Podiatrist Dr. William Knudson offers information on causes, symptoms, and treatment of the most widespread types of heel pain.
Heel pain is definitely an uncomfortable situation, says Dr. William Knudson. The most common reasons for what is known as plantar fasciitis are usually related to poor foot structure. Not surprisingly, people who tend to have issues with flat feet or high arches are more prone to foot pain issues.
According to Dr. William Knudson, there are many factors that contribute to plantar fasciitis. Wearing non-supportive footwear while standing on rigid surfaces puts an abnormally high amount of stress on the plantar fascia. Obesity and a lack of exercise may also contribute. Continue reading
In the wintertime, Dr. William Knudson must address the importance of maintaining healthy winter feet so that his patients avoid issues and injuries that may arise during this season. In the following Q & A, Dr. Knudson presents several examples of foot problems that could occur and offers suggestions for treatment.
Q: Why are my feet at greater risk during the colder months?
Dr. William Knudson: Opportunities to experience a foot injury or condition are higher as a result of participation in winter sports like figure skating, ice hockey, snowboarding and skiing. While these activities are physically and mentally stimulating, they can also be wreaking havoc on your feet.
Q: What are the most common afflictions that your patients typically face during winter?
Dr. William Knudson: Raynaud’s Phenomenon is a regular occurrence. When feet experience a lack of oxygen and blood supply due to sudden drops in temperature, the feet may present with discoloration, blistering and pain. This condition is more common in young females. In order to prevent Raynaud’s Phenomenon, avoid caffeine and smoking that constricts the blood vessels. Continue reading
As the weather turns colder, feet may develop cracks and thick, dry skin, says noted podiatrist Dr. William Knudson. Foot care tips and tricks that have worked during the summer months may not always apply when feet are exposed to warm socks, central heating and other drying effects.
To counteract these drying effects, Dr. William Knudson advises his patients to follow three simple steps – protect the feet, exfoliate more and moisturize more.
Protect the Feet
As a way to keep feet dry, Dr. Knudson recommends keeping a pair of clean socks handy in case feet get sweaty and hot during the course of the day. Wear socks made of cotton or a cotton blend to prevent moisture from causing significant problems. Continue reading
Winter is over. It’s time to unleash the beasts…the beasts that have been hidden away in boots and socks for months. Feet, it’s time to shine! Here, Dr. William Knudson offers helpful hints on making feet as summer ready as possible because…who wants to wear UGGS in August?
Make feet neat with a pedicure
Dr. William Knudson suggests booking a pedicure at least twice during summer to help feet look their best. Unlike other periodic beauty treatments, a pedicure offers immediate visible results. And, pedicures are not just for women. More and more men these days are opting to have their toenails trimmed by a professional, reports Dr. William Knudson. Continue reading
As a licensed podiatrist for over 15 years, Dr. William Knudson is an expert about medications and treatments used to thwart foot pain.
Q: Is there a single cause behind most cases of foot pain or discomfort?
Dr. William Knudson: A number of causes have been revealed throughout the years, so confirmation from an experienced podiatrist is advisable. Many treatments allow the patient to maintain proper foot health without bearing considerable expense. With dozens of over-the-counter treatments now available on the market, patients can treat foot pain without breaking the bank. If the pain disrupts quality of life, professional therapy may still be necessary, however.
Q: What’s perhaps the most common ailment of today’s patients?
Dr. William Knudson: Many patients have suffered from fallen arches. Fallen arches most often benefit from a combination of ice and rest. These twin measures can reduce inflammation and ease discomfort. Arch supports in the shoes have also been shown to provide some much-needed relief. Continue reading
A more effective treatment for onychomycosis (also known as nail infection) is now offered by the practice of respected podiatrist Dr. William Knudson. Laser therapy can help Dr. Knudson’s patients avoid pain and embarrassment associated with cracked and yellowed nails. This convenient and economical treatment has proven to achieve considerable results with minimal complications.
Nail infection is defined as a fungal infection of the nail plate, matrix or bed, accounting for 50 percent of all cases of nail disease. Nail infection is more than just a cosmetic issue. It can often limit a person’s mobility and cause problems with circulation. Dr. William Knudson has observed additional pain in a number of patients who experience conditions such as diabetic foot ulcers and venous stasis. Without treatment, fungal infections can spread to other parts of the body. Nail infection is more common in people over the age of 60. Continue reading
Dr. William Knudson regularly sees patients who suffer from fallen arches, a common cause of foot pain. To better understand the onset of fallen arches, it’s important for patients to know all of the causes, symptoms and treatments of this potentially debilitating condition.
Many different symptoms have been associated with fallen arches, according to Dr. William Knudson. In most cases, the pain is not located in the entire arch of the foot but is focused in one particular area. Most patients report pain from standing that becomes much worse after walking for a short period of time. Along with the pain, some patients experience a tremendous amount of swelling.
The arch of a person’s foot is composed of joints and bones. These tightly held joints and bones form what podiatrists often refer to as a “bridge.” Repeated weight and force can result in this “bridge” breaking or buckling, which causes the patient extreme pain. Continue reading