Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

The joints in the feet can be negatively affected by the autoimmune condition known as rheumatoid arthritis. This is often referred to as RA, which is the abbreviation. The common symptoms that are often associated with this type of arthritis can include swelling, pain, and a limited range of motion. Many patients have difficulty in completing daily activities as a result of the intense pain and this can affect more than the joints. The cartilage, ligaments, and tendons may become painful and can progress quickly. Some of the foot issues that may develop from RA are bunions, claw toes, and flattened arches. Some people can have their circulation affected and this can lead to nerve damage. RA can become triggered by an existing infection, stress, and lack of sleep. This condition can produce serious complications to the feet and it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage rheumatoid arthritis.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

A bunion, medically known as hallux valgus, occurs when the base of the big toe bone moves outward, pushing the rest of the toe inward. A bunion can cause the foot to become wider, and make it difficult to find shoes that fit. It often rubs against the inside of the toe box and becomes red and irritated. Although wearing shoes that are too small, especially during one’s formative years, is not ideal, it is believed that genetics play a major role in the development of a bunion. Most people with bunions can find some relief through non-surgical means, including pain relief medication. In addition, finding wider shoes with a lower heel, and avoiding high heels, or shoes that are excessively pointy, can help. Losing weight may also reduce the pressure on the big toe. In severe cases, surgery is an option that can help correct the alignment of the toes. If a bunion is causing pain on a regular basis, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist who can assess the situation and suggest a treatment plan.


 

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact the foot specialists of Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

The foot condition known as athlete’s foot can be uncomfortable. In severe cases, blisters can develop on the feet and often between the toes. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus, and can enter the body through small cracks in the skin on the feet. The symptoms it can produce are red skin and itchiness, and the feet are often dry and scaly. The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives and thrives in warm and moist environments, including public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. Effective preventive methods can consist of washing and drying the feet thoroughly, and refraining from sharing shoes and socks. Additionally, it is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes, such as flip flops or water shoes, while in these types of areas. Any severity of athlete's foot is often seen by a podiatrist to ensure it is diagnosed and treated properly, and it is suggested to schedule an appointment as quickly as possible if you have this condition. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

A heel spur is caused when calcium builds up on the heel bone. It can be a plantar heel spur, which grows on the bottom of the heel, or a posterior heel spur, which grows on the back of the heel. A great many people have heel spurs and won’t know it until the spurs show up on an X-ray. Others with heel spurs can experience a great deal of pain, which can be acute, intermittent, or chronic. The precise cause of heel spurs has been debated by scientists, but what is clear is that more than 80 percent of people who have them are overweight. Older people also are more likely to develop heel spurs, as are post-menopausal women. Possible causes include arthritis, plantar fasciitis, excessive running or jogging, and shoes without adequate cushioning in the heel. The two main ways to treat bone spurs are resting and icing the foot and wearing orthotic shoe inserts. If the pain caused by heel spurs continues or worsens, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist who may suggest further treatment options, such as corticosteroid injections and being fitted for custom orthotics.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact the foot specialists from Table Mountain Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Wheat Ridge, CO . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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