My Podiatry Blog
By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
January 02, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Pain  

Find out whether your foot pain requires a proper medical evaluation.

There are many injuries, problems, and disorders that can lead to foot pain. That’s why it can often be difficult to figure out what’s going on. Foot PainWhile foot pain may go away on its own, there are other times when the best approach will be to visit our Sparks, NV, podiatrist Dr. Douglas Doxey for treatment. Here’s what might be causing your foot pain and what we can do to help.

Causes of Foot Pain

The location of your foot pain can often tell us what might be causing your symptoms. You can develop pain anywhere in the foot but pain most commonly appears in the heels or arches of the foot. Some cases are minor and will go away on their own while others are chronic or require additional treatment. Common causes of foot pain include,

  • Bone spurs
  • Strains and sprains
  • Fractures
  • Achilles tendinitis (associated with heel pain)
  • Plantar fasciitis (associated with heel pain)
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Bunion
  • Hammertoe
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Plantar warts
  • Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

If your foot pain is mild and isn’t the result of an injury then you may try to use simple at-home treatments to ease your symptoms. Of course, it’s time to visit our Sparks, NV, office as soon as possible if,

  • You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
  • Your foot pain is growing worse
  • You also have an open wound or there is pus
  • You are experiencing symptoms of an infection (warmth, tenderness, or a fever)
  • You can’t put weight on the foot
  • You have diabetes and are experiencing foot pain

While not a medical emergency, you should certainly schedule an appointment with us if you notice that symptoms aren’t responding to home treatment and rest within a couple of days, or if you notice weakness, numbness, or tingling in the affected foot.

Treating Foot Pain

When it comes to caring for your foot pain, the first line of defense is usually self-care. This includes,

  • Resting
  • Elevation
  • Compression
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Icing
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises

If rest and at-home care doesn’t help, it may be time to consider other options. Depending on the cause of your foot pain, our podiatrists will create a customized treatment plan to help treat the condition and manage your symptoms.

Don’t let foot pain become the new norm. After all, we know how difficult it can be to go about your day when your feet are causing your grief. This is the perfect time to call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada's Sparks office at (775) 331-1919. Our foot specialists have what you need to care for your feet and ankles!

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
November 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Find out more about your heel pain and what might be going on.

Have you recently been rubbing your sore, painful heels? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on. Heel pain is a common problem our Sparks, NV, podiatrists Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford see in their patients and there are several reasons why this might be happening.

If you want to provide your feet with the most effective treatment possible then it should go without saying that you will need to get an accurate diagnosis first. This means coming into our office for an evaluation if you are dealing with heel pain.

The two most common causes of heel pain include:

Plantar fasciitis: This condition is characterized by micro-tears in the plantar fascia tissue. The plantar fascia tissue runs the length of the feet along the soles. When these microtears develop this leads to inflammation and pain located under the heels and also along the arches.

Achilles tendonitis: Both overuse and trauma can lead to inflammation of the Achilles tendon, better known as Achilles tendonitis. This is the largest and strongest tendon in the body and it’s located right above the heel, and connects the calf to the heel bone. If you notice pain at the back of the heel chances are good that it could be Achilles tendinitis.

Other causes of heel pain include:

  • A stress fracture
  • Heel bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

When to See a Doctor

If you aren’t sure what is going on and why you are experiencing heel pain then it’s better to play it safe and visit our Sparks, NV, foot doctor for a proper diagnosis. Only then can we create the right treatment plan for you. It’s time to visit us if your heel pain is severe, persistent, makes it difficult to put weight on the foot, or if there are signs of infection (e.g. redness; warm to the touch; fever).

Treating Heel Pain

Both plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis can often be treated effectively with simple home care. It’s important that you rest and avoid high-impact exercises (e.g. running), which can make the problem worse. The goal of at-home care will be to reduce your symptoms until the microtears have healed and the inflammation is gone. Ways to treat your heel pain include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Exercises and stretches
  • Wearing orthotics and supportive shoes

If symptoms persist for over a week or get worse then we may need to consider other treatment options. If heel pain is severe or recurring other ways to treat the issue include:

  • Shockwave therapy
  • Steroid Injections
  • Surgery for severe cases

No matter whether you have just noticed heel pain or symptoms aren’t going away with at-home care, it’s important that you have a podiatric team you can turn to when you need it most. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, today to find out how we can help you.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
October 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle pain  

Due to its location, ankle pain quickly affects your quality of life. Because this area takes the brunt of your body’s weight, it is susceptible to injury and overuse. It is important not to leave your ankle pain untreated. Your podiatrist can help you get to the bottom of your ankle pain Ankle Painand provide the best treatment to get you back on your feet. Find out more about ankle pain and its treatments with Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford at Foot and Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV.

Am I suffering from ankle pain? 
Ankle pain is, obviously, pain in the ankle. However, you may experience some other symptoms that you may not immediately associate with this condition. Other common symptoms of an issue with your ankle include:

  • swelling
  • bruising
  • numbness or tingling
  • ankle instability
  • stiffness in the ankle joint
  • redness

These symptoms, whether they occur alone or alongside each other, can indicate many different conditions.

How will my doctor diagnose the cause of my ankle pain? 
Your doctor will begin your examination with a physical and visual assessment of your ankle. If necessary, imaging techniques like x-rays help your doctor examine the inside of your foot and its bones and connective tissues. These diagnostic tools along with your medical, family, and lifestyle history can help your doctor find an accurate diagnosis of the cause of your ankle pain.

Ankle Pain Treatments in Sparks, NV
Depending on your diagnosis, your ankle pain treatment can be anything from at-home treatment to surgery. In some cases, the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and over-the-counter medications may be enough to treat your ankle pain. However, if these treatments fail to produce results, your doctor may recommend prescription medications, physical therapy, orthotics, or even surgery to correct the issue.

For more information on ankle pain or its treatments, please contact Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford at Foot and Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV. Call (775) 331-1919 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford today!

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
May 17, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Fractures  

Your feet provide a strong foundation of support for your entire body. When there is a broken or fractured bone in the foot or ankle, even the most basic daily activities can become difficult or even impossible to accomplish. Symptoms include pain, swelling, limping, and Injurybruising on the foot. It’s important to have a potential foot or ankle fracture diagnosed and treated promptly by a podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV.

Common Causes of Foot and Ankle Fractures
Running, jumping, and performing other energetic activities can cause ankle and foot fractures. In other cases, a fracture may occur due to a sudden injury, like dropping something heavy on the foot. Brittle bones due to aging or lack of nutrients can also make a patient more likely to experience a fracture. If a patient has ankle instability or a previous foot injury without sufficient treatment, he or she is also more likely to experience a foot fracture.

Treating Fractures
It is possible for a foot or ankle fracture to heal on its own without surgery, but it requires plenty of therapy and rest. Here are a few of the treatment options you’ll consider with your Sparks, NV podiatrist:

  • Splinting the foot after realigning the fractured bone. 
  • Creating a walking cast or brace to wear for a period of time.
  • Pain medication.
  • Mandatory rest—staying off your feet to ensure proper healing.
  • Ankle surgery (such as an arthroscopy) or foot fracture surgery.


Preventing Future Fractures
One way to prevent a fracture is to wear supportive footwear and the orthotic devices recommended by your doctor going forward. If you play sports, having your feet securely wrapped before games and practices may help. Eat a diet rich in calcium to strengthen the bones in your feet. Remember that getting proper rest after an injury is key to avoiding a recurrence of the fracture. Many people aggravate the problem by trying to resume everyday activities too soon after treatment.

Get Treatment ASAP
If you’ve suffered a potential ankle or foot fracture, seek treatment from a podiatrist as soon as possible if you want your feet restored to good health. Call (775) 331-1919 today for an appointment with Dr. Douglas Doxey or Dr. L. Bruce Ford at their office in Sparks, NV.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
March 05, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot pain. Where did it come from all of a sudden, and why won't it go away? Your Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. foot painBruce Ford, understand your discomfort, and they can help. Often called metatarsalgia, this persistent shooting pain on the ball of the foot requires accurate diagnosis and well-thought-out care. At the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada, you'll receive premiere podiatric services that soothe those painful feet and help you get on with life.

What is metatarsalgia?

According to the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, metatarsalgia is a cluster of symptoms affecting the ball of the foot at the metatarsal heads of the second, third and fourth toes. The metatarsal bones are the foot bones which extend from the heel to the base of the toes.

The symptoms of this metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, sudden pain
  • Inability to flex the toes, or pain on flexing
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Compensatory gait problems (the patient walks differently to avoid pain)

Metatarsalgia often feels as though the individual is stepping on small stones while walking barefoot. Unfortunately, the condition is persistent and usually develops because the foot is trying to avoid something that is chronically uncomfortable.

Causes range from obesity, poorly fitting shoes, the presence of bunions or arthritis, high arches, stress fractures (from running or other sports), and common toe deformities such as hammer or claw toes.

Treatments

Your podiatrists in Sparks see numerous patients who suffer from metatarsalgia. Each receives a complete podiatric examination, gait analysis, and X-ray imaging. The doctors key in the individual's symptoms, trying to understand what causes the shooting pain, where it's located, when it starts, and what may relieve it.

Most often, Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford use conservative treatments to relieve the discomforts of metatarsalgia. Although both podiatrists are highly qualified foot surgeons, surgery is not necessarily the path to pain relief and recovery of function. Conservative measures usually suffice, and they may include:

  • Losing weight to relieve excess pressure on the ball of the foot and to avoid compensatory gait patterns
  • Changing shoes to something more supportive and with ample room in the toes
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shoe padding under the ball of the foot
  • Custom-made shoe orthotics to relieve pressure and correct how the person walks
  • Rest, ice, and elevation
  • Exercises aimed at increasing strength, flexibility, and function

With very severe cases of bunions, hammertoes or claw toes, surgical correction of the deformities may help alleviate metatarsalgia.

Get moving

If your feet hurt, you can get relief. Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada for a consultation with Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford in Sparks, NV. Expertise and kindness are hallmarks of their practice. Call (775) 331-1919.





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