Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

A stress fracture is also known as a hairline fracture. It can be a common foot injury among runners and people who frequently participate in sporting activities. Stress fractures can also occur when the surface used for running is changed and when the speed or duration is suddenly increased. Someone who experienced a stress fracture previously may be more susceptible to incurring another one. Before treatment can begin, a proper diagnosis is usually performed. An X-ray is generally taken to determine the extent of the break. An MRI may also be needed to view the surrounding tissue. If the verdict is a stress fracture the activity that caused it must be stopped temporarily, followed by frequently elevating the foot. Most patients will fully recover within two to eight weeks. If you think you have endured a stress fracture, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist so the correct treatment can begin.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, 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.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body and foot pain can affect the entire body. There are many reasons why foot pain develops and a leading cause may be arthritis. There are various types of arthritis with osteoarthritis being the most common. Osteoarthritis happens when the cartilage that is found between the bones and the joints of the ankle breaks down. Osteoarthritis can cause severe pain and discomfort, and many patients can experience a reduced range of motion. Juvenile arthritis affects children that are under 16 years old and may cause swollen joints. Another form of arthritis is the debilitating condition known as gout which affects the big toe. Gout can happen due to elevated build-up of uric acid causing crystals to form in the joints of the big toe. A condition that can affect the skin and joints is psoriatic arthritis and this may cause the toes to become swollen. If you have difficulty moving your feet, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and correct treatment techniques.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Blisters are one of the most common problems that runners encounter. While most blisters are not serious, these little pockets of fluid that form on the feet and toes can be annoying and quite painful. Knowing how to prevent a blister, which is nature’s way of protecting your skin from friction, is valuable information for runners. One way to prevent blisters is by wearing socks that wick moisture away from the foot and do not have seams that can cause rubbing. Along with proper socks, choosing the correct footwear is a second important prevention method. Running shoes should not be too narrow and should leave about half an inch of space in the toe box. Applying powders that absorb moisture on the feet and toes can help them stay dry during a run. Taping the places on your feet and toes that are likely to rub against your shoes can help to protect them as you run and keep blisters from forming. If you have blisters that have become infected or are otherwise interfering with your running, please consult a podiatrist for more information.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Most people forget how hard the feet work for them and do not give them the attention or care that they deserve. Usually, it takes a problem with the feet to get one’s attention. Tired and achy feet can benefit from reflexology, stretching, and pedicures, all of which should feel relaxing and soothing. Reflexology involves applying pressure with the hands to specific points on the feet with the goal of improving functioning of certain organs and glands. Gentle stretching of the feet can alleviate tension and strengthen muscles in the soles of the feet. In addition to making your toenails look pretty, pedicures can provide comfort in the form of massage, hot water soaks, and exfoliation. It is important to take care of the feet to get the most out of them. If you would like more suggestions for how you can properly care for your feet, see a podiatrist today.

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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