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Posts for: July, 2019

By Dr. Bowlby
July 30, 2019
Category: Foot Care

There are many conservative treatments which can help relieve forefoot pain including stiff soled shoes, orthotics, taping, splints, pads, and steroid injections, However when all of these treatments have been tried without success, surgical treatment may become the best option. This patient has suffered from forefoot pain for years with deformities including a bunion complicated by arthritis, ball of the foot pain, a painful 2nd toe hammertoe and a tailors bunion. After forefoot reconstructive surgery, they are doing very well and back to usual activities. If your forefoot is giving you trouble, please give us a call for an appointment today!


By Dr. Bowlby
July 30, 2019
Category: Ankle Care
Tags: Ankle Fracture   Trauma   Broken Ankle  

Here is an example of a patient that sustained an ankle fracture while playing softball. After surgery the patient is doing very well and back to normal activities. Dr. Christensen, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Bowlby all have extensive experience in trauma surgery. We will be able to schedule both an appointment and surgery promptly so that you can start healing ASAP!


By Dr. Bowlby
July 30, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Fracture   Trauma   broken foot  

Accidents happen and we’re here for you when they do. A heavy object fell on this patient’s foot causing a fracture within the first tarsometatarsal joint. The patient underwent a midfoot fusion and now is doing very well after surgery. Dr. Christensen, Dr. Smith, and Dr. Bowlby all have extensive experience in trauma surgery. We will be able to schedule both an appointment and surgery promptly so that you can start healing ASAP!


By Dr. Bowlby
July 23, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hiking   Backpacking   Blisters  

Here are a few tips to keep your feet from interfering with your next backpacking or hiking trip this summer!

1. Get a good pair of hiking boots and break them in before your trip. Brands we recommend are Keen, Merrill, Danner, Hoka, Lowa Tibet, and Kenetrek. 

2. Socks are just as important as your shoes. We recommend Smart Wool brand. Socks should be wool or a synthetic blend. Avoid cotton socks because they trap in moisture and do not wick sweat well. 

3. Bring mole skin. Applying mole skin to any hot spots before blisters form may help prevent them. 

3. Apply Certain Dri antiperspirant the night before and the morning of your trip. This will help keep your feet drier which will help prevent blisters. 

4. Cut your toenails before you go. This will help prevent toenail injuries! 


By Dr. Bowlby
July 23, 2019
Category: Ankle Care

We now carry the Acute Tayco External Ankle Brace!

Product Highlights

TayCo Can Successfully Replace:

Walking Boot

  • Heavy (3-4 lbs.)
  • Cumbersome
  • Limb imbalance resulting in hip/back pain Limited traction (can result in fall)
  • Prevents use of standard orthotic
  • Bulky

TayCo External Ankle Brace

  • Lightweight (typically 12 oz.)
  • Stable and agile
  • No limb imbalance
  • Traction and stability of own shoe
  • Sleek and comfortable

Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO)

  • Uncomfortable
  • Can cause sores and soft tissue problems
  • Prevents use of standard orthotic
  • Awkward fit inside shoe

TayCo External Ankle Brace

  • Extremely comfortable
  • Reduction of soft tissue problems
  • Custom fit outside the shoe

Traditional Ankle Brace

  • Limited stability
  • Bulky, uncomfortable
  • Prevents use of standard orthotic
  • Awkward fit inside shoe
    • (often requires a different size shoe)
  • Can cause limb imbalance resulting in hip/back pain
  • Limited performance

TayCo External Ankle Brace

  • Improved stability (biomechanically superior)
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Allows user to comfortably wear his/her orthotic
  • Comfortably worn with user’s own shoe
  • No limb imbalance
  • Enhanced performance
 

         Features and Benefits

  • Immediate Functional Recovery
  • Lightweight
  • Maximum Stability
  • Premium Comfort
  • Enhanced Mobility
  • Minimizes Deconditioning
  • Fixed and ROM Capability