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Wednesday, 30 May 2018 00:00

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Custom orthotics (shoe inserts) should be replaced periodically. They need to fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Symptoms and Causes of Neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the nerves in the peripheral nervous system. The nerves become damaged and as a result, this type of neuropathy develops. The symptoms that accompany neuropathy include numbness, tingling or a burning sensation and will most often affect the feet. Additional symptoms may include a loss of balance and it’s common to experience weakness. There are several causes that may promote the onset of this ailment, including a vitamin deficiency, kidney failure, shingles, or alcoholism. Additionally, this condition may be the result of certain chemotherapy drugs that are taken. It’s important to have a correct diagnosis performed so the proper medication can be taken to alleviate the symptoms. It is suggested to consult with a podiatrist if your feet are affected by neuropathy.

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 Dr. Thomas Shin from Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 heel
  • 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 Oceanside, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Living with foot pain is hard on your body.  Give us a call and let us find out what's wrong.

Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

The Definition of a Bunion

A bony protrusion that forms on the side of the foot is referred to as a bunion. It is a misalignment of the bone underneath the big toe, and can be worsened by wearing shoes that are too tight. This ailment can cause severe pain and unwanted corns and calluses may form as a result of the protrusion. There are several ways to obtain temporary relief, including wearing a cushioned pad over the affected area and choosing to wear shoes with adequate room to accommodate the bunion. Additionally, it will benefit the general health of the foot to lose weight if obesity is a factor. For severe bunions, surgery may be the only option for permanent removal and may take several months for a complete recovery. It’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist for additional information about bunions.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Thomas Shin of Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

Monday, 14 May 2018 00:00

What Causes Gout?

Common symptoms of gout may include severe pain, tenderness, and redness in the big toe and surrounding areas. It is considered to be a type of arthritis, and typically affects middle-aged men. It originates from a buildup of uric acid in the body, and may derive from certain foods including liver and seafood. The onset of gout occurs when the body has difficulty processing uric acid, and research has shown that it lodges in specific joints. The most common area for this to occur is in the big toe, and it often produces extreme pain and discomfort. There may be several reasons for gout to develop,  including ingesting excess alcohol, being overweight, or from having a strong family history. It may be necessary for a proper diagnosis to be performed, which may include extracting a sample of the fluid that builds up between the joints. Acquiring knowledge about the prevention of gout may be beneficial in avoiding attacks in the future, and this may include choosing foods with lower uric acid levels.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Thomas Shin from Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Wednesday, 09 May 2018 00:00

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Monday, 07 May 2018 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Heel Spurs

A condition referred to as a heel spur is typically caused by repetitive stress placed on the foot. Gradually, a small protrusion forms on the bottom of the heel, and often produces severe pain. As a result, walking may become difficult, which may affect the gait. Research has shown that it is suggested to stop the activity that has caused the heel spur to develop, followed by implementing proper treatment methods. These may consist of injections that to provide relief, in addition to performing stretching techniques that may help in maintaining an accepted level of comfort. Surgery may be an additional option for permanently removing the heel spur and improving the general mobility of the entire foot. Most patients experience heel pain which typically precedes a proper diagnosis, and should not be ignored. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information on how to properly treat heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Thomas Shin from Shin Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main conditions spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Oceanside, CA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 00:00

Wounds that Don't Heal Need to be Checked

Your feet are covered a good part of the day. If you are diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often another sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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