Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Choosing the right pair of high heels involves more than just style, it is about finding a fit that complements your unique foot shape. For flat feet, look for heels with built-in arch support or cushioning to provide stability and prevent discomfort. High arches benefit from heels with a lower height and extra cushioning to alleviate pressure on the instep. If you have narrow feet, opt for pointy-toed heels that offer a snug fit and elongate the appearance of the foot. Conversely, individuals with wider feet may find comfort in rounded or peep-toe styles that provide ample room in the toe box. Additionally, those with bunions or other foot irregularities may prefer heels with soft, stretchy materials or adjustable straps to accommodate any protrusions or sensitivities. Wearing heels can negatively affect the feet, and it is beneficial to choose the right shape and style for your feet. If you have developed foot conditions from wearing heels, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer appropriate treatment, and guide you on choosing the right pair for you.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Plantar warts are skin growths, typically found on the soles of the feet, that are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV. They most often develop on pressure points, such as the heels or balls of your feet. They may cause discomfort or pain when standing or walking. Plantar warts are characterized by a rough, grainy appearance and may have small black dots at the center, which are actually clotted blood vessels. While some warts can eventually clear up on their own, stubborn plantar warts need medical intervention. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can treat resistant warts using stronger medications like salicylic acid, cryotherapy, laser treatment, or even minor surgery to remove the wart. These methods not only help eliminate the warts, but also help prevent the spread of the virus to other parts of the foot or to other people. If you have plantar warts, it is suggested you consult a podiatrist for an exam and personalized treatment options. 

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Podiatrists are highly trained foot and ankle specialists capable of addressing a wide array of foot conditions. These range from common issues like nail infections to more complex problems like broken bones or diabetes-related complications. The feet are intricate structures composed of bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles, all working in harmony to support your body weight and facilitate movement. When foot pain strikes, it can severely limit your mobility and impede your ability to carry out daily activities. That's where contacting a podiatrist comes in. These foot doctors can diagnose and treat all types of foot, toe, and ankle ailments. Whether you have a nail infection, arthritis, flat feet, or diabetic foot complications, seeking medical help is essential. A podiatrist can provide tailored treatment plans, including medication, custom orthotics, and other types of treatment to alleviate symptoms to prevent further damage. If you are experiencing persistent foot, toe and ankle pain, or swelling, numbness, and other concerning symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation and care. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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