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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

An infection of the skin on the feet is often referred to as athlete's foot. It is caused by a fungus that is contagious and lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These types of places can include shower room floors, public swimming pools, and locker rooms. It is beneficial to wear shower shoes while frequenting these areas, and to refrain from sharing towels, socks, and shoes. Some of the symptoms that are associated with athlete's foot can consist of red skin on the bottom of the feet and in between the toes. Additionally, the skin may crack or itch, and blisters can form as well. Relief may be found when the feet are washed and dried frequently, and when wearing socks that are made of cotton that can help to absorb existing moisture. If you have become afflicted with this condition, please speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques.

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 one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center.  Our doctors 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 Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

We all know that warming up before exercising is important for avoiding injuries and having a smoother, easier workout. When warming, you should stretch your whole body, including your feet. Stretching the feet can be quick and easy. Try walking on your tiptoes for 30 seconds, then walking on your heels for another 30 seconds. While standing with one leg slightly out in front of you, flex your toes towards your body, using your hands to help pull them towards you. Do this for 30 seconds on each foot. For more information about easy stretches to warm up your feet, consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

Gout is considered to be a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. When there is an overabundance of uric acid, it can crystallize and become lodged in the joints. This can produce severe pain, swelling, redness, and joint stiffness. Often, the joints of the big toe are most commonly affected. Certain conditions make gout more likely to occur. These include consuming foods that contain high fructose corn syrup or are high in purines, being obese, having chronic kidney disease, taking certain drugs, and having cancers or blood disorders. Gout can also be hereditary. If you experience a gout flareup, seeing a podiatrist for treatment and diet plans can help.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors 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 Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

A bunion (Hallux Valgus) is a bony bump where the big toe joint attaches to the foot. While bunions are more prevalent in adults, they do occur in children and, especially girls. Having loose joints, feet that roll inward, and other structural anomalies in the feet can all contribute to the formation of a bunion. Other factors such as heredity and wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes play a part as well. To help prevent bunions from developing, parents should make sure the shoes their children wear are fitted properly, and switched out as frequently as the child’s foot grows. If the child complains of pain in the bone just behind the big toe (first metatarsal), has a sore bump, swelling at the base of the big toe, discomfort while walking, or a numb or burning sensation, this may be an indication of a pediatric bunion. It is suggested that a podiatrist be consulted for an examination and X-ray to help diagnose and treat the issue. 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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