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By Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada
September 26, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

What Is Metatarsalgia?

If simply taking steps is painful, you may be suffering from Metatarsalgia.

It's normal for your feet to ache after standing for hours on end or pounding the pavement for miles, but persistent pain is a sign that something might be wrong. Dr. L. Bruce Ford and Dr. Douglas Doxey of the Foot and Ankle Institute of Nevada can walk you through the risk factors, signs and solutions for Metatarsalgia.

What is Metatarsalgia?

The metatarsals are the small bones connecting your toes to your ankles. Small nerves are located between these bones, and pressure on the nerve can cause inflammation, or Metatarsalgia. The condition largely affects the ball of your foot, leaving you with shooting pains, a burning sensation, tingling or numbness. The pain could come on gradually or rapidly and is often exacerbated by putting weight on your foot.

What causes Metatarsalgia?

There are many things that can increase your risk or predilection for the condition. Wearing shoes that are too tight or narrow, especially heals, and high impact exercises like jumping and running are potential causes. If you are overweight, that can put more pressure on your foot as well. Having a high arch or stiff ankle also adds pressure. Older individuals are at increased risk of Metatarsalgia because your foot pads tend to loose cushioning as you age. Arthritis or diabetes can also increase your chance of developing foot pain.

How do I treat Metatarsalgia?

Needing surgery to cure your foot pain is not likely, especially when you are diligent about following your doctor's advice. Your Sparks, NV specialist will likely recommend one or more of the following.

  • Try shoe insoles to ease or distribute pressure on your foot
  • Avoid wearing high heeled shoes for prolonged periods of time. Choose footwear with a roomy toe box
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Take adequate time off from activity after foot injuries
  • Elevate your feet when resting
  • Try an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication
  • Exercise your ankles

If foot pain is preventing you from being up and active, call your Sparks, NV specialist today at 775-331-1919.

By Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada
July 11, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: ankle pain  

Maybe you noticed a twinge of pain in your ankle after running on the treadmill or stepping off the curb wrong. Unfortunately, the ankle is delicate and prone to injury. While ankle sprains are often the most common cause of ankle pain, it’s important to know what’s going on and when you symptoms warrant seeing our Sparks, NV, podiatrists Dr. L. Bruce Ford and Dr. Douglas Doxey.

What can cause ankle pain?

Ankle pain can affect one or both ankles at any age. Even minor pain can make it difficult for someone to walk around or put weight on the affected foot. Along with a sprained ankle there are other causes that could be to blame including:

  • Strained muscles or ligaments
  • Bone fractures
  • Flat feet
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Bursitis
  • Chronic lateral ankle pain
  • Arthritis (causes long-term and worsening ankle pain and stiffness)
  • Gout

As you can see, many of these issues will require medical attention to ensure that you are giving your ankle the proper care and rest it needs to heal properly. Chronic conditions such as arthritis will often require long-term medications to reduce the progressiveness of the symptoms and prevent complications. Other conditions may require wearing a protective brace or boot to take weight off the foot and ankle until it heels.

What are the symptoms of ankle pain?

Ankle pain can develop anywhere in the ankle, and the location can often help our podiatrists determine what might be causing your symptoms. Along with pain you may also notice swelling, stiffness, redness, or difficulty putting weight on the ankle. If the pain is the result of an accident or fall, you may have noticed a snapping or popping sound at the moment of impact.

Who can experience ankle pain?

Ankle pain is something that can affect anyone no matter their age. While falls and sports injuries often cause ankle pain it is common for athletes to develop ankle pain more often than most. Physically active men under the age of 24 and women over the age of 30 are also more susceptible to ankle pain.

When should I see a doctor?

If you are dealing with severe pain or swelling, or if you can’t put weight on the ankle you should avoid any activities that exacerbate your symptoms and schedule an immediate appointment with one of our Sparks, NV, foot doctors. The sooner you seek treatment the faster you can get rid of your pain.

If you are dealing with ankle pain it’s important that you have a doctor in Sparks, NV, that can give you the answers you’re looking for. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada today.

By Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada
June 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care

Peripheral Neuropathy TreatmentPeripheral neuropathy is a condition of the nervous system that can be painful and uncomfortable for patients. The pain can get worse over time without immediate intervention by your doctor. Neuropathy treatment solutions are available at the office of Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV.

Understanding Peripheral Neuropathy
The peripheral nerves are a network of nerves that run from the brain all the way to the various organs, muscles, and tissues throughout the body, including the legs and feet. When these nerves become diseased and damaged, communication from the brain is disrupted and can cause lack of sensation or pain. The most common types of peripheral neuropathy are carpal tunnel syndrome and cases related to diabetes (diabetic neuropathy). When the feet become lifeless, cold, or painful, walking, and standing becomes a challenge.

Causes of Peripheral Neuropathy
Patients who have uncontrolled diabetes are more prone to developing the symptoms and complications of peripheral neuropathy. Prolonged periods of high blood glucose levels can cause nerve damage in the lower extremities. Patients who take certain medications can also struggle with peripheral neuropathy. It’s important to talk to your Sparks, NV, foot doctor about the possible causes in your case and neuropathy treatment solutions that could help you get some relief.

When Is Treatment Needed?
Whenever you find that your life is being disrupted by your symptoms, it’s time to see your doctor. If you are having trouble walking, the pain is radiating through your feet, or your feet feel cold to the touch you should make time to see your podiatrist. When the discomfort wakes you up in the middle of the night or you feel pain even when things lightly touch your skin, that’s a possible sign of nerve damage. Treatment options include pain relief medications, topical creams, electrical nerve stimulation, and physical therapy.

Seek Help for Your Legs and Feet
It’s possible that your case of peripheral neuropathy can be resolved with a basic treatment plan administered by a podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV. Call (775) 331-1919 today to schedule an appointment for neuropathy treatment with Dr. Douglas Doxey or Dr. L. Bruce Ford.

By Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada
March 11, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions

Find out if the numbness/tingling in your hands and feet could be due to neuropathy.

Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that causes damage to the peripheral nerves, which can lead to weakness, numbness, pain, and Peripheral Neuropathy Foot Numbnesstingling in certain areas of the body, particularly the hands and feet. There are many reasons why someone might develop peripheral neuropathy, from certain infections and genetics to the most common cause, diabetes. From the office of our Sparks, NV, podiatrist, Dr. Douglas Doxey, learn more about this condition and discover when to visit us for neuropathy treatment.


What are the signs and symptoms of peripheral neuropathy?

The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy vary depending on what nerves are affected. These nerves include,

  • Sensory nerves, which respond to temperature, touch, and pain
  • Motor nerves, which control muscle movement
  • Autonomic nerves, which affect involuntary functions like heart rate and blood pressure

Some of the most common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include,

  • Numbness in the feet, hands, legs, or arms
  • A “pins and needles” sensation
  • Muscle weakness or paralysis
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Poor balance and coordination
  • A sharp, burning, or stabbing pain

If neuropathy has affected the autonomic nerves then you may experience,

  • Digestive or bowel issues
  • Blood pressure changes (e.g. dizziness)
  • Heat intolerance
  • Increased sweating


When should I see a doctor?

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, especially weakness, pain, or tingling in the feet, then you should call our Sparks, NV, foot doctor right away for an appointment. The sooner peripheral neuropathy is detected and treated, the better the outcome is for controlling symptoms and preventing further nerve damage.


What are my neuropathy treatment options?

While treatment will not cure neuropathy, it can help you control your symptoms and prevent damage to the nerves. Common treatment options include,

  • Medications: Everything from painkillers and anti-seizure medications to antidepressants and topical medications can help ease symptoms
  • Therapy: Physical therapy, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), and surgery can provide relief from persistent or more serious symptoms
  • Lifestyle modifications: From a healthy diet and exercising regularly to quitting smoking and limiting alcohol use, you can also lessen your symptoms with simple lifestyle changes

For reliable neuropathy treatment, call the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada today at (775) 331-1919.

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!

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