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.

Men’s Health Month: 5 Healthy Feet Tips For Men

June is National Men’s Health month. And while men aren’t typically too concerned with the feel, smell or look of their feet, when summer rolls around, that often changes.  Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing five easy ways that men can make their feet feel and look better.

  1. Change your socks each day. Feet tend to sweat during the day, so it’s important to change your socks at least once or twice a day to prevent excessive moisture.
  2. Wash your feet using soap and water. Wash your feet daily using soap and water to prevent or control athlete’s foot. This is a common condition for men who typically wear shoes that don’t breathe well.
  3. Dry your feet thoroughly. When finished washing your feet, always remember to dry the areas between the toes. If you apply lotion, don’t put it between the toes because it can cause tissue breakdown and ulceration.
  4. Cut toenails properly. Sterilize your toenail clipper with rubbing alcohol and make a few small cuts. Don’t attempt to cut the whole nail at once and don’t dig at the corners.  Just cut straight across, leaving the nails a bit long. Cutting them too short can leave the nail plate vulnerable to additional weakening, infection or lead to an ingrown toenail. It’s important to cut nails when they are dry because wet nails can bend or tear when they are too soft.
  5. Don’t be tempted to perform ‘bathroom surgery.’ Men typically take a more hands-on approach to manage a nonthreatening foot issue. Therefore, they are more likely to engage in ‘bathroom surgery.’ But instead of attempting to remove areas of your flesh, treat calluses using a pumice stone or put padding in your shoe.

In some cases, toenail fungus can be treated by removing part of the nail or by applying an over-the-counter anti-fungal medication exclusively for nails. If you have blisters, leave them alone. If one should tear, clean the area with soap and water, keep the skin flap in place, and apply an antibiotic ointment and a clean bandage.

If you want your feet to be the happy and healthy this summer – and show them off proudly – 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.