correct alignment, back pain may be relieved.
Selecting the Best Shoes for Your Best Spinal Health
If your shoes do not offer adequate support for your feet, you may be putting yourself at risk for injury, including chronic back pain. That’s why our podiatrists in Boise place a strong emphasis on the importance of replacing old, worn shoes that don’t offer the support and stability you need. Instead, purchase shoes that have a thick and cushioned sole to absorb the shock of walking and good arch support.
Our Boise, ID podiatrists may also prescribe you with a custom made insole, or orthotic, that will help stabilize the foot, support the arch, and balance the body. The orthotic also can include a lift to even out the legs and help relieve back pain. For women, any kind of a high-heeled shoe can throw off the balance of your spinal column, which in turn irritates and may damage the sensitive nerves and ligaments located in your lower back.
While it is important to seek treatment with a back specialist, it is also important to remember that our qualified podiatrists in Boise can help devise methods to relieve the pressure your feet may be placing on your spine, and this is an important adjunct to treatment of back pain. Contact our office for a proper evaluation of your feet and a recommendation for shoe modifications and other treatments that can take the pressure off specific areas of the spine. If the spine is the foundation for the rest of the body, your feet are the foundation for your spine.