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By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
July 27, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Orthotics  

Have you ever heard the term orthotics? Maybe you haven't, but you may have heard the term shoe inserts. Well, orthotics is the medical orthoticsname for the shoe inserts that your podiatrists in Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA, at Ankle & Foot Specialists of Puget Sound, offer. Custom-made for your particular foot and ankle health needs, orthotics comfort, correct and protect your feet through out the day. They may be just what you need to preserve your best foot and ankle function.

Who wears orthotics?

More people than you may realize wear orthotics. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says that while over the counter shoe inserts have their place for minor problems, customized orthotics from your podiatrist in Bellevue last longer, are more comfortable and accomplish the task for which they were designed. Orthotics prevent foot problems, too, such as diabetic ulcers, comfort sore spots, protect against problems with how your foot functions and much more.

Among the typical problems orthotics treat are:

  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Flat feet
  • Calluses and corns
  • Toeing in and toeing out
  • High arches
  • Feet that are deformed or of different sizes
  • Legs that are different lengths

Types of orthotics

In general, orthotics fall into three categories:

  1. Rigid--made from plastic or carbon, these inserts work well in dress shoes and help to control ankle function
  2. Soft--made from padded material to cushion the feet and promote good balance (diabetics wear this type)
  3. Semi-rigid--a combination of soft and rigid materials, these orthotics provide pain control for athletes or people who are constantly on their feet. They correct toeing in and toeing out problems with kids, too.

If our podiatrists determine that your foot and ankle health would benefit from orthotics, he will do plaster mold casting of your feet and use computerized imaging to analyze your foot structure, balance and gait--in other words, what your feet are doing as you walk or run. Then, that information will be used to make the orthotics.

Living with orthotics

Your podiatrist asks that you wear socks with your orthotics and to take them with you when trying on new pairs of shoes at the store. Also, be sure to see your foot doctor at Ankle & Foot Specialists of Puget Sound in Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA for regular follow-ups. The podiatrist will check the condition of your feet and ankles and also ensure your orthotics are doing their job. Contact one of our conveniently located offices today for your consultation on customized orthotics.

By Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound
June 02, 2017
Category: Foot Health
Tags: heel pain  

If you have heel pain, don't ignore it! A podiatrist can help you achieve real relief with little expense or trouble. Ankle and Foot Specialists heel painof Puget Sound offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. We have offices in Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA. Read on to find out how a podiatrist can help alleviate your heel pain.

#1- Medicine

Your podiatrist can prescribe medication that will alleviate the symptoms for the short term. Inflammation and pain are most commonly treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. Topical pain medications -- those you apply to your skin -- are also prescribed to treat heel pain. 

#2- Stretching Exercises

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various conditions of the foot and ankle. Stretching exercises can ease your pain and prevent the pain from reoccurring. Patients who do stretching exercises have a much better outcome after being treated for heel pain.

#3- Cortisone Injections

You can get cortisone injections at your podiatrist's office. The injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone injections offer relief for pain and inflammation. The cortisone starts working in a few days and it will continue to work for several months. 

#4- Orthotic Devices

Orthotic devices are often used to treat various conditions of the foot and ankle. Orthotic devices redistribute relieve pressure on sensitive areas of the feet and provide cushioning that reduces stress. Studies have shown that orthotic devices improve function and reduce foot pain. Custom-made orthotic devices are available by prescription. 

#5- Night Splints

Many podiatrists include night splints as part of their standard of care for treating heel pain. Night splints have been designed to hold the feet in a neutral position during sleep, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. While you use a night splint, you can continue other treatment with medication, orthotic devices or physical therapy.

If you have never been to a podiatrist before, why not take the first step to a healthier you? Call Ankle and Foot Specialists of Puget Sound today to schedule an appointment in Bellevue, Issaquah, Covington, Puyallup, Enumclaw, Bonney Lake and Redmond, WA. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.

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.

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