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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Two Types of Hammertoe

Hammertoe is considered to be a foot deformity. It is a fairly common ailment and can be caused by genetic reasons, or by wearing shoes that are too tight. When these types of shoes are frequently worn, the toes can squeeze together, causing the middle joint in the second and third toes to bend down, resembling a hammer. Hammertoe can fall into two categories which are known as flexible or rigid. It is easier to treat flexible hammertoe because the joints are much more pliable, and they can be bent back to their natural place. Conversely, rigid hammertoe is considered to be severe, and surgery may be the only option for permanent straightening. Some of the symptoms that accompany hammertoe can include foot pain, corns that form on top of the toes, and the range of motion may be limited. If you have signs of developing hammertoe, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you with the treatment option that is correct for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Decreased Desire to Walk

Those who are among the elderly population are especially at risk of experiencing detrimental afflictions of the feet. There are many reasons for this phenomenon to occur. However, one often overlooked reason is that as individual ages, it is common for them to demonstrate a reduced desire to walk. Walking in a safe and healthy way offers the feet a litany of different benefits. Walking can strengthen muscles in the feet and ensure that they are vibrant, strong, and resilient. However, when elderly individuals lose their desire to walk regularly, they might notice a corresponding decrease in the health of their feet. Of course, walking may not be feasible or safe for all seniors, but walking if you are able and if it is medically permissible can be a key way to improve foot health. Continuing to walk can also increase the balance that one demonstrates when engaging in weight-bearing activities. If you are a senior citizen and want to continue maintaining the strength of your feet, contact a podiatrist today for more details. 


 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Mobility Aids and Foot Surgery

Sometimes when an individual breaks their foot or ankle, they might require some kind of surgical procedure. Depending on the procedure, the patient might not be able to put weight on their impacted foot or ankle following the surgery for a certain amount of time. Therefore, they might need the assistance of mobility devices to move around post-operation. Specifically, a medical professional might recommend that a patient use a pair of crutches after a foot surgery. These tools are significantly light in weight. Alternatively, for more serious surgical procedures, a medical professional might recommend using some kind of wheelchair during the recovery period of a surgical procedure. A knee walker is also an option for an individual who recently suffered a foot injury. It is also important to note that walking boots are smaller than any of the aforementioned mobility devices. The mobility device that you might use after a surgical procedure on your foot is largely dependent on the nature of the injury and procedure. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for more information.


 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 07 December 2022 00:00

Do You Suffer From Painful Feet?

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Poor Circulation and Infants

New parents ought to be aware of signs of poor circulation in infants, as this condition can negatively impact the health of your infant. Importantly, poor circulation might be normal for a few hours following birth, however, persistent poor circulation can require medical attention. The feet can play an important role in helping you identify poor circulation in an infant. For example, if the feet feel cold to the touch, this might be indicative of a lack of sufficient blood circulation. The hands might feel cold as well. Often, the feet can give us important signals that we should not ignore. If you are a new parent or are expecting to be, see a podiatrist today to learn about the many ways in which you can care for your infant’s feet. This foot specialist will be able to help you develop a plan and teach you what signs to look for.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Integrative Foot & Ankle Centers of Washington. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Kirkland, Everett, and Renton, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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