Blog Archive

3 Great Tips for Staying Clear of Athlete's Foot and Keeping Your Feet Healthy Jul 10th, 2019

Wouldn’t it be great if “athlete’s foot” meant you were a really great competitor? Sadly, that’s not the case. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection, which means if you’ve got it, your feet have become home to thousands of tiny organisms that have decided to set up shop between your...

Why You Should Always Seek Medical Attention for a Fungal Nail Infection Jul 10th, 2019

Fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis, is a dermatological condition characterized by dermatophyte fungus or candida yeast, either underneath or inside the toenails. Because this condition can lead to pain and discomfort, severe swelling, spreading infection, discharging pus, and fever, it’s important to contact your doctor in the early stages of infection. At...

Did You Know Custom Orthotics Can Relieve Lower Back Pain? Jul 10th, 2019

Around the world, back pain is the leading cause of disability and a very common reason for missed work. And while most people with low back pain recover, reoccurrence happens frequently, making way for additional strain that can make it difficult to go about your daily life as usual. Thankfully,...

A Sprained Ankle Can Become a Prolonged Problem Without Proper Care Jul 10th, 2019

A sprained ankle can range from a nuisance to a painful issue, depending on how active you are, how intense the injury is, and how long you’re willing to put up with the treatment. However, Drs. Nicholas Hugentobler and Bryan Broadbent, as well as the rest of us here at...

Summertime Tips for Healthy Feet Jul 9th, 2019

Summertime is the season for sandals and bare feet, and that means you want your feet to look — and feel — their best. Sun, heat, water exposure, and dry air can take their toll on your feet, but with these simple tips, you can make sure your tootsies are...

What Nonsurgical Options Do I Have for Treating My Bunions? Jun 10th, 2019

About a third of all adults in the U.S. have a bunion, a painful, bony deformity of the joint of the big toe. Bunions can occur at any age — even childhood — but like a lot of other foot problems, they tend to become more common as we age....

Why You Should Never Ignore a Potential Fracture May 7th, 2019

Injuries to the ankle and foot are common. Most of the time, they heal without incident, allowing you to go back to daily living without a problem. Sometimes, the pain is intense or the condition doesn’t heal quickly. When this happens, you may have a fracture, not just a tissue-related injury....

Custom Orthotics Can Help Avoid Heel Pain May 1st, 2019

Heel pain is a common medical complaint among both women and men, and while it can affect people of all ages, it tends to become a lot more common with age. People who participate in physical activities that involve a lot of foot-related impact, like running, dancing, or jumping, are...

Do Bunions Always Require Surgery? Apr 18th, 2019

If you have a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe and it’s painful, especially when you walk, you probably have a bunion. You no doubt want quick relief if walking is painful. Why did you develop a bunion? Genetics plays a strong role. If one of your parents...

Why You Should Never Let Toenail Fungus Go Untreated Apr 3rd, 2019

Toenail fungus is a common medical problem among both men and women, and it tends to become more common as we get older. The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) reports as much as 12 percent of the U.S. population suffers from toenail fungus, also referred to as onychomycosis (which...

Can My Diabetes Affect My Feet? Apr 3rd, 2019

More than 100 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes (a condition that makes them much more likely to develop the “full-blown” disease in the very near future). This means that all of those men and women are also at greater risk for serious diabetes-related complications, including foot problems like diabetic foot ulcers....

When Does an Ingrown Toenail Require Medical Intervention? Mar 11th, 2019

Ingrown toenails aren’t exactly uncommon, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need to be taken seriously. Ingrown toenails occur when your toenail presses against the soft tissue along the side of the nail and begins growing into your skin. Unless it’s treated — promptly and appropriately — it can wind...

Prevent Ankle Sprains with Proper Athletic Shoes Mar 7th, 2019

Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports-related injuries, and they can occur during non-sports activities too. Something as simple as tripping over furniture or pivoting your foot rapidly can be all it takes to injure your ankle. But even though the accident itself might be simple, the sprain...

Stem Cell Therapy: A Game-Changer in Treating Achilles Tendon Injuries Feb 8th, 2019

We all know vigorous exercise is good for us, but sometimes it can cause unintended consequences like an Achilles tendon injury. Found at the back of the heel, the Achilles tendon is a long, tough cord of tissue that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. It is the...

Why Toenail Fungus Can Be So Hard to Get Rid Of Feb 7th, 2019

Fungus is the name of the kingdom to which yeast, mushrooms and mold belong. As a living organism, it seeks out the ideal environment to safely multiply and spread, and for the fungi most commonly infecting the toenail, this is the damp, warm environment that your shoes provide. Like any...

6 Tips to Help Prevent Ankle Sprains Feb 6th, 2019

If you’ve ever had an ankle sprain, you’re in crowded company. About 25,000 Americans also sprained their ankles that day. Since your feet and ankles are essential for getting around, a sprained ankle can impact your daily life much more than some other musculoskeletal injuries. Most sprains take about a...

Prepare Your Home for Foot Surgery Recovery Feb 1st, 2019

Did you know that your feet make up a quarter of the bones in your body? 52 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and several tendons must all work together to support your body. We demand a lot of our feet, so it's no wonder that sometimes they hurt, but foot pain...

5 Tips for Preventing Achilles Tendonitis Jan 15th, 2019

Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body, and you have two of them. They connect your heel bone to your calf muscles and are absolutely necessary for walking, running, and climbing stairs. Without your Achilles tendons, you wouldn’t be able to stand on your tiptoes to reach...

5 Tips for Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain Jan 15th, 2019

Plantar fasciitis pain isn’t typically one of those mildly annoying, occasionally irritating, acute injuries that simply goes away on its own. Quite often, it causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel as soon as you take the first step out of bed in the morning. When plantar...

High Heels: How Bad Are They for Your Feet? Dec 10th, 2018

With the holiday season in full swing, we’d like to make a plea on behalf of your feet before you put on those pumps and head out the door. And before you stop reading this because “that’s just not going to happen,” please take just a few minutes to allow...

Bunions: What's to Blame, Your Shoes or Your Genes? Dec 7th, 2018

Trying to keep your feet warm and dry during boot season in Monticello, Utah, can be a challenge if you have painful bunions on your big toes. At Animas Foot & Ankle, we understand your predicament, and we don’t want your feet to freeze this winter. Our expert podiatrists are...

When Heel Pain Warrants a Visit to a Professional Jul 1st, 2018

Heel pain is not something to ignore, especially if it persists and interferes with daily activity and athletics. Heel pain can signal any number of issues, ranging from a minor bruise to a stress fracture. Your foot is a complex structure, and pain in your feet often requires the expertise...