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

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Monday, 24 February 2020 00:00

What Is a Stress Fracture?

Stress fractures in the feet generally occur as a result of overuse. This typically happens to runners, or to people who stand for extended periods of time for the majority of the day. It is defined as a small fracture in the bone, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Common symptoms of this condition can include increasing pain while performing daily activities, and the affected area may be bruised or swollen. After a proper diagnosis is performed, which typically consists of having an MRI taken, the healing process can begin. This can include wearing shoes that have additional cushioning while exercising, avoiding running on hard surfaces, and taking ibuprofen which may help in reducing pain. Additionally, if the stress fracture is severe, a boot or brace may be worn for additional support. If you have endured a stress fracture, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment method for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, 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.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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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Athlete’s foot may develop as a result of catching a fungal skin infection. Those who have had this condition expressed experiencing sores between their toes, scaly white skin, painful lesions, and an overall sensation of itchiness on the affected foot. One way this condition may be contracted is by sharing shoes or socks with someone with existing athlete's foot. Because fungi thrives in warm and moist environments, you may become afflicted with this infection if you walk around barefoot in locker rooms, communal showers and swimming pool areas. To help with prevention, it’s advised that you use the proper footwear when walking around in these places. For a proper diagnosis and an advised plan of treatment, consult with a podiatrist for professional care and tips on alleviating discomfort.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood from Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

Where Is the Tarsal Tunnel Located?

The medical condition that is known as tarsal tunnel syndrome can be a result of nerve compression in the foot and ankle. The tarsal tunnel is located between a portion of the ankle bone and ligaments that stretch across the foot. The nerves, arteries, and tendons that are found inside the tarsal tunnel allow the foot to have flexibility and movement. If one of the nerves becomes compressed due to an injury, it may cause the toes and the bottom of the foot to tingle or become numb. After a diagnosis is performed, the proper treatment can begin. Treatment methods can be determined by the severity of this ailment. If you are afflicted with tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, 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.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

What Is the Purpose of PRP Injections?

The premise of PRP injections is to heal damaged cells in the body by using a concentrated mixture of the patient’s blood. It may help to heal injuries that develop slowly, which can include tendinitis. The procedure is performed by extracting a portion of blood, followed by spinning it in a centrifuge which removes the platelets. The next step is to have it injected into the damaged area, which may help to accelerate the healing process. There are several foot conditions that may benefit from the use of PRP injections. If you would like to know more about this type of treatment and the conditions it helps, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist for professional advice and guidance.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Ryan W. Wood of Desert Foot & Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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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