By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
February 22, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions

Dealing with heel pain? It could be Achilles tendonitis.achilles tendonitis

Achilles was one of the most well-known warriors in Greek mythology who was taken down by—you guessed it—his Achilles tendon; however, even if you aren’t a warrior you can still deal with heel pain caused by Achilles tendonitis. Our Oxnard and Ventura, CA, podiatrist, Dr. Steven Vines, is here to tell you more about this surprisingly common inflammatory condition and what you can do to treat it.

What is Achilles Tendonitis?

The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, running from the calf muscles to the heel bone. It’s always working hard for you whenever you walk, jump or even stand on your tiptoes to reach for something. Even though this tendon is pretty strong and durable it can become overworked. In fact, Achilles tendonitis is one of the most common foot-related overuse injuries.

What are the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis?

If you have Achilles tendonitis then you may feel pain along the outside of the heel (near the heel bone) that’s worse in the morning when you first wake up. The pain may be exacerbated by certain physical activities. Along with pain there may also be swelling that comes and goes, as well as decreased flexibility in the ankle.

How is Achilles tendonitis treated?

First and foremost, our Oxnard and Ventura foot doctor will examine the foot and run imaging tests to properly diagnose whether your symptoms are due to Achilles tendonitis or another condition. Once we determine that it’s Achilles tendonitis we will provide you with simple ways to manage your symptoms to allow your foot the proper amount of time it needs to heal. It’s common for symptoms to last up to 3 months or longer, even with proper care.

Here are some nonsurgical options for treating your Achilles tendonitis:

Rest: It’s important to avoid any activities that could exacerbate your symptoms. Take time off and give your feet a little reprieve.

Ice: Icing the heel when it’s swollen or painful is a great way to reduce both symptoms without having to rely on medication.

Pain relievers: If you are dealing with pain and swelling one of the easiest temporarily solutions that can offer relief is an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen.

Exercise/Physical therapy: While this doesn’t mean going back to your workout regimen, this does mean that you can do some stretching and strengthening exercises for the calf muscles. Our Oxnard and Ventura foot expert would be happy to show you some exercises you can do to improve the muscles.

Other treatment options include steroid injections (for severe pain and swelling), custom orthotics (shoe inserts) and shockwave therapy. If symptoms don’t improve after 6 months then you may want to consider surgical options.

If you are dealing with heel pain in Oxnard or Ventura, CA, and you can’t find the relief you need from your symptoms then call Dr. Vines today to schedule a consultation and find out what’s going on.

By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
November 21, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

Do you have a wart on your foot that just won't go away? Our Ventura and Oxnard, CA, foot doctor, Dr. Steven Vines, discusses these wartsannoying growths and shares treatment options.

Why do I have a wart?

Warts are rough, bumpy growths that appear on your skin if you've been exposed to the human papilloma virus (HPV). The virus finds its way into your skin through small breaks caused by minor scratches, cuts or even dry skin.

You may have developed a wart because you accidentally touched a friend's wart, stepped on a surface that contained the virus, or shared socks, shoes or towels with an infected person. Wearing shoes in areas where people tend to be barefoot, such as public pools and locker rooms, can help you avoid developing a wart on your foot.

Will my warts get better on its own?

Most warts will go away without treatment after a year or two, but some are stubborn and linger much longer.

The growth on the bottom of my foot isn't bumpy. Could it really be a wart?

Although warts generally look bumpy, they'll probably appear round and flat when they're on your bottom of your foot. These warts, called plantar warts, can be very painful. Because they're located on your sole, you may feel pain every time you take a step or put pressure on your foot.

Not sure if you have a wart or callus? Try pressing on the growth. Warts hurt if you push on them, while calluses don't.

How can I get rid of my wart?

If you've tried over-the-counter wart preparations without success, you may be worried that your wart will be with you forever. When drugstore wart preparations aren't effective or walking is painful due to a plantar wart, it's a good idea to visit our Ventura and Oxnard office. We can recommend several effective wart removal treatments, including topical medications and ointments that gradually dissolve the wart or immunotherapy that targets the virus. Warts can also be eliminated by freezing them, removing them with electrodessication and curretage or destroying the growth with laser surgery.

Tired of living with your wart? Call our Ventura and Oxnard, CA, foot doctor, Dr. Vines, to schedule an appointment.

By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
August 14, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: bunions  

It’s not fun living with bunions. They affect the way you walk, how your feet look, and how you fit your shoes. They are embarrassing and bunionsdifficult to deal with (especially if you’re required to spend a lot of time on your feet), but luckily treatments are available to get rid of them. Find out what causes bunions and how Dr. Steven Vines, a podiatrist in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, can help get your feet back to normal.

Bunion Problems
If you have a bunion, you will know it. It looks like there is a huge bump is on the inside of your foot; meanwhile, the toes are pointed outward and crowded together. The bone at the inside of the foot is being pushed out of position causing the protrusion. Putting a normal shoe on, especially a pair of high heels, is almost impossible when you have a bunion. Sometimes the toes twist or turn out of position. It is a very painful problem, but it can be resolved by your Ventura or Oxnard podiatrist.

What Causes Them?
In most cases, a bunion develops over a long period of time from wearing poorly made shoes. If identical bunions form on both feet, your shoes are most likely the cause. Too much pressure on the joint located beneath the big toe causes the bone to move out of place. Bunions can also develop due to complications related to arthritis and often runs in families.

How a Podiatrist Can Help Your Feet
Orthotic devices and padding are used to relieve the pressure causing the bunions and encourage the foot to sit in the right position. The foot may be splinted or wrapped at night to aid the healing process. Exercises and physical therapy will help relieve pain and make the joints more flexible. A bunionectomy (a surgery to remove the protrusion) is the go-to treatment if a bunion is firmly set in place and won’t respond to non-invasive solutions.

No More Bunions
Bunions don’t have to become a lifelong problem. Have them treated by Dr. Vines, a podiatrist practicing in Ventura and Oxnard, CA. Call (805) 485-3151 or (805) 648-3222 today to schedule an appointment.

By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
May 11, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: foot pain  

Dr. Steven Vines, your foot doctor in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, has many years of experience in treating foot problems. He wants each offoot pain his patients to have the information they need to make good choices about the health of their feet and ankles. Here are a few questions about common foot-related conditions treatment options

A bunion looks like a large growth that forms on the instep at the base of the big toe. However, a bunion is not a new formation; it's a bone deformity that causes the big toe to push inward toward the other toes and the joint to begin jutting outwards. Your foot doctor sees many more female patients than male; this is often due to the narrow and constricting shoes that are popular in women's fashion. Some people do not experience any issues with bunions, but others visit their podiatrist with pain and difficulty walking.

How are bunions treated?

Roomy, comfortable shoes are a must for people with bunions. Your Ventura and Oxnard foot doctor may also recommend special pads that can be worn inside the shoes to help cushion the bunion from friction and pressure. In some cases, surgery to reshape the bone may be necessary.

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports your arch (the space in between the ball of your foot and the heel). When this ligament is subject to overuse - often from running or standing for long periods of time - it becomes inflamed and causes heel pain. Many patients report that the pain is a stabbing sensation at the bottom of their heel that is worst in the morning and becomes better after walking around for a while. However, the ligament may experience scarring that causes long-term, chronic pain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated with cushioned, well-fitted shoes, anti-inflammatory medication or custom-fitted orthotics (shoe inserts). A few patients may need surgery to bring relief.

What is diabetic neuropathy?

Diabetes causes a decrease in circulation to the extremities and can cause nerve damage to develop. This means that the feet of a diabetic person are more likely to develop injuries that do not heal well because of this reduced blood flow and lack of feeling. People with diabetes can experience major infections due to these compromised wounds.

How is diabetic neuropathy treated?

Working with Dr. Vines to maintain a good foot hygiene routine will help prevent foot injuries. Daily inspection and diligently wearing shoes and slippers, even indoors, is a good place to start. If you are diabetic, your foot doctor needs to be contacted right away if you have any injury to the feet, no matter how minor.

We have offices in both Oxnard and Ventura, so if you need to schedule an appointment to have these or any other foot and ankle conditions evaluated, please contact us today!

By Steven M. Vines, D.P.M.
February 03, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Corns  

The feet can often be the most neglected part of the body, even though they're arguably one of the most important. If you've noticed a cornssmall, painful lump on one of your toes or the bottom of your foot, you may have developed a corn. This is a common foot problem seen by Dr. Steven Vines, your podiatrist in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, and is fortunately very treatable. Dr. Vines details more information about corns and how they're treated here.

What are corns?

Corns are named for the kernels that they resemble, but your Ventura and Oxnard podiatrist may refer to them as helomas or hyperkeratoses. Similar to calluses, corns develop when the skin on the toes or feet becomes hard and thickened as a result of constant friction and pressure from shoes. This is a natural response by the body to protect the skin from wounds in the affected area, but unfortunately, the raised nature of a corn combined with the continuing friction leads to pain.

How are corns treated?

Your Ventura and Oxnard podiatrist may recommend that you apply an over-the-counter topical product that contains salicylic acid, which helps to break down the layers of skin that make up the corn. Cushioned pads can be worn to keep the feet comfortable in the meantime. Footwear should also be evaluated to make sure it fits properly; both too-tight and too-large shoes can be responsible for the development of corns. Particularly large or bothersome corns can be removed inDr. Vines' podiatry office. This is the standard method of treatment for diabetic patients, as any wounds on the feet can be potentially problematic due to circulation issues associated with diabetes.

You don't have to walk around in discomfort. Call our office to make an appointment with Dr. Vines, podiatrist in Ventura and Oxnard, CA, to have corns, bunions or any other foot abnormalities evaluated right away!

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