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Foot and Ankle Care

Brandon Bishop, DPM  FACFAS

Foot and Ankle Surgeon


It’s time to get out and enjoy the spring weather, but no matter what outdoor activity you enjoy, be sure to take some precautions to prevent injuries to your feet and ankles.


Sudden increased activity following several months of low activity can result in heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. This painful condition results from inflammation of the tissue band (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes.


Repetitive activities, such as walking on a daily basis, can put stress on foot ligaments, leading to inflammation and pain. Heel pain can usually be relieved using conservative methods, but it is much easier to treat if caught early. Most patients with plantar fasciitis respond well to nonsurgical treatment, but some do require surgery.


When out and about, I recommend the following to help keep your feet safe and comfortable:


  • Wear shoes designed for your exercise or sport. Athletic shoes that support your arch and cushion the heel are best. Comfortable, well-fitting shoes also prevent many foot and ankle ailments.
  • Be sure to stretch or warm up for your workout, and start new exercise routines gradually. Increase your exercise intensity by only 10 percent each week.
  • Protect your feet from bacteria. Sweaty shoes and public showers at the gym are breeding grounds for bacteria, including resistant strains like MRSA. Never go barefoot while in public areas, and be sure to cover cuts and cracks in the skin or ingrown toenails to help keep out germs. If you have a cut or scrape that becomes infected and does not heal in a timely manner, have your foot examined by a professional.


Foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes can negatively affect one’s ability to enjoy the warmer weather. Bunions are the most common deformity for which patients seek surgical treatment, both for improved mobility and comfort while wearing shoes. Depending on the extent of the deformity, bunions can often be repaired with a short postoperative recovery period.


If a foot and ankle injury does occur, remember R.I.C.E. – rest, ice, compression and elevation.

  • Rest and protect the sore area.
  • Ice will help reduce pain and swelling.
  • Compression or wrapping the injured ankle with a brace or elastic bandage helps decrease swelling.
  • Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying ice and any time you are sitting or lying down.  T


If the R.I.C.E. method does not relieve your symptoms, it would be wise to seek medical treatment. It is best to seek professional medical treatment if you are unsure of the status of your injury.


Dr. Brandon Bishop, DPM FACFAS is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. To make an appointment, please call 541-229-2663.


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