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Dr. Kennan T. Runte, DPM, FACFAS
Dr. Morgan E. Garcia, DPM

(530) 477-7200

152 Catherine Lane, Suite F
Grass Valley, CA 95945

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December 2023

Tuesday, 26 December 2023 00:00

Indicators of Diabetic Foot Problems

Diabetic feet are prone to various problems due to the impact it can have on blood circulation and nerve function. It is essential for individuals with diabetes to be aware of these signs and symptoms to prevent complications. One common issue is neuropathy, which can lead to loss of sensation in the feet. This means you may not feel pain, heat, or cold as well as you should, and may experience tingling or numbness. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is another concern, reducing blood flow to the feet and resulting in cramping, pain, or slow healing sores. Diabetic ulcers are slow healing wounds that can develop due to nerve damage and poor circulation. It is helpful to be aware of any open sores or blisters on your feet. If you have diabetes and notice changes in your feet, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to have a thorough examination and treatment that may help to avoid serious foot problems.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Signs of Morton's Neuroma

Morton's neuroma, a nerve disorder affecting the ball of the foot, manifests through distinctive symptoms that can disrupt daily life. Characterized by a thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves leading to the toes, this condition triggers a variety of discomforts. Individuals with Morton's neuroma commonly experience a sensation of having a pebble or fold in their shoe, coupled with pain or numbness in the toes. Pain typically intensifies during weight-bearing activities, such as walking or standing, and wearing tight or narrow shoes may exacerbate symptoms. The discomfort may radiate from the ball of the foot to the toes, and some individuals describe a burning or tingling sensation. As the condition progresses, affected individuals may notice an increase in the frequency and duration of symptoms. If you have pain between the toes, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Considerations for Choosing Running Shoes

Selecting the right pair of running shoes is paramount for a comfortable and injury-free experience. When embarking on this journey, consider the shoe's fit as a top priority. The shoe should snugly cradle the foot without causing tightness, allowing for a secure yet comfortable feel. Pay attention to the arch support, ensuring it complements the natural arch of your foot. Cushioning is vital for impact absorption, protecting joints and reducing the risk of injuries. Consider the type of running you engage in, including road running, trail running, or a mix of varied surfaces, and choose shoes tailored to the specific terrain. The heel counter, the back portion supporting the heel, should provide stability. Flexibility is also key. The shoes should bend where your foot naturally does. Lastly, examine the outsole for durability and traction. If you are seeking additional information about what type of running shoes to purchase, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist, who can provide you with the knowledge you are seeking.

You should always make sure your running shoes fit properly in order to avoid injury. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

Improper shoe sizing can cause a myriad of problems for your feet. Shoes that don’t fit you properly can lead to muscular imbalances in your body, which can result in foot, knee, and hip injuries.

Tips for Finding the Right Running Shoe

  • Make sure you have a thumb’s width of wiggle room between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe.
  • There should be little to no slipping at the heel
  • Don’t assume your size in one shoe brand will be your size in another
  • Do not lace up your shoes too tightly
  • Walk around in the store with your new shoes before you buy them

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

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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Keep Your Feet Healthy When Walking

Walking is a popular low-impact exercise with numerous health benefits, and ensuring your feet stay happy and healthy is key to maximizing those benefits. Proper form and posture when walking are essential elements to consider to prevent injuries. Maintaining proper posture and alignment is the foundation of a healthy walking routine. Imagine a string pulling you up from the crown of your head, ensuring you stand tall. Keep your head up, eyes forward, and shoulders back, allowing your arms to move freely at your sides. Tighten your abs and align your rib cage with your hips, knees, ankles, and second toe to avoid strain on your lower half. Pay close attention to your feet during each step. Adopt a rolling motion of heel, ball, and toes to distribute stress evenly across the lower body. Avoid slamming your entire foot down, as this can increase the risk of knee, hip, and ankle injuries. Notice your walking cadence and try to find a balance between longer, less frequent steps and shorter, more frequent steps to reduce joint stress. While walking is generally low-risk, staying alert is essential. Watch out for obstacles like curbs, potholes, or uneven terrain, especially in low-light conditions. If you have foot problems that you believe may be an after effect of your walking routine, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foothill Podiatry Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctors to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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

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