Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

The ankle is a complex structure of bones, tendons, and ligaments that work together to carry your weight anytime you stand, walk, run, or play sports. If you have mobility problems, there are a number of exercises that can strengthen the ankles and help to prevent injury. Ankle exercises can also improve stability and flexibility. Improving the stability of your ankles on a daily basis has other benefits, such as helping you walk properly and preventing knee and hip injuries. Stiff or tight ankles can make it more difficult to flex and extend the foot, which inhibits your ability to walk uphill. Weak ankles can add to the risk of a sprain or other injury, when the joint gives way while walking or standing. Experts believe that strengthening the ankles can also help to increase bone density and ward off osteoarthritis. It can also help to reduce pressure on the joint and reduce the risk of falls. If you need information on exercises that can strengthen your ankles and increase their flexibility, please consult a podiatrist.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and 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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Monday, 03 October 2022 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Hyperhidrosis is an excessive sweating that can affect the feet and other parts of the body. The medical terms are polyhidrosis and sudorrhea. This ailment is not life-threatening but can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Many people who have this condition often notice signs in their teenage years, which can develop reasons such as obesity, diabetes, or a thyroid disorder. A common symptom that is associated with this ailment is profuse sweating on the soles of the feet that can often soak through the socks and shoes. The skin on the feet may ultimately be affected, and people who have hyperhidrosis may choose to refrain from having physical contact. If you have this condition, a podiatrist will be able to provide a proper diagnosis and guide you toward the correct treatment options. If more information is desired, it is strongly suggested that this type of doctor is contacted so relief can be found.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact one of our podiatrists of Redwood Podiatry Group. Our doctors can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Cracked heels, or heel fissures, are cracks or splits in the skin on the soles of the feet, often going through to the inner layers of skin. They can be painful when pressure is applied to the skin while standing, and they can bleed. This condition generally comes from dry skin. Loss of nerve supply to the sweat glands in the feet can happen to diabetics, because they tend to have drier skin than others. Heel fissures are common in the general population, but those with diabetes can have more serious consequences if they do not deal with cracked heels effectively. Diabetics can also suffer from neuropathy, causing loss of feeling in the feet. With the loss of sensation, patients with diabetes can have fissures that bleed and can possibly become infected and ulcerated without knowing it. If you are a diabetic, make sure to visually inspect your feet regularly. If you have cracked heels or some other foot problem, it is important for you to see a podiatrist for prompt treatment.

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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