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By Cascade Foot Center
January 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain  

Suffering from heel or foot pain? Heel pain affects millions of American adults every year. The good news is that a podiatrist can help you heel painachieve real relief with little expense or trouble. Cascade Foot Center, which is located in Salem, OR, offers state-of-the-art treatments for heel pain. Dr. James Lisle and Dr. Lee Poston are some of the finest podiatrists in Salem, OR. Read on to find out how a podiatrist can help alleviate your heel pain.

#1- Medication

Your foot doctor can prescribe medication that will alleviate your pain for the short term. Pain and swelling are most commonly treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin or ibuprofren. Topical pain medications --those you apply to your skin-- are also prescribed to treat heel pain.

#2- Cortisone Shots

You can get cortisone shots at your foot doctor's office. The cortisone injections usually comprise a local anesthetic and corticosteroid medication. Cortisone shots offer help to relieve pain and swelling. This medication starts working in a few days and it will continue to work for several months.

#3- Stretching Exercises

Foot doctors prescribe stretching exercises for various foot issues. Stretching exercises can reduce your pain and prevent the pain from reoccurring. Patients who do stretching exercises on a regular basis have a much better outcome after being treated for heel pain.

#4- Night Splints

Many foot doctors include night splints as part of their standard of care for treating heel pain. A night splint will hold your foot in a neutral position during sleep, thereby helping to reduce morning pain. While you use a night splint, you can continue other treatment with physical therapy, orthotic devices, or medication.

#5- Orthotic Devices

Your podiatrist can prescribe the highest-quality foot orthotics available. Orthotic devices are used to treat various foot and ankle conditions. Orthotic devices provide cushioning that reduces stress and relieve pressure on sensitive areas of the feet. Recent studies have shown that orthotic devices reduce foot pain and improve function.

Heel pain hurts, but you don't have to suffer. Call Cascade Foot Center at (503) 588-8188 today to schedule an appointment in Salem, OR. Get your life back on track by receiving the best heel or foot pain treatment available. We want you to live the best life possible!

By Cascade Foot Center
October 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: ankle sprain  

An ankle injury of any kind can quickly affect your ability to perform simple tasks like walking or standing. An ankle sprain is a painful and ankle sprainfrustrating condition which could have significant healing times and keep you off your feet. Luckily, understanding the signs and symptoms of a sprained ankle allows you and your doctor to work together to diagnose and treat this irritating condition as soon as possible. Find out more about sprained ankles with Dr. James Lisle and Dr. Lee Poston at Cascade Foot Center in Salem, OR.

Broken Bone vs. Sprained Ankle
A sprain may be hard to distinguish from an actual broken bone. However, there are some key things to keep in mind to determine if your ankle is broken or sprained. A sprain affects the soft tissues of the ankle and a break affects the actual bones themselves. Often, if your pain is localized above the ankle bone, you probably have a break. Pain in the areas around the ankle, especially in the soft tissues, is often a sprain. If you cannot put any pressure on the affected foot, it is most likely broken, as you may be able to put some amount of pressure onto a sprain.

How will my doctor diagnose my sprained ankle? 
The only way to truly rule out a broken bone and determine that your ankle is sprained is to use imagining techniques like an x-ray to visually see the affected bones and soft tissues. However, if you are unsure that your injury is serious enough to see a doctor, you can use the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method for two to four days. If you see improvement, you probably have a sprain. If you are unsure or in pain, seeing your podiatrist for a solid diagnosis is your best option.

Sprained Ankle Treatments in Salem, OR 
If you think you have a sprained ankle, your podiatrist can help you determine the best course of treatment moving forward at a foot examination. For more information on sprained ankles or their symptoms, please contact Dr. James Lisle and Dr. Lee Poston at Cascade Foot Center in Salem, OR. Call (503) 588-8188 to schedule your appointment with your Cascade podiatrist today!

By Cascade Foot Center
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain  

A little foot pain from time to time is common. Uncomfortable shoes, a vigorous workout or spending too much time on your feet at work or chronic foot painrunning errands can lead to temporary discomfort. But persistent or recurring foot pain can be a sign of an injury or podiatric condition. The podiatrists at Cascade Foot Center in Salem, OR, Dr. James Lisle and Dr. Lee Poston offer a range of diagnostic and treatment option for foot and ankle pain and injuries.

Foot and Ankle Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Salem, OR

One of the most common causes of foot pain is plantar fasciitis, which results from inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes (known as the plantar fascia). Plantar fasciitis tends to be most common between the ages of 40 and 60, but it can affect anyone. The most common causes and risk factors include:

  • Spending a lot of time on your feet
  • Flat feet or high arches
  • Obesity
  • Participating in sports and physical activities that place repeated pressure on the heels (such as distance running, ballet, jumping)

Other common causes of foot pain are:

  • Bunions
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Bone spurs
  • Bursitis

Sometimes the cause of your foot or ankle pain is obvious if you are very physically active or twisted your foot or ankle, fell or experienced some form of trauma. But getting an accurate diagnosis from a podiatrist is important for getting the right treatment and preventing potential long term issues.

Find a Podiatrist in Salem, OR

Foot pain and podiatry problems can interfere with your quality of life and ability to participate in your ability to participate in your favorite activities. For more information on the causes and treatment options for heel and ankle pain, contact Cascade Foot Center by calling (503) 588-8188 to schedule an appointment with Dr. James Lisle or Dr. Lee Poston today.

By Cascade Foot Center
July 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

Your Salem, OR, foot doctor, Dr. James Lisle or Dr. Lee Poston, fields many questions about his patients' feet and their care. Would you podiatristlike to know more about medical conditions of the foot, routine foot care, and those all-important shoes? Then read the answers to FAQs about podiatry and the doctors who specialize in it.

Just what is a podiatrist?

Podiatrists are physicians who are specially trained in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the foot, leg and ankle. Beyond 4 years of undergraduate work and 4 years of podiatric medical school, foot doctors must complete a rigorous 2-year residency.

What do podiatrists treat?

In his or her practice, the foot doctor in Salem helps people of all ages walk better and experience fewer discomforts associated with:

  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Warts and Corns
  • Flat feet
  • Sprains
  • Heel spurs
  • Ingrown and fungal toenails

Additionally, foot doctors are the first line of defense against conditions of the feet associated with diabetes. Athletes--both professional and amateur--visit podiatrists for treatment of long-term (overuse) and acute (sprains, shin splits, tendon tears) foot issues, say experts at the College of Podiatry in London.

Do podiatrists perform surgery?

Yes, they do. Dr. Lisle and Dr. Poston are qualified to perform foot and ankle surgeries--both in the office and in the hospital. Common foot surgeries include bunionectomy and correction of hammertoes, Morton's Neuroma and metatarsal arthritis.

What are orthotics?

Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts prescribed, designed and fabricated by your foot doctor at Cascade Foot Center. Also called arch supports or shoe inserts, orthotics fit inside shoes to correct a variety of foot problems without surgery. Orthotics balance how an individual places his foot on the ground when walking or running, ensuring less tension on bones, muscles and connective tissue.

How common is athlete's foot?

It's very common. The microorganism which causes the condition's characteristic itching and burning is called Tinea pedis, and it's spread in moist places such as inside a sweaty sneaker, poolside or in the locker room. Dr. Lisle and Dr. Poston see athlete's foot frequently and may prescribe antifungal medications to eliminate it.

How common are bunions?

These bony bumps at the base of the big toe are a common part of aging, but they can occur at any age due to arthritis, tight shoes or overuse. Surgery is a last, but resorting to shoe padding, rest, cortisone shots and orthotics are often helpful.

Why should a diabetic see the foot doctor in Salem?

Diabetics are prone to circulatory and nerve problems in their feet and hands. A small problem such as a bruise, abrasion or cut can turn into an ulcer quickly for the person who has diabetes. As such, he or she should see the podiatrist at least once a year for a comprehensive foot examination.

Learn more

Your feet carry your everywhere. Take the best possible care of them by getting a podiatric exam at Cascade Foot Center. Call the office today for an appointment: (503) 588-8188.

By Cascade Foot Center
May 23, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: athlete's foot   foot fungus  

Fungal infections are no fun, but there are ways to prevent them. Learn more from your Salem podiatrists.athlete's foot

Are you someone who just loves to go barefoot, especially in the summer? If so, then you may find yourself dealing with athlete’s foot way more than you would have hoped. Luckily, there are simple steps you can take to prevent this fungal infection from affecting you. Our Salem, OR, podiatrists, Dr. James Lisle and Dr. Lee Poston, are here to shed some light on preventing athlete’s foot.

Don’t Forget Footwear

Whether you are traipsing around the local pool or you are getting ready to take a shower in your hotel room, if you want to keep you feet protected from athlete’s foot, you better bring your “shower shoes” with you. Wearing flip-flops or sandals in places where fungus often thrives is a good way to keep your feet safe.

Keep Feet Dry

Did you know that fungus loves living in warm, damp areas? So it shouldn’t come as much of a shock that it’s important to keep feet as dry as possible. Whether it’s a warm summer day or you just have excessively sweaty feet, take the necessary precautions to keep them as dry as possible. Take off your shoes more often to let your feet breathe or place an antifungal powder in your shoes to help wick away sweat.

Opt for More Breathable Footwear

Regardless of whether you suffer from sweaty feet or not, you should always wear socks that allow your skin to breathe and can also wick away moisture. Shop around for different athletic socks or shoes that are made from synthetic fabrics (e.g. nylon), which often offer great moisture-wicking properties.

Swap Your Shoes

While it might be easier to just wear the same shoes day in and day out, this is one way to increase the likelihood of athlete’s foot. Whether feet get sweaty or not, shoes need time to air out completely. Once you are done wearing your shoes for the day, sprinkle some antifungal powder inside of them (or baking soda, if that’s what you have handy) and let them dry for a full 24 hours before putting them back on.

Cascade Foot Center in Salem, OR, prides itself on providing the very best in foot care. No matter whether you are dealing with persistent athlete’s foot or foot pain, we offer compassionate, trustworthy care you can depend on time-and-time again.

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