Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Proper arch support is essential for maintaining foot health and preventing discomfort. While over-the-counter arch supports are available at many sports and shoe stores, custom orthotics prescribed by a podiatrist can offer personalized relief for those suffering from arch pain. These medical devices are designed and created specifically for your foot. Customized orthotics for arch support help to rebuild the foot’s natural strength by providing targeted support, thereby preventing further injury and aiding in the repair of existing damage. The rigidity of these supports ensures that the arches remain elevated while allowing some flexibility for natural movement. In severe cases, continuous support methods like taping can be beneficial, providing consistent arch stability even when barefoot. Consulting with a podiatrist is vital for ensuring the proper fit and function of your orthotic device, as improperly fitted supports can cause additional harm. If you are experiencing arch pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

A bunion, medically known as hallux valgus, is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of the big toe, causing the toe to deviate toward the others. It occurs due to pressure on the big toe joint, often from wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, genetics, or foot stress. Bunions can cause pain, swelling, redness, and difficulty in walking. They may also lead to other foot problems such as calluses, corns, and hammertoes. Management options depend on the severity of the bunion and the pain it causes. For mild cases, a wait and see approach can be effective, with changes in footwear to alleviate pressure. Orthotic devices, such as custom shoe inserts, can provide support and relieve pain. When conservative treatments fail and pain or deformity is severe, surgery may be necessary to realign the bone, ligaments, and tendons. If you have a bunion that is causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment approach is for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 30 June 2024 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Diabetic patients face several risk factors that can impact foot health, including poor circulation and high blood sugar levels that can lead to nerve damage. Preventing nerve damage involves maintaining good blood sugar control through a balanced diet, regular exercise, and prescribed medications. Regular foot care is essential for diabetic patients to prevent complications. Daily inspections of the feet for cuts, blisters, or any signs of infection are crucial. Keeping the feet clean and moisturized helps prevent dryness and cracking. Wearing properly fitted shoes reduces the risk of pressure sores and injuries. Additionally, regular check-ups with a podiatrist ensures early detection and treatment of any foot issues. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of this foot doctor who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Eureka and Arcata, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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