Even if you don't regularly get pedicures, you still don't want your feet to look unattractive. Unfortunately, the feet are subject to damage due to the amount of time we spend on them, and as a result can develop some unsightly problems. One such issue is calluses, which Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle, and Dr. Doug Toole, foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT, see regularly at their practice. Learn how our podiatrists treat calluses here.
What is a callus?
You've likely seen a callus before; it's a thick, yellowed patch of rough skin on the feet or hands. It might surprise you to find out that your body forms calluses as a way of protecting you. Consistent pressure and friction from walking in shoes prompt the skin's immune response to toughen up the affected areas to keep abrasions from forming. Although calluses are usually not harmful, they detract from your appearance and can be uncomfortable if the activity that caused them to form continues. Your Draper, Sandy and Bountiful foot doctor is especially concerned about diabetic patients who develop calluses on their feet, as their blood flow is diminished and their immune system does not respond as well to injuries, which can lead to infected ulcerations.
How are calluses treated?
Sometimes a callus will recede if the activity that has caused it to form is stopped. For example, if repeatedly wearing tight, narrow or otherwise ill-fitting shoes has created a callus on one of the toes, discarding those shoes in favor of a more comfortable pair can help the callus heal. Wearing specially designed pads to protect the callused area can also help. Your Sandy foot doctor can also remove the callus during an in-office procedure. A visit to Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah will determine the best treatment for your particular situation.
If you have a callus that needs attention, we are here for you! Contact one of our skilled foot doctors at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT to schedule an appointment today!
Foot pain, especially when it's advanced, is a major problem that can make it difficult for even the most resilient person to get through the day. The American Podiatric Medical Association released a survey that found that 818 Americans out of 1082 have experienced some form of pain in their feet. Check out these frequently asked questions about foot pain and then make time to see a doctor at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah in Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful and Sandy, UT for an examination.
What Are the Causes of Foot Pain?
It's not surprising that foot pain is prevalent considering that the average person takes between 4,000 to 6,000 steps per day (estimates from The College of Podiatry). See these common causes of foot pain:
- heel spurs and other forms of heel pain (the most common)
- calluses on the toes or side of foot
- foot sores or ulcers
- ingrown toenails
- pinched nerves
How Can Foot Pain Be Relieved?
The proper treatment for your foot pain depends on the exact cause. In most cases, these therapies can be used to resolve the issue:
- Wearing orthotic devices.
- Heat or ice therapy.
- Foot stretching exercises and physical therapy.
- Cortisone injections.
- Splints to correct the form of the foot.
- Surgery in extreme cases to remove deformities, realign bone tissue or repair ligaments.
- A procedure called "Focused Aspiration of Soft Tissue," which is available at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah in Sandy.
- RF Therapy (NeuroTherm), also available at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah
When Is it Time to See a Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful and Sandy Podiatrist?
You should see a podiatrist about foot pain when the pain has become difficult or impossible to bear. Any pain that disrupts your ability to work, walk or participate in exercise is a concern that should be addressed by a doctor. Another reason for a visit is if your foot swells, becomes inflamed or there's a sore that becomes infected.
You can get more answers to the questions on your mind by scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah in Draper, Salt Lake City, Bountiful and Sandy, UT. Call (801) 292-4425 today for an appointment.
Is heel pain affecting your daily routine? Then it’s time you put a stop to it!
Do you wake up with stabbing heel pain? Does the problem seem to dissipate enough throughout the day that you are tricked into working out just to experience more pain once you’ve stopped? This heel pain could very well be due to plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain. If this sounds like you then it might be time you turned to one of our Draper, UT podiatrists--Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle and Dr. Doug Toole--to get the care you deserve.
If our Draper, UT foot doctors have just recently diagnosed you with plantar fasciitis, the name may sound a bit scary but it’s really not as bad as it seems. In fact as many as 90 percent of plantar fasciitis cases can be treated with conservative methods. Here are the common ways to eliminate your heel pain:
Limit or modify your activities
We all know that this can be difficult, especially if you are used to leading a very active lifestyle, but if you want to get back on your running routine or enjoy other physical activities then you’ll want to give your body the time it needs to heal. This also means changing what activities you do, such as avoiding any high-impact activities that could exacerbate your heel pain and instead focus on non-impact sports like swimming.
If being overweight or obese is causing your heel pain then it’s time to talk to us about ways to reduce your weight to improve the health of your feet. We can provide you with helpful hints for how to drop the weight you need to be healthy.
Of course, this means maintaining a healthy, balanced diet that is full of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein while staying away from sugar, processed foods, sodas and pastries. We can also talk to you about ways to start a routine exercise plan that will work with your foot limitations but help shed the pounds.
Sometimes you can get enough relief from over-the-counter shoe inserts and padding, which can provide support and comfort while on the move; however, this doesn’t always help everyone and sometimes you may need more customized measures for cushioning and supporting your foot’s structure. Fortunately, we make custom orthotics with your foot needs in mind. From soft to hard orthotics, we can create the shoe insert that will give you the relief you’ve been looking for.
It’s important that you spend some time rehabbing your feet. This means performing a series of stretching and strengthening exercises that can improve the health of the plantar fascia and ease symptoms. Don’t hesitate to talk to us about exercises you can do every day no matter where you are.
Don’t let heel pain dictate your workout routine. Get back to leading your active lifestyle again by turning to the Draper heel pain experts at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah.
Worried about a black toenail? Dr. Ryan Anderson and his colleagues, Dr. Bryan Seagle and Dr. Doug Toole, your Bountiful, Draper and Sandy, UT foot doctors, explain what causes this condition.
Common Causes of Black Toenails
An injury to your toe is one of the most common reasons that your toenail turns black. Dropping a can or heavy object on your foot or bumping your toe on a heavy object can cause the problem. You may also develop a black toenail if you're a runner. As you run, the top of your shoe puts considerable pressure on your toe. The problem can be worse if you often run long distances or run downhill.
Wearing poorly fitting or tight shoes increases your risk of developing a black toenail. If you wear comfortable shoes and haven't had an injury, a fungus may be to blame for the dark appearance of your nail. In rare cases, melanoma, a form of skin cancer, can cause the problem.
When should I visit my Bountiful, Draper and Sandy podiatrist?
A black toenail is a cause for concern and is a good reason to visit your podiatrist. Although these toenails often fall out on their own without causing any serious problems, it's impossible to tell what may be lurking under your nail.
Pain, pus and unpleasant odor may indicate that you have an infection. If you've experienced an injury, the black color of your toenail may be hiding a cut or even exposed bone. If you delay treatment, you could develop a serious bone infection called osteomyelitis. If your black toenail is caused by a fungal infection, your foot doctor can offer treatments to kill the fungus. In some cases, your podiatrist may need to remove the nail to examine the tissue underneath. A new nail will gradually replace the one you lost, although this may take several months.
Pay a visit to Dr. Anderson, Dr. Seagle and Dr. Toole, your Bountiful, Draper and Sandy, UT foot doctors if you're concerned about a black toenail or another foot or ankle problem. Call them at (801) 292-4425 to schedule an appointment. Protect your feet with podiatric care!
If you have diabetes it’s important that you know how to properly care for your feet.
Whether you’ve had diabetes for a long time or have just been diagnosed you can always learn something about the importance of good foot care. Find out more about why healthy feet are important, especially for those with diabetes, and when you should visit one of our Sandy podiatrists Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle or Dr. Doug Toole.
Why is good foot care critical to your health?
There are several things that happen to you body when you have diabetes. Often times, those with diabetes lose sensation in their feet. When this happens you are far less likely to notice if you have an open wound or infection. Also, diabetes decreases the amount of blood flow to your feet, which can impede healing.
If you are dealing with any of these symptoms it's important that you come visit us:
- Foot pain
- Loss of sensation (numbness or tingling)
- Open cuts, ulcers, sores or other problems that don’t heal
By managing your blood sugar levels and by caring for your feet you can reduce your chances of developing health complications. Here are some of the tips for caring for your feet:
Exam feet daily
It’s important that you thoroughly inspect your feet every day to check for redness, pain, swelling or signs of infection. If you are unable to check all areas of your feet then ask a member of your family to help you.
Wash your feet every day
It’s also important that you clean you feet with warm water. Just remember not to soak them, as it can cause your skin to dry out. Once you’re done washing your feet, thoroughly dry all areas of your feet, including between your toes.
The best time to trim your toenails is after you’ve washed your feet. Always trim toenails straight across rather than at a curve to prevent ingrown toenails.
Incorporating more physical activity into the mix can help increase blood flow to your feet. We would be happy to talk to you about safe ways to introduce exercise into your life. Just remember to start slowly and at your own pace when starting a new workout regime.
These are only some tips for caring for your feet. And remember, you should also be coming in for regular foot exams. If you have any sores, cuts, blisters, redness, swelling or other symptoms call our Sandy, UT podiatric office right away. Foot & Ankle Specialists of Utah is here to provide you with the best foot care possible!
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