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How to Prevent and Treat Ingrown Toenails Sep 2nd, 2020

Your feet are an often overlooked, yet very important part of your body. They bear the brunt of your bodyweight all day and provide a solid foundation to stand on. However, when something causes you pain and discomfort in your feet, you suddenly realize just how vital they are to...

Bunion Surgery: Not Preferred, But Sometimes Necessary Apr 22nd, 2019

For a lot of podiatrists and orthopedists out there, treatment for bunions begins and ends with surgery. Admittedly, there is a certain logic to that approach. Bunions do tend to get worse over time, and a lot of people don’t even bother seeing a doctor until the pain is extreme...

Does Epsom Salt Work for Toenail Fungus? Mar 19th, 2019

Do you have toenail fungus? When it comes to problems with skin and nails on your feet, home remedy suggestions abound. And whatever ailment you might have, odds are you’ll find mention of Epsom salt at least once. Epsom salt is one of those products that gained huge followings for...

Break up with Your Heel Pain! Feb 12th, 2019

Maybe you already have a long-standing relationship with heel pain, or maybe you are new to this aggravating condition – no matter your situation, ignoring the pain won’t solve the problem. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and for some of us, heel pain will be crashing our dates! In...

New Year’s Resolution: sNOw Foot Injuries! Jan 8th, 2019

Here in Salt Lake City, we’re used to our fair share of snow and ice! If you factor in the high elevation and the lake effect with occasional stretches where temperatures don’t elevate above freezing, that’s not a surprise. But while all these elements make Utah something of a paradise...

No Happy Holidays with Plantar Fasciitis Dec 12th, 2018

The end-of-year holiday season is supposed to be a joyous occasion. Meals with your family. Parties with friends and co-workers. A few well-earned days off from work. Celebrating the reason for the season—whatever you believe that to be. But if you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may have a hard...

How to Take on a Turkey Trot Without Achilles Tendinitis Pain Nov 5th, 2018

Why do we turkey trot? Perhaps it’s satisfying to have one big hurrah to bring in the big holiday season. Perhaps we try to sweat out the guilt of the feast we know we’re about to overindulge in. Or maybe we just like running in silly turkey outfits? Whatever your...

The 6 Pairs of Shoes Hurting Your Feet—And How to Fix Them Sep 20th, 2018

What do your shoe choices say about your feet? Maybe not right now, but perhaps in the future—after a long day of wearing ill-fitting sneakers, or a lifetime of cramming your toes into pointed high heels? Unfortunately, most people are making at least one or two big mistakes when it...

What Is a Midfoot Fracture? And What Should I Do About Them? Sep 11th, 2018

Toe bone connected to the foot bone Foot bone connected to the heel bone Heel bone connected to the ankle bone … “Dem Bones” might be a classic children’s song, but clearly the songwriter took some liberties with the anatomy! In fact, feet are highly complex structures with 26 bones each. (For those...

8 Things You Might Not Know about Flat Feet Aug 9th, 2018

There are a lot of rumors and misconceptions out there about flat feet. Here are some questions we hear all the time: How did I get them? How can I tell if I have them? How bad are they really? Do flat feet always need surgery? Ask a dozen people...

Which Sports Cause the Most Injuries (and How to Stay Safe!) Jul 8th, 2018

This isn’t a big secret – being physically active on a regular basis is one of the best things you can do for your body. No matter if we’re talking about your foot health or overall wellbeing—and even extending into non-physical areas like your emotional and mental health—this ranks right...

Ingrown Toenails – A Very Common, Yet Treatable, Problem Jun 6th, 2018

Ingrown toenails are a very common problem, and there’s a big reason for this – anyone who has toenails could potentially be affected! Some medical conditions might tend to be more commonly seen within certain demographics—Achilles tendinitis for middle-aged men, bunions for women, osteoarthritis for seniors, etc.—but that is simply...

The Breakdown: What to Do for Foot and Ankle Fractures May 7th, 2018

Do you remember Vinko Bogataj? The name might not be familiar, but the image of him might come to mind if we say, “The Agony of Defeat.” That’s right: Mr. Bogataj was the ski jumper whose infamous wipeout was constantly played during the opening of ABC’s Wide World of Sports....

Why Your Heel Hurts- And How We Can Help! Apr 15th, 2018

Heel pain is surprisingly common, but not enough people take action about it. This leads to many situations where conditions worsen and favorite activities become less enjoyable than they should be. The truly sad part is that a vast majority of this suffering could be easily resolved. We know this...

Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know (About Orthotics) Feb 20th, 2018

We might not think about it too often (if at all), but our feet give us the opportunity to do so much. Sure, standing and walking—to say nothing of running and jumping—are a given, but we even rely on our trusty lower appendages to operate the gas and brake pedals...

Healthy Eating in Salt Lake City Jan 16th, 2018

In addition to exercising more often, eating healthier is one of the most common health-related New Year’s resolutions people make. Combined, these two commitments can make a world of difference in your physical health – no matter the time of year! With regards to your physical health, it’s easy to...

How to Perform Daily Foot Inspections Dec 7th, 2017

In our previous post, we discussed why diabetic foot care matters. As a quick recap, diabetes causes a host of problems in the body – including reduced blood flow, impaired immune function, and neuropathy (nerve damage). Those problems lead to increased risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, and blindness –...

Why Diabetic Foot Care Matters Nov 1st, 2017

Do you have feet? If so, foot care should be important to you! The truth of the matter, however, is that too many people neglect those valuable appendages. Over time, this can become a problem for otherwise healthy individuals (including those who stay physically active for cardiovascular and weight maintenance...

Treatment for Foot and Ankle Sports Injuries Oct 25th, 2017

Active lifestyles are an essential component of lifelong health. Unfortunately, they can also lead to pain and injury. Because they are your foundation and responsible for supporting your full weight (not to mention providing the power and nimbleness necessary to jump, run, and change directions), your feet and ankles are...

First Aid for Ankle Sprains Oct 19th, 2017

At Anderson Foot and Ankle, we provide comprehensive care for foot and ankle injuries and medical conditions. If you need professional treatment, we’re here for you. Of course, there are times when you need to be ready to handle an issue on your own, at least until you’re able to...

Common Foot & Ankle Sports Injuries Oct 11th, 2017

Want to do something good for your body? Be active! This can entail running, swimming, playing sports, swimming, and a whole slew of other activities. Being active is grouped with eating well and getting plenty of sleep as being the three fundamental pillars of physical health. Working out and exercising...

Signs and Symptoms of Midfoot Injuries Sep 11th, 2017

If you’ve ever heard anyone make reference to birth order and personality typing, or perhaps you are familiar with this theory, you can thank Dr. Alfred Adler. (Well, you can’t actually thank him – he passed away in 1937.) Dr. Adler was an Austrian psychotherapist who sought to answer, “Why...

How Flat Feet Affect Pronation Aug 30th, 2017

Given that you likely use thousands of steps every single day to get around, it’s easy to take for granted the motion your feet go through when you walk, jog, or run. The basic path of movement your foot follows is called pronation, and this biomechanical movement is affected by...

How Orthotics Help Flat Feet Aug 11th, 2017

If you have flat feet—and are experiencing problems as a result—we may prescribe a pair of custom orthotics as part of your treatment plan. Before we jump into discussing how orthotics help flat feet, let’s take a moment and look at why you may be experiencing pain and difficulty in...

How to Treat Toenail Fungus Jul 28th, 2017

Whereas some people are comfortable wearing sandals or open-toed shoes, there are many out there who feel the need to keep discolored, distorted toenails hidden from the world because of nail fungus. If you’re one of those individuals, you should know there are fungal toenail treatment options that can help. When it...

5 Ways to Prevent Fungal Toenails Jul 6th, 2017

Adolescence can be a really awkward time. Obviously, kids are on summer break right now, but when our local schools are back in session—trust us, it will happen before we all know it! —kids will have to deal with an array of potential embarrassments. Think back to your school days...

Treatment for Toe Deformities Jun 25th, 2017

Your body has a remarkable ability to repair damaged tissues. As long as there aren’t medical issues at play (like hemophilia), you will heal from a cut. Given time, broken bones mend. When you sprain an ankle, following the appropriate treatment plan will usually allow the damaged ligaments to heal. There are...

How to Reduce Foot Injury Risk May 21st, 2017

It’s almost paradoxical that one of the best things you can do for your body—exercise—is also something that can put you at risk for injury. Given the fact we rely on our lower limbs for mobility, feet and ankles have a particularly high risk factor. The good news, though, is...

How Shoes Affect Foot Health May 17th, 2017

The phrase “form follows function,” are the words of Chicago architect Louis Sullivan. Sullivan was a key figure in the Modernist architectural movement of the 1930’s and is credited as being the “father of the skyscraper.” His famous saying doesn’t dismiss “form” (the way something looks), but rather implies that...

Basics of Diabetic Wound Care Apr 23rd, 2017

Diabetes is a serious medical condition, one that has wide-ranging effects across your entire body. An area that doesn’t always receive as much attention with this disease as it should is the lower limbs. Foot health is important for anyone, but it takes heightened importance when diabetes is in the...

Methods for Effective Heel Pain Treatment Apr 16th, 2017

One of the most common reasons patients come see us here at Anderson Foot & Ankle Clinic is to find relief from heel pain. The truth of the matter, though, is that not nearly enough people have their heel pain treated. Because it’s such a common issue, too many individuals think...

Why Your Toenail Became Ingrown Apr 15th, 2017

If you are describing something as being a “thorn in your side,” you mean it is a source of constant irritation or difficulty. The notion of something sharp piercing your flesh is certainly unpleasant and can even be downright painful. Such is the case when a toenail has become ingrown. Toenails...