Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

If you run, you may experience pain at times. Whether you have high or low arches, issues with your feet can impact how your feet feel after a run. If this is true for you, you may benefit from wearing orthotics. Orthotics, also known as foot orthoses, are shoe inserts used to counteract improper biomechanics of the feet during walking, running, and other activities while standing on the feet. There are over the counter (OTC) orthotics or specialized custom-made orthotics. Orthotics are generally made from soft, pliable material but some are made of more rigid materials, like plastic or graphite to keep feet firm and stable. Orthotics might help if one has flat feet to help with cushioning of the impact of the foot hitting the ground. They might also help provide heel support and relieve other injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or runner’s knee. Since orthotics work with the biomechanics of feet, they will likely help prevent future foot injuries as well. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist if you run and want to find out if orthotics can help keep you more comfortable. 

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. Tek Fish from Clover Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Research has indicated that the foot condition known as a bunion may be inherited. Furthermore, studies have shown the bunion itself has not developed because of genetic reasons, but the foot structure that contributed to it may be inherited. It is easy to notice the bony protrusion on the big toe’s side. Some people develop bunions if they have endured a traumatic foot injury, which may also contribute to changes in the foot structure. There may be existing medical conditions like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or cerebral palsy that can lead to a bunion. A common reason why many patients develop bunions can be the type of shoes that are worn. High heels and shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in may cause a bunion. This particular foot condition is considered to be a deformity, and it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward correct treatment methods.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Tek Fish of Clover Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Flat feet, medically known as pes planus, occur when the long arch of the foot has not developed properly. Children are born with flat feet, but usually develop healthy arches by the age of five. Some people are genetically inclined to have flat feet. Others develop them as a result of a condition, such as diabetes, a stroke, or rheumatoid arthritis. Weight gain and standing for long periods of time can cause discomfort if you have flat feet, but most people do not experience pain from this condition. Wearing shoes with good arch support and cushioning in the heel can be a plus, if you have flat feet. A number of stretching and strengthening exercises can help to relieve any heel pain caused by flat feet. If being on your feet is a requirement of your job or lifestyle, wearing orthotics may be a good option. A podiatrist can assess the extent of the condition and prescribe custom shoe inserts to address it. For more information about flat feet and how they can be treated, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Tek Fish from Clover Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Anyone who enjoys running knows the annoyance of having a blister on their foot. It happens as a result of excess friction that can come from wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly. This can damage the skin, and a blister will form over the raw skin as new skin develops underneath it. It is filled with a protective fluid, and will gradually drain as the new skin forms. Blisters can make it difficult to walk, exercise, or stand for extended periods of time, and may be covered with a bandage to prevent premature draining. There are medical conditions many people have that may lead to getting blisters. These can include fungal infections, chickenpox, and eczema. Additionally, blisters may develop from an allergic reaction to an insect bite, or possibly from chemical exposure. It is ideal to prevent blisters from occurring, and this may be done by wearing shoes that fit correctly, applying foot powder to shoes and socks, and wearing socks that can absorb moisture. If you would like more information about how to treat and prevent blisters on the feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Tek Fish of Clover Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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