Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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What types of food should I avoid with gout?
Foods that are high in chemicals called purines contribute to gout flare-ups and really should be avoided. These include most types of game or red meats, as well as bacon, pork, and lamb. Organ meats like liver and kidneys have a high purine content as well. Shellfish, seafood like scallops, and a few fish (herring, sardines, anchovies, and mackerel) should also be avoided as a general rule. High-fat foods and things containing added sugar may trigger gout. This is especially true for drinks, so you should generally avoid soda and sugary juices. Alcohol is another serious trigger.
Instead, stick to eating small quantities of lean meat or poultry, and fill up on fruits and veggies. Beans and legumes make good alternate sources of protein. Low-fat dairy products and high-fiber foods are also good for a gout diet. If you need more help establishing a comprehensive plan for managing gout, let us know at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can call or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler, or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert. You can also use our online contact forms.
Can walking improve my circulation?
Walking can certainly improve circulation. It’s actually one of the better forms of exercise for doing so. Walking is gentle, easy on the feet, and doesn’t require any special equipment—but it does increase your heart rate. As your heart pumps harder and faster, it forces more blood to your extremities, including your feet and ankles. They usually have the lowest circulation because they are so far from your heart.
The better your circulation to your feet becomes, the more oxygen and nutrients your feet receive. Just as important, the more you exercise, the more efficient your muscles become at using that oxygen. At the same time, walking is not so difficult for your feet or your body that it puts you at risk for heart problems. This makes it an ideal way to improve circulation. If you’d like to know more about benefits of walking, or you need help managing poor circulation in your lower limbs, let us know at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can connect with us through our website. You can also call or fax our two office locations: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375. For our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
What are the risk factors for arthritis?
Many different factors can increase your odds of developing arthritis issues. Some are inside your control, while others are not. The main uncontrollable factors include your age, your gender, and your family history. The older you get, the more likely you’ll develop joint damage. Most types of arthritis are also more prevalent in women than in men. Certain kinds of joint damage may be hereditary as well, particularly when it’s related to an autoimmune disease or another preexisting problem.
Factors that you can manage include your weight, your injuries, and your foot use. Being overweight puts a lot of strain on your lower limb joints. Broken bones and other traumatic injuries can impact your joint tissues and encourage inflammation damage. Overuse from standing too much or doing the same repetitive motion can also wear down the protective layers over a joint. If you’re concerned about your risk for arthritis, let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you. Just use our website to make an appointment, or call or fax: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
How can I strengthen my ankles?
There are several ankle strengthening exercises that can help build support and balance, which in turn helps prevent injuries. Here are several examples of moves you can work into parts of a routine:
Heel Raises – Sit with bent knees and feet flat on the floor. Gently push down on your thighs as you raise your heels upward, off the floor. This exercise can also be performed while standing.
Walk Variations – Turn the soles of your feet toward each other and walk 5-10 steps on your toes. Walk the same amount on your heels with your toes lifted, then shift to tip-toes. Increase your distance as you grow stronger.
Pillow Balance – Simply stand on a pillow with one leg, lifting the other up to improve balance. Have plenty of room around you in case you fall.
For more exercise suggestions, or to discuss problems you may have with your ankles, feel free to call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona at (480) 963-9000 in Chandler and (480) 981-1800 in Gilbert.
Why does my ankle keep giving out?
If you struggle with your ankle giving out when you’re active, you may have chronically unstable ankles. This is the result of damage to the ligaments that stabilize your ankle joint. Usually you develop this when a sprain doesn’t heal correctly. Repeatedly spraining the same joint can have the same effect. In both cases, the damaged ligaments aren’t able to hold your ankle steady under pressure, so the joint “gives out” and collapses to the outside.
Unfortunately, this is a self-perpetuating problem. An unstable ankle is more likely to twist and sprain when you’re active. The injury destabilizes the joint even further, making it even more likely that you will continue to hurt your lower limb. To stop this cycle and alleviate any pain, you’ll need to treat the problem and address your ankle instability. Our team at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Gilbert and Chandler can help you do this. Make an appointment with us online. You can also call or fax either location: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler location.
Is toenail fungus contagious?
Fungal nail infections are contagious and created by dermatophytes, which are microorganisms that do not require sunlight to survive. These fungi thrive in environments that are moist and warm, like those found on pool decks, locker rooms, and communal shower areas. They enter your skin through microscopic cuts or abrasions.
Given that it is easy to catch this infection, it is important to practice preventative measures. These include keeping your feet dry, not applying moisturizer between your toes, and wearing sandals or shower shoes on surfaces where you could contract the fungus.
Cases of fungal toenails happen. This is not a particularly rare condition, so come see us at either of our Arizona offices if your toenails start to look discolored, become thick and brittle, and especially if they start smelling funky! We will provide the treatment you need to restore your nails to their natural, healthy condition. Simply give Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona a call at (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler location or (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert Location today.
Do I need surgery for a stress fracture?
In the vast majority of cases, you won’t need stress fracture surgery. Nearly all stress fractures can be treated conservatively. You’ll have to take time away from all hard impact activities and minimize the pressure on your foot for several weeks for the bone to heal. You may have to wear a special boot to keep your foot stable and immobile while the crack grows back together.
If you continually develop a stress fracture in the same place, the original injury doesn’t heal well with time, or the crack is in a difficult-to-treat place, then you might need surgery to completely recover. Surgery is used to pin the cracked bone back together, so it grows new tissue to join the split. This is not normal for a stress fracture, but it can happen. Don’t let fear of surgery keep you from getting the foot care you need. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler and Gilbert for an appointment as soon as you think you have a problem. You can use our web contact form to reach us, or call or fax: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler, or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert.
What can I do to prevent a stress fracture?
Stress fracture prevention involves keeping your feet well-supported and avoiding overuse. Bones crack and develop stress fractures when biomechanical issues prevent your feet from absorbing shock and pressure correctly. They can be linked to muscle weakness or exhaustion, too. Here are some of the most effective ways to prevent a stress fracture.
Make sure your shoes support your feet in the ways that you need it, and aren’t too worn out. You might need orthotics to add support or correct biomechanical issues.
Cross-train regularly and use strength-building exercises to give your feet a break from hard impacts while still building them up.
Condition your feet for any change to your normal routine, too, by easing into it slowly. This allows your lower limbs to get used to the different stressors and avoid becoming overworked.
If you’d like help building foot strength, or you’re concerned you already have a stress fracture, contact the experts at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can make an appointment online, or by calling or faxing: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for our Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for our Chandler office.
What is bursitis?
Bursitis is a painful overuse injury that affects a fluid-filled cushion called a bursa. Bursae are found throughout the body, particularly around major joints. This cushion sits between bones and moving soft tissues to help lubricate and protect them. Pressure, repetitive motions, and overuse can irritate and inflame the bursa sac. This causes swelling and discomfort. In your feet, this is especially common at the back of your heel, where a bursa sits between the heel bone and the Achilles tendon.
You end up with aching pain and stiffness in your lower limbs. Often the skin around the affected bursa appears red and feels warm to the touch. Putting pressure on the painful area tends to make the problem worse and can limit your ability to participate in your favorite activities. Since the condition is an overuse problem, it will continue to get worse and restrict your activities until you do something to treat it. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you. Call, fax, or use our website to reach us: For our Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375. For our Gilbert office, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
What’s the difference between bursitis and tendonitis?
Bursitis and tendonitis are not the same condition, but they can develop in the same areas and display similar symptoms. The difference between the two is the physical structure that each affects. Bursitis is inflammation and irritation in a protective, fluid-filled sac called a bursa. The bursa acts as a cushion between a bone and a moving part in the body, like a tendon or a muscle. Irritation in this sac causes it to swell painfully. Tendonitis is irritation in a tendon, which is a band of tough connective tissue that attaches a muscle to bone. Overuse aggravates the connector and causes stiffening and swelling.
You can get bursitis and tendonitis in multiple places in your feet, though the most common location for both is actually the back of the heel. For this reason, the two conditions can be hard to tell apart in your lower limbs. Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona can help you identify and treat both issues. Just contact us for an appointment through our web request form. You can also call or fax: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert; or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler.