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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Care and Treatment of Bunions

Bunions are a common foot problem, particularly prevalent among women. These bony bumps form on the joint at the base of the big toe, causing the big toe to lean towards the others. They develop due to genetic factors, foot structure, and wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes. Conditions such as arthritis can also contribute to bunion formation. Bunions can cause significant discomfort, including pain, swelling, and redness surrounding the affected joint. The skin over the bunion may become thickened and sore, making it difficult to walk or wear certain shoes, and often leading to embarrassment when wearing open-toe shoes. Caring for bunions involves wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes with ample toe space, and avoiding high heels. Using padded shoe inserts or bunion pads can alleviate pressure and reduce pain. Taking pain relievers can help manage symptoms. In severe cases, bunions can lead to arthritis, and surgery may be necessary to correct the deformity. For persistent pain or severe bunions, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for professional treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 19 June 2024 00:00

Are You Suffering From Nerve Damage?

Neuropathy is a condition that can lead to numbness or loss of sensation in the feet, but it can also cause pain. This condition is more likely to develop for those who are diabetic, obese, or with high blood pressure.

Wearing the right shoes while landscaping is essential for both safety and comfort. Proper footwear provides the necessary support and protection for your feet during strenuous outdoor activities. Landscaping often involves uneven terrain, sharp tools, and heavy lifting, making sturdy shoes with good traction vital to prevent slips and falls. Shoes with reinforced toes and durable materials protect against injuries from tools or debris. Additionally, supportive shoes help reduce fatigue and prevent foot and ankle strain, enabling you to work longer and more efficiently. Good arch support and cushioning also contribute to overall foot health, reducing the risk of chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis. Investing in high-quality, appropriate footwear ensures that you can tackle landscaping tasks safely and comfortably. If you have injured your foot from wearing the wrong shoes while landscaping, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can treat the condition and discuss what type of shoes are needed while landscaping.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Characteristics of Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of the toe joints, causing the affected toes to resemble a hammer or claw. This condition typically affects the second, third, or fourth toes, although it can occur in any toe. Hammertoe often develops gradually over time, due to factors like ill-fitting shoes, foot structure abnormalities, or muscle imbalances. One of the noticeable features of hammertoe is the bending of the toe joints, resulting in a permanent, abnormal position that may cause pain, discomfort, or difficulty walking or wearing shoes. Other characteristic symptoms include corns or calluses forming on the tops of the affected toes due to friction and pressure from rubbing against footwear. Additionally, individuals with hammertoe may experience limited range of motion in the affected toes, making it challenging to straighten or flex them fully. If you notice a deformity in your toes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. 

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.


Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.


  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe


If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Uncomfortable Foot Pain

Feet endure a lot of stress, carrying our body weight over countless miles throughout a lifetime. This constant use can lead to various sources of foot pain, making even basic activities like walking painful. A common cause of foot pain includes plantar fasciitis, characterized by sharp heel pain due to inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel to the toes. Bunions, which are bony bumps forming at the base of the big toe, can also cause significant discomfort. Flat feet, where the arches collapse, can lead to pain and fatigue in the feet and legs. Additionally, arthritis can affect the joints in the feet, leading to chronic pain and stiffness. Treatments for foot pain vary depending on the cause but often include rest, compression, and elevation. Orthotic inserts and wearing proper footwear can also provide relief. In more severe cases, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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