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Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Athlete’s Foot and How It Is Treated

Athlete's foot, medically known as tinea pedis, is a common fungal infection affecting the feet and causing itchy, red, and flaky rashes. This condition, despite its name, can affect anyone not just athletes. It thrives in warm, humid conditions like sweaty feet inside poorly ventilated shoes or walking barefoot in locker rooms or by pool areas. Symptoms can include a rash, itching, skin cracking, and burning sensations, often affecting the area between the fourth and fifth toes. Risk factors include closed shoes, excessive foot sweating, poor hygiene, living in warm environments, and weakened immune systems. Men are more susceptible to athlete’s foot than women. Diagnosis relies on typical symptoms, but tests may be necessary in uncertain cases, including UV examination and skin or nail scrapings. Treatment and prevention involve washing the feet daily, drying the feet thoroughly, and wearing cotton socks and breathable shoes. Medical treatment includes antifungal creams, ointments, or tablets prescribed by a doctor. Early treatment is essential to prevent complications, especially for individuals with underlying health conditions. If you suspect you have athlete’s foot, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Causes of Swollen Ankles After Running

Swollen ankles after running can be a concerning and uncomfortable issue that many athletes and runners experience. While it's essential to push your limits and stay active, it's equally important to recognize the potential causes of this discomfort. One common cause of swollen ankles after running is improper footwear. Ill-fitting shoes or those lacking proper support can lead to strain on the ankles, resulting in inflammation. Overuse and overtraining can also contribute to swelling. Pushing yourself too hard or abruptly increasing your running intensity can cause stress on the ankle joints and surrounding tissues, leading to swelling. Further, inadequate warm-up and cool-down routines can lead to muscle tightness and cause fluid to accumulate around the ankles. Proper running shoes, a gradual training progression, and thorough warm-up and cool-down routines can significantly reduce the risk of swollen ankles. If swelling in the ankles persists or worsens, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to rule out underlying issues like sprains, strains, or ligament damage. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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, 15 August 2023 00:00

Foot Care Routines

The feet play a vital role in the functioning of your entire body, housing important nerves that connect to various organs. To ensure they function well, it's essential to keep your feet clean and comfortable. Here are some tips to maintain healthy and happy feet. Soak your feet in warm water mixed with shampoo or liquid soap for 10 minutes. Use a foot file to gently remove calluses and any hardened skin. Then massage your feet with moisturizer or foot cream for nourishment and softness. Remember to allow the skin to absorb the lotion fully before putting on socks. Other suggestions for a foot routine include giving your feet a chance to breathe by walking barefoot while resting at home or at your desk. An important part of foot care is trimming your toenails properly to avoid the discomfort of an ingrown toenail. It is also essential to wear shoes that fit well, leave room for the toes to move freely in, and provide proper cushioning, especially if your job involves standing for long periods. Your feet will thank you by staying healthy and happy, contributing to your overall well being. For any foot problems you may have, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. 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 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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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Flip Flops Can Cause Dangers to the Feet

Flip flops are a staple during the warmer months, offering ease and convenience. However, beneath their carefree appeal lies a hidden danger to foot health. Most flip-flops lack support, which may lead to overpronation, causing strain on the feet and ankles. Additionally, the toes constantly grip the flip-flops to keep them on the feet, leading to muscle imbalance and painful conditions like plantar fasciitis. The flimsy structure of flip-flops may also lead to accidents or injuries. Many people have found their gait, or walking pattern, has been altered by wearing flip flops, which may lead to calluses forming on the soles of the feet. While occasional use may be okay, prolonged wear of flip-flops is said to be detrimental to foot health. More supportive footwear can protect your feet and maintain their well-being. It is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist if you would like additional information about the negative impact of wearing flip-flops.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Troy Wilde, DPM from Practice. Our doctor 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 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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Sunday, 06 August 2023 00:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Keeping Toes Flexible With Hammertoe

Hammertoe can be uncomfortable and unsightly. It is a noticeable foot condition that causes the second and third toes to bend upward at the middle joint. These toes are often difficult to straighten out, and can become painful. Additionally, blisters and corns may form on top of the affected toes where they meet the shoe, and wearing shoes may be uncomfortable. A common cause of hammertoe comes from wearing shoes that are too tight, with inadequate room for the toes to move freely in. A proper diagnosis consists of having a physical examination performed, followed by beginning the correct treatment. Toes may be splinted to keep them straight, and specific toe stretches can be performed. This may be effective in keeping the toes as flexible as possible. If you have developed hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with treatment options that are best for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Troy Wilde, DPM of Practice. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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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