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By Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A.
January 11, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What your podiatrist in Burnsville, Minnesota wants you to knowbunions

Bunions are large, bony bumps next to your big toe. They can make it difficult to wear shoes comfortably because the friction of the bunion rubbing against your shoe can be painful. If you have a bunion, it’s best to seek out the help of an expert like Dr. Kim Fjelstad at Foot And Ankle Physicians. He has several office locations in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Edina, and Savage, Minnesota to help your feet.

Your genetics can play a part in whether you are prone to bunions, but they can also be caused by many other issues, including:

  • Having flat feet
  • Overpronating when you walk
  • Wearing narrow shoes or high heels
  • Trauma or injury to your foot
  • Bone deformities in your foot
  • Arthritis, especially rheumatoid
  • Overstressing your feet

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, over half of the women in America will experience a bunion. That’s because women often wear shoes that are too narrow, which force the toes to crush together, and high heels make the problem worse by pushing the toes forward.

You may be able to relieve the pain of a small bunion by following a few simple tricks you can do at home. Consider:

  • Taping the bunion for added support
  • Inserting padding in your shoes to cushion the bunion
  • Wearing wide shoes or sandals

For large, painful bunions you need the help of an expert. Dr. Fjelstad will take x-rays to determine the level of bone involvement and decide on a treatment to get you back on your feet. He may recommend:

  • Custom-made orthotics to make walking easier
  • Exercises to increase mobility
  • Protective padding to minimize friction and irritation
  • Supportive footwear
  • Removing calluses or corns to ease friction
  • For severe bunions, he may suggest surgery to straighten your toe and provide better foot alignment.

You don’t need to suffer from bunion pain when help is just a phone call away. To find out more about bunion treatment and other foot care services call Dr. Kim D. Fjelstad at Foot And Ankle Physicians, with offices in Burnsville, Apple Valley, Edina, and Savage, Minnesota. Call today!

By Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A.
October 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

Did you recently twist or injury your ankle? Find out if it could be a sprain.ankle sprain

A sprained ankle is nothing to ignore. Whether you have been in a car accident, were tackled playing sports or had a bad fall, there are many scenarios in which an ankle injury can occur. It’s difficult to tell whether you have actually sprained your ankle without our Burnsville, MN, podiatrist evaluating your ankle; however, here are some common signs that you could be dealing with a true sprain:

What is a sprain?

Your body is made up of different soft tissue such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. When the ligaments are overstretched or torn this leads to a sprain. Sprains most often occur in feet, ankles and wrists.

Even though many athletes will experience a sprained ankle at some point this doesn’t mean that the injury isn’t serious or doesn’t require medical attention. Even one untreated or improperly treated ankle sprain can lead to complications such as chronic pain and ankle instability. This is why it’s so important to visit our Burnsville foot doctor if you suspect that you might be suffering from an ankle sprain.

What are the symptoms of a sprained ankle?

Symptoms will range from mild to severe depending on the severity and extent of the injury. If you notice that your ankle is suddenly in pain and has become puffy and swollen then you may have actually sprained it. In mild cases you may notice slight pain, swelling and stiffness. The ankle may also be tender to the touch.

Those with more extensive sprains may find it difficult or even impossible to walk on the affected ankle. The ankle may feel unstable, like it could give out on you while moving around or standing. At the moment of impact or injury, you may have also heard a pop sound at the ankle or it may feel as if the something has torn within the ankle.

It’s important that you don’t ignore your ankle’s symptoms. If you are in pain or if you are having trouble walking on your foot then it’s important that you get the proper care you need. Call Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, today.

By Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A.
August 28, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel pain  

Heel pain can quickly begin affecting your daily life, causing difficulties with even the most simple everyday tasks, such as walking throughheel pain the grocery store or standing in line at the gas station. Pinpointing the cause of your heel pain is the first step in determining the best diagnosis and treatment for you and your feet. Find out more about what causes heel pain and what you can do about it with Dr. Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN.

What causes heel pain? 
Heel pain is a common symptom of many various conditions. Some of the most frequent culprits of heel pain include:

  • plantar fasciitis
  • bursitis
  • arthritis
  • stress fracture
  • tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • heel spur
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • injury or trauma

What can I do about my heel pain? 
If you have heel pain, you should schedule a foot examination with your podiatrist as soon as possible to obtain a diagnosis and treatment plan. Often, treating heel pain will begin conservatively with the RICE method: rest, ice, compress and elevate. These four elements are often enough to give the body enough of a break to heal on its own, without the help of medications or surgical procedures. If this method fails, your doctor may suggest physical therapy, custom orthotics to wear inside the shoes, splints, or, in severe cases, surgery.

Foot Examinations in Burnsville, MN
Receiving a foot examination as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms is beneficial in many ways. Seeing a doctor early on allows you to understand your condition before treatment begins, ensuring that you will pursue the best treatment plan for you. Additionally, a foot examination allows your doctor to use imaging techniques like x-rays or MRIs to seek out any breaks or deformities not visible to the naked eye.

For more information on heel pain and its treatments, please contact Dr. Fjelstad at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN. Call (952) 435-2629 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fjelstad today!

By Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A.
July 14, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sports injuries  

Any sort of sport brings with it physical fitness and a sense of accomplishment. However, there's also a risk of injury. According to the sports injuriesDepartment of Health and Human Services, there are several activities where injuries are particularly common: basketball, football, cheerleading, and soccer. In all of these sports, foot and ankle injuries can easily happen without proper training and equipment. Fortunately, Dr. Fjelstad, your podiatrist at Foot and Ankle Physicians of Burnsville, Minnesota, specializes in treating sports medicine. Below, he discusses common injuries and how they're treated.

Common sports injuries

Regardless if you're dancing, playing tennis, or skateboarding, the most common sports-related injuries are ankle sprains. These happen when ligaments - connective tissue that runs between two bones - become stretched too far or even torn. Fractures are also commonly seen in sports medicine practices like Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville. These can range from stress fractures from repeated actions like jumping or running, or a complete break from a collision during football or hockey. Shin splints are a less serious, but still uncomfortable inflammatory injury that occurs most often during sports that are played on hard surfaces.

How we treat sports injuries

Sports medicine makes up a large part of our podiatry practice here in Burnsville. Diagnosis of injuries is the first step, followed by a customized treatment plan that will help you get back on your feet as soon as possible. It may be necessary to immobilize the foot or ankle with a cast or brace while it heals. Physical therapy can help you work through chronic problems. Prevention and education are the best way to avoid sports-related injuries, so consult Dr. Fjelstad before beginning any new exercise routine to learn the best ways to keep your feet and ankles healthy.

Make a visit to Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, a priority during your sports season. Give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fjelstad today!

By Foot and Ankle Physicians, P.A.
May 30, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: sports injuries  

If you want to prevent heel pain, here’s what you can do to protect yourself while still enjoying physical activity.sports injuries

Your feet take a lot of abuse on a regular day, let alone on days when you are running or playing sports. While exercise is a good way to stay healthy, it can also lead to injuries if you aren’t careful. Even though there are some activities that are more likely to cause foot injuries than others, our Burnsville, MN, podiatrist Dr. Fjelstad is here to talk about how improper foot care could lead to a sports-related injury.

Whether you are into kickboxing, football or dance, there are so many sports that require that you put in time and effort to ensure that you are caring for your feet properly. Common foot problems in athletes include,

  • Bunions
  • Sprained ankles
  • Heel spur
  • Tendonitis
  • Achilles tear
  • Stress Fractures
  • Plantar fasciitis

Many of these problems that you see above could be avoided altogether by just caring for your feet properly before exercise. Some sports like football or baseball require you to make repetitive movements, which can be wearing and taxing on certain muscles, ligaments, and tendons. You may also be prone to issues such as plantar fasciitis if you have flat feet or if you overpronate when you walk or run. Of course, there are certain things you can do to protect your feet, and our Burnsville, MN, foot doctor can help:

Warm-up Before Exercising

Warming-up your body is so very important before exercise and yet you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t actually do it. You need to ensure that the blood is flowing to these areas prior to exercise, otherwise, you increase your chances of pulling a muscle (or worse). Through dynamic stretches and low-impact running, you can increase muscle temperature to improve how efficiently and safely you move.

Consider Orthotics

If you are an athlete, then you may benefit from prescription orthotics, which we can create for you to fit your foot. Orthotics provides stability, cushioning, support and shock absorption for both the foot and ankle. It can also be a great way to alleviate plantar fasciitis-related pain. If not all the joints in your feet may function as well as they should. By wearing orthotics, it can improve joint health and correct dysfunctions in your feet, which will make your feet more stable.

Protect your feet and follow the simple tips above to keep your feet healthy while in the heat of the game. If you have questions about caring for your feet or you want to find out if custom orthotics is right for you, then call Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN, to learn more.

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