Quality of Life, Doing Things You Love to Do
You may not want to admit it, but your physical activities have fallen by the wayside lately. You love to run, walk, hike, and take trips with your children and grandchildren—but until the pain in your feet lets up, there’s just no way you’ll make it out on the trail. It’s not enough of a problem to send you straight to the doctor’s office...however, it’s kept you on the sidelines for longer than you expected. Should you be concerned about a condition that won’t end your life, but is making your life less enjoyable?
We Can Help You Do the Things You Love To Do
The podiatry team at Sierra Foot and Ankle believes that nothing is more important than getting our patients doing the things they love to do. What can you expect? You can expect for SFA to take the time to fully evaluate your specific needs and activities, allowing us to develop and implement workable changes that will get you on your feet and enjoying the activities you love. We have helped patients from children to seniors ease their foot and ankle pain and helped them to continue engaging in activities they don’t want to live without.
No Matter What Caused Your Foot Problem, We Can Find the Solution
Due to the unique strains your feet are under, there are many different ways they could suffer an injury. Sudden trauma, repetitive motion, wear and tear, genetic conditions, infection, and arthritis are just a few things that can cause pain and affect your normal walking or more strenuous activity. What begins as a small annoyance may soon develop into a painful and potentially life-altering condition over time, so it is best to have the problem fully evaluated by a podiatrist before wasting more time and energy on home remedies that are not working.
Sierra Foot and Ankle’s board-certified podiatrist Dr. Victoria Melhuish treats patients who are suffering from a variety of conditions, including:
- Heel and Arch Pain. The muscles, bones, and tendons in your feet can easily become overworked, leading to potentially painful conditions. Heel pain may be due to inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of your foot (plantar fasciitis), overuse of the tendon at the back of the heel (Achilles tendonitis), or even calcium deposits building up on the back of the foot (heel spurs). We will discover the cause of your pain and work to correct the problem—and with our on-site orthotic lab, you won’t be waiting long for relief.
- Diabetic Foot Care. While diabetes is a disease that affects the whole body, it is particularly dangerous for a patient’s feet. High levels of sugar in the blood can suppress the immune system and cause circulation problems, causing numbness in the feet (neuropathy). A person may easily injure his or her foot and not notice until an infection has developed, leading to potential amputation of a toe, foot, or even the entire leg. Dr. Melhuish teaches proper prevention techniques for diabetic patients to avoid complications.
- Nail and Skin Care. It is just as important to protect the outside of your feet as well as the tissues beneath. A painful or irritating nail problem, such as an ingrown toenail, black toenail, or fungal infection can prevent you from taking part in your favorite activities. Embarrassing thick or yellow toenails can hold you back from wearing sandals or going to the pool. Poorly-fitting shoes can also lead to further complications, such as blisters, corns, and calluses. At Sierra Foot and Ankle, we can rid you of your athlete’s foot, offer tips and shoe recommendations, and provide PinPointe Laser treatments to help with brittle or unsightly toenails.
- Surgery. Even if your condition is advanced, it is not hopeless; there are a variety of surgical options that we can provide to correct or alleviate the problem. We have full digital x-ray and diagnostic ultrasound capabilities to diagnose the problem. Together we can develop a surgical solution for the best possible outcome. Painful bunions, ruptured tendons, and foot deformities may all be corrected surgically, and we will be happy to guide you through every step of recovery to make sure you do not suffer further complications.
Don’t Wait to Do What You Love!
Don’t put off that big trip or reschedule your favorite activities because you’re waiting for your foot pain to get better. While many of our patients come to us only looking for a way to get better fast, they also learn how to prevent suffering from another painful condition in the future, and discover whole-body techniques to keep them moving for years to come.
We strive to get you the help you need as quickly as possible. Our staff will make every effort to make you an appointment as soon as possible while accommodating your schedule and many same day appointments are available.
Contact Sierra Foot & Ankle today at 888-608-8406 to make an appointment, or fill out our quick appointment request form and we will contact you to confirm.