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By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
July 17, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  

Foot care is something that is important to your overall well-being and is something that is often overlooked. There are some basic guidelines you can follow in order to keep your feet healthy and feeling good.

1. Don’t ignore unusual pain. If you are feeling a constant pain in your feet, it’s important to call your podiatrist immediately. They can help identify any pain and develop a treatment plan to make sure that your feet are healthy.

2. Inspect your feet regularly. It’s easy to ignore irregularities around your feet, which is why it’s important to keep an eye on them. It’s important to be sure that there aren’t any drastic changes in color or temperature, and to make sure that your toenails aren’t too thick or discolored. Also be sure to pay attention to cracks or cuts in the skin, and to make sure that there aren’t any growths on your feet.

3. Keep proper foot hygiene. It’s important to wash your feet regularly, even between the toes, and make sure that the foot is totally dry. It’s also important to regularly trim toenails. Be careful to only trim nails straight across and not on the sides or corners to avoid ingrown toenails. If you are a person with diabetes, poor circulation, or heart problems, be sure to go to your podiatrist when trimming toenails in order to avoid infection.

4. Get proper fitting shoes. When purchasing shoes, try to go later in the day when your feet are at their largest and make sure to replace worn out shoes. Make sure that the shoes you pick are the correct shoe for whatever activities you are engaging in. Also, it’s important to not wear the same pair of shoes or socks multiple days in a row.

5. Avoid walking barefoot. When walking around barefoot, your feet are more prone to injury.

6. Don’t forget your feet! When wearing sandals, it’s very important to apply sunscreen to your feet as well as the rest of your body!

Following these guidelines will help keep your feet happy and healthy, and in turn help your overall well-being!

By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
July 12, 2018
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Ankle Sprain  

Ankle SprainDid you fall or twist your ankle but aren't sure if it's sprained? A few signs and symptoms tend to occur if you've suffered a sprain. Sprains are among the foot and ankle injuries the Columbus, OH-area podiatrists at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle in Clintonville, Dublin, and Southwest Columbus treat.

Is it a sprain?

If you have a sprained ankle, a few of these signs and symptoms may occur:

  • Pain: Sprained ankles are usually painful. Sprains happen when ligaments are stretched or torn, an injury that causes varying amounts of pain depending on the severity of the ligament damage. If your ligament only stretches slightly, your ankle might hurt when you twist or roll it, but feel much better 10 minutes later. Tears can cause pain that persists even when you're not on your feet.
  • Popping Sound: Things can get a little noisy if you damage a ligament. Many people who have sprained ankles report hearing a popping sound when the injury occurred.
  • Swelling: Swelling begins soon after you sprain your ankle and is triggered by your body's natural repair process. Blood flow increases when your body sends white blood cells to the injured area. The sudden increase in blood flow is responsible for swelling.
  • Bruising: Bruising occurs when small blood vessels are torn. When the vessels burst, a small amount of blood collects under the skin, making it look black and blue.
  • Stiffness: Swelling causes stiffness that may make walking challenging. If you can't put any pressure on your foot, call your Clintonville, Dublin, and Columbus podiatrist as soon as possible. In addition to severe sprains, fractures can also cause instability.

How can a foot doctor help?

If your ankle pain doesn't get better in a week or two, is severe or makes it difficult to walk, schedule an appointment with your foot doctor. Depending on the severity of your injury, your podiatrist may recommend that you use crutches and wear a cast or walking boot to ease pressure on your joint while it heals. He may also recommend participation in physical therapy to strengthen the muscles that support the ankle. Surgery is usually only needed if your ankle joint is unstable.

Ease your ankle pain with a visit to the foot doctor. Schedule an appointment with the Columbus, OH, area podiatrists at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group by calling (614) 267-8387 for the Clintonville office, (614) 761-1466 for the Dublin office, or (614) 272-2313 for the Southwest office.

By Clintonville-Dublin Foot & Ankle Group
July 09, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  

When most people think about foot deformities they most often think about bunions; however, hammertoes are just as common. This unassuming deformity comes about gradually, so you may not even notice it until it’s too late. “What is a hammertoe?” You might be wondering. A hammertoe affects the middle joint of a toe (often the smaller toes), causing the toe to bend downward. In severe cases, a hammertoe will look almost claw-like.

There are two kinds of hammertoes: flexible and rigid. As you might imagine, a flexible hammertoe is one in which you can still straighten the toe out. If you aren’t able to straighten the affected toe then this is a rigid hammertoe. A flexible hammertoe isn’t as serious as a rigid one; however, it’s important that you take care of your hammertoe to make sure that it doesn’t get worse.

While there is no way to cure a hammertoe there are simple measures you can take to prevent it from progressing. First and foremost, you need to take a look at the shoes you are wearing and make sure that they aren’t too tight. When you slip your feet into your shoes, does it cause your toes to bunch up against one another? If so then this could make your hammertoe worse.

Instead, opt for shoes with an ample toe box, which will allow your toes to wiggle and move around freely. If you have a structural imbalance within the foot this can leave you prone to foot problems such as hammertoes and bunions. To correct this imbalance, talk to your foot doctor about getting custom orthotics (shoe inserts), which can be placed into your shoes to help provide cushioning, support, and shock absorption for your feet.

If pain or stiffness does rear its ugly head you can choose to take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen, which can tackle both pain and inflammation in one fell swoop, or you can place a towel-wrapped ice pack (never put ice directly on the skin, as it can cause severe burns) over the area for several minutes.

Just as you can buy pads to cover a bunion or callus, you can also buy a non-medicated protective pad to cover over a hammertoe. Since the deformed toe joint juts out this can leave the toe prone to calluses, which can cause pain when wearing shoes. To prevent a callus from forming, you can apply a protective pad over the deformed toe joint before putting on shoes.

Of course, if you are dealing with significant or frequent pain, or if the hammertoe is rigid, then you will want to turn to a podiatric specialist. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to correct the disfigured joint.