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Osteoarthritis, the type of arthritis we associate with aging, can occur due to wear and tear of the cartilage that lines the joints. As the cartilage breaks down over time, the joints become stiff, painful, and swollen, making it difficult to walk, stand, and go about doing your daily activities. While osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, it often affects the joints of the feet and ankles. A podiatrist can help you manage and mitigate some of the symptoms of foot and ankle arthritis. There are many nonsurgical treatments for osteoarthritis, including taking oral medications or getting corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation, wearing orthotics, bracing or immobilizing affected joints, and physical therapy. If you have arthritis in your feet and ankles, please see a podiatrist. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our 3 locations located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Flip-flops are easy to slip on and look great with your summer wardrobe. While they do have their place on the beach, around the pool, inside public locker rooms and showers, or outside getting the mail or letting the dog out, wearing them as regular footwear on a daily basis can ultimately be harmful to your body. Since flip-flops offer absolutely no arch support, over time you could develop pain in your arches, ankles, and knees. Flip-flops also offer scant cushioning and little support from the hard surface of the ground below which may eventually lead to heel pain and even plantar fasciitis—when the tissue connecting the bottom of your heel with your toes becomes stressed and damaged. Also, in order to keep the flip-flop on your feet, you instinctively curl your toes which changes how you walk and puts undue strain on your feet and lower back. A podiatrist can offer additional information on proper footwear and also treat any foot and ankle pain you may be experiencing.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from The Foot Institute. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our 3 locations located in El Paso, TX .  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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A Stabbing Heel Pain

The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, often due to repetitive overuse. When the plantar fascia is injured, it causes heel pain. The pain is often described as “stabbing pain” and is usually worse when taking the first few steps following a period of rest, such as when you first wake up and step out of bed in the morning. Treatments for this condition are typically conservative and involve stretching the feet, wearing orthotics, and rest. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from The Foot Institute. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our 3 locations located in El Paso, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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