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July 2022

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

What Causes Cracked Heels

For any person who cares about the health and appearance of their feet, cracked heels can pose a unique problem. This unattractive and potentially uncomfortable condition occurs when the skin surrounding the heels becomes thick and dry, producing a cracked texture. It is very important to familiarize yourself with the causes of cracked heels as this can reduce your chance of developing the condition. The principal cause of this ailment is lacking sufficient moisture in the skin of the heels. For example, if someone fails to properly moisturize and protect the elasticity of the skin in their heels, they are increasing their chances of developing cracked heels. Additionally, prolonged exposure to water can also cause cracked heels in some cases. This is because water can diminish important oils in the heels that keep the skin elastic. Therefore, if you are someone who spends a significant amount of time in damp or moist environments, you may be putting yourself at a greater risk of developing cracked heels. These are just some of the many causes of cracked heels. To learn more, contact a podiatrist who can help with your cracked heels.


 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Michael F. Esber, DPM from Arizona Foot Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sun City West, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

Probable Causes for an Ingrown Toenail

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition. It occurs as a result of the skin growing into the sides of the nail instead of over it. The symptoms that are generally associated with this ailment often include extreme tenderness, swelling, and is often painful. The big toe is typically affected by an ingrown toenail, although it can affect the other toes. In severe cases, the affected toe may produce a discharge, and can become infected. Ingrown toenails can happen for a variety of reasons. These can include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, incurring a toe injury, or possibly from genetic reasons. Additionally, it may come from trimming the toenails incorrectly. Relief can come from soaking the toe in warm water, followed by gently pulling the skin away from the nail. If the ingrown toenail is severe, surgery may have to be performed that can remove part of the nail, or the entire nail. It is important to wear shoes that are comfortable, and fit correctly, and it is beneficial to refrain from wearing tight socks. If you are afflicted with an ingrown toenail, please consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can recommend the right treatment for you.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Michael F. Esber, DPM of Arizona Foot Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sun City West, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Walking is one of the best things people who have arthritis can do for relief. This type of low-impact exercise can help to keep the joints flexible and the bones healthy. A healthy weight is important to maintain, as this can help to reduce stress on the joints and bones. Many patients with arthritis understand the benefits of walking and generally start slowly. The length and time of walking can be gradually increased, and it can help to have a favorite time of day to walk. If it becomes painful, patients can use crutches or poles that may provide extra support. It is beneficial for shoes that are worn to fit well and be comfortable, and setting a goal for time or distance may help to establish good walking habits. It is important to properly warm up before walking is started for the day, followed by cooling down when it is completed. If you have arthritis in your feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can advise you on what type of walking shoes to buy and suggest different exercises to perform for relief.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Michael F. Esber, DPM from Arizona Foot Health Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sun City West, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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The foot condition called Sever’s disease affects children and young teenagers. The medical term for this ailment is calcaneal apophysitis which affects the growth plate in the heel. This can happen when the heel bone grows faster than the connecting muscles and tendons, causing the tendons to pull on the growth plate. The type of children that Sever’s disease affects most are those who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. A common symptom of this condition is heel pain and it can be severe. It is generally worse after arising in the morning and relief may start with temporarily stopping the activity that caused the condition. Additional symptoms include swelling in the heel and surrounding areas, and the pain may make it difficult to walk. An effective method to diagnose Sever’s disease is known as the squeeze test. This is accomplished when the inside and the outside of the heel are squeezed at the same time and pain is present. Treatment may involve performing specific stretches and exercises that can benefit the heel. If your child has heel pain, please confer with a podiatrist who can diagnose Sever’s disease and offer you effective treatment options.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Michael F. Esber, DPM from Arizona Foot Health Center. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sun City West, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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