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February 2022

Monday, 28 February 2022 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

What Causes a Buildup of Uric Acid and Gout?

Gout, a type of arthritis that often affects the feet and toes, is caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. About two-thirds of uric acid in the blood occurs naturally in the body, a product of the breakdown of cells. One-third of uric acid comes from eating foods that contain purines, chemicals that create uric acid as a byproduct when the body metabolizes them. When your body has high levels of uric acid, this substance can crystallize and lodge in your joints, causing painful gout flare-ups. Gout pain is typically sudden and severe, centered on an inflamed and swollen joint. If you have gout, it is suggested that you be under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Manx D. Quayle from Aurora Foot and Ankle Surgical Specialists. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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Monday, 21 February 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Why Arch Pain Occurs

There are many structures working together to create and support the arch of the foot including bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles and the plantar fascia tissue. Arches help balance the body and bear its weight, while providing the stiffness and thrust the body needs to walk and run. Arches can become overly stressed or damaged from the constant pressure they are under and suffer from painful muscle strains, ligament sprains, stress fractures and inflammatory arthritis. Arch pain may even be caused by direct trauma or inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of the feet that support the arch (plantar fasciitis). If you are experiencing arch pain, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist. The course of treatment for your arch pain will depend on its cause and severity, as well as what your podiatrist determines after examining you, and performing certain tests and diagnostics.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Manx D. Quayle from Aurora Foot and Ankle Surgical Specialists. 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 Fairbanks, AK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 14 February 2022 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!

Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

What Is Morton's Neuroma?

A Morton’s neuroma is the swelling and inflammation of a nerve that occurs between the third and fourth metatarsal bones in the foot. Morton’s neuroma usually causes a burning, stabbing or shooting pain in the ball of the foot and toes because the nerve gets trapped. Wearing tight fitting shoes, like high heels, can play a role in causing this condition, and continuing to wear the shoes can worsen the pain as well. Morton’s neuromas can also cause tingling and numbness in the feet and the feeling of a small stone stuck under the foot. If you think the pain in the ball of your foot that may be a Morton’s neuroma, consulting with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment is a good idea.  

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Manx D. Quayle of Aurora Foot and Ankle Surgical Specialists. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

What Is Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?

If the bottom of your foot starts hurting while performing an activity, especially later in the day, you may be afflicted with a condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome. The discomfort, which generally begins in the heel and moves to the sole of the foot, presents itself as sharp, shooting, or burning pain that sometimes turns to numbness. It is caused by compression or repetitive stretching of the tibial nerve that branches off from the sciatic nerve and runs down the lower leg to the ankle and then the foot. In some cases, a bone spur or other growth may press on the nerve causing pain. People with flat feet are said to have an increased risk for developing tarsal tunnel syndrome due to flattened arches that can stretch the tibial nerve. Walking and gaining weight can also make the condition worse. Some ways to alleviate symptoms include wearing comfortable shoes, stopping activities that exacerbate the pain, stretching the calf muscles, and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication. Custom orthotics may ease the condition as well, and corticosteroid injections can reduce the inflammation. It is a good idea to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can direct your treatment and provide the expert care you need. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact Dr. Manx D. Quayle of Aurora Foot and Ankle Surgical Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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

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