Our FAQ Has Fast Facts on Common Foot and Ankle Injuries in Las Vegas
Our patients are full of questions, and we provide the answers. On our FAQ page, our Las Vegas foot doctors explore the most common questions about heel pain, bunions, nail fungus, ingrown toenails, neuropathy, surgery, and more. Browse or search through our FAQ to get the answers you need.
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How are tendonitis and tendinosis different?
Tendonitis and tendinosis are similar, but they aren’t quite the same. Tendonitis is a problem with inflammation in the affected tendon. This is generally the result of microscopic tears in the connective tissue that develop when the tendon is overloaded. Tendinosis, however, has no inflammation. It’s an overuse injury to the connector that degenerates the tissue, weakening it. Often this does cause thickening and swelling, but the inflammation that marks tendonitis simply isn’t there. It’s important to know the difference because they require slightly different treatments. To treat tendonitis, you need to eliminate inflammation and let the tissue heal. To treat tendinosis, however, you have to stop the degeneration and allow new connective tissue to grow back and strengthen it. This often takes much longer and requires more time away from whatever caused the problem. If you’re struggling with tendon pain at all, let Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you. Call our offices at (702) 839-2010 to make an appointment with us. You can also use our website to reach us.
What is a Podiatrist?
A podiatrist is a doctor who focuses on the health of the feet and ankles. These foot specialists receive their undergraduate degree, a graduate degree from a school of podiatry, and then complete a residency program to complete their work. Board certification and licensing standards are obtained by those who practice in this field. A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) understands the complexities of the feet and ankles. Some specialize in surgical procedures while others focus on diabetic foot careor foot conditions in children. Because the health of the feet reflect the health of the rest of the body, these well-trained physicians must have a great understanding of each system and the diseases that can affect them. Your feet are an integral part of your livelihood. Support them in the best way possible with effective, highly-specialized podiatric care. Dr. Levine looks forward to serving you at one of our convenient Las Vegas locations. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Why is it important to take care of my feet?
The feet are unforgettable. Your mobility and quality of life are instantly affected when the feet aren’t functioning properly. If you’re experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, each step will remind you that there is a problem. The good news is that basic foot care and proper shoe gear can prevent many common foot conditions such as ingrown toenails, corns, and fungal nails. The health of the feet are a good indication of the health of the rest of the body. Serious diseases such as diabetes and arthritis affect the feet first. If you’re monitoring their condition, you will pick up on the signs and symptoms of these medical conditions. The team of experts in podiatric medicine at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas, NV are with you every step of the way. Make an appointment today for an evaluation, and end your foot pain now!
When should I see a Podiatrist?
See a podiatrist at the first sign of a problem with your feet and ankles. Many people think that their pain will subside, so they wait to seek treatment. What they don’t realize is that the discomfort they feel is the body’s way of signaling for assistance. Don’t ignore it! Most common foot conditions will only worsen without care, and can become serious quickly if untreated. If you are diabetic, immediate medical attention is critical upon first spotting a concern. Whether you’re dealing with heel pain or a sports injury, proper evaluation and treatment are necessary. Podiatrists understand that the feet impact your whole body, and they have many conservative treatment options to address your needs. Pain in the feet and ankles can be diagnosed quickly and efficiently with expert care from Dr. Levine. Call one of our Las Vegas locations today, and you’ll be on your way to healthier feet and a happier you!
How can orthotics help my feet?
Orthotics help your feet in a variety of ways, all depending on what they were made to do. They alter the angle at which your foot strikes the ground, allowing them to correct biomechanical issues. By correcting your foot strike, they make sure your foot functions correctly and doesn’t become overworked performing normal daily tasks, like walking. This can help alleviate pain from Achilles tendinitis, heel pain, bunions, arch issues, and a few other conditions. In some cases, they can add stability and alleviate swelling. They can also add a layer of protection and padding between your feet and the ground to help you absorb shock more efficiently. All of this together not only benefits your overall foot health, it can actually improve pain and problems in the knees, hips, and even the back in some cases. All of these benefits come from the truly custom variety of orthotics, of course. Our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists are more than happy to help prescribe you a pair if you need them. Call our Las Vegas office today at (702) 839-2010 to see if you could benefit from orthotics.
How can gait abnormalities be corrected?
Treating gait problems accurately first requires a good diagnosis. You need to know the source of your walking troubles to begin correcting movement issues. Dr. Noah Levine will examine your lower limbs and evaluate your gait to determine the underlying problem. Then our team will help you establish a treatment plan. If you have a neurological disorder, illness, or injury that affects your ability to walk normally, treating those conditions should help correct the problem. In many cases, accommodating the lower limbs can help as well. Physical therapy strengthens weak muscles and improves range of motion in joints. Braces and special shoes stabilize the lower limbs and orthotics may improve foot alignment for better walking. You might need additional care, like medicine or surgery, to address the source of the gait issues. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you walk with confidence again. Use our website to make an appointment. You can also call (702) 839- 2010.
Are ankle strengthening exercises worth it?
Ankle exercises can be very helpful for your lower limbs—and in many ways, your body as a whole. Your ankles are, after all, a crucial part of both your mobility and your stability. They allow you to push off the ground to move as well as support your weight and help absorb shock. Strong ankles are better at this than weak ones. Weak joints are more likely to “give out” under pressure, and may not help you prevent overuse problems like tendonitis or shin splints. Exercises for stronger ankles work to build up the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that control this important joint. That way they are more stable and move more efficiently. The best ankle strengthening exercises include heel raises, ankle circles, and motions that point and flex your foot, especially with some resistance. You should also include stretches that increase your joint’s range of motion and prevent major muscles like your calves from getting too tight. If you need help establishing an ankle exercise routine, or you’re concerned about pain you already have in your lower limbs, let us know! Just contact Absolute Foot Care Specialists for an appointment by calling (702) 839-2010. You can also reach our Las Vegas offices online.
Is surgery the best way to get rid of my foot pain?
Surgery is usually used as a last resort with most podiatric problems. All conservative treatment should be exhausted before surgery is recommended. There are some instances where surgery is a first line of treatment, but that is not common.
How can I treat nerve pain at home?
Nerve pain is unfortunately common, but it can be managed appropriately. The right treatment for nerve pain will vary somewhat depending on the underlying condition, but there are definitely ways for you to alleviate your discomfort. One of the most important methods is to exercise regularly and carefully. Exercise improves blood flow, bringing the oxygen and nutrients your feet need to your lower limbs and painful nervous tissue. Walking and yoga are two safe exercise options. In a few cases, warm foot soaks may help encourage circulation and relieve discomfort as well. Massages work a similar way. Most likely you’ll need to make some changes to your health and lifestyle. If you have diabetes, you’ll need to take steps to keep your blood sugar under control. If you drink alcohol or smoke, start working on ways to quit, since they contribute to nerve damage. There are a few other treatments available, including medications, but exactly what will help you will depend on your unique situation. Let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas treat you. Make an appointment online, or call (702) 839-2010 for more information.
Why might my toes hurt, burn, or tingle?
Toes hurt, burn, and tingle for several reasons, but if it’s just one or two of your little digits, the problem is probably the result of a Morton’s neuroma. This is an irritated, swollen, thickened nerve in between two metatarsal heads in the ball of your foot. Pressure and pinching on this nerve causes it to thicken and misfire—creating that burning and tingling sensation in your toes. You might also develop numbness that radiates into your digits. Like any other nerve damage, this does have the potential to become an increasingly painful and possibly permanent problem unless it’s treated early. Nerves are sensitive and unless you remove the excess pressure and decompress them, they might not fully heal. Conservative care early on, though, can be very successful for alleviating the problem. Let Dr. Noah Levine at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you. Fill out the web contact form or call (702) 839-2010 to reach us for an appointment.