Items filtered by date: March 2024

Wednesday, 27 March 2024 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Foot Injury Risks in Rugby

Playing rugby poses a significant risk of foot injury and pain due to the intense physical contact and high-impact nature of the sport. In rugby, players frequently experience foot injuries, such as fractures, sprains, ligament tears, and tendonitis, primarily from tackling, running, and sudden directional changes. These injuries can lead to acute pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot. Moreover, repetitive stress on the feet can cause chronic conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. These things can interfere with playing the sport. A podiatrist can help to manage foot injuries and pain in rugby players. They can assess the severity of the injury, provide proper diagnosis, and offer personalized treatment plans. Additionally, they can offer guidance on injury prevention strategies and techniques to optimize foot health for rugby players. If you play rugby and have sustained a foot injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Royall from Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe


Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.


Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Construction sites are bustling hubs of activity, where safety should always be first and foremost. Among the many precautions taken, ensuring adequate foot protection stands as a cornerstone of construction site safety protocols. Heavy materials, sharp objects, and unpredictable terrain pose constant threats to the feet of workers. To mitigate these risks, wearing sturdy footwear is essential. Boots with reinforced toes and soles provide an essential barrier against falling objects and punctures from nails or debris. Additionally, non-slip soles offer stability on slippery surfaces, reducing the likelihood of slips and falls, which can lead to serious injuries. Wearing footwear that fits properly is equally important. Ill-fitting boots can cause discomfort, blisters, and fatigue. Regular inspection of footwear for signs of wear and tear is also necessary to ensure continued protection. It is suggested that you consult a podiatrist to help with foot problems related to working in construction environments. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Dr. Royall from Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Corns, a frequent foot woe, can cause severe pain and discomfort. Corns are defined as localized areas of thickened skin that develop in response to repeated pressure or friction, typically over bony areas of the foot. These often form on the toes or sides of the feet, presenting as small, hardened bumps with a central core. Ill-fitting footwear, such as tight shoes or high heels, stands out as a primary cause, subjecting the feet to constant rubbing and pressure. Other contributing factors include deformities like hammertoes or bunions, altering the foot's structure and leading to increased friction. Additionally, activities such as walking barefoot can exacerbate the formation of corns. Understanding the causes and characteristics of corns equips individuals to make informed choices, including proper footwear selection and preventive measures. If you have developed a corn on your foot that has become painful, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can provide effective relief options.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Royall of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Preventing Blisters While Running

Blisters, though seemingly small, can wreak havoc on a runner's performance and comfort. Prevention is key to ensuring an enjoyable and pain-free running experience. This can begin by investing in properly fitted running shoes. Ill-fitting shoes can rub against the skin, causing friction and blisters. Additionally, moisture-wicking socks help keep feet dry and reduce the likelihood of blisters forming from sweat and friction. Gradually increasing mileage and intensity during training allows the skin to toughen gradually, decreasing vulnerability to blisters. It is also essential to address hot spots or areas of irritation immediately by covering them with a bandage to prevent further damage. If you have a blister on your foot that is bothersome or has become infected, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you relief and prevention methods.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Dr. Royall of Mountain View Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.


(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lehi, UT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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