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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Healing a Broken Toe

A broken toe can occur due to trauma or injury, such as stubbing the toe or dropping a heavy object on it. Pain, swelling, stiffness, bruising, and difficulty walking are symptoms of a fractured toe. If a broken toe is not properly cared for, complications can develop including arthritis or a toe deformity. Depending on the severity of a toe fracture, surgery might be needed to put it back in place. Staying off the foot and buddy taping are generally recommended as things one can do immediately to relieve the pain of a broken toe. Buddy taping involves taping the fractured toe to the one next to it. If you think you may have broken your toe, and rest and home remedies are not providing relief, contact a podiatrist who can provide appropriate treatments for healing.

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 Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor 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 Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Uncomfortable Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swollen feet during pregnancy are often a nuisance for most women. Larger shoes may need to be purchased, and they can produce a general feeling of discomfort. Knowing swollen feet will gradually dissipate may help to ease thoughts about the tenderness that is often associated with this condition. There are various reasons why feet can become swollen during this time. These can include the extra fluid and thicker blood the body produces to support the growing fetus, in addition to hormone changes that can affect circulation. This can cause the blood to collect in the legs, and mild relief may come from frequently propping them up. It may also help to reduce the amount of time standing and walking during the day. Additionally, limiting sodium intake and sleeping on the left side may be beneficial in reducing the amount of swelling in the ankles. If you have questions about your swollen feet during this time in your life, please ask a podiatrist who can help you with your concerns.

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 Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor 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 Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Foot massages have many benefits and may relieve existing foot pain. Reflexology and massages are performed on the feet and can positively affect the organs in the body. There are differences between the two types of foot therapy. Foot massages can be described as more of a general term for manual techniques that are applied to the feet, and this differs from reflexology in which specific practices and theories are applied. Foot reflexology uses the pressure points on the feet that correspond to various organs in the body. This can be helpful in stimulating the central nervous system which may help to promote healing. Additionally, there may be different types of foot massages, including Swedish, Shiatsu, and Thai massages. Having any type of these massages may improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and reduce stress and pain. If you would like more information about the benefits of these types of foot therapies, please contact a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Troy Wilde, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 09 December 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Bones of the the Ankle

Anyone who has broken their ankle knows how uncomfortable it can be. It is also known as a fractured ankle, and in most cases, it can be extremely difficult to walk. There are three bones that the ankle is comprised of, which are the tibia, fibula, and talus. The larger bone in the lower leg is referred to as the tibia, and the calf bone is called the fibula. This is the smallest bone in the lower leg, and the talus bone is located between the tibia and fibula. Any one of these bones can break during a foot injury, and a popping sound may be heard at the time. Additional symptoms can include immediate bruising, severe pain, and discomfort, and the foot may turn a blue or purplish color. Temporary relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated until a proper diagnosis can be performed. This involves having an X-ray taken, followed by wearing a cast or protective boot. The recovery period is approximately eight weeks, and it is suggested that you initially consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat a broken ankle.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Phoenix, Gilbert, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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