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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease that affects joints in any part of the body, including the ankle and foot. Commonly affected joints of the foot are the ankle, the three joints of the hindfoot, the midfoot, and the big toe. Symptoms of osteoarthritis include stiffness and pain. There may also be swelling, a limited range of motion, bone spur development, and difficulty in walking. When one has osteoarthritis, cartilage, serving as a protective layer for the ends of bones that form joints, gradually wears down. Injury (such as severe sprains and fractures) and abnormal foot structure or mechanics (like flat feet) can lead to osteoarthritis. Other types of arthritis may mimic osteoarthritis, which is why it is important to consult with a podiatrist. Such a professional will provide a proper diagnosis and treatment options for you.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

A foot ulcer is a wound on the sole of the foot. It can be common among diabetic patients and generally requires prompt medical attention to avoid amputation. It is defined as a wound that develops on the surface of the skin and may extend to the tendons and bones. Diabetic patients often do not have the ability to heal normally or quickly, therefore this type of wound is usually treated with antibiotics. Diabetes can make it difficult to feel sensations on the feet so many patients are unable to notice existing cuts, scrapes, or bruises that have developed. Foot ulcers can also affect people who have abnormal foot bones or muscles in the feet. This can include people who have arthritis in the feet, as well as claw feet. If you have a wound on your foot, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the best treatment is for you.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 19 September 2022 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

A stress fracture is a hairline fracture that commonly happens in the foot and may be prevalent among people who enjoy running. It occurs as a result of repeated stress the foot endures from physical activity, and the pain can gradually worsen if it is not treated promptly. It is suggested to temporarily cease the activity that caused the fracture, and relief may come from frequently elevating and resting the foot. Research has shown that people who are deficient in vitamin D or calcium may be susceptible to getting stress fractures, and it is advised to increase these types of supplements, if applicable. Additionally, when crutches are used, healing may be accelerated as the weight is kept off of the affected foot. If the fracture is severe, surgery may be necessary for permanent healing. The full recovery period for stress fracture surgery can be up to eight weeks, and low-impact activities can be performed as the healing takes place. If you think you may have a stress fracture, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly evaluate your foot, and offer treatment options that are correct for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact one of our doctors from Kitsap Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bremerton and Port Orchard, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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