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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Why do my shins hurt when I walk?
Pain in the front of the shins when you walk or run is frequently caused by shin splints. This is an overuse problem that causes inflammation in the muscle and tendon tissues along the shin bone. Suddenly increasing the intensity or duration of your activities, overpronation, and poor footwear are all common causes of the condition. People with flat feet are particularly susceptible to the issue, but anyone can develop it. Generally the discomfort worsens with pressure and activity and is alleviated when you rest. When the condition is related to flat feet and overpronation, you may end up with pain in the ankles or arches as well.
Because shin splints—like other overuse injuries that cause pain in the feet—are aggravated by activity, you’ll need to rest. This does take time, but the injury will worsen if you don’t take care of it. Let the Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona team help. You can reach our two offices outside of Phoenix by calling, faxing, or using the web contact form. Reach the Chandler location by calling (480) 963-9000 and faxing (480) 963-0375; contact our Gilbert office by calling (480) 981-1800 and faxing (480) 981-0229.
What causes gout?
Despite popular opinion, what you eat is not one of the direct causes of gout. Some people can eat certain foods and drink beer and never have a problem. Others end up with excruciating pain and swelling in their big toe or elsewhere. Since they cannot process the purines in some foods properly, they have an attack.
Gout is actually caused by excess uric acid in your system. A few who suffer from this painful condition actually produce too much of this acid for some reason. In the rest, the kidney does not adequately remove the extra acid from their system. Thus, when they eat a trigger food, the acid builds up to high levels and forms tiny urate crystals in their joints—usually the big toe, but also the ankle and elsewhere. They can also be more prone to developing kidney stones.
Weight control, controlling blood pressure, limiting alcohol, and drinking water can all help prevent an attack. For more info or help dealing with a flare, call Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Chandler—Phone (480) 963-9000 and Fax (480) 963-0375—or Gilbert—Phone (480) 981-1800 and Fax (480) 981-0229 .
Did I rupture my Achilles?
An Achilles tendon rupture is a painful, traumatic injury that occurs when your foot is suddenly and forcefully strained. Usually the pain is immediate and severe. You may hear a “pop” when it occurs. You feel it in the back of the foot, above the heel bone. The ankle will swell and most likely bruise. You may not be able to walk or bear weight on the affected foot. Since the tendon is needed to push off the ground and rise up on your toes, you probably won’t be able to do either.
If you have an Achilles tendon rupture, you’ll need treatment right away to prevent complications or permanent weakness from developing. Contact us at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona to have your tendon evaluated and begin treatment. You can reach us by filling out the website contact form, calling, or sending us a fax: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
Should I cut off a plantar wart?
While it’s okay to use some types of at-home treatment for both top-of-the-foot and plantar warts, you should not try to cut one off yourself. Warts are viral infections in your skin. Cutting off the top of the fleshy bump won’t eliminate the infection or cure the problem. Instead, it may just damage your skin and make it more likely you’ll develop secondary infections.
An experienced professional, however, like the physicians at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona, can carefully remove the entire growth with a minor, in-office procedure. Usually more conservative methods are tried first, though. Topical medications, immune therapy, and liquid nitrogen are just a few of the wart-removal options available to you. Don’t risk seriously injuring the skin on the sole of your foot by cutting a wart off. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona take care of it instead. Use the website, call, or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for the Chandler office, or call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert.