Posts for: March, 2015

With temperatures warming up in Utah and across the nation, it seems like spring is finally here to stay. And with the warmer weather, more and more of us are starting to run outside to enjoy that extra sunshine. Unfortunately, many people aggravate pre-existing conditions or endure painful injuries, winding up in need of a visit to their local foot doctor.

As terrible as it may sound to an aspiring marathoner, rest is often vital to prevent an injury from becoming even worse. This is especially true of conditions such as Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis that affect the ankles and feet. Running through such conditions can delay the healing process or aggravate the injury even further, greatly disrupting one’s training plans. 

In addition to rest, stretching, massaging and icing are often key to a full recovery. However, it is best to consult a foot doctor in order to determine the best treatment for your individual needs. 

There are many other injuries that can strike and interrupt your training plans—don’t let them ruin your peak running season! At Wasatch Foot & Ankle Institute in Utah and Wyoming, we are prepared to help you get back on your feet as soon as possible.

It’s common sense that you would want to purchase the right size of shoe for your feet. But surprisingly, many in Utah and across the nation purchase shoes that are too small for their foot size. What many don’t realize is that this simple choice can cause or aggravate foot problems, and in severe cases, cause the need for a visit to the foot doctor.

Trying to cram feet into an unnaturally tight space can lead to all sorts of problems, including blisters, aches and pains and even more serious conditions such as hammer toe. Hammer toe and other conditions can become so serious that they may even require surgery from a foot doctor.

So how do you make sure your shoes are the right size? For starters, measure your feet. Chances are that one is slightly bigger than the other; if this is the case, make sure your shoe size will comfortably fit the larger foot. 

To achieve a comfortable fit, experts recommend leaving about half an inch of space between the big toe and the front of the shoe. Shoes should also not fit too tightly—for those with wider feet, a wide fit shoe is generally recommended.

Of course, any shoe aficionado in Utah or any other state will tell you the most important test is walking in the shoes. Treat your feet right and choose shoes that will be comfortable no matter how far you need to walk.

When it comes to taking care of one’s feet, there are a wide range of injuries and other conditions that can make keeping them in tip-top shape a bit of a challenge. Athletes especially face a high risk of injuring their feet and ankles—in fact, sprained ankles are the top injury for NBA athletes. It’s no surprise that many people from Utah to the East Coast visit their local foot doctor every year. Check out our infographic to learn more about just how many foot and ankle injuries foot doctors deal with on a regular basis at:

You can also view our video covering this information here:

Feet often get a bad rap. Just because they’re continually sweating, coming in contact with the ground and producing grotesque odors doesn’t mean that they’re not important. Though it’s unlikely that feet have any actual feelings, if they did, they’d most assuredly be damaged by the hurtful comments that people make towards two of their respective bodies’ most anatomically important structures. 

Simply put, the feet are amazing. Ask any foot doctor — from Utah or any other state in the Union — and he or she might even use the word “miraculous” do describe the body’s natural treads. With an open mind, take a look at the following infographic to gain a better appreciation for your body’s greatest tag team duo.

There are several myths related to athlete’s foot, a common foot condition that affects many in Utah and across the nation. While seeing a foot doctor is a must when you contract athlete’s foot, becoming better-informed can help you both prevent the condition and know what to do should you contract it.

One of the most pertinent myths regarding athlete’s foot is that showering can help prevent the condition. In fact, showers are one of the areas where you are more likely to pick it up - especially if you go barefoot in crowded locker rooms. 

Many think that by keeping their feet covered in shoes and socks, they can avoid the risk of developing athlete’s foot. But if your feet are wet, this actually creates the perfect environment (dark and damp) for fungi to grow and thrive.

Another common misconception is that athlete’s foot can only affect the feet. In fact, the condition can easily spread to other parts of the body through contaminated clothing, or by touching other body parts after scratching the itch.

Treatment for this condition isn’t just once and done, either. After having athlete’s foot treated by a foot doctor, it can still return if proper preventative steps are not taken. At Wasatch Foot & Ankle Institute in Utah, our specialists can help you beat athlete’s foot and take the right steps to ensure it doesn’t come back.