March 2023

Psoriatic Arthritis and the Feet

Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red patches of skin with silvery scales. Psoriatic arthritis or PsA is a kind of inflammatory arthritis that affects people who suffer from psoriasis. PsA causes pain, swelling, and tenderness in joints, and it can affect the feet, toes, and toenails. In fact, these are some of the unique traits of this type of arthritis. When PsA leads to swelling of the toes, it is called dacylitis of the toes. This swelling, caused by tenosynovitis or inflammation of the tendon sheath, usually impacts the entire toe rather than a single joint, and the toe can look like a sausage. Psoriatic arthritis can also result in swelling and tenderness in the ankles and heels, accompanied by a red or purple tint of the skin. Furthermore, PsA sufferers can develop enthesitis, which is inflammation where the tendons and ligaments connect with bone. This often affects one's Achilles tendon, which connects the heel to the calf muscles. This, too, leads to swelling and pain in the back of the heel and ankle, as well as the sole of the foot. The effects on the feet from psoriatic arthritis are numerous. If you have developed this condition, it is strongly suggested that you have a podiatrist on your medical team who can help you navigate the uncomfortable symptoms you may feel.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor 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 our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Stretching the Feet in the Morning

It is common for some individuals to wake up in the morning with some degree of foot pain. This can be significantly annoying for those who experience morning foot pain or soreness. There are several things that an individual might consider to address morning foot pain. For example, they might perform certain foot stretches to combat this pain. By performing certain gentle stretches in the morning, a patient may be able to potentially alleviate soreness, aches, and even moderate foot pain. These stretches can target different parts of the foot, such as the ankle, heel, arch, and toes. If you are someone that is prone to developing foot pain in the morning time, then it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to address these issues. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Symptoms of Sever’s Disease

Children have very resilient bodies; however, children can also be particularly susceptible to developing certain foot conditions. Specifically, young children are prone to developing a condition known as Sever’s disease. This condition is an overuse injury caused by pulling on a child’s growing heel bone. Young athletes are at a higher risk of developing Sever’s disease. Symptoms of Sever’s disease can vary widely, but there are several relatively common symptoms of Sever’s disease. For example, children with this condition often have heel pain. Young patients may also experience tenderness in the foot when squeezed at the back. As a result of this condition, a patient could even potentially experience some warmth and swelling in the affected foot. If your child struggles with heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today.


 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Effective Stretches for Hammertoe

People who have the foot condition that is known as hammertoe will notice their toes are rigid. Hammertoe can happen from genetic reasons or from wearing shoes that do not have ample room in the toe area. This can cause the toes to shift together, and the pressure can make the second and third toes bend downward at the middle joint. It is sometimes painful while wearing shoes, and corns and calluses may form on the bent joint as it touches the top of the shoe. Stretches can be performed which may help to increase the toe's flexibility. A toe crunch is done while sitting in a chair, and placing a towel under your feet. The toes can be stretched by gripping the towel continually as you make your way to the end of it. An effective stretch can be done with a towel, as it is wrapped around the toes and pulled gently toward you. After holding for several seconds, this can be repeated. If you have developed hammertoe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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