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April 14, 2017
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All about equinus.

What is equinus?

Equinus is the inability to bend your ankle up toward the front of the leg.  Someone with equinus lacks the flexibility to perform this motion.  It can occur in one or both feet and most people are unaware that they have this condition.  Someone is usually diagnosed after they go to the doctor for some other issue that is caused by equinus.

What causes equinus?

There are many causes of equinus.  It may be caused by tightness in the calf muscle or the Achilles tendon.  Some people have this tightness from birth and some inherit it.  It could also be caused by being in a cast, being on crutches, or wearing high heel shoes frequently.  It can also be from bone spurs restricting normal motion.  This can force other joints (foot, knee, hip, or back) to compensate and become painful.

If you suffer from foot pain or are unable to bend your ankle forward, schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFASContact Us at Our Bismarck Office today.

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How to care for your sweaty feet.

If you have excessively sweaty feet, good hygiene is a must!  You want to take care of those feet to keep the odor and infections away.  Here are a few steps to take:

  1. Wash your feet daily.  Make sure to wash between the toes, but also dry them thoroughly.
  2. Apply foot powder, antifungal powder, or cornstarch to your feet.
  3. Wear socks that draw away the moisture instead of holding it is.  There are blends out there that are designed to wick away moisture made of synthetic materials.  Try to stay away from 100% cotton socks.  These socks soak in moisture and could lead to blisters.
  4. Change your socks during the day.
  5. Wear shoes that allow your feet to breath.  Shoes made of mesh materials would be best.
  6. Visit a podiatrist.

If you have excessively sweaty feet Contact Us today at Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale, DPM, FACFAS