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Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Diverse Causes of Foot Pain

Foot pain, a discomfort affecting individuals across various walks of life, can trace its roots to a multitude of causes. One common culprit is improper footwear, where shoes lacking proper support or fit can lead to a range of issues. Among them are corns and calluses as well as more severe conditions like plantar fasciitis. Strain and overuse, often associated with prolonged standing or engaging in high-impact activities, can contribute to fatigue and discomfort. Structural anomalies, including flat feet or high arches, may alter foot mechanics and induce pain. Injuries such as sprains, fractures, or ligament tears also play a role, necessitating attention and care. Additionally, arthritis and inflammatory conditions, along with systemic health issues like diabetes, may manifest in foot pain. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can pinpoint the cause and offer appropriate treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Barbara J. Aung, DPM from Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


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


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 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 Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Exercises Can Help With Big Toe Arthritis

Exercises can play an important role in managing arthritis in the big toe by enhancing range of motion and strength. Stretching and strengthening exercises contribute to increased flexibility, reduced stiffness, and improved joint function. Depending on the severity of arthritis, individuals may initially need to focus on shorter and gentler exercises before progressing to longer and more intense routines. A basic stretching exercise, such as toe pulls, involves gently pulling the big toe forward and flexing it down toward the sole, and holding it for 10 to 20 seconds. This can help to promote mobility in the big toe joints and maintaining a normal walking pattern. To build strength in the big toe, the towel curl exercise involves curling and spreading the toes while sitting, with an option to increase intensity by performing it while standing. Additionally, the toe press, point, and curl exercise engages the entire foot, enhancing mobility, strength, and balance through cycling between toe pressing, pointing, and curling movements, holding each position for five seconds. Incorporating these exercises into a daily routine can contribute to reducing stiffness, minimizing the risk of injury, and improving the overall function of the big toe joint. For additional help managing arthritis in the big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, 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.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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, 12 December 2023 00:00

Podiatric Foot Therapy

Podiatrists offer a variety of foot therapies and treatments to address various foot and ankle conditions. They conduct comprehensive foot and ankle examinations to diagnose problems and provide pain management solutions for conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and arthritis. Podiatrists may prescribe custom-made orthotic devices to correct issues such as arch support and gait abnormalities. Surgical procedures are performed when necessary, including treatments for bunions, hammertoes, and fractures, in addition to Ingrown toenail removal, wound care, and fungal infections. They provide casting, bracing, and splinting for fractures and deformities. Footwear recommendations, treatment for skin conditions like corns and calluses, and pediatric foot care are all part of the services they offer. Furthermore, podiatrists emphasize preventive care, guiding patients in maintaining overall foot health through proper routines and measures. If you have a foot or ankle issue, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for guidance on the proper foot therapies for you.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, consult with 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.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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

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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Causes of Poor Foot Circulation

Effective blood circulation is vital for overall health, and when it comes to your lower extremities, poor circulation can have profound consequences. Several factors contribute to poor foot circulation. A primary culprit is atherosclerosis, a condition characterized by the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries, restricting blood flow. Diabetes, with its potential impact on blood vessels, can increase circulation issues in the feet. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, another common cause, involves the narrowing of arteries outside the heart, often affecting the legs and feet. Lifestyle choices, such as a sedentary routine or smoking, can contribute to poor circulation by impeding blood vessel function. Blood clots, whether originating in the legs or forming elsewhere and traveling to the feet, can obstruct blood flow. Nerve damage, often associated with conditions like neuropathy, may disrupt the signals that regulate blood vessel dilation and constriction. Additionally, varicose veins, characterized by enlarged and weakened veins, can impede efficient blood circulation. Aging also plays a role, as blood vessels may lose elasticity over time. If you have poor circulation in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer effective treatment options.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM of Aung Foot Health Clinic . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.


Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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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