Dealing with achy, tired feet? Flat feet could be to blame.
We don’t often think about the structure of our foot and how it plays a role in your foot health until problems arise. While there are certainly a lot of people out there dealing with flat feet who don’t even notice issues, there are others who have to put up with day-to-day discomfort. Do you have flat feet? If so, our Bountiful and Draper, UT, podiatrists, serving Sandy, UT, Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle and Dr. Doug Toole are here to tell you how to reduce symptoms and complications.
If you have flat feet then you may be prone to foot pain, particularly around the heel and arches. Your feet may tire more easily or you may also notice swelling. Pain associated with flat feet may also get worse when standing or moving around.
While flat feet can happen to anyone there are certain risk factors that can predispose feet to this condition including diabetes, being overweight or obese, foot or ankle injuries, and arthritis. It’s important that you come in to visit our Bountiful and Draper, UT, podiatrists serving Sandy, UT, for treatment if you are experiencing persistent or severe foot pain.
How do you treat flat feet?
Luckily, it’s pretty easy to manage your flat feet pain and symptoms. Our podiatrists can show you a variety of stretching and strengthening exercises that you can perform everyday from the comfort of your own home to improve the tendons, muscles and ligaments in the feet.
We may also prescribe custom orthotics. These unique shoe inserts are shaped and molded to the exact structure and size of your feet and are then placed into the shoes to provide stability, support, cushioning and shock absorption. It can also correct biomechanics in the feet to improve how the foot functions when standing or walking. Orthotics can easily take unnecessary pressure off certain areas of the feet.
The shoes you wear are also important for the health of your flat feet. It’s important that you find shoes that provide enough arch and heel support. Throw out old shoes that are worn out and no longer provide the support and stability your feet need. Remember that shoes aren’t meant to last forever, particularly athletic footwear. If you are physically active you’ll want to replace your shoes every three to four months (or more regularly, depending on your activity level).
If pain does occur, icing your feet or taking over-the-counter pain relievers can at least temporarily alleviate your discomfort when it occurs. If you are overweight or obese, losing the weight and maintaining a healthy weight can also improve how your feet function.
Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah prides itself on offering a full range of podiatric services in Sandy, Draper, and Bountiful, UT. Dealing with symptoms of flat feet? Suffering from bunions? We are here to make sure that no matter what foot conditions you are dealing with that you get the treatment you need.
Could an ingrown toenail be the cause of your toe pain?
While ingrown toenails are pretty common, they can still be pretty painful and could even lead to some complications if left untreated. It's important to maintain proper hygiene so that an ingrown toenail doesn’t develop in the first place; however, it’s important that you are able to pinpoint the problem when it occurs so you know when to seek care. From the office of our Sandy, UT, podiatrists Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle and Dr. Doug Toole, here are some signs that you are dealing with an ingrown toenail.
An ingrown toenail is when the edge of the toenail grows into the side or tip of the skin. As you might imagine, having the sharp edge of a nail pushing into the skin can be pretty painful. Not only that but it’s normal for there to be redness, swelling and inflammation around the ingrown toenail. You may even be able to see where the nail is curled into the skin.
If the ingrown toenail is left untreated there are several other symptoms you may notice (some of which are serious and require immediate attention) including an overgrowth of tissue in that areas, pus or fluid draining from the nail or the development of an abscess (an infection).
It’s also important to note that those with diabetes, nerve damage in the feet or circulation problems should never ignore even the most simple of foot conditions. Everything from minor cuts and scraps to ingrown toenails and bunions can lead to further complications. If you have diabetes and also notice symptoms or changes in your feet it’s important that you call our Sandy, UT, foot doctors immediately to find out whether it warrants a trip to our office. Seeking treatment as soon as possible could very well prevent more serious health problems from happening to you.
Of course, if you are ever dealing with foot problems that you don’t know how to handle don’t hesitate to reach out to our Sandy, UT, foot specialists. We provide a wide array of services to cater to everyone’s individual needs. Call Foot and Ankle Specialists of Utah today.
Shoe shopping can be frustrating, especially if you wear an unusual size or have other abnormalities in your feet or gait. Podiatrists like Dr. Ryan Anderson, Dr. Bryan Seagle, and Dr. Doug Toole of Utah Foot Specialists serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT, can help you determine the best shoes to wear for maximum comfort. Below are some of the points to consider when shopping for new shoes.
Many shoes are designed with the occasion and outfit in mind, but comfort often takes a back seat. Jamming your toes into narrow toe boxes or teetering on stiletto heels can wreak havoc on your feet. So before going shoe shopping, make an appointment at Utah Foot Specialists. Regardless if you need athletic shoes, pumps, sandals, or boots, your Sandy podiatrist can make recommendations for brands that maintain a reputation for being comfortable as well as stylish. Remember to bring the same type of socks you plan to wear with the style of shoes you're buying.
Although you may have worn the same shoe size for many years, a professional fitting is a must for ensuring you're wearing the proper size and width. You may even find that your feet are two different sizes; your Sandy podiatrist can suggest various shoe inserts to compensate. An easy and basic way to know if a shoe will fit you is to trace the outline of your foot on a piece of paper. Take that drawing with you and put potential footwear purchases on top of the tracing. You can save time trying on any shoes that are too narrow or too short for the drawing.
Well-made shoes typically fit better. They should have sturdy soles, no seams or other materials that could rub up against your foot and cause irritation. Your Sandy podiatrist cautions against purchasing any shoes with the rationale that they just need to be "broken in." You may pay more at the outset, but good shoes should last a long time.
Contact Utah Foot Specialists serving Draper, Sandy and Bountiful, UT for any questions you may have about shoes or your feet in general. We look forward to helping you put your best foot forward!
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.
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