Podiatry Blog
By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 14, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
What Is Raynauds DiseaseDo your fingers and toes sometimes turn numb, change color, or feel cold? While this is a common response to winter weather, if you have Raynaud’s disease, something more could be going on to impact the health and function of your blood vessels. If you find your fingers or toes turning white and going numb, you should talk with your podiatrists about Raynaud’s disease.

What is Raynaud’s disease?

This rare disorder temporarily narrows or restricts blood flow to the blood vessels of the extremities. Raynaud’s disease is characterized by an attack and is often the result of cold weather exposure. There are two types of Raynaud’s disease: primary and secondary. Primary Raynaud’s disease occurs on its own without a cause while secondary Raynaud’s disease is the result of an underlying health problem.

What causes it?

Sometimes Raynaud’s disease has no known cause (as is the case with primary Raynaud’s disease); however, certain autoimmune diseases, extreme stress, or cold weather exposure are typically the main causes. Risk factors that can increase the likelihood of primary Raynaud’s disease include:
  • Being a woman
  • Being under 30 years old (symptoms offer appear during the teen years)
  • A family history of Raynaud’s disease
Risk factors for secondary Raynaud’s disease include,
  • Thyroid disorders, autoimmune diseases, and other chronic diseases
  • Certain medications
  • Exposure to certain chemicals, cold weather, or vibrating machines

What are the signs and symptoms?

When an attack occurs, skin on the toes and hands often turns white or pale. You may notice a loss of feeling in the extremities, as well. The area may also turn blue. Then once circulation returns, the area will warm and the skin will turn red. You may also notice burning, tingling, or throbbing as the sensation returns. Raynaud’s attack can last anywhere from several minutes to several hours.

How is Raynaud’s disease treated?

If a certain medication or underlying health problem is causing these attacks, your doctor may recommend switching medications or can help you better manage these chronic health problems to reduce your risks for an attack. If your primary Raynaud’s attacks are the result of cold exposure, avoiding cold temperatures is the best way to prevent attacks. Ensure that you are also properly bundled and wearing warm socks and gloves if you have to go outdoors on cold days.

Numbness and color changes in the feet can also be signs of diabetes and nerve damage, so it’s important that you see your podiatrist right away to rule out more serious health concerns.
By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
March 02, 2022
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Care  
Proactive Foot Care For AthletesPounding pavement, intense box jumps, PR deadlifts…we couldn’t do the activities and exercise we love without healthy feet and ankles. Of course, feet and ankles are also prone to injury. The good news is that there are strategies and tips you can follow to proactively keep your feet and ankles healthy to reduce your risk for sports-related injuries.

Choose the Right Shoes for the Job

There’s a reason there are shoes just for runners, shoes for weightlifters, and shoes for soccer players. Every sport requires its own shoes that provide just the right cushioning, stability, and support for the feet and ankles. Wearing the right shoes for your chosen sport is imperative to providing your feet with exactly what they need whether it’s ankle stability for those quick side-to-side movements or added cushioning for power jumps.

Rotate Socks and Shoes Regularly

As you work out it’s natural for your feet to sweat; however, the last thing you want to do is leave your feet in sweaty shoes and socks. That’s why it’s always best to carry at least another pair of socks with you and to swap them out after exercise to prevent blisters or a nasty fungal infection. Always choose moisture-wicking socks to help wick away some of the sweat.

Know When to Get Rid of Your Shoes

No shoes are designed to last forever. While you may simply love your sneakers you have to recognize when to part ways and get a new pair. After all, shoes wear down over time and they are less likely to cushion or absorb shock, which can leave you prone to injuries. Shoes are only designed to last about 300-500 miles. If you see that the treads are wearing out this is a clear sign that it’s time to invest in a new pair of sneakers.

Train and Condition Regularly

It’s important that you condition your body and train even off-season so that your body is primed and ready once the season begins. Conditioning the body including the feet and ankles gets them prepared for activity, and it also means that you can increase intensity and duration gradually to reduce your risk for injury. Make sure that you are training throughout the season, even off-season.

Even if you aren’t dealing with foot or ankle problems, if you are physically active or an athlete, having a podiatrist that you turn to regularly for care and advice can go a long way to preventing injuries and other problems.
By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
February 11, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Blisters  
Preventing Blisters on Your FeetA blister can be a real nuisance. It can make it uncomfortable to walk around, let alone try to go on your run. Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to reduce your risk of developing blisters. Take care of your feet and they will take care of you. Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet and you do find yourself dealing with a blister, it’s important to always turn to a podiatrist right away for care.

Wear the Proper Shoes

Whether you’re hiking, running, or simply walking to work, it’s important that you are wearing the appropriate shoes for the job. Shoes that don’t provide your feet with enough cushion and support, especially when pounding the pavement, can leave you dealing with blisters, calluses, and other foot injuries. Make sure that you are also getting shoes that provide the ideal fit. Shoes that are too tight or loose can rub against the skin and result in blisters.

Apply Padding

There are blister pads on the market for a reason! Even if you are wearing properly fitted footwear, you may still find that you need a little added protection for your feet. A blister pad can be used to protect a blister that you have or it can be used in places that are prone to blisters.

Wear the Right Socks

The socks that you wear are just as important for maintaining healthy feet as the shoes that you wear. Choose socks that wick away moisture and consider doubling up on socks if you are getting ready to participate in an activity that increases your chances of developing a blister. The added layer can provide more protection for your feet. If your socks become wet or moist, it’s important that you change your socks right away.

Use a Lubricant Before Exercise

Shoes and socks that rub against the feet can lead to blisters, so it’s important to reduce this type of friction by keeping feet lubricated. This is particularly important for runners or hikers. Apply petroleum jelly to the feet so that they are more likely to slide rather than rub against shoes and socks.

A podiatrist can recommend the appropriate footwear for you, provide custom orthotics and ensure that you provide your feet with the support and cushioning they need for all of your activities to prevent blisters from happening to you. If blisters are a common problem, talk with your podiatrist about how you can prevent this from happening.
By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
February 09, 2022
Category: Foot Care

When you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, it may be difficult to feel comfortable or want to participate in your favorite activities. There are different ways to ease some of the discomfort caused by plantar fasciitis and your podiatrist can help you find the best solutions for your pain. Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH, can explain how custom orthotics can help treat your plantar fasciitis and ease your pain!

Custom Orthotics and Plantar Fasciitis

When you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis, it can be difficult to walk, especially after sitting for a prolonged period of time. Your feet might feel sore and stiff, and it can be uncomfortable to walk around. There are different ways of treating your plantar fasciitis and a common way is with custom orthotics from your podiatrist in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH.

Custom orthotics are designed to help cushion your feet and provide support to certain areas of the foot. They are specially designed to fit your foot perfectly and provide complete comfort and support. Orthotics can help take pressure off of your feet, which will help stop inflammation in the plantar fascia. This will help you feel more comfortable while standing or spending time on your feet.

Custom orthotics can also help absorb shock and increase your balance, helping you walk easier and walk properly. This can prevent pain or damage caused by plantar fasciitis.

Contact Your Podiatrist Today!

Don’t let plantar fasciitis go untreated! Contact Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons at Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellefontaine and Springfield, OH, and serving London, OH, to learn how custom orthotics can help relieve pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Call for more information and to schedule an appointment today at (937) 599-3668 for the office in Bellefontaine, OH, and (937) 322-3346 for the office in Springfield, OH.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
January 27, 2022
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Flat Feet   Fallen Arches  
Fallen ArchesFallen arches, better known as flat feet, are more common than you might realize. While many people have flat feet and don’t even know it, others are dealing with regular aches and pains in their feet due to fallen arches. If you think this could be you, a podiatrist can quickly diagnose this problem and provide you with effective strategies to keep fallen arches from also causing you pain.

What are some complications of fallen arches?

Some people have fallen arches but never experience any issues; however, sometimes fallen arches can lead to,
  • Foot, heel, and arch pain, particularly when standing or walking
  • Muscle pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Shooting leg pains that start at the soles of the feet
  • Swelling of the feet or tenderness in the soles
Flat feet can also increase your risk for,
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shin splints
  • Bone spurs
  • Arthritis
  • Bunions
  • Lower back pain, hip pain, or knee pain
If you are experiencing pain with movement, trouble walking, or balancing issues, it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist to find out whether flat feet could be to blame.

What causes fallen arches?

Arches develop around the age of 2 or 3 years old; however, sometimes arches never develop. Genetics can increase your risk for flat feet. Sometimes injuries or other foot problems can cause flat feet to develop as an adult. Certain conditions can also increase your risk for flat feet including,
  • Diabetes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
How are fallen arches treated?

If fallen arches do not cause any problems then you don’t really need to do anything about them; however, it is important to recognize whether certain issues you’re dealing with could be the result of fallen arches. If so, your podiatrist may recommend a wide range of nonsurgical treatment options including,
  • Nonsteroid anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotics and arch support
  • Stretching exercises
  • Bracing
  • Custom shoes
If your flat feet are causing you to deal with easily achy, sore, and fatigued feet, know that a podiatrist can help you get your foot problems back on track with the proper care. Call your podiatrist today!




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