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By Dr. Eric Arp
January 29, 2021
Category: Foot Issues

Be able to spot the telltale symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.
 

If you have diabetes, it’s important that you get your blood sugar levels under control through lifestyle changes and medication. Around 34 million Americans have diabetes, and 1 in 5 of them don’t even know they have it, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, if high blood sugar levels persist this can lead to a condition known as diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which can cause nerve damage in the feet, arms, and hands.
 

You should visit our Harrison, AR, podiatrists right away if you notice these symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy,
 

  • A numbness, tingling, or burning sensation in the feet
  • Sudden cramping or a zapping, electric-like shooting pain
  • Changes in the shape or structure of your feet (a common deformity is a hammertoe, which causes the toes to curl downward like a claw)
  • Poor balance, often caused by a lack of sensation in the feet
  • Sensitivity to hot or cold, or feet that are cold for no reason

Those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy will often report that their symptoms are worse at night, which can make it difficult to get a good night’s rest. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, we know that it can be scary, but it’s important that you visit our Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, podiatrist right away. By working together with our podiatry team and your regular physician we can find a treatment plan that helps to prevent further nerve damage while managing your current symptoms.
 

How do I treat diabetic peripheral neuropathy?

While this condition is not reversible, there are different options available to you to help treat your symptoms. Simple lifestyle changes can improve your diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Some lifestyle changes include,
 

  • Avoiding smoking, tobacco products, and alcohol
  • Eating a healthy balanced diet and treating any vitamin deficiencies that might be present (have your doctor run a blood test to check for vitamin deficiencies)
  • Making sure that you inspect your feet every day to look for redness, swelling, sores, ulcers, cuts, or other problems that could lead to an infection (make sure you visit your podiatrist right away for treatment if you notice any of these issues)
  • Make sure that you are getting regular physical activity, which can improve balance and reduce pain and cramping

The key to preventing peripheral neuropathy from getting worse is to make sure that you have a doctor who is providing you with the medication you need to get your blood sugar under control. Certain medications such as antidepressants and anti-seizure medications may also be prescribed by your doctor to alleviate nerve pain.
 

If you are living with diabetes here in Harrison or Mountain Home, AR, it’s important that you have a podiatrist that you can always turn to for checkups and care. To schedule a consultation with us, call ARP Foot & Ankle Clinic at (870) 365-3668 or (870) 425-7363.

By Dr. Eric Arp
October 26, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Sesamoiditis  
SesamoiditisA sesamoid is a bone that connects to a tendon or muscle instead of another bone. The most common sesamoids are the patella (kneecap) and two bones found under the forefoot. The sesamoids in the foot help to provide the foot with weight-bearing support. Unfortunately, just like another bone, sesamoids can fracture or become inflamed. An inflamed sesamoid is known as sesamoiditis and it’s most often found in athletes.
 
What are the symptoms of sesamoiditis?
 
So, how do you differentiate pain from sesamoiditis from other causes of pain? You could be dealing with an inflamed sesamoid in the foot if you are experiencing:
  • Pain at the ball of the foot near the big toe
  • Pain when bending or straightening the big toe
  • Swelling
  • Pain that comes up gradually
Pain that comes on suddenly may be a sign of a fractured sesamoid rather than sesamoiditis, which is a form of tendinitis. You may experience pain when putting weight on the foot.

How is sesamoiditis treated?

The good news is that this inflammatory condition can be treated with rest and home care designed to ease the inflamed tendon or muscle. At-home care for sesamoiditis looks like:
  • Avoiding any activities that put pressure on the foot
  • Taking a pain reliever such as ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
  • Wearing supportive shoes with ample cushioning
  • Applying ice to the foot for 10-15 minutes every few hours
  • Avoiding shoes with pointed toes or high heels
It can take up to six weeks for sesamoiditis pain and inflammation to go away. If you are dealing with severe pain or swelling, or if you have trouble walking, then you must see a podiatrist right away. In more severe cases your doctor may recommend bracing the foot or using steroid injections to target unresponsive and more serious inflammation.

If you are experiencing severe or persistent foot pain, you must seek podiatry care from a qualified foot and ankle specialist. Foot pain should not go ignored. Call your podiatrist today. 
By Dr. Eric Arp
November 13, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrist in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK, can help your feet

Heel pain doesn’t have to keep you on the couch! Here at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Eric Arp offers a wide range of foot care services, heelpainincluding effective treatments for heel pain. With two convenient office locations in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK, he's here to help you and your feet feel better!

 

More about Heel Pain

Heel pain can be caused by:

  • A heel bruise, which can result from stepping on sharp objects
  • A heel spur, which can result from excess calcium deposits on your heel
  • Plantar fasciitis, which can result from inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue running across your heel

You can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from mild heel pain. Consider:

  • Applying ice on your heel to reduce swelling
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication to relieve symptoms
  • Stretching your arches for a few minutes daily
  • Avoiding high impact activities like running or jogging
  • Changing to more supportive, cushioned shoes

Plantar fasciitis can produce moderate to severe heel pain. It’s a common condition for runners, but you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from plantar fasciitis. Overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk, and standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods of time can cause plantar fasciitis. You are also at higher risk of plantar fasciitis if you carry extra weight, or have flat feet.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you should seek out the services of your podiatrist. Dr. Arp may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics or footwear to help support your heels
  • Physical therapy to increase mobility and flexibility
  • Prescription-strength medications to decrease inflammation and pain
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

 

Need Relief? Contact Us

Don’t suffer from heel pain when help is just a phone call away! For more information about heel pain treatment, call Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, with offices in Harrison and Mountain Home, AK. For the Harrison location, dial (870) 365-3668 (FOOT), and for Mountain Home, dial (870) 425-7363.

By Dr. Eric Arp
July 24, 2019
Category: Foot Issues

How your podiatrist in Harrison, AR can help your feet when you have diabetes

Did you know that over 29 million people in the United States have diabetes? Did you know that it is the 7th leading cause of death? If you Diabetesare one of the many people affected by diabetes, you need to know about diabetic peripheral neuropathy, a common, painful condition that affects your extremities, including your feet.

Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic can help with you deal with nerve pain and other issues associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. He has two convenient offices in Harrison and Mountain Home, AR, to help you.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is caused by impairment of your nervous system associated with diabetes. Your nerves become damaged, affecting your arms, legs, hands, and feet. The nerve damage can result in you injuring your feet, and you may not feel it. You may not feel hot or cold, making it easier to burn or freeze the skin on your feet.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can happen gradually, and you may experience signs and symptoms like these:

  • Numbness and tingling in your feet and legs
  • Sharp or burning pain in your feet and legs
  • Muscle weakness in your legs and feet
  • Balance problems

If you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, it’s time to see your podiatrist for an evaluation. Your podiatrist will evaluate your reflexes, and your ability to feel slight sensations in your feet and legs.

If you have diabetic peripheral neuropathy, the first step is ensuring your blood sugar level is controlled. Medications are effective in controlling the tingling and burning symptoms. Physical therapy and exercising may also be recommended to help maintain flexibility and strength.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy can dramatically affect your life. The condition can produce serious consequences including loss of sensation in your legs and feet. The good news is, your podiatrist can help. To find out more about diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other foot conditions and treatments, call Dr. Eric A. Arp at Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic in Harrison, AR. Call now and protect your feet!

By Dr. Eric Arp
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.