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By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
November 08, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Suffering from heel pain? Heel pain can interfere with your normal activities and make life miserable. If treated properly, your foot will heal heel painwell, allowing you to return to physical activity. Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada, which is located in Sparks, NV, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. Bruce Ford are some of the top podiatrists in Sparks, NV. Here are four proven ways to end resistant heel pain.

#1- Orthotic Devices

Orthotics are among the best ways to treat resistant heel pain. Podiatrists offer orthotic devices that provide arch support and cushioning for added shock absorption, protection, and comfort. Studies have shown that podiatrist-prescribed orthotic devices improve function and decrease foot pain. 

#2- Stretching Exercises

Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Stretching exercises are one of your best bets for getting relief of your pain. research has shown that stretching exercises improve function, soothe heel pain, and reduce inflammation.

#3- Steroid Injections

Steroid injections are anti-inflammatory medicines used to treat foot pain. Steroid injections offer quick relief for pain and inflammation that is in one part of your body. Steroid injections allow doctors to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. You can get steroid injections at your podiatrist's office. 

#4- Night Splints

A night splint can relieve your heel pain. The night splint keeps your foot in a neutral position with the toes pointed up. This position gently stretches the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. The splint is adjustable, so you and your podiatrist can adjust it to the proper angle.

Heel pain hurts, but you don't have to suffer. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada at 775-331-1919 now to schedule an appointment in Sparks, NV. Get your life back on track by receiving the best treatment available.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
August 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain  

You have foot pain in Sparks, NV, that just doesn't seem to go away. When you walk or when you stand for long periods of time, the ball of foot painyour foot aches. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford of the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada often see people that feel very uncomfortable with a chronic and easily treated condition called metatarsalgia. With their experience, expertise, and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford can tell you what's going on in your feet and how to manage or eliminate it.

Where are the metatarsal bones?

There are five of them, and they extend from the heel of your foot to your toes. When the tops of these bones become inflamed due to repeated stress (playing tennis, for instance), arthritic changes or just wearing shoes that are too narrow and tight, metatarsalgia results.

Frequently, the discomfort of metatarsalgia centers on the metatarsal heads (the tops of the bones) near the second, third and fourth toe combined. Also common is foot pain which originates in the ball of the foot at the first, or big, toe. Location and description of symptoms help your podiatrist make an accurate diagnosis.

What can you do?

Treatment of foot pain associated with the metatarsal bones may be easier to treat that you may think. Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford may key in on how much you stand on your feet during the day, what sporting activities you engage in and what kind of shoes you typically wear. Frankly, just resting, elevating and even icing your feet after use (or overuse) helps reduce the swelling associated with this kind of foot pain.

Another simple intervention paying attention to your shoes. If you are a woman, are you wearing narrow-toed shoes? Are you frequently in high heels? If so, consider wearing shoes with a wider toe box so your feet are not so cramped.

Also, the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends wearing shoes with heels no higher than two inches. The lower the heel is and the more supportive the shoe is, the better your feet will feel. Furthermore, change your shoes often, and purchase new ones when current pairs are showing wear.

Finally, your podiatrist may recommend custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to keep the pressure off your metatarsal bones. Soft padding may accomplish the same thing, but it's important to engage the help of your foot doctor to understand what will work best.

Get on your feet!

Don't let foot pain stop you from having an active lifestyle. Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada to find out what's wrong and correct it. Call the office in Sparks, NV, today for your personal consultation: (775) 331-1919.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
June 20, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Neuropathy  

Neuropathy doesn’t have to dictate your daily activities. Find out how to quell your symptoms.neuropathy

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes but didn’t catch it right away you may also be faced with neuropathy, a condition that can cause nerve damage in the feet. Neuropathy can also lead to numbness, tingling, muscle weakness and loss of sensation, but our Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford, are here to tell you how to best manage your neuropathy symptoms.

Give Your Feet Some TLC

If you have diabetic feet that also have neuropathy you’ll want to give them some extra attention when it comes to providing the very best care. Since you may have lost feeling in your feet, you’ll want to wear socks and shoes all the time. Going barefoot could lead to an injury that you may not even notice. Examine your feet everyday for any new cuts, wounds, bruising, redness or other issues that may require monitoring or medical attention.

Get Fit

You wouldn’t believe just how great exercise can be, even for neuropathy. We don’t mean that you have to run a marathon either. Just taking a walk a couple times a week can go a long way to strengthening muscles, reducing your pain and discomfort and even keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Also look for other forms of exercises like yoga that might provide your body and mind with some great health benefits.

Eat for Your Feet

This might sound silly, but as our Sparks foot doctors will tell you, what you eat is so important to your health. Especially if you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, you’ll want to make sure that you are getting all the vitamins and nutrients you need. Incorporate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet, along with lean proteins and whole grains. Stay away from processed foods or sugar, which can affect your blood sugar levels. This also means avoiding or limiting your alcohol consumption.

If you have questions about how to care for neuropathy, don’t hesitate to call The Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, to get the answers you’re looking for. We are here to make sure you get the care you need.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
April 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Pain  

Many people suffer from heel pain much longer than necessary because they keep hoping the problem will go away on its own. heel painUnfortunately, if you continue to ignore the pain, it can become a chronic problem. Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. Bruce Ford, share information on a few common causes of heel pain.

Stone bruises

You may not realize just how painful bruises can be until you have to walk on one. Stone bruises tend to occur if you step on a hard object or if your feet aren't adequately cushioned when you run or walk. Ice, heel cups, and rest can help ease your pain. In most cases, the bruise will heal in a few weeks.

Plantar fasciitis

If you run your hand over the bottom of your foot, you'll notice that one long band of tissue extends from your heels to your toes. You'll experience pain in your heel if the band, formally called the plantar fascia, becomes irritated and inflamed. The problem is usually worse after you exercise, first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting for a while. If you run, you may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis, particularly if you don't wear supportive shoes. It can also occur if you have tight calf muscles, high arches or feet that pronate (turn in) too much.

Rest and stretching exercises can help if the condition is mild. If your pain doesn't go away in a few weeks, you'll want to visit Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford in their Sparks office. Depending on the severity of your problem, they may recommend fitting you with orthotics, night splints or walking casts. Corticosteroid injections can be helpful if the pain just doesn't go away. Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated without surgery, but sometimes, it's unavoidable.

Heel spurs

Small calcium deposits called heel spurs can also cause pain. Although they're common if you've had plantar fasciitis, anything that puts pressure on your heels, such as running, jumping, wearing poorly fitting shoes or carrying too much weight, can increase your risk of developing a heel spur. Physical therapy, over-the-counter pain medication and corticosteroid injections or surgery can be helpful.

Heel fractures

Fractures typically occur if you've been in a car accident or injured your heel jumping or falling. If the bones haven't moved out of place, you'll need to wear a cast or boot for several weeks. Surgery will be needed if the bones have become displaced.

Isn't it about time you sought help for your heel pain? Call Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford, at (775) 331-1919 to schedule an appointment.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
February 10, 2017
Category: Podiatry

Learn about neuropathy treatment from your Sparks podiatrists.neuropathy treatment

Neuropathy, a result of damage to your peripheral nerves, often causes numbness, pain and weakness, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford at Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, offers state-of-the-art treatments for neuropathy. Here are 7 treatments for neuropathy that you should be aware of.

1. Pain Relievers

OTC pain medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen can relieve mild symptoms. While these pain medications might help with occasional or mild pain, they are often not strong enough for serious nerve pain. For more severe symptoms, your Sparks podiatrists might prescribe painkillers.

2. Anti-Seizure Medications

Medications that are developed to treat epilepsy are used for pain associated with neuropathy. The nerve-calming qualities of some of these medications can help quiet the stabbing, burning, or shooting pain often caused by nerve damage. Side effects of anti-seizure medications can include fatigue, dizziness, and drowsiness.

3. Topical Treatments

Capsaicin cream has been found to relieve pain associated with neuropathy. Capsaicin is the ingredient found in different types of hot peppers. You might have irritation and skin burning where you apply the cream, but this usually lessens over time.

4. Lidocaine Patches

Lidocaine Patches are another treatment you apply to your skin that reduces pain. Side effects of lidocaine patches can include dizzeness, drowsiness and numbness at the site of the patch.

5. Antidepressants

Some tricyclic antidepressants, such as nortriptyline, imipramin, doxepin and amitriptyline help reduce pain by interfering with chemical processes in your spinal cord and brain that cause you to feel pain.


Transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation (TENS) is a treatment that is used to treat nerve pain. TENS works by delivering electricity that travels through the nerve fibers. TENS is used as an adjunct to medications.

7. Physical Therapy

Physical therapy can be very helpful in relieving the pressure on the nerves. Physical therapy can help you retain strength, improve your moments and avoid muscle spasms and cramping. With neuropathy, the quantity and focus of physical therapy or exercise is determined by your diagnosed condition and symptoms.

If you're in pain, don't suffer and muddle through. Instead, get help from a podiatrist. Together, you can come up with a treatment plan that will help you feel better. Call Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada in Sparks, NV, at (775) 331-1919 to schedule an appointment. Our state-of-the-art neuropathy treatments will change your life for the better.

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