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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

What Can Be Done About Bunions

A bunion is medically referred to as a hallux valgus. It is a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe. This type of malformation can develop when the first metatarsal bone in the foot turns out, and the big toe shifts toward the other toes. Eventually, the fluid-filled sac that surrounds and cushions the joint may become inflamed, and the entire joint can become stiff and painful. A bunion can interfere with walking or exercising. Additionally, it can be difficult to find shoes that accommodate this protrusion, and if shoes do not fit properly, extra pressure may be put on this misaligned joint. Bunions are more common in women. Perhaps this is because women are more apt to wear narrow, pointed, or high-heeled shoes. Bunions can also be genetic, or may develop from an underlying illness, such as arthritis, or an abnormal foot structure. Some foot problems, such as high arches or flat feet, can predispose one to getting a bunion. A podiatrist can determine the severity of a bunion and recommend the appropriate treatment for it. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you make an appointment with this type of doctor for an examination and relief options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, 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 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.


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


  • 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 Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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A broken toe hurts. It can happen from stubbing it against a piece of furniture or dropping a heavy object. Immediate symptoms often include bruising and swelling, and walking is often difficult. A broken toe generally takes approximately four weeks to heal, and it can help to refrain from walking on it and frequently elevating the foot. Many people use crutches when they have a broken toe, which can help to provide mobility. A mildly broken toe can be treated by using the buddy taping method. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, which generally provides the necessary stability as the healing process occurs. It is beneficial to place a piece of felt or foam between the toes, which helps to prevent the toes from rubbing against each other. If the bone is protruding from the skin, this is considered to be severely fractured and often requires medical attention from a podiatrist. If you have broken your toe, it is strongly suggested that you contact this type of foot doctor who can diagnose and treat this injury accordingly.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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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The majority of pregnant women notice their feet undergo changes during this time in their lives. There are hormones that are produced during pregnancy, which may cause the ligaments in the feet to loosen. The added weight from the growing fetus may cause the ankles to swell, and the arches may flatten. It is beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly, are comfortable, and it is helpful to refrain from wearing high heels. Maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in a gentle exercise routine may help to reduce the swelling in the feet and ankles. Many women notice their shoe size becomes larger while they are pregnant, and it is beneficial to properly measure your feet to determine what the correct size is. Drinking plenty of water daily and wearing compression stockings may help the feet to feel better, which may improve the quality of this time period. If you are pregnant, and have questions about how to reduce swollen feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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, 04 April 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Heel pain in children and young teenagers may indicate that the foot condition Sever’s disease has developed. Sever's disease is a heel bone disorder that can occur due to a growth spurt that affects the heel plate. When this happens, the Achilles tendon pulls on the heel, causing it to become inflamed and swollen. It generally occurs in children who participate in sports activities that involve running and jumping. A common symptom is severe heel pain, which may lead the child to limp or walk on tiptoes. Additionally, the calf muscles can tighten, and there may be a loss of range of motion in the ankle. Successful treatment often begins with stopping the activity that caused Sever's disease, and frequently elevating the affected foot may help to reduce the swelling. If your child is active and has heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Clover Podiatry. Our doctors 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.


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 offices located in Camas and Vancouver, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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