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Tuesday, 03 August 2021 00:00

Preparing to Run

Running is a great sport to get into for your overall physical fitness, but it can be tough on the feet and ankles if you don’t first take measures to prevent injuries. If you are new to running, or resuming running after a long break, you may be able to reduce the risk of injury by stretching for a week prior to beginning to run. This will help loosen stiff joints and tissues. You should also incorporate stretching into your warm-up before each run. Wear running shoes that fit properly and offer adequate support, and replace them when they become worn out. If you do find that you have experienced an injury, stop running and consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition, offer the right treatments, and help get you back on your feet. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood of Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to nerve damage of the nerves outside of the central nervous system. The peripheral nerves located in the lower limbs are frequent sites of nerve damage due to neuropathy. There are many potential causes for this condition. These include factors such as alcohol use or vitamin or nutrient deficiency, hereditary disorders, exposure to environmental toxins, or other medical conditions like diabetes, kidney failure, autoimmune diseases, and infections. Cancer patients may develop peripheral neuropathy as a consequence of chemotherapy. Peripheral neuropathy can also occur without a known cause. This is known as idiopathic neuropathy. If you are experiencing symptoms of nerve damage in your lower limbs, such as tingling, numbness, weakness, or coldness, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

Are Cracked Heels Dangerous?

Cracked heels are also be known as heel fissures. They are usually caused by excessively dry skin. While cracked heels are often a purely cosmetic problem, they can become quite painful if the cracks are deep. In rare cases, the cracks may be deep and severely painful, can bleed, and can raise the risk of an infection. But even small cracks on the heels can allow tiny fungi or viruses to get in and infect the skin of the feet, causing athlete’s foot or plantar warts to develop. If you have cracked heels, home treatment methods, such as soaking the feet in warm water, exfoliating the heels with a pumice stone, and applying a thick moisturizer, can be a great help. However, if your cracked heels are deep, painful, or showing signs of infection, or if you have diabetes, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Monday, 19 July 2021 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Obesity can affect many parts of the body - and the feet are no exception. Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, is a threat to the health of your feet. People who are obese are at an increased risk of foot problems, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and arthritis, because of the pressure that excess body weight puts on the muscles, ligaments, and joints of the feet and ankles. People who are obese are also at an increased risk of developing type II diabetes, a systemic condition that can lead to poor circulation, nerve damage, and poorly healing wounds in the lower limbs. If you are overweight or obese and suffering from foot pain, seeing a podiatrist can help you get the care you need.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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

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Thursday, 08 July 2021 00:00

How Heel Pain Can Develop

Many people across the globe suffer from heel pain. It can occur from a variety of foot conditions, including plantar fasciitis, arthritis, or possibly from an Achilles tendon injury. There are patients who develop heel spurs, and the symptoms are often similar to those of plantar fasciitis, which can consist of heel pain in the morning after arising. If an injury has occurred, it may also result in a heel fracture. Common symptoms of this type of heel condition can include swelling, excessive pain, difficulty walking. There are many methods of treating heel pain, and it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best healing technique is for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood of Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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Tuesday, 29 June 2021 00:00

Everyday Foot Care Made Simple

Many people often underestimate the role their feet have in their everyday lives. They are considered to be the foundation of the body and can be taken for granted until there are foot complications. There are methods that can be implemented which can make the feet feel at their best and help make daily activities easier to accomplish. These can include washing the feet daily,  followed by applying a good moisturizer on them. Additionally, it may help the skin on the feet when a pumice stone is frequently used, and this is often useful in removing existing dead skin. Sweaty feet may benefit from using an antifungal powder or spray daily, and this may be conducive in controlling athlete's foot. Additionally, ingrown toenails may be prevented when the toenails are trimmed correctly. Podiatrists are aware of proven methods that can help with everyday foot care, and it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor for the correct information.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Saturday, 19 June 2021 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Ingrown Toenails in Infants

An ingrown toenail is more common in adults, but can affect anyone of any age, including infants. An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin rather than over it. This causes redness, swelling, and pain, and may lead to an infection if left untreated. Usually the first symptom of an ingrown toenail in an infant is the area at the edge of the nail slowly becoming raised due to the toenail growing underneath it. At first the raised area is flesh-colored, but over time it can turn red and become painful. Just as in adults, ingrown toenails in babies are usually the result of improperly trimming the toenails or wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area. Applying a warm, wet compress to the affected toenail can soften the skin and reduce discomfort. If you notice that the area is becoming increasingly red, warm, or painful, it is suggested that you take your child to see a podiatrist for treatment.  

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood of Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Research has indicated that elderly people may benefit from having assistive devices installed throughout the home. These can be helpful in preventing falls, which can cause serious injuries. Additionally, falling may invoke a loss of independence, as the fear of falling can precede everyday activities. Some of the safety measures that can be used in an elderly person’s household can include grab bars in the shower and toilet area, a non-slip bath mat, and improved lighting. Additionally, it may be beneficial to use a walker or cane while inside the home, and a stair lift may be needed for seniors that reside in a home with stairs. Falling can be debilitating to the feet and can cause accomplishing daily activities to temporarily cease. If you would like to know more information about how falling can affect the feet, and learn about effective preventive strategies, please speak with a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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