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By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
March 16, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Equinus   ankle pain  

What your podiatrists in Bellevue want you to knowequinus

If you have difficulty bringing the top of your foot in front of you while walking, you could have a condition known as equinus. This condition causes difficulty when you are trying to bend your ankle joint upward in front of your leg. Your podiatrists at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound can help. They have several office locations in Bellevue, Issaquah, Puyallup, Covington, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA, to serve your needs.

Equinus can affect one or both of your feet, resulting in limited mobility. You may try and compensate by picking up your heels, flattening your arches or toe walking. Some people with equinus develop problems with their knees or hips by bending while walking.

The impaired ankle motion of equinus can be caused by a tight Achilles tendon or calf muscle. The tightness may be present at birth or can be acquired from using crutches, wearing a cast or even wearing high-heeled shoes. You may also develop equinus from an injury to your ankle.

Whatever the cause is, fortunately there are many effective treatments for equinus. Your podiatrists at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound may suggest these non-invasive treatments:

  • Heel lifts to take tension off of your Achilles tendon
  • Night splints to reduce tightness in your calf muscle while you sleep
  • Custom orthotics or arch supports to alleviate imbalance in your muscles and tendons
  • Physical therapy to relieve tight muscles and restore mobility

If non-invasive therapies don’t help, surgery may be indicated. Your podiatrists at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound will discuss surgical treatment options with you to correct equinus and to increase your ankle mobility and function.

You don’t have to suffer from lack of mobility due to equinus when help is just a phone call away. For more information on equinus treatment, call your podiatrists at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound. They have offices in Bellevue, Issaquah, Puyallup, Covington, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA, to help you get back on your feet, so call today!

By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
January 26, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Calluses  

Are calluses giving you trouble? Find out how to take care of this issue.

According to the CDC, the average American takes about 5,900 steps daily (which equates to almost 3 miles). From running errands to callusesexercising to the shoes we wear, we certainly put a lot of wear and tear on our feet. If you are dealing with calluses you may be frustrated by them and just want to get in the tub and shave them down. Before you do that, find out what our Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw and Bonney Lake, WA podiatrists have to say about shaving calluses yourself.

What are calluses?

Calluses may just seem like an unsightly thick layer of skin but they actually form to help provide the bones of your foot with added support and cushioning. If you wear shoes that don’t give your feet enough support or place a lot of friction on your foot then calluses will begin to form. Of course, calluses aren’t necessary for your feet to function properly.

How should I handle calluses?

The most important thing is that you do not cut calluses. This could lead to a serious injury, and leaving an open wound on your foot could lead to an infection. You’ll also want to be careful what kinds of products you put on your feet. Products that contain harsh chemicals like salicylic acid could actually irritate your feet and lead to infections.

The first thing you should do if you want to remove your calluses is to schedule an appointment with any of our podiatrists in Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw and Bonney Lake. It’s important to understand what is causing your calluses. Once your foot doctor determines the cause, they can create the proper treatment plan, which may include medications, properly fitted shoes, orthotics (shoe inserts) or removal.

Follow our instructions and make sure that you moisturize your feet every day and you’ll be well on your way to callus-free feet. And if you are dealing with painful calluses or other foot problems, turn to Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound in Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw and Bonney Lake, WA who can treat your foot problems and give you the specialty care your feet deserve.

By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
December 01, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: ingrown toenails  

Some patients are prone to a foot condition called ingrown toenails. Sometimes it's due to heredity but in most cases, it's because of ingrown toenailpersonal habits. It is possible to prevent ingrown toenails with daily care and regular maintenance. The doctors at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound, PS in Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Redmond and Bellevue, WA can also help you stop ingrown toenails before they turn into a more serious problem.

What Is an Ingrown Toenail?
Normally, a toenail grows straight forward but in the case of an ingrown nail it bends down into the skin. The corners of the nail curl down and pinch the sides of the toes, which can be painful. This is problematic because as the sharp toenail continues to grow, a wound or cut can form that could become infected. This is a particularly concerning issue in diabetic foot care, as patients sometimes have problems getting a wound to heal.

Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Here are a few of the most common causes of ingrown toenails:

  • Wearing shoes that pinch and put pressure on the toes (common in women who wear heels)
  • Clipping toenails too low (your podiatrist can show you how to do it properly or do it for you at regular appointments).
  • A direct injury to the toe.
  • Poorly structured feet.
  • Heredity (runs in the family).

Preventing Ingrown Toenails
By looking at the possible causes of ingrown toenails, you can take steps to prevent this problem. Here are a few simple tips:

  • Buy better fitting shoes that allow room for your toes to wiggle and move.
  • Wear steel-toed shoes if you work a job that could cause an injury.
  • Keep your toenails cut straight across just above the top of the toe.
  • Wear doctor-prescribed orthotics than can improve the way you walk and the structure of your foot.
  • See your podiatrist at the first sign of an ingrown nail that's painful, piercing the skin or difficult to remove.

Protect Your Toes
Part of prioritizing your long term foot health is protecting your toes. Preventing ingrown toenails is especially important if you have another health concern, such as diabetes or circulation problems. Call today to schedule a foot checkup at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound, PS in Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake, Redmond and Bellevue, WA.

By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
September 30, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Foot Fracture   foot injury  

You might think you would know if you fractured your foot, but sometimes symptoms of fractures can be confused with other types of foot foot fractureinjuries. Dr. Charles Chu, Dr. Ronald Sorensen, Dr. Ryan Bierman, Dr. Amy Richardson and Dr. Cody Hoover--your Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Bellevue, WA podiatrists--share a few fracture signs and explain how foot fractures are treated.

Fracture types

Foot fractures most commonly occur in the metatarsal bones, the five long bones in your feet that are connected to your toes. Acute fractures can occur if you fall, hurt your foot playing sports, drop something heavy on your foot or if someone accidentally steps on your foot.

Stress fractures also affect the metatarsal bones. These fractures cause a very thin crack in the bone and usually occur if you've recently started a new sport or activity, changed the duration or intensity of your usual workout, or wear shoes that don't fit well or aren't appropriate for your sport or activity.

What are the signs and symptoms of foot fractures?

Foot fracture symptoms vary depending on the type of fracture. If you have an acute fracture, you may notice:

  • Pain that begins immediately after you injure your foot
  • A cracking sound when the injury occurs
  • Bruising or swelling above the fractured bone
  • Bleeding if the fractured bone pierces the skin
  • Difficulty walking on your foot

If you have a stress fracture, the symptoms may be more subtle and can include:

  • Pain that flares up when you walk, run or move, but subsides when you aren't active
  • Overall foot pain, rather than pain occurring in a specific area of the foot (Later, pain may be felt directly above the stress fracture)
  • Tenderness along the bone

How are foot fractures treated in Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Bellevue?

Both acute and stress fractures require rest and avoidance of exercises or activities that put pressure on your foot. If you have an acute fracture, your foot doctor may immobilize it with a boot, shoe or cast. In some cases, surgery may be needed to correct bone alignment issues.

Your foot doctor may also recommend that you also wear a boot or brace if you have a stress fracture. Although most stress fractures heal without surgery, it may be needed if more conservative treatment isn't successful.

Are you concerned about foot or ankle pain? Call Dr. Chu, Dr. Sorensen, Dr. Bierman, Dr. Richardson and Dr. Hoover--your Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Bellevue, WA podiatrists--to schedule an appointment.

By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
July 28, 2016
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Orthotics  

Choosing the best orthotics for your foot or ankle problem may seem overwhelming. With many options, finding the right orthotic for you is not always easy. However, your podiatrist can help you understand your options and find the best course of treatment. Learn more about orthotics with help from your doctors at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound serving Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, OrthoticsPuyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA.

What are orthotics? 
Orthotics are inserts which fit inside of your shoe to support your foot or ankle. Orthotics can be over-the-counter or prescription. Custom orthotics prescribed by your podiatrist are usually more effective than over-the-counter varieties as they are made specifically to your foot. In some cases, over-the-counter one-size-fits-all orthotics provide adequate support, but you may require customized, prescription orthotics. Your doctor can help you choose the better option for you.

What can orthotics do for me? 
Orthotics are usually split into two classifications:

  • Accommodative Orthotics: This type of orthotic includes braces, splints, casts, and night splints. Accommodative orthotics align the ankle and foot’s ligaments and other connective tissues to relieve pain and correct certain conditions.
  • Functional Orthotics: A more popular type of orthotic, functional orthotics are usually inserts worn inside of the shoe. The insert aligns the foot and ankle into a neutral position which promotes normal functionality and even placement of the body’s weight.

A physical examination alongside imaging methods like x-rays or MRIs can help your doctor diagnose the root cause of your foot or ankle pain. Choosing the right orthotic for you depends on several factors. Your doctor keeps the type of injury or condition you have and your lifestyle in mind when determining the best treatment option for your feet.

For more information on orthotics, please contact your doctors at Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound, serving Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA. Call to schedule your appointment for a foot and ankle examination today!

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