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How to Care for a Sprained Ankle at Home Jun 2nd, 2021

It doesn’t matter if you’re an Olympic athlete or lead a sedentary lifestyle, you might find yourself unexpectedly nursing a sprained ankle. Sprained ankles are very common injuries, and often all it takes to develop a sprain is one awkward step. If you have the symptoms of a sprained ankle...

Can Arthritis Cause Fractures? May 1st, 2021

If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis in your ankle or foot, you’ve probably experienced the common symptoms of swelling, tenderness, and foot and ankle pain. What you might not know is that having arthritis can also lead to a higher incidence of fractures. If you have arthritis, it’s important to...

10 Leading Causes of Foot Pain Apr 1st, 2021

Your feet get you out of bed in the morning and take you where you need to go, making them one of the most important parts of your body. When you get pain in your feet, it can make it extremely difficult to get your to-do list done. Foot pain...

5 Common Mistakes Runners Make That Damage Their Toenails Feb 28th, 2021

When you’re running to stay healthy and in shape, it can be a shock when the act of running itself causes injuries and physical problems. One of the most common injuries runners experience is painful, black, or blistering toenails. Although running toenail damage can be extremely painful, according to Ryan...

4 Ways to Manage Plantar Fasciitis Jan 27th, 2021

Plantar fasciitis is an excruciatingly painful foot condition. Uncontrolled plantar fasciitis can cause you to have heel pain severe enough that it makes it difficult to comfortably go about your daily routine. If your plantar fasciitis is severe enough to regularly cause you pain and diminish your quality of life,...

Do In-Grown Toenails Heal on Their Own? Jan 1st, 2021

Ingrown toenails, which occur when your toenail grows into rather than over your skin, can be excruciatingly painful. An ingrown toenail is usually mild, but when not taken care of, it can make it difficult to walk, and cause infections. An ingrown toenail is an extremely common condition, and you...

When to Consider Bunion Surgery Dec 1st, 2020

If you notice a bony bump protruding out from the bottom of your big toes, you probably have bunions. Initially, bunions can be a mild or purely cosmetic issue, but your bunions can progress to becoming extremely painful and cause alignment problems with your big and second toe. Not all...

4 Common Knee Injuries in Runners Nov 1st, 2020

Running is a convenient, low-equipment way to stay healthy and fit, but the high impact nature of this exercise means your lower body can literally take a pounding. Knee, foot, and ankle pain can be all-too-common occurrences in runners that might indicate you have an injury. Board-qualified podiatrist Ryan Golub,...

Why Expert Care of Your Sprained Ankle Now Can Save You From Problems Down the Road Oct 11th, 2020

If you live an active lifestyle, sprained ankles can feel like a part of life. This extremely common injury can happen anytime your ankle rolls outward, you land strangely, or you have ankle trauma. You might feel tempted to treat your sprained ankle through home care, especially if you’ve had...

How to Tell What Kind of Arch You Have, and What Shoes You Need Aug 31st, 2020

Staying active is one of the best ways to stay physically healthy and mentally engaged. As you run, walk, or participate in the sport of your choice, it’s important to choose the right pair of shoes. Your feet carry your entire body weight while you’re active, so wearing the correct...

What Causes Plantar Fascitis? Aug 6th, 2020

If you’ve ever gotten out of bed ready to face the day, only to be met by excruciatingly painful heel pain as you take those first morning steps, you’ve likely experienced plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that causes the most discomfort when you take your initial...

The Benefits of Tumeric When You Have Arthritis Jul 6th, 2020

If you have arthritis, inflammation, stiffness, and pain in your affected joints can feel like a constant companion. You might even wonder if you’ll need to undergo joint replacement surgery to relieve your symptoms. Luckily, an innovative and scientifically-backed treatment using a common spice in your cupboard, turmeric, just might...

How Many Steps Should I Really Take in a Day? Jun 23rd, 2020

Walking is an excellent way to get into shape and maintain your health. It’s low impact, requires no special equipment, and can be started safely by almost anyone. If you’re thinking about starting a walking routine or hoping to improve your overall fitness, you might be wondering how many steps...

Stem Cells and Tendinitis: What You Need to Know May 6th, 2020

Living with chronic tendinitis in your foot and ankle can be a painful experience. Tendinitis discomfort can be severe, making it difficult for you to play your favorite sports or even get out of bed in the morning. Ryan Golub, DPM is a board-qualified podiatrist who specializes in treating tendinitis...

Have You Tried Regenerative Medicine for Your Plantar Fasciitis? Apr 10th, 2020

If you have plantar fasciitis, you know how difficult it can be to find long-term relief for this chronic source of heel pain. While conservative treatments, like exercises and orthotics, can provide relief, they sometimes only temporarily help the symptoms subside, meaning you’ll feel the pain again later. Now, through...

Most Common Causes for Heel Pain Mar 1st, 2020

When you suffer from pain every time you take a step, it can significantly diminish your quality of life. No matter what the cause of it is, heel pain is uncomfortable at best and at worst, it can keep you off your feet entirely. Heel pain is a symptom that...

5 Signs You May Have a Sprained Ankle Feb 1st, 2020

Our ankles bear our full body weight when we move, so it’s no surprise they can be prone to injury. Sprained ankles can happen to anyone, and they’re especially common if you regularly play sports that involve jumping, foot rolling, or twisting your feet. Usually, you experience symptoms of your...

Are Your High-Heeled Shoes Causing Hammertoe? Jan 1st, 2020

Did you know that your feet have 25% of all the bones in your body? That’s a whopping 52 bones. Each foot also has 19 muscles, 33 joints, and 107 ligaments. With so many working parts, it’s no wonder that nearly 75% of the men and women in the United...

How Do Flat Feet Affect Your Overall Health? Dec 1st, 2019

Made up of 26 bones and more than 100 muscles, ligaments, and tendons, your feet support the weight of your entire body, day in and day out. They take a beating when you literally pound the pavement walking down the street, on a tennis court, or on a dance floor....

Natural Ways to Treat Bunions Nov 1st, 2019

Is your big toe gradually angling over toward your second toe? If so, you’re probably also noticing a bony bump at the base of your big toe. This is the classic progression of a burgeoning bunion. For many, it’s a cosmetic concern. But it’s also a problematic protrusion that makes...

Living with Plantar Fasciitis Oct 1st, 2019

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most frequently reported foot complaints. If you feel pain in your heel when you first stand up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for some time, you may be experiencing plantar fasciitis.  What is plantar fasciitis?  There’s a thick band of tissue...

If You Have Arthritis in Your Feet, Regenerative Medicine Can Help Aug 31st, 2019

Arthritis affects nearly 55 million people in the United States, and this number is expected to rise to 78 million by the year 2040, thanks in large part to an aging population. And when arthritis develops in your feet, the condition can be life-altering, severely impacting how you make your...

How to Keep an Ankle Sprain From Becoming Chronic Instability Aug 1st, 2019

A sprained ankle is a very typical sports injury that can happen when you play basketball, football, soccer, or tennis. But it can also happen in the most mundane way. If you miss a step, roll your ankle, or just land on it awkwardly, it’s an easy joint to injure. ...

10 Illnesses That Can Cause a Burning Feeling in Your Feet Jul 18th, 2019

A burning sensation in your feet can be quite uncomfortable—even painful—and make it hard to get through your day. Some people pass this off as a minor issue or try to treat it at home. But the truth is, if you’re consistently experiencing a feeling of burning in your feet,...

5 Tips for Preventing Swollen Feet While Traveling Jun 14th, 2019

If you travel a lot, and especially if you’re a frequent flyer, you’ve probably experienced the phenomenon that causes your feet and ankles to swell while traveling. This condition is relatively harmless for most individuals, but in some cases, it can be a problem, especially if you are prone to...

How to Prevent and Treat Toenail Fungus May 15th, 2019

As the weather gets warmer, many people will find themselves in sandals, flip flops, and open-toed shoes. The last thing we want is yellow and ugly looking toenails. Nail fungus is not a pleasant thing to look at. While it’s not pretty, it’s a very common condition. It can start...

Is Surgery My Best Option For Treating Bunions? Apr 8th, 2019

You have a bunion and it isn’t pretty, but if your bunion is small enough, or doesn’t hurt, you may be tempted to ignore it. Unfortunately, bunions are a progressive foot deformity that only worsens if not treated. At Arizona Foot Health, PC, we know that treating bunions sooner rather...

6 Home Exercises to Keep Your Ankles Strong Mar 8th, 2019

Ankles that feel wobbly and weak are vulnerable to injury. If you play sports, run, jump, or just walk often, you need strong ankles to support your entire kinetic chain. You may find weak ankles roll often or are subject to sprains. Even if your ankles feel pretty stable, it’s...

What is regenerative medicine and how can it help with ankle tendonitis? Feb 1st, 2019

Ankle tendonitis also spelled tendinitis, is a common issue for both children and adults. It’s often related to an ankle sprain but is just as likely to occur from overuse or repetitive motion in a sport, on the job, or during your favorite exercise routine. Whatever the cause, ankle tendonitis...

When Should You Go to the Doctor for an Ingrown Toenail? Jan 7th, 2019

In most cases, you can nurse an ingrown toenail at home with over-the-counter pain medication, topical antibiotic creams, and soaking to help get your toenail back on course to grow above the skin. But if your ingrown toenail is causing a lot of pain and you’re tempted to perform “bathroom...

9 Helpful Tips to Prepare Your Home Before Bunion Surgery Dec 12th, 2018

When moderate interventions, such as wearing wider shoes or using pads in your shoes, fail to ease your bunion pain and discomfort, Dr. Golub may recommend surgery to remove the bony bump. Surgery is usually a last resort, but it may be your best option when you have foot pain...

Alleviating Back Pain and Other Benefits of Custom Orthotics You Didn't Know About Nov 15th, 2018

Would you ever imagine that custom foot orthotics could improve your quality of life? That’s what many people say after they experience relief from a variety of pain and other symptoms when they wear their orthotics. Dr. Ryan Golub, team podiatrist for the Phoenix Suns, provides individualized foot and ankle...

Regenerative Medicine is a Game-Changer for Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers Oct 1st, 2018

If getting out of bed each morning is made all the more difficult by stabbing and shooting pain in your feet during your first steps, welcome to the world of plantar fasciitis. While this condition isn’t necessarily serious, it’s no way to start your day, and it can become more...