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Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which there is a compression of the posterior tibial nerve. The posterior tibial nerve runs along the inside of the ankle into the foot. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is named for the tarsal tunnel, which is a thin space a

Feb 13th, 2019
Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are the result of calcium deposits that cause bony protrusions on the underside of the heel. Heel spurs are usually painless, but they have the potential to cause heel pain. Heel spurs tend to be associated with plantar fasciitis, which is a con

Feb 13th, 2019
What Are Hammertoes?

Hammertoes are painful deformities that frequently form on the second, third, or fourth toe. The condition is often caused by an issue in foot mechanics. This can be caused by the person’s specific gait or the manner in which they walk, or by shoes that do

Feb 12th, 2019
Wound Care

Diabetics must be wary of all wounds, regardless of depth or size. Diabetes, a chronic disease in which the body cannot properly use glucose the way it normally would, causes various complications that make wounds difficult to heal. Nerve damage or neuropa

Aug 13th, 2018
Solutions for Cracked Heels

Cracked heels can make life very frustrating and embarrassing when displaying the bare feet. Aside from being unpleasing to the eye, they can also tear stockings and socks and wear out shoes at a faster rate. When severe, cracked heels may cause pain or i

May 7th, 2018
Causes of Cracked Heels

A condition referred to as cracked heels is often uncomfortable and may produce severe pain. It is a common foot ailment that many people experience. Cracked heels occur when the skin on the back of the heel becomes dry, possibly be due to a lack of moistu

May 7th, 2018
Flat Feet

Flatfoot is a foot condition in which the arch of the foot has either partially or totally dropped or has never developed. While it is common in babies and small children, it can become a problem for them in adulthood if the arch never forms. For adults, t

Mar 26th, 2018
Symptoms of Flat Feet

A condition referred to as flat feet is a result of arches that have dropped. It can cause a feeling of tiredness in the feet and ankles, in addition to moderate aches and pains. If the entire foot touches the ground while standing, chances are favorable t

Mar 26th, 2018
Elderly and Their Feet

While proper foot care is important for everybody, senior citizens have the tendency to be more susceptible to certain foot conditions.

Mar 12th, 2018
What Causes Cracked Heels?

Cracked heels are a common foot ailment, caused by cuts or fissures resulting from dry skin on or around the heel. The general symptoms of this condition may include the skin around the heel becoming hard, itchy, or flaky in texture. There are certain cond

Feb 5th, 2018
How to Prevent Corns

Coupled with friction, an excessive amount of pressure on the feet is the most probable cause of corns. Corns can cause the skin to become dry and hardened; the skin’s consistency can also become soft and rubbery, which most often occurs between the toes

Dec 26th, 2017
Every Day Foot Care

Our feet are important in our everyday lives. The problem is that we tend to neglect them. When this becomes a habit, it can cause significant trouble. Ignoring foot problems can mean pain, limited mobility, and expensive doctor's visits. On the other hand

Oct 2nd, 2017
Pregnancy and Swollen Feet

Swollen feet among pregnant women is a very common and normal condition. However, it can be very uncomfortable for women and should be monitored closely. The feet become swollen most often in the third trimester due to increased blood pressure and fluids i

Sep 18th, 2017
How to Care for Diabetic Foot

Millions of people are affected by diabetes each year. Diabetes damages blood vessels in all parts of the body, especially the feet. The legs and feet may develop slow blood flow, which causes neuropathy, or nerve damage. Once a diabetic patient develops n

Sep 11th, 2017
Dealing with Foot Pain

If you want to start taking care of your feet, the first step is to make sure you are wearing shoes that fit you properly. Wearing improper footwear can cause a lot of damage to your feet, and leave you in a lot of pain. If you are experiencing pain in you

Aug 8th, 2017
Heel Pain

Have you ever gotten up from a chair or out of bed in the morning, and upon taking that first step, feel like your heel has stepped on a tack? Many people experience a feeling of sharp pain which radiates into their arch from their heel and which does not

Jul 17th, 2017
Getting Rid of Gout

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by the inability of the kidneys to eliminate uric acid. When uric acid builds up along with urate in the blood, it forms crystals which can exist in or around the joints.

Jun 5th, 2017
Athlete's Foot 101

Athlete’s foot is an extremely contagious infection caused by a fungus that results in itching, burning, dry, and flaking feet. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is known as tinea pedis and thrives in moist, dark areas such as shower floors, gyms, sock

May 10th, 2017
Heel Pain in Children

With warmer weather now upon us, many children make a return to outdoor sports and activities. Many parents may eventually face the issue of their children experiencing heel pain. In adolescents, heel pain is often caused by Sever’s disease. Pain is typica

May 2nd, 2017
Jets Sign Cornerback John Ojo

The New York Jets recently announced that they have signed cornerback John Ojo, a free agent  who previously played for Edmonton in the Canadian Football League.

Apr 24th, 2017
Risk Factors for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are one of several conditions that can cause heel pain in the feet. A heel spur is an outgrowth of the heel bone that is pointed.

Apr 17th, 2017
Managing bunions

Regardless of the season, bunions and the pain associated with them plague athletes of all fields. Skiers, hockey players, basketball players, and other athletes involved in running sports are all susceptible to developing the condition. A bunion is charac

Apr 10th, 2017
Preventing Diabetic Lesions

For people who live with diabetes, footcare should be high on the list of concerns related to overall health.

Apr 3rd, 2017
Stretching Your Feet

Debilitating foot pain is a problem for many people. But just as stretching the torso can help alleviate back pain, stretching the feet can also help mend existing foot problems and prevent future ones. The feet, as the body’s foundation, carry the body’s

Mar 27th, 2017
Systemic Diseases of the Foot

There are several systemic diseases, or diseases that affect the whole body, that either display symptoms in the feet or affect the health of the feet. Common systemic diseases that affect the overall health of the feet, and the patient’s ability to walk c

Mar 6th, 2017
Shopping For Shoes That Fit

Shopping for shoes can often be a tricky thing to do. Finding the right place to buy them is one of the first things to consider. Getting the shoes online would be convenient, but being able to try the shoes on is a must if you want to ensure that they f

Feb 27th, 2017
Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis of the feet, also termed plantar hyperhidrosis, is characterized by excessive sweating of the feet that can be onset by any cause, such as exercise, fever, or anxiety. Most people suffering from hyperhidrosis of the feet also experience hyper

Feb 20th, 2017
Reducing Inflammation in Arthritic Feet

Arthritis is a very common disease that can affect joints in areas all over the body. Arthritis of the feet can be especially painful and debilitating due to the constant weight put on that section of the body. For someone with arthritic feet, every step

Feb 14th, 2017
Diets Healthy for Gout

If you are currently living with gout, knowing how to keep your uric acid levels down is absolutely vital in maintaining good overall health.

Feb 7th, 2017
All About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are warts that are only found on the feet, hence the term “plantar”, which means “relating to the foot.” They are caused by the human papillomavirus, or HPV, and occur when this virus gets into open wounds on the feet. The warts themselves ar

Jan 30th, 2017
High Heels Lead to Pain

One of the most common causes of foot pain for women stems from the frequent wearing of high heels. Though they may be stylish, heels can contribute to all sorts of problems. Due to the angle that the foot is forced to maintain, circulation can be slowed

Jan 24th, 2017
Diabetes Could Lead To Amputations

For those who have been diagnosed with Diabetes, or those with family members who have, taking care of your feet is something that should be taken very seriously.

Dec 26th, 2016
All About Stress Fractures

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Desert Foot and Ankle, PC. Our doctors can treat your foot and ankle concerns.

Dec 5th, 2016
Swimming and Your Feet

If our feet could talk, they would complain about all the walking, running and long standing we put them through. Our feet deserve a break from the stress put on them, and swimming is a great way to do just that. This activity not only takes all the weight

Nov 16th, 2016
Preventing Athlete's Foot

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment.

Nov 14th, 2016
What is a Podiatrist

The branch of medicine that is focused on the treatment, diagnosis, and study of disorders of the lower leg, ankle and foot is referred to as podiatry. Because people often spend a great deal of their time on their feet, many problems in this area can occu

Nov 7th, 2016
Plantar Fasciitis 101

Plantar fasciitis is caused when the arch of the foot becomes inflamed. Each step that a person with the condition takes aggravates the plantar-fascia tissue, making it even more difficult to heal.

Oct 3rd, 2016
Blisters on the Feet

Blisters are a common ailment of people who wear shoes that are either too tight or rub against the feet in an uncomfortable way. Knowing the basics of blisters is important for understanding how they are formed and what treatments should be used for them.

Aug 22nd, 2016
All About Broken Ankles

Broken ankles are a serious injury that can lead to an inability to walk, function, and also cause a significant amount of pain. A broken ankle is a break in one of the three bones in your body that connect at the ankle joint, the tibia, the fibula, and th

Jul 25th, 2016
Morton's Neuroma

Morton's Neuroma, also called Intermetatarsal Neuroma or Plantar Neuroma, is a condition that affects the nerves of the feet, usually the area between the third and fourth toe. Neuroma refers to a benign growth that can occur in different parts of the body

May 30th, 2016
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

There are many different causes of plantar fasciitis, many of which can be addressed by proper arch supports or custom orthotics. Different causes include tight arches, improper pronation of the feet, and tight calves, all of which can cause inflammation o

May 23rd, 2016
Treating Your Diabetic Feet

Being a diabetic patient means the risk of neuropathy and the loss of sensation in areas of your body such as the feet. When your feet loses feeling, that means they become at risk for complications like amputation. Neuropathy is caused by severe nerve dam

May 9th, 2016
Proper Shoe Fitting

When it comes to maintaining foot health, wearing properly-fitting shoes is important. While wearing the appropriate pair of shoes may seem like a trivial concern, the reality is that improperly fitted shoes cause an astounding amount of injuries to the fe

Apr 18th, 2016
Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue in the heel that stretches across the bottom length of your foot. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue becomes inflamed, causing heel pain and discomfort during physical activity. Although the condit

Feb 8th, 2016
Managing Your Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be described as a condition in which the heel of the foot becomes inflamed with pain. This occurs when the fibrous band of tissues that connect your heel to your toe becomes infected. There are several solutions for treating plantar f

Jan 18th, 2016
Ankle Foot Orthotics For Athletes

Ankle and foot orthotics, known as AFOs, are custom-made inserts, shaped and contoured to fit inside a shoe and used to correct an irregular walking gait or provide cushioning. Orthotics come in a variety of different models and sizes, including both over

Dec 21st, 2015
Exercise for Your Feet

Whether your feet are over-worked or under-worked, chances are they could benefit from some special attention.

Dec 7th, 2015