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Even though it is still in the 80’s & 90’s, we all know by the shortening days that the best time of year is almost here.  Hunting season!

Unfortunately, I have seen many patients whose hunting season or dream trip has been ruined by blisters caused by poor fitting boots, or boots that have not been properly broken in.  The worst thing you can do is take a brand-new pair of boots into the field on opening day.

Breaking boots in appropriately is a slow process.  There is no quick fix.  That is why you need to do this a few months in advance.  Here are some tips:

  1. Wear your boots in the house.  Not to trying to get anybody in trouble, but when you by a new pair of brand-new boots, the best way for initial break and is around the house.  The boots are still clean, and you’re not stressing your feet too much.  Wear the socks and insoles you’re going to wear during the hunting season (hopefully you did this when the boots were fitted….).  They will be stiff, but this is why we are breaking them in.  Do this for a week or so, and make sure you are not getting any irritation spots.
  2. Start walking around the block and around town. Slowly add distance and time.  Make sure they feel good at each stage before upping the distance and time.
  3. Last stage.  You need to go off pavement and on the trail, including hills, mud,    water, etc. with a pack on your back.  Not only do you need to get in shape for climbing the hills, your boots do also!  As always, add distance and time, and make sure you’re not having any irritation spots.

Listen to your feet.  A small irritation can turn into a big injury quickly.  If you are having any problems, please do not hesitate to see us here at Capital Foot and Ankle, (402) 483-4485.

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Its Running Season in Lincoln!

Winter jackets and boots are tucked away in closets and out come shorts and tank-tops!  As the weather warms up in Nebraska, more and more of us are heading outside for leisure and exercise.  That includes the staff at Capital Foot and Ankle.

Capital Foot and Ankle is again proud sponsor of the Good Life Halfsy, on October 28, 2018!  Our own Dr. Vest will be running again this year!

For those of us running in the Halfsy, or those of us running for pleasure, it is important to care for your feet as injuries and foot pain can easily keep you from running.

Before you get started, we recommend that you make sure that you are ready and well equipped for running.  Having good shoes and custom orthotics have been proven to not only improve performance, but also cut down on injury.  Most good running shoes have a lifespan of either 6 months or 200 miles before their effectiveness wears down.  If you shoes are outdated, consider visiting out friends at Lincoln Running Company (402-474-4557) for help selecting the shoe that is right for you.

Custom orthotics are another important tool for any runner who wants an edge on the competition.  Orthotics align your foot in a more efficient running position and greatly reduce the pounding that your feet would otherwise endure.

If you are a runner, come into our office so our doctors can help you become a better runner and athlete.  Most days, same-day appointments are available!  Call today to make an appointment at 402-483-4485.

Happy Running!

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Clear that fungus before sandal season!

It’s that time of year again – time to break out your sandals and expose those bare feet that have been hidden away in boots and shoes since last summer! Of course, if toenail fungus found you over the winter, you might be tempted to keep your feet in hiding.  A word to the wise: wearing socks with your sandals is not a good look! Besides, there are other options!

If your toenails are turning colors, first- take a nail polish holiday. Toe nail polish provides a barrier for fungus to hide under.  Home remedies can be successful in treating nail fungus for mild cases.  We recommend applying topical tea tree oils, hydrogen peroxide soaks and cleaning shoes and socks with bleach.

If the condition doesn’t clear, however, consider over the counter nail treatments. Several options are available at your local pharmacy.  At Capital Foot and Ankle, we recommend Formula 3.  This is a topical that is applied once daily until the condition improves and is backed with a 100% money back guarantee!  It is available over the counter at our office in the Foot Shoppe.

Finally, if the toe nails still don’t improve, you may need to make an appointment with a podiatrist.  Often, fungal toe nails will require treatment by a physician including possible biopsy, prescription topicals, or oral medications.

If your fungal toenails don’t get better in a couple of months, give us a call at 402.483.4485

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April is National Foot Health Awareness Month

Do your feet hurt? According to the American Podiatric Medical Association, approximately 20 percent of Americans have at least one foot-related problem each year!  Problems range from major foot or ankle fractures to overuse injuries, to toe-nail issues, to complications from diabetes. Each day Americans average 10,000 steps and you need your feet for each step!

In recognition of National Foot Health Awareness Month, the foot and ankle surgeons at Capital Foot and Ankle would like you to make avoiding foot problems a priority! Consider some of our recommendations:

  1. Check your feet daily, especially if you have diabetes. Watch for cracks, bruising, callouses,  blisters, injuries, or peeling skin
  2. Be sure to lotion feet daily. Avoid the space between the toes and be careful to dry the spaces to avoid fungal infections
  3. Don’t leave nail polish on toe nails continuously. Remove often to avoid brittle toenails or nail fungus
  4. Apply sunscreen to feet when going barefoot or when wearing sandals, especially during sunny months
  5. Stretch feet, ankles, and legs regularly to avoid injury
  6. Maintain healthy weight to prevent excess stress on feet and ankles
  7. Wear shoes with good support and a low heel to prevent overuse injuries
  8. Replace exercise shoes every 6 months or 500 miles. Wearing worn-down shoes can cause feet to function incorrectly
  9. As you age, feet will flatten and widen. Be sure to check and make sure that your shoes continue to fit appropriately
  10. Avoid going barefoot in public places to avoid cuts that could lead to infection
  11. If your child complains of recurrent foot pain or has changes in running or walking, they should see a podiatrist to ensure that there are no major problems
  12. If you suffer from a toe, foot, or ankle injury, seek attention right away. It is often better and easier to treat these things early!