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Paul Mayo, DPM
Kathan Shah, DPM
Kristopher Koelewyn, DPM

Visalia, CA (559) 636-3668
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April 2023

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Can Walking Help Arthritis in the Feet?

Research has shown that walking is one of the best low-impact activities that can help people who have arthritis in their feet. This condition can affect people of all ages, and it may be more prevalent among the elderly. Walking can also be beneficial for overall physical health, and many patients notice the positive feeling that is associated with walking. There are three main categories of arthritis, and these are referred to as osteo, rheumatoid, and post-traumatic arthritis. Walking can strengthen the bones in the feet, and stress on the joints may be reduced. It is beneficial to start out slowly, and steps can be increased as time progresses. Patients who have arthritis in their feet may reap the benefits of walking by stretching first, drinking plenty of water, and wearing shoes that fit correctly. Additionally, the range of motion in the ankle may be improved when specific stretches are performed. If you would like more information about how walking may help arthritis in the feet, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you manage this painful condition.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Visalia and Porterville, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 18 April 2023 00:00

Blisters on the Feet

A blister, sometimes referred to as a shoe bite, is an area of the foot that rubs against the shoe and causes pain. The first order of business in preventing blisters is to wear shoes that fit properly. Wearing socks will help provide a cushion between the foot and the shoe. Toe protectors or toe caps can cushion toes from shoes and prevent painful friction. Shoe pads or insoles can also help prevent any abrasive areas. If you have developed a blister, it is important to stop wearing the shoes that caused it and wear open shoes so they can heal. Putting a bandage over the blister while it is healing can help prevent infection. If a blister does not heal, worsens, or becomes infected, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, 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.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

There Are Many Types of Foot Pain

The feet endure the weight of the body, and many people suffer from foot pain for various reasons. The feet are responsible for walking, running, and balancing the body, and it is beneficial to wear shoes that fit properly, possibly helping to prevent potential foot conditions. One of the most common foot ailments is known as flat feet, and may be treated by wearing custom-made orthotics. Heel pain may indicate plantar fasciitis or a heel spur, and this may come from standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day. Some people have toe pain which may occur from placing excess stress on the top part of the foot while exercising. A sprain that suddenly happens at the bottom of the big toe is known as turf toe. This can occur as a result of the big toe being bent beyond its normal range of motion. Any type of foot pain requires a visit to the podiatrist, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can determine the cause and offer correct treatment solutions. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 04 April 2023 00:00

What Is Cellulitis?

Whenever an individual develops a wound on their feet and neglects to treat it properly, they could be setting themselves up for a case of cellulitis. Importantly, cellulitis is a type of bacterial infection that can affect the skin on the feet. As a result of cellulitis, an individual’s skin can become red, swollen, and painful. Although many different types of bacteria can cause this, it is commonly caused by group A Streptococcus. Many risk factors are associated with the development of cellulitis. For example, if an individual is overweight, then they might be at an increased risk of experiencing cellulitis in their feet. Also, a prevalence of swollen limbs could be a sign that cellulitis is on the horizon. If you are someone that is concerned with preventing cellulitis and other infections on the skin of the feet, then it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for treatment. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, 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.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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