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By Colorado Foot and Ankle
March 20, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Foot Injuries  

An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.

Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.

Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process.  Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.

Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain. 

Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.

Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.

After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.


By Colorado Foot and Ankle
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  

By Colorado Foot and Ankle
March 04, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: plantar warts  

Are you Dealing With Plantar Warts?

Plantar warts are small growths that can develop anywhere on the feet. They develop when the skin is infected by a virus. Typically, the wartsvirus is acquired in public places where people go barefoot in, such as locker rooms or swimming pools. Plantar warts are treatable. The goal of treatment is to completely remove the plantar wart. Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, and Dr. Jacob Fassman at Colorado Foot and Ankle in Colorado Springs, CO, offers treatments for warts. Read on to learn about treatment options for plantar warts.

Laser Treatment. There are various types of laser treatments for plantar warts. The laser device uses an intense beam of light to destroy the wart tissue. The skin remains intact - which means no bleeding and scarring. Local or general anesthesia may be used, depending on the number of warts to be removed or the size of the area to be treated.

Salicylic Acid. Your Colorado Springs, CO, podiatrist can treat your warts with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps cause the plantar wart to gradually peel off. This medication will generally remove plantar warts within several weeks if applied regularly at home, followed by occasional office visits.

Cantharidin. Your podiatrist may use cantharidin to treat your warts. Cantharidin is a chemical that removes warts by causing blistering underneath the skin. With this treatment, your doctor “paints” the chemical onto your foot warts. If the warts aren't gone after one treatment, your doctor may suggest another treatment.

Surgery. Your doctor may recommend surgery if your warts have not responded to non-surgical treatments. Your doctor cuts away your warts or destroys them by using an electric needle (electrodesiccation and curettage). The skin around the warts will be numbed with a local anesthetic before the procedure. Surgery for plantar warts is usually quick and effective.

Get rid of your plantar warts easily. Call Colorado Foot and Ankle at 719-475-8080 today to schedule an appointment in one of our offices in Colorado Springs, CO. Get back on track by receiving the best treatment available. You will experience exemplary service and state-of-the-art care at Colorado Foot and Ankle!