Posts for: January, 2020

By Dr. Eric Arp
January 28, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Orthotics  

Orthotics are medical devices that podiatrists provide patients to treat heel pain and properly align the foot and lower extremities. Here at Arp Foot and Ankle Clinic, PC of Mountain Home and Harrison, AR, Dr. Eric Arp provides patients with orthotics to treat their unique issues—read on to learn more!

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made devices that are placed in shoes to correct foot alignment issues and abnormal walking patterns. Orthotics provide efficient and comfortable arch support to improve everyday activities, such as standing, walking, and running. They come in several shapes, sizes, and materials to improve function and protect feet.

Who needs orthotics?

There are several diseases that require orthotics to help ease everyday activities and reduce pain. Here are a few common foot issues that are treated at our offices in Mountain Home and Harrison, AR:

  • Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue on the sole of the foot. This painful condition makes it difficult to walk, and people usually feel the most pain in the morning.
  • Arthritis (i.e. joint inflammation) not only affects joints, but it also irritates the tissue that surrounds the joint and other connective tissue. The two most common types of arthritis are rheumatic arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Diabetes affects people's circulation to limbs, especially feet. People suffering from diabetes are susceptible to diseases like neuropathy and require custom footwear.

What types of orthotics exist?

  1. Rigid orthotics are custom-made orthotics made of plastic or carbon fiber, which is a firm material.
  2. Soft orthotics are made of soft, cushioned materials to absorb shock and increase balance, especially for diabetic, arthritic, and deformed feet.
  3. Semi-rigid orthotics are made of layers of soft material reinforced with rigid materials, which is best for children who have flat feet, and people with in-toeing or out-toeing disorders.

Interested in orthotic treatment? Give us a call

Orthotics are a great way to deal with serious foot problems. If you would like to learn more about custom orthotics from Arp Foot & Ankle Clinic, PC, make sure you call our Harrison, AR, office at (870) 365-3668 or our Mountain Home, AR, office at (870) 425-7363 today to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Eric Arp
January 07, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Sprained Ankle   Sprain  

One wrong step and you could just end up dealing with a sprained ankle. A sprain occurs when the ankle suddenly rolls inwards or outwards, which jolts the ankle joint out of place and also overstretches (and perhaps even tears) the ligaments and tendons of the ankles. These tendons also provide the feet with support. It’s important to understand how to best care for a sprained ankle and when you should see a podiatrist for care.

You could be dealing with an ankle sprain if you experience:

  • Swelling
  • Ankle pain
  • Tenderness
  • Bruising
  • Limited range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Trouble putting weight on the ankle

If you suspect that you have sprained your ankle it’s important to call your podiatrist right away. A foot doctor will be able to discuss your symptoms with you and then determine whether you should come in for an immediate evaluation. A doctor will also provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that will promote a fast and complete recovery.

There are different degrees of a sprain and the way your podiatrist recommends treating the injury will depend on its severity and the symptoms you are experiencing. Mild sprains can often be managed with simple home treatment. This includes resting and staying off the ankle as much as possible as well as:

  • Bandaging or wrapping the ankle
  • Wearing an ankle braces
  • Using crutches (for more serious sprains)
  • Elevating your ankle to reduce swelling
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling
  • Not putting weight on the ankle
  • Icing the ankle 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a day (for the first 48 hours after injury)

It can take up to 10 days for a mild sprain to heal, while more severe sprains can take several weeks. When you come into the office for an evaluation, your podiatrist will also discuss how long you should stay off the ankle and avoid certain activities.

It is rare for a sprained ankle to require surgery; however, if there is significant damage to the ligaments that could lead to long-term instability and other issues, or if your symptoms do not improve with home care, then your foot and ankle doctor may recommend surgery to repair the torn ligament.

With proper and prompt care an ankle sprain should heal completely and not require additional treatment; however, the minute you experience symptoms of a sprained ankle or ankle injury you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible.