Quick Advice for Common Foot & Ankle Issues
Sometimes you have to put your foot down to get a leg up. Don't let foot or ankle pain dictate your way of life. Ignoring the pain and shifting weight to the other foot will only lead to further complications, where both feet become equally uncomfortable. At The Plateau Foot and Ankle Clinic, we understand the daily trials and tribulations of common foot and ankle problems. If you're looking for relief and peace of mind, you've come to the right place. Sit back, relax, and let us lend a helping hand.
These painful bumps at the joint of your big toe cause your toe to point inward and throw your foot bones out of alignment. Left untreated, this condition can affect your posture. To alleviate discomfort, wear shoes that permit ample space for the toes. Equipping yourself with footwear that conforms to the shape of your bunion will decrease the amount of pressure and friction.
Pain under the heel is frequent for countless individuals. This discomfort can begin without injury and hurt while standing or walking. Most cases improve on their own, however, stretching, medication to reduce inflammation, and custom orthotics prove to expedite the healing process.
Trimming your toenails too short, particularly on the sides of your big toes, will cause them to become ingrown--as will wearing shoes that are too tight or too short. To avoid this painful condition, trim your nails straight across and wear appropriately fitted footwear. Though subtle at first, ingrown toenails can get out of hand. If you experience any change in the nature of your skin or nails, make an appointment with Dr. Howard Schaengold today.
Corns and Calluses
If you have these hard, thick patches of dead skin on your feet, you have friction and pressure to blame. These areas develop as the body naturally attempts to protect your skin from harm. You can treat these at home by relieving the pressure on the skin. Modifying your shoes with pads is suitable. Positioning of the padding should be done with care. Visit your podiatrist for help.
Don't mistake these for calluses. Plantar warts are a result of infection and grow inward. Difficult to treat, Dr. Schaengold will provide you with the best plan of action. Some individuals find reprieve with repeated applications of salicylic acid to soften overlying calluses and expose the wart. Other options include freezing with liquid nitrogen, injecting the area with medication and very rarely, surgery.
When ligaments of the ankle joint are stretched beyond their limits, a sprain occurs. These elastic structures are intended to protect the ankle joint from abnormal movement or range of motion that happens during twisting, turning, and rolling of the foot. After a sprain, the ankle becomes tender and swollen. If you've turned your ankle, rest and elevate your foot above your heart level for 48 hours. Application of ice to decrease the amount of swelling should be immediate. Ice the ankle for 20 minutes, three to four times a day.
Our professional staff in Sammamish, Washington will help to diagnose and treat your foot or ankle problem. It's important to understand and discern common ailments and recognize when they require podiatric care. Make an appointment with our office today by calling (425) 868-3338 or book online by filling out our appointment request form.