Items filtered by date: October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

The Definition of a Foot Fracture

A foot fracture, also known as a broken foot, can vary in severity, from small hairline cracks to complete bone breaks. The human foot is a complex structure comprising 26 bones, making it susceptible to a variety of fracture types. Foot fractures often result from traumatic incidents, such as falls, sports injuries, or accidents. They can also occur due to repetitive stress on the foot over time, especially in athletes or individuals engaged in high-impact activities. Common symptoms of a foot fracture include pain, swelling, and bruising, and it can also be difficult to walk. A diagnosis typically involves physical examination, X-rays, or other imaging tests to determine the type and extent of the fracture. Treatment options can vary depending on the fracture's severity and location. Mild fractures may heal with rest, immobilization, and pain management. Conversely,  more severe cases may require casting, surgery, or other interventions to ensure proper healing that can restore normal foot function. In conclusion, a foot fracture is a break in one or more of the foot's many bones, often resulting from trauma or repetitive stress. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and offer the treatment plan that is right for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Sunday, 29 October 2023 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Wednesday, 25 October 2023 00:00

Treatment Options for Achilles Tendonitis

Achilles tendonitis, inflammation of the long tendon at the back of the heel, can cause pain and restrict mobility. Typically stemming from overuse or excessive strain, this ailment can cause tearing of the tendon. Ceasing the activity that may have caused the injury is important, and keeping the weight off of that foot can help to reduce pain. Certain exercises can fortify the Achilles tendon, making it more resilient and improving its flexibility. Orthotic devices, such as shoe inserts, not only provide essential support to the affected tendon but also work to lessen undue strain. In certain cases, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed to alleviate pain and manage inflammation. For severe and persistent cases of Achilles tendonitis, advanced interventions such as corticosteroid injections may be considered. These treatments target inflammation and stimulate the body's natural healing processes. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan for recovery from Achilles tendonitis.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Clover Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Seed Corns are Troublesome Growths

Seed corns, also known as porokeratotic eccrine ostial and dermal duct nevus, are small, painful, and often frustrating foot conditions. These minuscule, discreet calluses typically appear on the soles of the feet and can be mistaken for small plantar warts due to their size and appearance. Unlike warts, seed corns are usually found in clusters and are more likely to cause discomfort when walking or standing. The name seed corn is derived from their resemblance to tiny seeds, which can make them difficult to detect and remove effectively. While their exact cause is not entirely clear, factors consisting of friction, pressure, or certain types of shoes may contribute to their development. Fortunately, proper foot care, gentle exfoliation, and the use of moisturizing creams can help manage these bothersome seed corns, providing relief and comfort to those affected. If you have developed seed corns, seeking advice from a podiatrist is suggested for appropriate treatment and long-term prevention.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Clover Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Exploring the Common Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is a prevalent complaint that can hinder daily activities and mobility. One of the primary culprits is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot. This condition often results from overuse, wearing improper footwear, or excessive weight-bearing. Achilles tendinitis is another frequent source of heel pain, affecting the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. It can stem from intense physical activity, tight calf muscles, or inadequate warm-up. Heel spurs, which are bony growths on the underside of the heel bone, can lead to discomfort, although they do not always cause pain. Other causes may include stress fractures, arthritis, or nerve irritation. Wearing unsupportive shoes, sudden increases in activity levels, and obesity can make heel pain worse. Treatment options range from rest, stretching exercises, and orthotics to more invasive interventions, depending on the severity and cause of the pain. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately determine the cause and offer appropriate treatment options.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Clover Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Accidents can happen anywhere, but our homes should be a sanctuary of safety. One common but preventable mishap is falling within the household. These accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor scrapes to foot injuries, making fall prevention a top priority. This can begin with ensuring your home is well lit, especially in high traffic areas and staircases. Removing clutter and hazards from walkways, such as loose rugs or cords, and securing them to the floor or wall are effective fall prevention techniques. Installing handrails on stairs and grab bars in bathrooms is useful for added support. Consider using non-slip mats in the shower and bathtub. Regularly inspect and maintain your flooring to prevent tripping over loose tiles or damaged areas. Wear appropriate footwear with good grip, and be cautious on wet or slippery surfaces. Additionally, it is beneficial to stay active and that can help to maintain strength and balance, reducing the risk of falls. Taking these precautions can transform your home into a safe haven, where the threat of falling is minimized. If you would like more information about how falling can affect the feet in addition to learning about successful prevention methods, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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