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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
June 25, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
We’ll go through your medical history
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
We will examine your foot
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
We will map out a treatment plan
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.
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).


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
September 19, 2014
Tags: Podiatrist   Boise   Foot Doctor   ID   Social Media   Facebook   Twitter  
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:
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  • Twitter –

Real Time Updates

Idaho Foot & Ankle AssociatesThe 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
April 23, 2014
Tags: Podiatrist   Boise  
podiatrist boise idWhen 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.