Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, manifests in various ways, often affecting the feet profoundly. Symptoms of PAD in the feet can include pain, cramping, or numbness, particularly during physical activity like walking or climbing stairs, which subsides with rest. In severe cases, individuals may experience non-healing wounds or ulcers on the feet or toes, indicating compromised blood flow. Several risk factors contribute to the development of PAD, including smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and advancing age. Additionally, individuals with a sedentary lifestyle or those with a family history of cardiovascular disease are at increased risk. PAD occurs when arteries become narrowed or blocked due to the buildup of plaque, restricting blood flow to the limbs. Early detection and management of PAD are vital to prevent complications and improve outcomes. If you have symptoms of PAD in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you find relief in addition to managing this condition.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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 care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Foot blood blisters are small pockets of fluid that form between the layers of skin in response to friction or pressure. They typically occur when blood vessels near the skin's surface rupture, causing blood to pool within the blister. These blisters can vary in size and may appear red, purple, or even black due to the presence of blood. Common causes of foot blood blisters include wearing ill-fitting shoes that rub against the skin, excessive friction from activities such as running or hiking, and repetitive trauma to the feet. Additionally, certain foot deformities like bunions or hammertoes can predispose individuals to developing blood blisters. Athletes and individuals who spend prolonged periods on their feet are also at increased risk. Preventing foot blood blisters involves wearing properly fitted shoes, using protective padding or bandages on areas prone to friction, and gradually increasing activity levels to allow the skin to adapt. Proper foot care and attention to footwear can go a long way in reducing the likelihood of developing these painful blisters. If you have developed a blood blister on your foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can inspect and treat this foot condition.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Jill Scholz, DPM of Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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 office located in Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 31 March 2024 00:00

Painful deformities, such as hammertoes, can be treated. Stop living with foot pain, and have beautiful feet again!

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Our feet, often overlooked, play a vital role in our daily lives, bearing the weight of our bodies and facilitating movement. Several common foot conditions warrant attention and should not be ignored. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, can significantly impair mobility if left untreated. Bunions, bony bumps that develop at the base of the big toe, can cause discomfort and affect shoe fit. Additionally, ingrown toenails, which occur when the nail grows into the surrounding skin, can lead to infection and pain if not addressed promptly. Athlete's foot, a fungal infection that causes itching and peeling of the skin between the toes, can spread if untreated. Persistent foot pain, swelling, or changes in skin color should be evaluated by a podiatrist to rule out underlying conditions such as arthritis or nerve damage. If you have foot pain for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment can begin.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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 office located in Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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