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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Foot Exercises May Benefit Overall Body

Many people know to exercise their body, and it can be a surprising fact that the feet are sometimes neglected. They are considered to be the foundation of the body and are responsible for providing stability and balance. Performing light exercises daily that can benefit the feet may help to improve overall body function. When the muscles of the feet and ankle are strengthened, posture may be improved, and back pain may possibly be prevented. People who have flat feet may find it helps to perform calf stretches. This can be done by standing on a step and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Once it is held for several seconds, it can be repeated on the other foot. Strong calf muscles may provide necessary support for the knees, and blood circulation may be improved. Flexibility exercises can help to keep the ankles stable, which is instrumental in preventing falls. If you would like to have more information about the benefits of exercising the feet, it is suggested that you confer 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, 18 April 2023 00:00

Stretches for Flat Feet

Stretching the feet as part of one’s everyday foot care routine can yield significant benefits. For example, stretching the feet can improve stability, flexibility, and mobility. However, certain groups of individuals stand to benefit even more from frequently stretching the feet. Namely, individuals living with a foot condition known as flat feet may notice positive results from performing foot stretches. The reason for this is that certain stretches can strengthen the arch of the foot, resulting in a potential reduction in pain. Therefore, individuals with flat feet may consider performing towel scrunches, toe extensions, and heel raises. If you are someone looking to improve the general health of your feet through foot stretches, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for advice and treatment.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet 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.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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Wednesday, 12 April 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts or Corns?

Plantar warts and corns are two distinct, yet similar, foot conditions that often get confused with one another. Plantar warts are growths on the feet spread by the human papillomavirus, whereas corns are thickened areas of the skin that grow in response to pressure. In order to determine whether an area of the feet is technically a plantar wart or a corn, a medical professional may examine the location of the affected area of the skin. For example, corns are usually adjacent to bones whereas this is not always necessarily the case with a plantar wart. Also, a medical professional may perform a squeeze test where the sides of the affected skin are gently squeezed together. If the patient feels no pain, this might mean that they have a corn rather than a plantar wart. If you believe that you might have a plantar wart or a corn, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for treatment.

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.


  • 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


  • 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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The winter months can cause the skin on the heels to become dry and ultimately crack. It can cause pain and discomfort, and deep cracks which are known as fissures, may bleed and become infected. Cracked heels can also develop during the summer months, and this may be a result of wearing shoes that have an open back, such as flip-flops or sandals. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions that can cause cracked heels. These can include eczema and psoriasis, which may cause a lack of moisture in the skin. The moisture levels in the skin may also be affected by using hot water from taking a hot shower. Replenishment of these levels can increase by drinking plenty of water daily, in addition to consuming hydrated foods. People who have diabetes may be prone to developing cracked heels. Neuropathy, which is a common condition among diabetic patients, may cause the skin to lose moisture, possibly resulting in this uncomfortable foot condition. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to find permanent relief, by possibly prescribing medicine.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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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