Identifying Your Foot Pain

Most people would rather not discuss their feet or the problems they may have with them. But we rely on our feet every day to get us from place to place and do the things we do. Because September is Pain Awareness Month, today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding different causes of foot pain.

We might not think too much about our feet until they begin to hurt and prevent us from carrying out our daily activities.

Following are the various types of condition and how to prevent and treat them. 

Achilles Tendinitis: Activities such as changing from soft to hard surfaces and running can cause this condition. Reducing the pain can be as easy as icing, resting, and taking an OTC pain reliever.

Bunions: Common causes include hereditary, heeled shoes, and gender. Relief includes padding, wearing footwear with a wider and a deeper toe box, ice, and pain medication.

Gout: Sharp pain, sudden tenderness, and increasing inflammation are common symptoms. Gout can be relieved using injections and anti-inflammatory drugs. Keeping hydrated, limiting alcohol intake, and maintaining a healthy body weight all can decrease the risk of gout.

Ingrown Toenail: To treat ingrown toenails, you will want to keep the area as clean as possible and to wedge a piece of gauze in between the nail and the wet skin. If the condition doesn’t improve, it’s time to see your podiatrist for expert treatment.

Neuroma: Morton’s neuroma is a noncancerous growth of nerve tissue typically found between the third and fourth toes. The symptoms include a burning sensation, numbness, or tingling between the toes and in the ball of the foot. With basic treatment, the neuroma should clear up naturally, though more severe cases can lead to injection therapy or surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis: When the area is strained or injured, the foot becomes weak and inflamed. Common treatments include new footwear, arch supports, physical icing feet and in severe cases, steroids, splints or surgery.

Athlete’s Foot: This condition is usually found around foot soles, in between toenails and toes. Symptoms include redness, burning, flaking, cracking, or itchy skin at the bottom of the feet. Antifungal creams should clear up the affected problem.

There are many types of podiatry conditions out there, and it can be challenging to determine which one you might be experiencing. The easiest and safest way to diagnose foot pain is to visit a podiatrist as early as possible.

If you’re dealing with one of these or any other foot issues, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

What You Need to Know About Aging Feet

Our feet will carry us around 110,000 miles throughout our life – that’s over 216,000 steps! It’s certainly no wonder that as we age, our feet begin to experience challenges. Because September is Healthy Aging Month, today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding what you need to know about your feet as you age.

Examples of the most common foot issues for the elderly include the following: 

Arthritis: Osteoarthritis can affect various joints, and the feet are no exception. Women are more at risk for the condition as they age.

Additional risk factors include:

  • Past injury to the ankle or foot;
  • Obesity;
  • Bunions;

Gout: This condition is an autoimmune disease that can cause excruciating pain and discomfort due to amassed acid crystals surrounding a joint, most often in the big toe.

Dry Skin: When left untreated, dry skin on the feet can cause discomfort when walking and allow bacteria to form, raising the possibility of an infection. Moisturizing your feet regularly before the skin becomes cracked often helps.

Flat Feet: Flat feet produces swelling and pain within the inner ankle and the arch of the foot. In some cases, it also causes these symptoms, upward through the lower back, knee, and hip. It can cause a senior to have stability and balance issues and increase the possibility of sprains in the ankles and feet.

Toenail Changes: As we age, toenails often get thicker and become more brittle, making them more difficult to clip. They also often develop ridges and cracks and change in color.

Condensed Achilles Tendon: The Achilles tendon can lose water in the aging process, which can shorten them and make them more susceptible to tears or ruptures, substantially less flexible, and create a flat-footed gait.

Make the first step to improving the foot health of your senior loved one! Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.

8 Reasons to Take Proper Care of Your Feet

In life, every step counts. Your feet allow you to carry on with your daily activities. Caring for them can sometimes be challenging, but today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding eight reasons why you should take proper care of your feet.

Being aware of how these health conditions can affect your feet will help you keep them healthy and happy.

  1. Diabetes. Diabetes can cause several different foot complications, including neuropathy (that can sometimes result in amputation) and poor circulation.
  2. Arthritis. Arthritis can present itself in several ways, but it’s usually painful, and it can be debilitating. When arthritis attacks your feet, there can eventually be a loss of mobility. It is crucial you visit a podiatrist if you experience the following symptoms:
  • Painful joints;
  • Swollen joints;
  • Difficulty moving a joint;
  • Redness on the joint;
  • Stiffness early in the day;
  • Changes in the skin.
  1. Injury. Ankle and foot injuries, including sprains, fractures, and strains, can cause a loss of support in your feet. Make an appointment with a podiatrist if you have pain or swelling in your feet or ankles or if you experience difficulty walking.
  1. Obesity. Research reveals that more than one-third of Americans are obese. This extra weight puts added pressure on ankles, hips, and knees, leading to more wear and tear on your feet.
  1. Tendon and Muscle Issues. Tendons, bones, and muscles, aid your feet in carrying your weight. If a muscle or tendon in your foot or ankle is injured, even the simple act of walking can become painful.
  2. Skin Disorders. The list of skin disorders are long, but certain skin conditions can result in significant health problems. See a podiatrist if the following skin issues develop:
  1. Toe Joint and Nerve Problems: Pain and numbness – when located in the joints of the toes – can cause a hammertoe, neuroma, or bunions.
  2. Toenail Issues. While they may seem like the least of your worries, toenail issues can cause significant discomfort from toenail fungus or ingrown toenails.

Keep your feet healthy by seeing a podiatrist if you experience any of these issues. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists to schedule a consultation. Call our office today at (425) 455-0936 to book your visit or schedule an appointment online.