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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

The skin of the heels is naturally drier than skin of other parts of your body. Sometimes the heels can become so dry that they crack. This is especially common in the winter months when the cool, dry air may void the skin of moisture. Certain factors, such as obesity, wearing backless shoes, and standing for prolonged periods of time, can make your heels more prone to cracking. Caring for your dry or cracked heels at home may improve their condition. You can care for your heels by soaking them in warm water, exfoliating them with a pumice stone or loofah, and applying a thick moisturizer. For some people, cracks on the heels can become deep, painful fissures. If you have fissures or if your cracked heels are persistent and uncomfortable, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

Ingrown toenails occur when the edge of a toenail grows into the skin surrounding the nail. This can cause the skin around the nail to become red, painful, and swollen. If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can damage the skin and expose the area to bacteria, leading to an infection. Home treatments for ingrown toenails include soaking the affected foot in warm water, applying a topical antibiotic ointment to the skin and covering it with a bandage, and wearing wider shoes to keep pressure off of the affected toe. If home treatments do not help, or if you have diabetes, poor circulation, or peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

A Jones fracture occurs at the base of the foot near the little toe when the midsection of the 5th metatarsal bone is broken. This type of injury is rather common among basketball players. A Jones fracture is typically the result of stress on the bone rather than contact, but if left untreated, pain and swelling can occur. Due to limited blood flow in the affected area, this injury may take longer to heal and has a greater possibility of refracture. In order to limit the chance of refracture, surgery is generally the most recommended treatment option. The surgery involves placing a screw into the foot to stabilize the area around the injury and minimize the amount of time required for immobilization.  A Jones fracture usually takes six to eight weeks to heal completely. If you believe that you suffered a Jones fracture while playing basketball or any other sport, it is important to have it checked by a podiatrist for proper care and treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Central Valley Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Visalia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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