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When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it may be indicative of a foot condition referred to as plantar fasciitis. Research has shown plantar fasciitis affects approximately 10% of the population worldwide, and often causes severe heel pain. The plantar fascia, found on the sole of the foot, is a band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Excessive running or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may cause the plantar fascia to become inflamed. Additionally, plantar fasciitis may develop from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, or if the tissue becomes overstretched. Relief may be found when specific stretches are performed and shoes that are worn that have adequate cushioning. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to permanently repair the plantar fascia. In patients who are overweight, it is suggested that eating healthy foods can help to reduce the effect body’s weight has on the soles of the feet. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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, 27 September 2022 00:00

What Causes Achilles Tendon Injuries?

The Achilles tendon is found in the lower part of the calf, and it connects the heel to the calf muscles. This tendon can become easily injured, generally from increasing speed and mileage too quickly. When the tendon is stretched beyond its normal range of motion it may rupture completely or partially, which can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Patients who have this condition can find it difficult to walk, and prompt medical attention is often sought. Additionally, people can develop another type of Achilles tendon injury, which is referred to as Achilles tendinopathy. This is described as a chronic condition that can be a result of gradual wear and tear of the Achilles tendon. In both cases, relief may start with ceasing the activity that caused the injury. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the tendon. If you have an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment techniques.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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 tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Foot Wounds Need Immediate Attention

A foot ulcer is a wound on the sole of the foot. It can be common among diabetic patients and generally requires prompt medical attention to avoid amputation. It is defined as a wound that develops on the surface of the skin and may extend to the tendons and bones. Diabetic patients often do not have the ability to heal normally or quickly, therefore this type of wound is usually treated with antibiotics. Diabetes can make it difficult to feel sensations on the feet so many patients are unable to notice existing cuts, scrapes, or bruises that have developed. Foot ulcers can also affect people who have abnormal foot bones or muscles in the feet. This can include people who have arthritis in the feet, as well as claw feet. If you have a wound on your foot, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, 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.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

Who Is a Podiatrist?

Different kinds of doctors specialize in a particular part of the body. For example, otolaryngologists specialize in the ear, nose, and throat, while optometrists specialize in treating the eyes. Podiatrists are doctors that primarily focus on all things related to the feet. Podiatrists must complete a rigorous academic course of study, first obtaining a bachelor’s degree and then earning a degree in Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, referred to as DPM. You might find podiatrists working in a variety of environments. For example, you could find them working in hospitals, private or group practice settings, the armed services, or even in the U.S. Public Health Service. A podiatrist’s work is pertinent because the feet are critical parts of the human body. Not only are feet responsible for movement and balance, but they must also bear the full weight of a human’s body. Since the feet are vulnerable to conditions like plantar fasciitis, plantar warts, athlete’s foot, Morton’s neuroma, and tarsal tunnel syndrome, a podiatrist’s work is essential. If you are interested in taking good care of your feet or you have an existing foot condition, contact a podiatrist. 


 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to 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.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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, 13 September 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

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.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Gout Is a Common Form of Arthritis

Gout is an inflammatory form of arthritis, and is considered to be the most common form of this painful condition. Gout generally affects the joints in the big toe, and is caused by excess uric acid in the blood, causing crystals to form. This can occur from genetic reasons, or from eating foods that have high purine levels. These types of foods can include red meat, shellfish, alcohol, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. The pain that patients experience with gout can be debilitating, and it is often difficult to walk. A proper diagnosis can consist of having an X-ray taken, and fluid may be extracted out of the affected joints that houses the crystals. Patients who have existing medical issues may be at a higher risk for getting gout. These can include obesity, kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Living a healthy lifestyle may help to prevent future gout attacks, and may be easier to control if they do happen. If you have questions about gout, or have frequent attacks, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can answer any concerns you may have, and guide you toward proper treatment options.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 30 August 2022 00:00

Reasons a Bunion Can Develop

A bump on the side of the big toe may be classified as a bunion. It can be large or small depending on how fast it develops. It may be uncomfortable and can happen as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move around in. Some patients have pain in the bottom of their big toe that may gradually develop into the rest of the foot. In severe cases, the bunion may cause the other toes to shift and can result in overlapping. Many patients choose to have an X-ray taken and this can be beneficial in determining the extent of the deformity, in addition to observing if there is wear and tear on the joint. This condition may be the result of an abnormal foot structure and may happen to people who have flat feet. Additional reasons why people may develop a bunion can be from having endured a foot injury or possibly from collagen deficiency diseases. If you have a bunion, please confer with a podiatrist who can recommend what type of treatment is correct for you, and how to find permanent relief.

If you are suffering from bunions, 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.

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 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, 23 August 2022 00:00

Exercises May Help Hammertoe

A foot condition that is considered to be a deformity can be referred to as hammertoe. It is a noticeable ailment that affects the toes, and pushes them into a bent position. The joint bends downward, often resembling a hammer. It is most often seen in the second, third, or fourth toes, and can cause difficulty in walking. It is known as an imbalance that affects muscles, toes, and ligaments, and may happen for various reasons. Some people have a predisposition to developing hammertoe, or it can come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, it may happen if a foot injury has occurred, or from having weak calf muscles. Relief can be found when specific foot stretches are done, and performing regular exercise promotes healing and can improve flexibility. If you have this condition, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you. 

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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, 16 August 2022 00:00

Why Do I Have Foot Pain?

The foot is one of the most important parts of the human body. Not only is it responsible for bearing the weight of your body, but it is also central to movement such as walking and running. When you experience foot pain it is nothing to take lightly, and your body may be indicating something isn’t right. There could be several reasons why your foot is hurting. First, you might be having foot pain as a result of a fungal infection. For example, you may have developed a condition known as athlete’s foot, which makes the affected skin flaky and itchy. Second, you could be suffering from an overuse injury. This commonly occurs in athletes who repeatedly put pressure and strain on their feet when running and jumping. Third, you might be experiencing foot pain because of a fracture. Bones in the feet can become fractured, or broken, when heavy objects are dropped on the feet or when being subject to repeated trauma. If your feet are hurting, contact a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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Sunday, 14 August 2022 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

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