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.

Is It Athlete’s Foot or Psoriasis?

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month, and the condition is often confused with athlete’s foot. But they are two very different conditions. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists discusses how you can distinguish between the two.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes the skin cells to grow more quickly than normal, making them accumulate on the skin instead of flaking off. The extra skin cells change into scales or white-silver thick patches that are often itchy, painful, and dry. The condition is typically genetic.

On the other hand, athlete’s foot develops when fungal cells on the skin begin to grow and multiply too quickly. It commonly develops in body areas that are disposed to moisture, such as between the toes.

Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot and Psoriasis

The two conditions have some symptoms in common, but they also have some important differences.

For instance, patches of psoriasis can be large and cover large areas of your body or small and cover just a few tiny areas of skin. Because it’s an autoimmune disease, it isn’t contagious.

Because athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus, it is contagious. You can contract it by coming into contact with infected surfaces, like shoes, gym floors, and clothing.

Tips For Telling The Difference Between Athlete’s Foot And Psoriasis

These points may help you distinguish between athlete’s foot and psoriasis.

  • Affected body areas: If only your foot is affected, you likely have athlete’s foot.
  • Response to antifungal treatment: If the rash doesn’t disappear, you may be dealing with psoriasis or some other issue.
  • Response to no treatment: Psoriasis may be active for a short time, and then the symptoms may vanish. Athlete’s foot rarely goes away without treatment.
  • Diagnosis with testing: The only way to be sure if your symptoms are caused by psoriasis or athlete’s foot or (or something else), is to have a skin test.

If your condition is diagnosed as athlete’s foot, treatment will likely be quick and easy; but if it is psoriasis, treatment will be more involved. Regardless of which condition you are experiencing, you should be treated by an experienced podiatrist. Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists ASAP at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Ankle Sprains: Types, Prevention, and Treatment

Whether you simply stepped the wrong way while walking down the stairs, or you’re an athlete who injured your ankle during a game, ankle sprains can be quite painful. And they require the right treatment to heal quickly and correctly. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing all you need to know about ankle sprains and how to prevent them.

What Causes Ankle Sprains?

Ankles are made up of tendons and ligaments that let our feet rotate in a full range of motion. When you move beyond this range of motion, the ligaments that connect the foot and the ankle can tear or stretch, resulting in a sprained ankle.

Sprains are more common in people whose heels naturally turn in, who have a weak muscle that runs down the outside of the ankle, or anyone who previously had a sprained ankle.

Types of Ankle Sprains

When you visit your podiatrist, they will examine the foot to determine the type of sprain you have, either an:

  • Eversion sprain which occurs when you roll your ankle inward;
  • Inversion sprain which occurs when you roll the ankle outward;
  • High ankle sprain which happens when the whole foot rolls outside and forces the leg to roll inward.

All of these sprains will cause bruising and swelling and tenderness of the area. It may also be difficult to put weight on the foot.

Ankle Sprain Treatment

After you injure your ankle, even if there is limited bruising and swelling and you can put weight on the foot, it is still important to seek treatment from your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option.

In general, there are a couple of things that are important in the proper treatment of an ankle sprain and in preventing future injuries.

Reduce the Swelling: This can be done using the RICE technique, which includes rest, icing, compression, and elevating the feet.

Strengthen the ankle: When you can put weight on the ankle, it’s important that you perform exercises that will help build strength and prevent future injuries. Your podiatrist can recommend the best exercises.

Regardless of whether mild or serious, ankle sprains should be treated immediately by an experienced podiatrist. If you injure your foot, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists ASAP at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.