5 Benefits of Paying a Visit to Your Podiatrist

If you think about it, our feet are pretty incredible. Comprised of a complex system of ligaments, muscles, tendons, and bones, this foundation helps us stand, run, and walk, all while supporting the rest of our body. And yet, when feet are painful, many people put off treatment. Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing some reasons why you should consider visiting your podiatrist.

  1. Podiatrists are specialists in their field. While your doctor is certainly well-informed about your overall health, a podiatrist is an expert in their field. Podiatrists have a greater understanding regarding the mechanics of the foot and have undergone an intensive certification process. They are trained to help eliminate any pain you’ve been feeling in your ankles and feet.
  1. They treat a wide variety of foot issues. Podiatrists are experienced in curing numerous ankle and foot ailments.

Some foot conditions but not limited to are: 

  1. They can treat sports injuries with greater precision. Sports injuries can be debilitating and frustrating. Podiatrists can treat your symptoms so you can get back in the game as quickly as possible. They can also provide insight regarding the best shoes to wear for your particular sport and how you can avoid injury in the future.
  2. They can recommend healthy life alterations. In some cases, some small changes can make a big difference. Podiatrists can help those with thickened, discolored, or brittle nails and improve their nail health with nutritional advice and topical treatments. Seniors can also learn how to maintain healthy ankles and feet as arthritis and swelling become more prevalent.
  3. They can educate you to help prevent future injury. Regular visits to the podiatrist, even when you have no issues, can keep your ankles and feet strong and healthy. Your podiatrist can identify issues before they begin. And those with diabetes, in particular, will benefit from frequent appointments to identify diabetic-related issues early.

Remember: Putting off a seemingly minor issue can quickly change into a bigger problem that will require more attention and time to correct. When’s the last time your feet got a thorough checkup? If it’s been more than a year, 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 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.