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By Dr. Eric Arp
January 11, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

Here are some simple but helpful strategies to provide relief from your bunion pain.
 

If you’ve been told by our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrists that you have a bunion, we know how important it is to be able to get your foot pain under control. You want to be able to do the things you love without worrying about whether your bunion is going to ruin the fun. While it’s always important to discuss lifestyle changes with your podiatrist when you have a bunion, some easy ways to manage your symptoms on your own include,
 

  • Resting your feet as much as possible and avoiding any activities that make the pain and swelling worse
  • Alternatively, you may find more relief from soaking your tired, sore feet in warm water with Epsom salts rather than icing (everyone is different, so test out both options to see which one provides better relief)
  • Make sure that you are wearing comfortable, supportive shoes that don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on the bunion
  • Avoid wearing high heels (heels higher than 2 inches tall)
  • Perform stretching and strengthening foot exercises every day (a resistance band can be a helpful tool for performing some of these exercises to strengthen the muscles and tendons of the foot)
  • Talk to our podiatrist about whether your feet could benefit from custom orthotics (most people with bunions can benefit from orthotics because they correct faulty biomechanics that often leads to problems like bunions in the first place)
  • Massage your feet throughout the day to ease any discomfort and promote blood flow

So, what happens if home care just isn’t cutting it? If this is the problem you’re facing right now, then it’s time to come into our office for a consultation. We can talk about the treatment options you’ve tried and then recommend certain alternative options. Bunion surgery isn’t typically recommended or necessary unless you are,
 

  • Dealing with severe bunion pain and swelling
  • Experiencing persistent foot pain that is affecting your quality of life
  • Dealing with bunion symptoms that are unresponsive to nonsurgical treatment options
  • Having to miss out on activities and things you love to do because of your bunion

If you think you have a bunion, it’s important that you see a qualified podiatrist for a diagnosis and customized treatment plan. The team at ARP Foot & Ankle Clinic at the Harrison and Mountain Home clinic locations is here to help you get your bunion pain under control. Call us today at (870) 365-3668 or (870) 425-7363.

By Dr. Eric Arp
January 04, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Blisters  
What To Do About BlistersEverything from wearing shoes that are a little too loose to increasing the number of miles you run can leave you dealing with painful blisters on your feet. Blisters can be quite a nuisance, making it difficult to move around, especially when wearing shoes. If you deal with blisters rather regularly here are some simple ways to treat the problem.
 
Keep the Blister Intact

If possible, try to keep the blister intact. Do not try to pop or drain a blister that hasn’t popped on its own. It’s important not to put pressure on the blister, so avoid any shoes that may be too tight. If you’re going to put on shoes, make sure to apply a bandage (some band-aids are designed specifically for covering blisters) to the area first.
 
Keep Popped Blisters Clean

If the blister popped on its own, clean it with warm water soap (do not use alcohol or hydrogen peroxide on the blister). Once the area is clean, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic cream to the area and apply a bandage over the blister. These simple steps can prevent an infection from occurring.
 
Drain the Blister Yourself

You should only drain a blister if it’s very large, painful, or affects your ability to move. In this case, you should sterilize a needle with alcohol and then make a small hole in the blister to let it drain. You may need to carefully squeeze the blister to help it drain fully. Once the blister has drained, rinse out the area with soap and warm water before applying antibiotic cream to the area and placing a bandage over it.
 
Replace Bandages Daily

You mustn’t keep the same bandage on your blister day in and day out. You should check the blister every day to make sure it isn’t infected. You should clean the area daily with soap and water and then reapply another bandage.
 
Of course, if you have diabetes or nerve damage in your feet, you mustn't try to drain or treat the blister yourself. Even something as small as a blister could become infected or lead to serious complications. You should see your podiatrist right away for any blisters that develop on your feet.
 
If you develop signs of infection such as pus, increased redness, or swelling of the blister, you must see your podiatrist right away for treatment. While blisters aren’t usually a cause for concern in most healthy individuals, it’s also important that you practice good foot care to prevent blisters from happening.
By Dr. Eric Arp
December 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care
What To Do for a High Foot ArchHere’s what you can do to prevent foot pain caused by high arches.

If you have high arches, you may notice them but not experience any problems; however, those with high arches bear more weight on the balls and heels of the feet. Over time, you may develop corns, calluses, hammertoes, painful calf muscles, or foot pain. If you have high arches, a podiatrist can provide you with a variety of ways to support your feet to prevent these problems.

Consider wearing custom orthotics

Orthotics are special devices that are placed inside the shoes to improve stability and to cushion the foot. These devices can reduce shock absorption while standing, walking, or running. While there are over-the-counter orthotics that you can buy, they aren’t specifically designed to fit your feet or treat the issues you’re dealing with.

A podiatrist can provide you with custom-fitted orthotics that can help to support the arches of your feet and distribute weight more evenly among the foot to prevent heel pain and pain in the ball of the foot.

Wear shoes that support your feet

You must be also wearing shoes that can accommodate your high arches, especially if you are on your feet most of the day or participate in physical activities. Those with high arches are prone to stress fractures and ankle sprains, and you must consider shoes that have,
  • A high top that can cushion and support the ankles
  • A spacious toe box that won’t put pressure on the toes or cause irritation to preexisting deformities such as hammertoes or bunions
  • A midsole that has added cushioning to reduce pressure
  • A high-abrasion rubber outsole that will provide more durability (especially important for running shoes and athletic footwear)
If you are prone to Achilles tendonitis because of your high arches you may also look for a shoe that offers a little heel lift, which can take the stress off the Achilles tendon and the arches of the feet.

Talk to your podiatrist about bracing

In some cases, your podiatrist may also recommend bracing the feet and ankles to help stabilize them and provide additional support. If your podiatrist has told you that you also have a drop foot, which means that you have trouble lifting the front of your foot, then bracing may also be a great way to manage this problem and provide a more natural and comfortable gait when walking.

While high arches alone aren’t a cause for concern it can be good to know about potential issues that it can cause along the way so you can take the necessary precautions now to protect your feet. If you are dealing with foot pain or other problems, a podiatrist can help.
By Dr. Eric Arp
November 20, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Corns   Calluses  

Would you like to get rid of your corns and calluses? Although home treatment is often effective, stubborn corns and calluses may need to be removed by your Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic.

 

How corns and calluses form

Constant pressure or friction against your foot prompts causes both corns and calluses. Your body tries to protect the tender area by thickening the skin. Corns are raised bumps that can contain a hard or softcore, while calluses are flat areas of rough or thick skin.

 

Wearing tight shoes is a common cause of both corns and calluses. You may also develop them if you wear shoes that allow your foot to move around too much or wear socks that don't fit well or have thick seams. Corns and calluses may also form if you have a foot condition, like hammertoes or bunions, that causes your feet or toes to rub against your shoes.

 

Treating corns and calluses

These treatments and strategies can be helpful if you have a corn or callus:

  • Applying Pads: Adhesive pads cushion corns and calluses, decreasing friction and pain. Some types of pads may include medication that gradually removes corns.
  • Using a Pumice Stone: You may want to try removing your corns and calluses with a pumice stone or emery board. Before removal, soak your feet in warm water for about 15 minutes to soften the skin. Remove a small amount of skin every day. Never remove so much skin that your foot bleeds.
  • A Change in Footwear: Throw out uncomfortable socks, and stop wearing shoes that rub against your feet. Try not to wear the same pair or style of shoes every day.

Don't try home treatments if you have diabetes. High blood sugar levels interfere with healing and can increase your risk of infection. Ask your foot doctor in Harrison and Mountain Home to remove your corns and calluses instead. Never shave corns or calluses, even if you don't have diabetes. You may accidentally remove too much skin with the blade and develop an infection.

 

If your corns and calluses don't respond to home treatment, your podiatrist can remove them by safely trimming the extra skin or prescribing skin patches that gradually remove the thickened skin. Orthotics may help you avoid corns and calluses in the future. The prescription shoe inserts prevent excess foot motion, keep your feet properly aligned and cushion your feet, reducing pressure.

 

Need to get rid of a few corns and calluses? Make an appointment with your podiatrist in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, Dr. Eric Arp of Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic. Schedule your visit by calling (870) 365-3668 for the Harrison, AR, office, or (870) 425-7363 for the Mountain Home, AR, office.

By Dr. Eric Arp
November 16, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Wondering why turning to your podiatrist for shoe inserts is the best option for your feet?

Do you find yourself dealing with sore, aching feet whenever you stand, walk or run? While feet, just like the rest of your body, need a break from all the heavy lifting there could also be underlying problems such as flat feet or extremely high arches that could also lead to further problems if you aren’t careful. One way to improve the biomechanics of the feet and to prevent overworked, overtired peds is by turning to our Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, podiatrist Dr. Eric Arp for custom orthotics.

Custom orthotics are individualized to your needs

You may currently be using shoe inserts that you purchased from the local drugstore. While these inserts may take some of the pressure off your feet, this one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t really address your specific underlying problems. In fact, some people may find that these commercial shoe inserts cause further issues. By turning to our foot doctors for custom orthotics you can trust that these devices will effectively and efficiently support your foot and target any specific problems you’re dealing with.

Custom orthotics could prevent problems

While many people turn to us for custom orthotics because they are already dealing with foot pain or other problems, this doesn’t mean that people can’t still benefit from these custom-made shoe inserts even if they aren’t currently dealing with foot issues. In fact, this simple device may be all you need to prevent sore, achy feet and future injuries in the first place.

Custom orthotics improve how your feet function

People can have structural foot abnormalities but never even realize it; however, over time, these structural abnormalities can make it difficult for the foot to function properly, which in turn can lead to swelling, stiffness, pain and injury. Custom orthotics redistribute weight evenly among the foot to prevent pain points and to also absorb some of the shocks from walking or running.

Custom orthotics can improve your game

Are you an athlete? If so, then custom orthotics could be a game-changer. When feet aren’t properly aligned this can affect alignment in the ankles, legs, hips and back. Once the feet are thrown off whack it’s more common to deal with ankle, hip and back problems. Luckily, custom orthotics can help realign the foot and also provide feet with ample cushioning and support to make sprinting, jumping and turning even easier.

Custom orthotics can improve certain health conditions

If you are living with chronic health problems such as diabetes or osteoarthritis you understand the importance of finding ways to manage your condition and prevent complications. Since feet are often impacted by some of these more common chronic conditions, getting orthotics could alleviate your discomfort and improve mobility.

The podiatrists of ARP Foot and Ankle Clinic at our Harrison or Mountain Home clinic locations are dedicated to providing you with top-of-the-line, custom orthotics, as well as a wide range of other foot and ankle treatments to prevent foot pain and other issues. If you want to get customized orthotics call our office in Harrison, AR at (870) 365-3668 or in Mountain Home, AR at (870) 425-7363.