Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Thyroid disease can lead to various foot conditions that impact daily comfort and mobility. Cracked heels are a common issue, resulting from dry skin associated with an underactive thyroid. Itchy feet may also occur due to the same dryness and reduced circulation. Cold feet are another symptom, as thyroid disorders often lead to poor blood flow. Swelling in the feet and ankles can arise from fluid retention linked to thyroid imbalance. Additionally, foot cramps are frequent due to disrupted electrolyte balance and nerve function. These symptoms highlight the need for thyroid management and regular foot care. Moisturizing regularly, wearing supportive footwear, and monitoring foot health can alleviate discomfort. If you suffer from a thyroid disorder and have problematic foot conditions, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective relief and treatment options.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Steven Ginex, DPM from Palm Desert Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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

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Sunday, 07 July 2024 00:00

If you're suffering from an ankle fracture, professional attention shouldn't wait. Fractures may worsen over time and can make completing everyday activities incredibly difficult. See your podiatrist for treatment and guidance through the healing process. 

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Pregnancy brings numerous changes to a woman's body, often leading to foot problems. One of the most common issues is flat feet, or overpronation, where increased body weight causes the foot arch to flatten and the feet to roll inward. This can result in pain and additional strain on the feet, calves, and back. Wearing supportive footwear and using orthotics can help alleviate this discomfort. Swelling, or edema, typical in the second or third trimester, results from increased blood volume and pressure, leading to water retention in the legs and feet. Regular movement, elevating the feet, staying hydrated, and reducing salt intake can help reduce swelling. Pregnant women are also prone to developing ingrown toenails due to changes in foot size and shape, often worsened by tighter shoes. Soaking feet in salt water and having toenails properly trimmed can offer relief. Additionally, some women experience hot or burning sensations in their feet due to hormonal changes and increased body temperature. Cracked heels might develop from the added weight and posture changes that cause dry skin and heel expansion. Moisturizing and wearing comfortable shoes can prevent and treat these cracks. If you are experiencing foot pain during pregnancy, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and appropriate treatment.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Steven Ginex, DPM from Palm Desert Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle pain can stem from a variety of sources, each with its unique challenges. Bruises often result from direct trauma, causing discoloration and tenderness. Puncture wounds, which may occur from stepping on sharp objects, can lead to infection if not properly treated. Injuries to ligaments and tendons, such as sprains and strains, are common, and typically result from overuse or sudden twists and turns, leading to swelling and pain. Dislocations, though less frequent, can occur from severe trauma, necessitating medical intervention to realign the bones. Retrocalcaneal bursitis, an inflammation of the bursa located at the back of the heel, often arises from repetitive stress or ill-fitting shoes, causing pain and swelling near the Achilles tendon. Addressing foot and ankle pain effectively requires identifying the specific cause and implementing appropriate treatments. If you have any type of foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Steven Ginex, DPM from Palm Desert Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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