Are You Risking Your Foot Health in These Surprising Ways?

Everyone knows that pointed shoes and high heels are not the best for your feet, but your simple everyday actions can also cause foot pain. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some surprising ways you might be risking your foot health.

  1. Wearing regular flip-flops and ballet flats. Flat, non-supportive flip-flops provide little help to your feet. Even though the soft or spongy footwear offers shock absorption and feels great when first worn, they are not the solution to conditions related to misalignment of the foot. They permit the foot’s bones to move more while walking and can intensify your pain over time. Ballet flats also lack support and, therefore, long-term use should be avoided.
  1. Walking barefoot on hard, flat surfaces. Our feet are designed to walk on soft, forgiving, natural surfaces that allow the outside of the foot and the heel to sink into the surface and use the ground to provide support to the arch. Walking on hard, flat surfaces causes unnatural stress because the foot cannot move in this way. On their own, socks aren’t enough to prevent and relieve common aches and pains, but supportive shoes and orthotics can help.
  2. Not stretching your calves properly. Foot pain is usually associated with having tight calf muscles because the ligaments that provide support to your foot can attach themselves to your heel bone. The calf muscles also attach to this bone, but at the other end. When your calves tighten up, a tug-of-war ensues between the calves and supporting ligaments, resulting in heel pain.
  3. Abruptly increasing your activity routine. When beginning or escalating a fitness routine, do so slowly. Give your body adequate time to increase strength and rest when you hit your wellness goals. Also, make sure you are wearing proper footwear for your activities.
  4. Being overweight, even just a little bit. Research indicates that extra weight can elevate the risk of tendon inflammation and arthritis. A weight gain increases the amount of stress you place on your feet. Even a few pounds can add up to severe foot pain, so if you’re overweight, try low-impact activities like water aerobics, yoga, and swimming.

If you or someone you know is experiencing foot pain, we’re here to help! Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Our Simple Guide To Treatment of Plantar Warts

Have you noticed what you think could be a wart on the bottom of your foot? If it’s making you self-conscious, you should know that plantar warts are widespread and easily treated! Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing a simple guide regarding the treatment of this common condition.

Plantar warts are so common because catching the virus can be as easy as going barefoot at the pool or gym locker room. The virus can easily be transferred if the plantar wart has a small nick or open cut on it.

At-Home Treatment for Plantar Warts

Depending on the individual and how severe the wart is, it can often be treated through continued use of OTC wart removal medications such as Compound W.

You may have observed that the bottoms of your feet have incredibly thick skin that is difficult to penetrate. Unfortunately, this thick skin is the reason the virus is so good at staying hidden from your immune system.

The goal of most wart treatments is to rub the surface of the skin to stimulate your immune system so it can attack the virus better than if you were to leave it alone.

When To See A Podiatrist for Treatment of Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are most commonly located on the bottom of the feet, so they can be irritating and painful to walk on. The virus isn’t typically treated quickly, especially at home.

So if you don’t want to feel like you’re walking on a small pebble for the next 1 to 6 months, more aggressive and professional treatment is recommended.

If you’ve seen your podiatrist and have been diagnosed with a plantar wart, you will likely be given some of these treatments:

  • Prescribed oral or topical medications;
  • Cryotherapy (freezing);
  • Laser therapy;
  • Surgical removal;
  • Acid treatments.

There’s no need to be embarrassed if you have a plantar wart. As long as you take preventive measures such as wearing shoes in public areas such as locker rooms, public showers, pools, and gyms you won’t need to worry about the virus lodging itself into your foot.

You don’t have to be self-conscious anymore!  Contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule it online.

Are Your Feet Happy and Healthy This Summer?

Together with walks on the beach, dips in the pool and cooling ice cream, the chance to show off your feet is an extra bonus of summer. The time has come to don strappy sandals and give your feet some air. But with that freedom also comes a new set of concerns. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing his tips to keep your feet happy and healthy all summer long.

Don’t forget the SPF. Most people don’t think about it, but your feet and hands are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of your body. And a sunburn on your feet can make shoes feel uncomfortable. Pay special attention to the tops of your feet when applying sunscreen and re-apply as needed.

Wash your feet daily. Keeping your feet clean in the summer is particularly important, especially if you spend time in thin-soled sandals or walk barefoot outdoors. Studies have shown that your feet can come in contact with as many as 18,000 different types of bacteria when wearing these types of shoes.

Don’t only wear flip-flops. Besides making it easy for you to pick up germs, flip-flops can also affect your posture and lead to orthopedic issues. When people wear flip-flops, they typically take smaller steps than they do in athletic shoes and use their toes to help keep them from sliding around. This can cause pain in the hips, lower back, and feet.

Air out your shoes. Athlete’s foot, which is characterized by flaky, peeling, itchy skin, is caused by a fungus that flourishes in damp, warm environments like sweaty socks or footwear. Let your footwear air out completely before putting them on, and wear fresh, cotton socks every day.

Avert and treat blisters. This is one of the most common difficulties people face when trying to maintain healthy, happy summer feet. The best prevention approach is to wear shoes that fit properly. If you do get a blister, resist the urge to pop it and see your podiatrist instead.

Exfoliate and moisturize your feet. A pedicure helps remove the dry skin that can harden, crack or cause uncomfortable calluses. Each day exfoliate your feet using a foot file, grainy foot scrub or pumice stone. Then moisturize them at day’s end with a moisturizing lotion to keep them hydrated.

Drink lots of water. When you don’t get enough water during the warmer weather, your blood thickens slightly, which impedes circulation and can lead to painful swelling. Always carry water with you, particularly when the weather is very hot and drink it even when you’re not thirsty.

Watch out for warts or growths. Examine your feet for warts or other growths. Warts are typically harmless and can be easily treated, but they should always be looked at by a podiatrist. Strange growths also need to be examined to rule out skin cancer.

If you want your feet to be the happiest and healthiest they can be this summer, contact the office of Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to book an appointment or schedule an appointment online so we can schedule a checkup.