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Keeping up with health is about paying attention to every aspect of your body. It’s not going to help you if you’ve worked hard your whole life to make sure your knee joints are in working order, but have had too much friction on your ankle bone. Sadly, the foot is often overlooked by medical professionals. Yet, it’s one of the most important parts of our body. Avoiding a visit to a podiatrist is easy when you follow these simple rules.

Wear Shoes that Fit

So many find an attractive shoe and think that it’s okay to squeeze their feet in their even though it doesn’t fit. As a women, I know passing up a nice looking shoe can be difficult. If it doesn’t fit, it doesn’t fit. Wearing that beauty won’t make up for the pain you’ll be in.

Accept Your Foot’s Limitations

Some people can walk in heels without suffering from any issues. Others find that heels at a certain height give them foot, and back pain. Many wear heels knowing they are uncomfortable, and not right for them. They figure that if they wear the shoe long enough, there body will eventually get used to it. It’s actually being slowly damaged. Not only do heels cause foot problems, they can also be a source of back pain.

Even If You’re One Of Those People That Can Wear Heels

Know Your Feet OptionsHigh heels aren’t good for you no matter who you are. If your feet are less sensitive, those heels are still putting pressure on your back. Many women permanently change the bone structure of their spine, parts of their legs, and feet because of constant high heel wearing.

Dry Toes Completely

A lot of people end up seeing a podiatrist for foot fungus. I’m sure you’ve seen this on people before, even if you’re not a sufferer. It’s quite a common issue, especially for the elderly. A great way to prevent the production of fungus is to dry your feet thoroughly after washing them. It’s also important to make sure you’re putting your feet in dry shoes. Bacteria, mold, and fungus love moist, warm areas like shoes and feet.

Always Wear Shoes While Outside

We are supposed to get a tetanus injection every ten years. Many adults do not keep up with it. It’s pretty tough to get a full grown person to see a doctor if he or she is not sick. If you’re not going to get a tetanus shot, for whatever reason, it’s important to make sure the bottoms of your feet are always protected while outside. One rusty nail can send deadly toxins to your brain.

Enjoy Your Feet!

Treat your feet well! They’re loads of lotions, and other tools that you can use for their maintenance. If you’re not kind to your feet, they will simply get worse. It’s time to pay attention to every part of your body. Especially a part that you use everyday like your feet.

We offer a wide range of options to take care of your podiatrist and foot needs, surgery and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on tendonitis and solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

There are many people in the world who have bunions. The good thing is that it poses no risks, but the irritation and pain will cause a lot of discomforts and affect your day to day life.

utah bunion doctorThe most common thing that people with bunions complain about is the pain and irritation. The pain stems from inflammation that occurs around the tissue of the toe joint, which are being stretched when the bones are shifting out of position. When the bunion rubs against the shoe, it cause further irritation and pain.

There are many ways you can deal with the condition, but the best way is by seeking medical care. Below are some tips you can use to reduce the pain.

Start with a soak
A cool foot soak goes a long way in helping relieve the pain and irritation. You can use a basin if you don’t have a foot spa at home. Pour a few tablespoons of Epsom salt or any other bath salts in a basin, fill the basin with lukewarm or cool water until the ankles are fully covered. Soak your legs for between five and fifteen minutes. The Epsom salt can be found in your local store, or anywhere first aid supplies are sold.

Stretch your toe
Doing some stretching exercises will go a long way in addressing the sore joints including the toes too. The first step is sitting comfortably, then use a strap to grasp your toe, you can use your hands if you are flexible. Pull the toe through a comfortable range of motion while holding it for thirty seconds. Repeat it several times. Stretch the toe away from the next toe while also holding for thirty seconds, continue repeating the process. If you big toe has a bunion, grab the big toe and stretch it away from the next toe. If the pain worsens, then you should discontinue.

Apply a topical analgesic
There are many different options when it comes to pain relief creams and gels. They can be found in stores or online. These products contain menthol or other similar ingredients that cause] a cooling sensation causing pain relief. There are also some products that contain capsaicin, a compound that is derived from chili peppers, it blocks the pain signals temporarily to the areas where it is applied.

Try a toe spacer or a bunion relief
There are some bunion relief devices that can reduce the pain and inflammation mainly by reducing the stress on the joints of the toe. The devices come in different sizes, choose ones that you feel most comfortable wearing.

Try new shoes
Change in size of the feet is not just for kids, it happens to adults as well. One’s feet can change throughout his/her life, both the length and the width. When one has bunions, the width of the legs tends to increase, which means wearing a wider shoe. There are many fashionable shoes that are wide. The shoes can also be taken for repair.

We offer a wide range of options to take care of bunions, surgery and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on bunions and solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

Prescription Orthotics are custom made devices that provide comfort and support for your feet. These inserts have been crafted to be just right for you and no one else.

They match the unique contour and shape of your feet and should move naturally with you. Orthotics are made after your podiatrist has performed an complete examination of your feet, legs, and ankles.

Utah Foot SurgeryThey are designed to prevent abnormal motion when you walk. They can also be used to treat foot pain and help with injuries like tendinitis. They are also usually constructed of light-weight plastic or graphite. This allows them to be flexible, comfortable, and durable.

Some ortho devices are made to be a little softer and provide cushion and support. This is the type typical used to treat diabetic foot issues, and other uncomfortable conditions. Foot problems like plantar fasciitis, tendinitis, and bursitis can be helped through the use of Orthopedics. Most research shows that podiatrist prescribed options have the most success.

Prescription insertions do cost more than those you can buy over the counters. But many feel the additional cost is worth it. Unlike retail versions, prescription inserts are molded to fit your foot. This means you should experience little discomfort wearing them.

Retail inserts are not as well designed. While they can offer some comfort – for minor issues. However, if you are suffering from more series foot problems, you’ll find a prescription device much more helpful.

Over-the-counter shoes inserts are great for those who just need a little extra cushioning while walking. If you are experiencing serious pain or discomfort it’s time to schedule an appointment with a licensed podiatrist.

We will perform a thorough examination of your feet. We will also listen carefully to you and try to assess what may be going on with your feet. After information is gathered from the initial exam a determination on how to proceed will be reached. For minor issues your podiatrist may just recommend an over-the-counter solution.

If you need custom inserts, then Dr. Shelton will perform a foot scan. Those images will be used to custom order an insert for your foot. It takes a few days for the insert to ordered. Afterwards, we will custom fit the Orthotic to your foot.

We offer a wide range of orthotic options, solutions and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on orthotic solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

If you need to spend a lot of time on your feet, your really need to treat them well. Foot injuries can be serious, and very often, they aren’t caused by just one accident or injury but wear and tear over a period of time. That’s why it helps to get tips from a podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in feet, to prevent foot problems before they happen.

Top Podiatrist Tips To Help Save Your Feet

Utah Podiatry TipsInvest in good shoes: If there is one item in your wardrobe that you should not skimp on, it is decent shoes. This is particularly true of people who spend a lot of time on their feet because of their jobs or athletic activities.

Look for shoes that provide cushioning and support. Even if you are not a runner, consider running shoes because they have been developed to help preserve feet from a lot of pounding. Also, cushioning and support don’t last forever, so be prepared to replace shoes as needed. If your job won’t allow you to wear athletic shoes, you can find dress shoes that were designed with safety and comfort in mind.

Wear Shoes In The House: You don’t need to wear heavy shoes in the house. However, you should probably have a pair of slippers or even flip flops to wear inside. These can keep you from accidentally hurting the sole of your feet if you happen to step on something.

If you don’t like people wearing outside shoes in the house, invest in some inexpensive rubber sandals that are only to be worn inside the house. If you just can’t see yourself always having shoes on, at least consider wearing socks.

Get the right shoes for sports: If you do happen to job, hike, or play a team sport, make sure that you purchase shoes that are designed for the particular activity. For example, runners shoes are designed to provide support and also some stride control that can help keep you from developing stride problems or even twisting your ankle. Surprisingly, you will probably find that you have greater endurance and suffer from fewer aches if you wear the right shoes.

Good Shoes Can Save Your Joints And Back Too

Here’s another plus to investing in shoes with support, cushioning, and stride control. You will find that your knees, back, and maybe even your head suffer from fewer aches and pains. By having your whole body cushioned, you can do your entire body a favor!

Good shoes don’t have to be expensive, and they will certainly cost less than a doctor’s treatment for an injury or severe pain. While many quality brands may cost over $100, there are some good choices for less. Keep in mind that cheaper shoes will probably have to get replaced more often because they will wear out, pricier shoes might last longer, and you will end up spending the same over a period of time and save on your back and joints when you have the right support.

We offer a wide range of podiatry services at any of our Utah offices. For information on tendonitis and solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

Putting on a shoe is typically one of the easiest things to do. You don’t even have to think about what you are doing in order to properly wear a shoe. It’s as if your brain has been programmed to process the details automatically. How much information on orthotics do we actually have? Do we even know what an orthotics is?

What Are Orthotics?
Simply put, these are shoe accessories. Try to imagine how shoes would feel without inner soles or if you wore them without socks. Not such a comforting thought, right? Orthotics are all the things that are worn inside a shoe to provided added comfortability for your feet. A shoe is not complete without these comforting devices.

tired_feet_245x350pxWhat Are The Benefits Of Orthotics?
Apart from making your feet more comfortable and warm, orthotics are also used to:
o    Provide proper foot alignment as well as support for the body, ankles, and feet.
o    Provide an improved health of the feet and ankles.
o    Provide defense or preventive mechanisms for foot deformities.
o    Prevent accumulation of moisture in your shoes.
o    Orthotics make it possible for foot conditions such as tarsal tunnel syndrome, bunions, and Achilles tendonitis to heal.

What Are Categories Of Orthotics?
There are 3 fundamental types of orthotics where each orthotic will lie. These are custom-made, off-the-shelf, and ankle foot orthotics.

o    Ankle Foot Orthotics

An ankle foot orthotic or AFO as commonly referred is specially designed to provide support to the feet as well as make co-ordination of ankle joint muscles easy. AFOs are often custom made to perfectly fit the individual.

An ankle foot orthotic will probably be prescribed by a physician for individuals have unstable ankles, severe flatfoot conditions, and patients who experience pain while co-ordinating foot-ankle muscles

o    Custom-Made Orthotics

As the name suggests, these orthotics are customized to match a particular foot type. They can also be made to target individuals with certain foot conditions and specific levels of activity. You may be required to buy shoes that are slightly larger to provide an allowance for fitting a custom-made orthotic.

o    Off-The-Shelf Orthotics

These are also called arch supports. They are orthotics that are used for general purposes like providing individuals with added comfortability. They are available in retail outlet stores and more so in sports stores. Arch supports help distribute the body weight evenly on both feet.

What Are Some Of The Tips For Wearing Orthotics?
Inserting orthotics in your shoes is not as straightforward as it seems? You just don’t wake up and insert one perfectly. Here are some great tips though.

o    Ensure that your shoes are slightly bigger and that the innersoles are removable. While inserting the orthotic, remove all innersoles or footbeds.

o    Strive to buy shoes that have an extra depth. This will ensure that the shoes can accommodate the orthotic without appearing to be stuffed.

o    Longer orthotics can be shortened by trimming the softer, top cover with a pair of scissors. Take caution not to trim too much.

o    Shoes that come with an adjustable are better than block shoes that lack an adjustable. Laces and buckles are examples of an adjustable.

We offer a wide range of orthotic options, solutions and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on tendonitis and solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

The tendons are the connective tissue that joins the muscles to the bones. They are very tough, flexible and strong, but they can become injured, bruised and be torn under stress. They can become inflamed, and they can get tiny tears in various places, which is painful.

Most often tendonitis occurs in shoulder, the wrist, elbow, wrist, knees, the achilles region, and sometimes in the back areas. Most of the time the condition is caused by a repetitive motion, such as in tennis, players get “tennis elbow” which is a strain from applying the same tennis stroke over and over again. Or in baseball, a pitcher will get tendonitis in the rotator cuff of the shoulder.

Achilles-TendonitisTendonitis occurs most often with athletes, where different parts of the body is placed under undue strain while playing. It can occur with weekend warriors, where people participate in weekend athletics a little more enthusiastically than normal, and even when we get older with too much walking or gardening.

Some prevention is in order here, as a little wisdom can help in warding off the symptoms of the condition. One thing you can always do, and you see athletes doing this before games, is to always warm up before you actually participate in the event. Stretching and loosing up the body by jogging a little and getting the muscles and tendons alike.

During your warm up begin slowly, and gradually step up your routine until  you break a little sweat. Stay away from work, for example that require stretching or staying in one position for extended periods of time, as that than unduly strain muscles and tendons.

Wear the proper shoes, especially if you are jogging, playing golf or tennis, or other sports that require lots of physical activity. Seek the guidance of a trainer or a sports doctor for advice about the technique of playing your sport so you can avoid tendonitis.

If you do find that you suddenly have sharp pain in the areas near the joints where the muscles join the bones, the quicker the treatment the more quickly you will recover. Place ice packs on the area as quickly as possible for 20 minute periods, for 3 or 4 times per day.

If you have swelling or pain immediately after participating in a sport, go ahead and ice the area right then. For the reduction inflammation, pain and swelling such over the counter medications as ibuprofen and aspirin can be taken, and an antibiotic can be taken if it is determined by your doctor that an infection is the cause of the problem.

If the tendonitis is particularly advanced, splinting or a sling may be appropriate, but it is important to gently keep moving the joint and the tendon to keep it from “freezing” or getting stiff.

You want to keep the blood circulating because that is what will speed the healing of tears in the tendon. Since the tears in the tendon which causes tendonitis usually very small, surgery is rarely necessary, but depending upon where the injury is located recovery can take weeks or months.

We offer a wide range of options to take care of tendonitis, surgery and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on tendonitis and solutions go here >

Contact us here with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment. Feel free to call one of our Utah offices in Alpine/Highland at 801.756.1800 or Sandy, Utah at 801.571.7911. We look forward to serving you!

Best ingrown toenail solutionsIf you are dealing with discomfort or pain in one or more of your toenails you may actually be experiencing ingrown toenails, which are also known as unguis incarnatus or onychocrptosis. Whenever there is a sharp corner of a toenail that starts to dig into the skin that is on the side or the end of the toe, there can be inflammation and pain that starts to develop and fester. If left untreated, the area that is inflamed can start to grow excess tissue or even start to throb before draining fluid that is yellowish in color.

In some patients, untreated ingrown toenails can also start to become infected or an abscess can develop that will have to be treated surgically. A condition known as osteomyelitis is a rare, yet real, complication where the bone of the toe will start to become infected. It goes without saying that having the right treatment plan in place for ingrown toenails is going to be the absolute best way to make sure that you do not have a condition that develops into something dangerous.

Ingrown toenails can be rather common in adults and even adolescents, however they are fairly uncommon for younger children and infants. Additionally, this is a condition that is a lot more common for men than women and younger adults that are in either their 20s or their 30s will be mostly at risk.

Treatment options can vary depending on the severity of your ingrown toenails. Once you start to notice irritation or discomfort, you can start off by soaking your affected foot in warm water that is mixes with about a tablespoon or so of Epsom salts. Soaking your foot with the problematic toe for about 10 minutes each day, either once or twice per day, will give some decent relief. If the soaking helps some of the swelling and irritation to go down, you can try to carefully clip the nail back to see if you can remove the portion that is problematic.

However, you must always use clean instruments for trimming your toenails as any bacteria can lead to infection. When trimming your nails, you will always want to keep them neat and make sure that you cut them straight across. Curved toenails can actually make your chances of ingrown toenails a lot higher. When trimming, if the corners end up feeling as though they are too sharp, you can file them down a bit with a quality nail file.

You can also talk with your physician or podiatrist about products that are made to soften up the toenails and keep them free from inflammation. If you are experiencing excessive pain, swelling or even yellowish discharge from your toes, you will want to talk with a professional about having it taken care of. While you are treating your ingrown toenails, you may also want to take a look at the type of footwear that you have as well as the way that you walk and distribute your weight as you are standing as these can all have an impact on the health of your feet and your toes.

We offer a wide range of options to take care of ingrown toenail removal, surgery and many other needs at any of our Utah offices. For information on our other services and podiatry resources go to Our Utah Podiatrist Services here

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