Posts for: December, 2022

By Iowa Foot & Ankle Clinic
December 21, 2022
Category: Podiatry

When you experience foot pain, you might be tempted to ignore it. That’s a bad idea. Foot pain can grow worse over time, leading to loss of mobility and a less active life. A much better idea is to visit your podiatrist, who is an expert at diagnosis, management, and treatment of foot pain. Your podiatrist can help you get back on your feet again.

So, what causes foot pain? It turns out there are several factors which can lead to foot pain, including:

Trauma to your feet or ankles – leading to bruising, swelling, torn ligaments and tendons, and broken bones.

Stress and strain on your feet from overuse – leading to arch, heel, and joint pain.

Age-related changes like arthritis – leading to joint pain, swelling, and loss of flexibility.

Medical conditions like diabetes – leading to peripheral neuropathy, numbness, and lack of blood flow.

Plantar fasciitis – leading to moderate to severe heel pain and pain on the side of your foot.

Flat feet – which can lead to arch pain and overall foot pain.

Your podiatrist can prescribe a wide variety of medical treatments and services to help you get relief from foot pain. These are just a few of the services your podiatrist can provide:

  • Custom made orthotics to treat flat feet, peripheral neuropathy, and other foot conditions
  • Prescription strength anti-inflammatory medication to treat swelling and pain
  • Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and swelling in joints and other areas of your feet
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to treat plantar fasciitis and heel pain
  • Gait evaluation to relieve foot pain caused by gait problems
  • Physical therapy to help restore flexibility and mobility
  • Surgical treatment to repair fractured or broken bones, or torn ligaments and tendons

You don’t have to suffer from foot pain when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes of foot pain and how your podiatrist can help you find relief, talk with an expert. Call your podiatrist today.


By Iowa Foot & Ankle Clinic
December 01, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

If you have a hard, bony lump on the side of your big toe, it’s probably a bunion. Bunions are caused by a genetic bone deformity which makes your big toe joint protrude outward. Bunions are one of the most common problems seen by a podiatrist.

Bunions are much more common in women, because women often wear narrow shoes with a pointed toe. This type of shoe forces the toes to crush together, which can accelerate the growth of a bunion. High-heeled shoes make the problem worse by forcing the toes forward.

Bunions can make it difficult and painful to wear shoes, and to stand and walk around. If you have a small bunion, there are a few easy remedies you can try which may offer some relief. You can:

  • Place inserts inside your shoes to cushion the bunion
  • Tape the bunion area to provide support for the bunion
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication as needed

If your bunion is larger and painful, you should visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrist may request x-rays to determine the level of bone involvement. If there is not substantial bone involvement, your podiatrist may recommend non-invasive treatments like these:

  • Removing corns and calluses to reduce friction
  • Custom orthotics or splints to properly realign your toe and foot
  • Physical therapy to help you regain flexibility and mobility

For bunions with substantial bone involvement, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the bunion, known as a bunionectomy. The purpose of surgery is to realign your toe and foot.

A large, painful bunion can interfere with your ability to stay active and enjoy your life. You don’t have to put up with bunion pain. Your podiatrist can get rid of your bunion and help you and your feet feel better. To find out more about bunions, bunion surgery, and other podiatry services, call your podiatrist today.




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