Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, a chronic autoimmune disorder, can relentlessly target the feet, causing considerable discomfort and impairing mobility. In RA, the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissues, leading to inflammation in the joints, including those in the feet. The toe joints, ankle joints, and subtalar joints are often affected, resulting in pain, stiffness, swelling, and deformities like bunions and hammertoes. Managing RA in the feet requires a multifaceted approach. Medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, and biologic agents can alleviate symptoms and slow disease progression. Custom orthotics and supportive footwear aid in maintaining foot function and reducing discomfort. In severe cases where joint damage is significant and conservative treatments prove ineffective, surgery may be necessary to repair or replace damaged joints. If you are feeling the effects of RA in your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for tailored management strategies and ways to improve overall foot health.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Jill Scholz, DPM of Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Athlete's foot, a fungal infection of the skin on the feet, is usually treated with different types of antifungal medications. These can come in the form of creams, sprays, and powders, as well as oral medications for more severe cases. These treatments can kill the fungus that causes the infection. The infection usually clears up within a few weeks of topical treatment application. Keeping your feet clean and dry when treating athlete’s foot is important, as the fungus thrives in moist environments. Changing socks regularly, using antifungal powders in shoes, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas, such as locker rooms or swimming pools, can help prevent the spread of the infection. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, might recommend a stronger prescription medication for more persistent cases. Podiatrists can also guide proper foot hygiene to prevent recurrence. If you are struggling with athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for the right treatment options for you. 

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

In the realm of workplace safety, protecting one's feet is vital to prevent injuries and ensure productivity. Several types of foot protection options cater to diverse work environments and hazards. Safety shoes, featuring reinforced toe caps and slip-resistant soles, provide basic protection against impacts and slips in various industries. Steel-toed boots offer enhanced durability and impact resistance, making them ideal for construction and heavy-duty environments. Metatarsal guards add an extra layer of defense by protecting the delicate bones in the midfoot region from crushing or impacts. For workers exposed to electrical hazards, specialized footwear provides insulation against electrical currents, reducing the risk of shock or electrocution. Each type of foot protection serves a unique purpose, tailored to specific workplace risks and requirements. If you have injured your foot while working, and are looking to learn more about what type of shoes to purchase for total foot protection, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer treatment and provide you with the information you are seeking.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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Wednesday, 01 May 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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