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By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
August 11, 2014
Category: Foot Care

Achilles TendonThe Achilles tendon is the largest and strongest tendon in the body, located in the back of the lower leg and connecting the heel bone to the calf muscle. This tendon is crucial as it facilitates walking and running by helping to raise the heel off of the ground.  While the tendon can withstand immense force, it’s also surprisingly vulnerable. Injuries to the Achilles tendon require prompt treatment.  

When the Achilles tendon becomes inflamed from excessive use, tendonitis can weaken it over time and cause small tears. Athletes are at a high risk for Achilles tendon injuries, which often occurs at the start of a new exercise or training program, or due to not having enough rest or recovery time.

You don’t have to be an accomplished athlete to suffer an Achilles tendon injury. People with flat feet, arthritis and other foot problems are also more susceptible to develop Achilles tendonitis due to increased demands placed on the tendon when walking.

Common symptoms of Achilles tendonitis include:

  • Mild pain after running or exercising that intensifies gradually
  • Localized pain along the tendon, especially after running
  • Tenderness near the heel bone, with pain being worse first thing in the morning
  • Stiffness and limited range of motion in the lower leg and ankle
  • Swelling around the tendon
  • When the disorder progresses to degeneration, the tendon may become enlarged and develop nodules in the area where the tissue is damaged

To prevent injuries to the Achilles tendon, strengthening and stretching the calf muscles through daily exercise is recommended.  Alternating intense exercise with low-impact workouts and wearing proper shoes for your foot type and activity can also help reduce your risk for injury.

Any time you experience pain, tenderness or swelling along the Achilles tendon, visit Clark Podiatry Center for professional diagnosis and treatment. Treatment for an injured Achilles tendon should begin right away with rest, ice, compression and elevation.   Without prompt care, Achilles tendonitis will get progressively worse, thus increasing the risk for further deterioration and rupture.   As a last resort and when other treatments fail, surgery may be recommended to repair the tendon.  

The professional podiatrists at our Clark office can provide the best diagnosis and treatment for optimal recovery.


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M.
August 10, 2014
Category: Toenail problems
Tags: Nail salons  

6 Things You Need to Know About Nail Salons

 Based in part on a campaign performed in Washington State involving the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and the Washington State Department of Licensing, these are recommendations to follow regarding infection control and other safety issues:

 

1.    Ask if the salon and operator are licensed.

2.    Do Not get a manicure or pedicure if you have cuts, sores or a skin infection on your hands or feet.

3.    Do Not shave your legs before an appointment. Nicks or cuts can be pathways for germs.

4.    Bring your own nail polish [we carry a line of high-quality antifungal nail polishes in our office!]  and, as an option, your own instruments.

5.    Inform the operator if you are diabetic or are taking blood thinners. If the operator isn’t extra-cautious under these circumstances, find another salon.

6.    Ask questions if you have concerns. 

 

#nailsalons #ClarkPodiatryCenter


By Brandon Macy, D.P.M
August 04, 2014
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Aching Feet  

Aching FeetIt's not uncommon to experience foot pain after a long day of work or a vigorous sport activity, especially as we age. A long day of shopping or yard work can leave feet tired, heavy, swollen and achy- a problem we can all relate to at one time or another.

Achy Feet Factors:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Dehydration

Causes
When you are constantly on your feet, a significant amount of stress is put on your legs and feet. Strenuous walking or standing for long periods has an obvious effect on your feet. Other factors include ill fitting, poorly padded shoes, tight socks or stockings and tight garters. Reduced blood circulation to the ankles and feet also causes tired aching feet.

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Tired, Aching Feet

There are ways to relieve pain associated sore feet and legs.

1. Elevate your feet for 15-20 minutes.
2. Soak your feet in warm water or warm a towel with hot water and wrap it around your feet and legs.
3. Massage your feet or have someone massage your feet for you.
4. Exercise your feet, as it can help to keep them healthy - it tones muscles, helps to strengthen the arches and stimulates blood circulation.
5. Wear Orthotic insoles in your shoes. Ask a podiatrist at Brandon Macy, D.P.M if an orthotic device is a good fit for your lifestyle

When foot pain persists, it's important to visit our Clark podiatric office for a thorough examination. The cause of your foot pain may be more serious than simple stress and over work. Dr. Brandon Macy, D.P.M can identify serious problems and work with you to determine a treatment plan that will put an end to your tired, achy feet once and for all.




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