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Monday, 01 June 2020 00:00

The feet endure the weight of the body, and many people experience aches and pains in their feet as a result from standing or walking for long periods of time. Injuries may be prevented and the feet can generally feel better when foot stretches are performed. An effective stretch is referred to as a towel stretch. This is practiced by placing a towel around your toes while seated with your legs straight. A gentle stretch can be obtained when the towel is slowly pulled towards you. An Achilles tendon stretch is performed by standing on a step, and carefully lowering one heel at a time. The toes can become stronger when they are spread apart while sitting in a chair, and releasing after several seconds. If you would like additional information about the benefits of stretching your feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Dr. Jeffrey Bruening from Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

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

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Monday, 25 May 2020 00:00

Toenails that are yellow and have become thick can be indicative of a condition that is known as toenail fungus. It is considered to be a fungal infection, and it is extremely contagious. It can be passed between people in warm and moist environments that can include public pools, communal shower room floors, and locker rooms. Methods can be implemented which can help to prevent spreading this condition. These methods can consist of wearing appropriate shoes while in these types of areas, and to avoid sharing shoes, socks, and towels. There are several remedies that may be effective in controlling toenail fungus. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can discuss treatment options with you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Bruening of Bruening Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Monday, 25 May 2020 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

The place on the foot where bunions develop is the bottom of the big toe. Common symptoms that are present in larger bunions can consist of pain and swelling on and around the affected area, and skin that has become calloused on top of the bunion. Additionally, it may be difficult to wear shoes that are normally worn, and larger shoes may have to be purchased so the feet can feel comfortable. Patients who have developed bunions may have prior medical conditions that can include arthritis, cerebral  palsy, in addition to genetics playing a significant role in developing a bunion. Mild relief may be found when custom-made orthotics are worn, and it may help to wear a protective pad over the bunion. If you have a bunion, and would like additional information about effective treatment options, please consult with a podiatrist.

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

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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