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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What should I look for in a foot self-exam?
A foot self-exam is an important part of your daily foot care, particularly if you have any kind of nerve damage in your feet. For some people, it can mean the difference between walking and a foot ulcer. The key is to look for particular symptoms. Look closely at your skin and nails on the tops, sides, and bottoms of your feet. Some people may need help seeing their soles. Check for skin or nail discoloration, bumps, roughness, cuts, cracks, bruises, or any other unusual changes. Separate your toes to look between them for the same problems. Use your hands to feel your skin for corns, calluses, and patches that may be warm or cool to the touch. If you have an open sore or blister, you may need professional care to prevent it from becoming an ulcer. Foot self-exams can’t be valued enough. They are a critical step in your foot help, particularly if you have a condition that affects the nerves in your lower limbs. If you do notice any changes in your lower limbs during a self-exam, contact our team at Absolute Foot care Specialists right away for an appointment. You can use the website or call (702) 839-2010.
Why is it important to check my feet with diabetes?
Feet with diabetes are extremely vulnerable to injuries and complications like ulcers that, because of neuropathy damage, can easily go unnoticed on your lower limbs. If you don’t know you have an injury, you can’t get it treated, which leaves it open for infections and complications. Daily foot self-checks allow you to catch problems that you may not be able to feel while they are still in their early stages. Then you can get the treatment you need before complications set in and possibly create permanent problems. Foot self-checks are easy to add to your daily routine. You simply have to examine your lower limbs for changes. Look for cuts, bruises, bumps, blisters, discoloration, temperature differences, or anything else that could be considered “unusual” for feet. Look on the tops, sides, backs, and soles of both limbs, and use your hands to feel for differences, too. If you find anything, let experts like our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you take care of it right away, before it has any time to get worse. Call (702) 839-2010 to reach our Las Vegas offices.
Should I be concerned if my child is pigeon-toed?
Intoeing, which is often described as being “pigeon-toed,” is a common gait abnormality for children. Many children’s feet appear to point inward instead of straight ahead when they stand or walk. This can be caused by multiple things, like metatarsus adductus, tibial torsion, and femoral anteversion. All of these are usually present at birth, but straighten out on their own as your child grows and begins to stand or walk. In some cases, the look persists for a while, lasting into the school-age years. Unless it causes walking difficulties for your child, though, this usually isn’t a problem. Most treatments that try to straighten this walking style don’t actually help. This is a condition to be monitored, however, since there is a rare chance that it may cause walking difficulty that doesn’t resolve, or may even be connected to neuromuscular disorders. In those unlikely cases, surgery and treating the systemic diseases can sometimes help. Let Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you take care of your child’s lower limbs and walking. Contact our Las Vegas offices for an appointment by calling (702) 839-2010 or using the web request form.
Can my child return to sports with Freiberg’s disease?
A teen or child with Freiberg’s disease can return to sports and other athletic activities once the painful forefoot symptoms are gone. When this will happen for your individual child depends on the severity of the condition and how the problem was treated. Conservative treatment for this condition involves taking a break from hard-impact activities and working to reduce the pressure on the ball of the foot so the damaged metatarsal bone can heal. Sometimes wearing stiff shoes is all this entails. Casting and removing all weight-bearing from the foot is also common. Severely damaged metatarsal heads might need more involved treatments. There are several different types of surgery to address the breakdown in the metatarsal head. Once the bone is healed, your child can usually get back to participating in and enjoying sports. Let our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help your child get back to his or her favorite activities. Call (702) 839-2010 or use our website to make an appointment with us.
Is tarsal coalition hereditary?
Tarsal coalition is a painful condition that develops in the womb and ultimately creates rigid flatfeet in pre-teens and teenagers. The condition is usually considered hereditary, though the specific gene issue has not been identified yet. If you have tarsal coalition, chances are high that your child will as well. The problem occurs when the individual bones in the feet are supposed to separate and develop. Two bones end up with excess tissue as a “bridge” between them instead of separating properly. As your child gets older and his or her feet stop growing and start to “set” into their adult shape, the tissue bridge hardens along with the normal bones. This prevents motion between the bones and causes pain. The earlier this condition is caught, the easier it can be treated successfully. Admittedly, not all children or teens with this condition develop painful symptoms. In many people, the tissue bridge doesn’t impede the feet in any way, so it might go entirely unnoticed. If your teen does have pain, however, let our staff at Absolute Foot Care Specialists in Las Vegas help you. Make an appointment online, or call us directly at (702) 839- 2010.
What are bunions?
A bunion is a bony deformity usually occurring around the big toe joint. Oftentimes they are very painful. The common belief is that bunions are caused by tight or ill fitting shoes, but actually, bunions are caused by a mechanical breakdown in the foot. Many times when patients have mild bunions and are not interested in surgery we use orthotics which will help stop the progression of the bunion. Surgery is the only permanent solution for bunions. Orthotics are used after surgery to help prevent the reoccurrence of the bunion.
What causes bunions?
Although some people think shoes cause bunions, they are actually the result of a faulty foot mechanic that allows too much pressure on the first metatarsal. The pressure slowly causes the metatarsal bone to slide outward, away from the neighboring bones, while your big toe tilts inward, toward the smaller toes. This results in a large, painful bulge on the side of your foot where your big toe meets your first metatarsal. Bunion deformities are actually quite common, and can cause a lot of discomfort. The bulge can make wearing normal shoes difficult and some activities uncomfortable. Although shoes don’t cause bunions, they—and anything else that puts abnormal pressure on the ball of your foot—can certainly make them worse. High heels and narrow footwear that squeeze your toes are especially known for this. Pre-existing issues like arthritis can make a bunion much worse as well. Bunion deformities are progressive, too, so they will get worse unless they are treated. Let our experts at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you take care of a bunion in your life and make sure you aren’t contributing to them. Call (702) 839-2010 or use the website to reach our Las Vegas offices.
Is it safe to exercise with arthritis?
Not only is exercising with arthritis safe, it’s actually healthy and important for your joints, as long as it’s done carefully. Physical activity can help improve joint function and mobility, as well as prevent a loss in your range of motion. Exercise also builds up the supportive muscles around arthritic joints, keeping you from getting weak. By contrast, refusing to use your joints because of arthritis allows them to stiffen more easily. The key is to participate in exercises that don’t create additional damage to your joint tissues. Stick to low-impact activities that don’t stress the arthritis in your lower limbs. Walking is one of your simplest options. However, strength training with weights, water aerobics, swimming, balance training, biking, and other low-impact options are great for your joints as well. If you’re at all concerned about exercising with arthritis, let our team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists help you determine the best, safest way to do so. Make an appointment at our Las Vegas offices online. You can also call our experts at (702) 839-2010.
What can I expect during my first visit to your office?
You can expect award-winning care and excellent service at Absolute Foot Care Specialists when you make an appointment at one of three convenient Las Vegas, NV locations. You will be welcomed by our expert staff who will make you feel right at home. We value your time, and our New Patients page offers links to forms that can be completed before the arrival of your first visit. This will insure efficiency as we meet you for the first time. Our doctors review your medical history during your visit, allowing time to hear your concerns and to understand other health issues that you may be facing. A complete exam of your feet and ankles will be done, and you will have ample time to ask questions. Conservative care offers long-term results, and a treatment plan that will be designed to effectively address your foot and ankle pain. Call today to schedule your first appointment.
How can I prepare for my first podiatry visit?
At Absolute Foot Care Specialists, we have lots of tools to help you prepare for your very first podiatry appointment. Before you come into one of our Las Vegas offices, download the new patient forms from our website. These provide us with your contact and basic medical information. Fill these out and print them to bring with you to your first appointment. It’s also very helpful if you make a list of your current medications, any past foot or ankle injuries or problems, and the symptoms you’ve been experiencing. When you actually come into our office, bring all of this paperwork with you, along with your medical insurance cards and a photo ID. This will aid us in the check-in process. Wear or bring the shoes you tend to use most often, so we can examine the wear patterns to look for any gait problems during your evaluation. You can also think through any questions you might like to ask the doctor ahead of time. If you’re at all concerned about your appointment, or you’d like to make one, let us know! Call (702) 839-2010 or use our website to reach us.