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Olympia, WA 98506

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Patient Education

Below are some common foot and ankle problems and brief explanation of each one.  Every patient is unique and the information is very general.  We recommend that you call us with any issues you are having or questions you might have. We would love to help!

Ankle Sprains

An ankle sprain is a strain, stretch, or tear of a ligament of the ankle.  The most common place to have an ankle sprain is on the outside or lateral ankle. Generally an ankle sprain is caused by the foot rolling or twisting inward called inversion.  Jumping and pivoting sports predispose people to twisting the ankle inward.  High arched feet have heels that are turned slightly inward and makes it easier to invert the ankle and sprain the outer ankle ligaments. Read More

Bunions and Bumps

A bunion is a bump or bony enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe.  This bump forms when the big toe and the bone connecting to the big toe move out of place.  Generally the big toe bends toward the smaller toes, and a bony bump forms on the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe.  Bunions can become painful due to the significant amount of body weight that is transferred through that area while walking.  The bony bump can rub on shoes, causing irritation and pain.  The big toe joint may become stiff and sore due to the mal alignment of the joint. Read More

Diabetic Footcare

Diabetes is a disease where the body stops producing insulin, or use insulin properly.  Diabetes inhibits the body’s ability to convert sugar into energy, resulting in high blood sugar.  High blood sugar causes hardening and deterioration of small arterial blood vessels.  Deterioration of these small blood vessels can cause damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart, and nerves.  Additionally, high blood sugar decreases the immune system’s ability to fight infection.The American Diabetes Association recommends at least yearly exams by a Podiatrist for diabetics with no symptoms.  Diabetics with symptoms should be seen more frequently by a Podiatrist.  Read More

Heel Pain

There are many variations and causes of heel pain.  Generally heel pain is caused by abnormalities in the way you walk.  These abnormalities cause stress to bone, ligaments and tendons.  Other stresses come from injury, chronic stress (i.e. long distance running), obesity, and improper or poorly constructed shoe gear. Read More

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are painful toenail condition where the sides of the nail rub, irritate, and can even cut into the skin.  Most toenails grow with a gentle curve, but some may have a severe curve, which can cause an increased incidence of ingrown nails.  The great toe is the most common place to get ingrown toenails, but they can occur on any toe. Read More

Pedicure Safety

Whether you like to get a pedicure in the nail salon or at home, follow these easy Dos and Don'ts to keep your feet looking and feeling their best. Read More

Shoe Recommendations

Sport-specific shoes can really affect the way you play. If you participate in a certain sport at least two to three times a week, you should wear a sport-specific shoe.  Avoid some serious pain and raise your game by checking out the shoe recommendations for several sports below. Read More

Warts

Warts are viral infections in the skin.  They can be very painful.  Warts on the bottom of the foot are called plantar warts.  Warts can appear anywhere on the skin.  Children and teenagers seem to be more susceptible to warts, whereas other people seem to be immune to warts. Read More

Diabetic Wound Care

A diabetic foot ulcer is a sore or open wound, which most commonly occur on the button of the foot over bony prominences.  Approximately 15 % of diabetics develop foot ulcers, and 6% of those are hospitalized for infection or other ulcer related problems.  Diabetic foot ulcers are the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States.  Diabetic ulcers are preventable. Read More