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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Exploring Surgical Options for Flat Feet

Surgery for flat feet, or pes planus, aims to correct the underlying structural issues in the foot and alleviate associated symptoms. The surgical approach depends on the severity of the condition and the individual's symptoms. In cases where conservative treatments such as wearing orthotic inserts fail to provide relief, surgical intervention may be considered. One common surgical procedure for flat feet is the realignment of the bones and tendons in the foot to restore the arch and improve stability. This may involve techniques such as tendon transfers, osteotomies, which are bone cuts, or fusion procedures to correct deformities and improve foot function. Another option is the insertion of implants or grafts to support the arch and provide long-term stability. Surgical correction of flat feet requires careful evaluation and planning by a qualified podiatrist to ensure optimal outcomes and minimize risks. If you have flat feet that are causing you pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine if surgery is an option for you to consider.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Foot Health and General Wellness

Good foot health is integral to overall well-being. Podiatrists play a vital role in maintaining both foot and general health. These doctors diagnose and treat various foot conditions, such as bunions, plantar fasciitis, and ingrown toenails, preventing further complications. Podiatrists also address systemic issues like diabetes and arthritis, which often manifest in the feet. By providing custom orthotics, they improve biomechanical alignment, reducing pain and enhancing mobility. Regular foot examinations by a podiatrist can detect early signs of systemic diseases, facilitating timely intervention. Additionally, podiatrists offer education on foot care practices and footwear selection, promoting preventive measures for optimal foot health. If you have problems or concerns about your foot health, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a consultation and any treatment that is deemed necessary.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Working in construction or outdoor settings demands footwear that prioritizes safety, durability, and comfort. Choose work boots specifically designed for these environments, featuring steel toe caps to protect against heavy objects and impact. Look for boots with sturdy outsoles that offer traction on uneven terrain, reducing the risk of slips and falls. Waterproof or water-resistant materials are essential to keep feet dry and comfortable, especially when working in wet or muddy conditions. Additionally, choose boots with ample ankle support to prevent strains and injuries while navigating uneven ground or climbing ladders. Breathable linings and moisture-wicking properties help regulate temperature and reduce sweat buildup, enhancing overall comfort during long hours of work. Consider factors such as insulation for cold weather conditions or ventilation for hot climates to ensure year-round suitability. Investing in high-quality, well-fitted work boots is not only critical for safety but also for maintaining productivity and minimizing the risk of foot-related injuries in demanding work environments. If you have questions about what type of shoes to wear during your workday, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward making the correct choices.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Why Do Cracked Heels Develop?

Cracked heels, a prevalent foot ailment, unfold as a result of a combination of factors intricately linked to foot care and lifestyle. The skin on the heels is naturally drier and thicker, making it prone to dehydration, especially in areas with low humidity or during seasons such as winter. Lack of proper hydration and moisturization contributes significantly to the development of cracked heels. Prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces adds to the pressure on the feet, leading to the formation of calluses that may eventually crack. Wearing ill-fitting footwear, with open-back shoes being a common factor, exposes the heels to friction and worsens the condition. Medical conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or thyroid disorders can also contribute to skin dryness, increasing the risk of cracked heels. If you have developed problematic cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief options, which may include prescribed medicine.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Friday, 02 February 2024 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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