At our practice, our priority is to deliver quality care and inform our patients in a comfortable and convenient setting.
Foot and Ankle Problems
Foot problems are a serious hindrance to your everyday life. Foot pain, heel pain, and ankle pain are some of the most common reasons why patients visit a podiatrist. If you're feeling any pain in your feet, don't hesitate to consult our website or call our offices; Oregon Foot Care Centers are committed to helping patients understand and correctly treat their foot problems. Pain is not normal. If foot pain isgetting in the way of the things you love to do, it can be fixed. Dr. Gauntt and his trained staff are here to help.
Dr. Gauntt and his staff are an experienced group of professionals in the Newberg/Hillsboro area who are knowledgeable and accommodating to their patients. Patients deserve to get top quality treatment from an experienced professional. Dr. Gauntt and his team are committed to affectively diagnosing and treating their patients.
Diabetes HurtsYour Feet
Foot conditions can hurt anyone, but they especially hurt diabetics. If you have diabetes and you aren't seeing a Podiatrist about it, you may be subjecting yourself to dangerous complications in the future which can be as extreme as amputation. Diabetics are especially vulnerable to foot problems because of poor circulation and neuropathy (loss of feeling in feet.) Poor circulation makes it difficult for wounds to heal, while neuropathy makes it more difficult for patients to realize when they've sustained wounds. Even minor cuts can lead to major problems for a diabetic.
Refer to our Diabetic Care page to find out more about diabetes' effect on patients' feet and to learn some tips for how to prevent complications.
Unfortunately, many patients with bunions have inherited the bone structure and cannot do much about changing the pain that results from bunions. It's estimated that about one third of the population in Western countries have bunions. Wearing tight fitting shoes can accentuate the pain that comes from bunions by creating more friction between the bunion and the side of the shoe. If you have chronic pain as a direct result from a bunion, please schedule an appointment at our office so Dr. Gauntt can assess your situation and explore treatment options.
Heel pain is one of the most common foot problems and is unique because it affects overweight patients and physically fit patients about equally. Inflammation of the bottom of your foot is what causes heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. The connective tissue that connects your heel to the base of your toes is called your plantar fascia. When that tissue is overstretched it becomes inflammed and causes pain in your heel or the bottom of your foot.
Overstretching of the plantar fascia can come from excessive weight (most common for overweight patients) stretching the tissue or from overuse (excessive physical activity, like running.) Plantar fasciitis will get worse if not treated. The plantar fascia will get more and more inflammed, causing more extreme chronic pain. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gauntt if you have chronic, persisting heel pain.
Dr. Gauntt believes that informed patients are better prepared to make decisions regarding their health and well being. Our library is a great learning tool for patients who want to better understand conditions concerning their feet. It's also helpful for finding answers to frequently asked questions about everyday foot health. For example: What kinds of shoes should I wear for flat feet? How should I take care of blisters? What are treatment options for ingrown toenails?
If you have any questions regarding overall foot health, our library is a wonderful resource full of valuable and easy to read information. If you're looking for more information or you want to keep up with our practice, you can read up on our blogs which have new articles added regularly with up to date foot topics. Our facebook and twitter pages also offer a host of tips for keeping your feet healthy.
Comfortable, Convenient Setting
The best care in the world doesn't mean anything if you can't access it. Oregon Foot Care Centers has two locations in hopes of better serving patients of different locations in the Yamhill County, Washington County and surrounding areas. We strive to make our offices as efficient and convenient as possible. Included in these web pages is information about our locations, maps, directions, hours, insurance policies and appointment scheduling. You can even email a request for an appointment right here!
We hope you find this web site useful and invite you to contact us with your questions at any time.