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February 06, 2015
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Get Ready for Summer Sandal Season with Dr. Olsen's help:

Thomas tackled hosting Super Bowl with no problem.  Now it is time for Phoenicians to get ready for summer sandal season.  Are you concerned your toes are not ready to see the sunshine without being covered with polish to hide the discolored nails.   

There are a variety of treatments for fungal nail infections, including pills and (rarely) procedures to remove the infected nail, but topical ointments are among the most popular solutions prescribed by podiatrists.

Topical antifungal medications may come in a cream, lotion, nail polish or spray, and while you can buy some of these solutions at a local drugstore, others require a prescription.
Millions of Americans deal with onychomycosis, or toenail fungus, every year.
Dr. Olsen, a podiatrist in Thomas, offers several treatments for toenail fungus, including Jublia which was recently featured as a commercial during Superbowl.


Valeant’s Jublia® Approved for Onychomycosis Published on June 9, 2014 The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Jublia® (efinaconazole 10% topical solution) for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc’s Jublia is the first topical triazole approved for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. Currently, over-the-counter or prescription topical treatments provide limited efficacy and are often administered in conjunction with frequent debridement, or the scraping, cutting, or removal of the nail. Prescription oral treatments are limited by drug interactions and serious safety concerns. Laser therapies are also available to help treat toenail fungus. “Onychomycosis is not only embarrassing and uncomfortable, but can lead to permanent nail damage and limited mobility in the general population.” 

All topical treatments involve a similar concept: Apply it to the affected area consistently, as directed, for a specific amount of time in order to see results. With toenail fungus, the treatment time period may last several months. It can take a year to kill toenail fungus, and it may return, but it's crucial to stick to the treatment timeline in order to see significant improvement and, eventually, kill the fungus.

You would apply Jublia, using the provided brush, to the affected nail, nail bed and skin surrounding the infected area. It is the first topical efinaconazole approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat toenail fungus. It was approved in June 2014.

For information on the latest developments in antifungal treatment, consult a podiatrist so together you can assess your foot health needs. Topical solutions are among the most common treatments for toenail fungus, but depending on the severity of your condition, details of your lifestyle and reactions to medication, there may be a more effective course of treatment. To find out what's best for you, call Dr. Mark Olsen Today at 602-955-FEET (3338)!


July 29, 2013
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Parents: Avoid kids' foot problems with the right shoes

Before you head to the store to buy your kids shoes, follow these helpful guidelines to prevent or minimize foot problems from poorly fitting or worn out shoes.

#1 Shoes should fit

Your child’s feet can grow up to two sizes in six months, so you need to account for growth when buying shoes. That doesn’t mean you should buy shoes that are too big—oversized shoes cause the foot to slide forward, putting excessive pressure on the toes. A good fit is about a finger's width from the end of the shoe to the tip of the big toe.

Tight shoes can cause blisters, corns and calluses on your child’s toes, blisters on the back of the heels or worse, ingrown nails, which can become infected. Signs of infection from ingrown nails include pain, redness or fluid draining from the area. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr.Olsen at Arcadia Foot & Ankle, who can perform a simple, safe in-office procedure to remove the nail.

#2 Shoes wear out

Shoes lose their shock absorption over time, so inspect new and old shoes for proper cushioning and arch support. Replace any shoes with wear and tear around the edges of the sole. When buying shoes, check to see that the toe box flexes easily and the shoe doesn’t bend in the middle of the sole.

Worn-out shoes elevate the risk for heel pain, Achilles tendonitis and even ankle sprains and stress fractures.

#3 Children with flat feet

Children with flat feet need shoes with a wide toe box, maximum arch support and shock absorption. The best shoes to buy are oxford, lace-up shoes that have enough depth for an orthotic insert, if necessary. 



June 18, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: vacation   travel   crutches   tips   scooter   walker   boot   walking boot  

When you first planned your summer vacation, you didn’t expect to injure yourself and spend the vacation on only one foot.  Since you did injure yourself, however, you now have to deal with what that means for your vacation.  You need to go back and look at your vacation in terms of how it will go with crutches.  The good news is that while it will take some thought and planning, you can still enjoy your vacation, even with an injury. 

Here are a few tips for a variety of travel types.


-When Taking a Vacation by Car…

If you plan to do your traveling by car, you will be better off in many ways.  You can take breaks and get out and walk around and do things on your own timetable.  Make sure you have others drive so you can elevate your foot and stretch your muscles. 


-When Taking a Vacation by Plane…

Getting to your vacation area by plane will take less time, but it is a tricky type of travel because planes are not exactly roomy.  You will have to get yourself through the small aisles with your crutches and you will have to fit in the small seat.  You might not have anywhere to put your foot in an elevated position and it is harder to get up and move around.  If you have planes to take a flight, make sure you call ahead and see what accommodations the airline might have available for you.  You might, for example, get to switch to a different seat with more legroom or you could be allowed to board early so you don’t bother others with your crutches.


-When Taking a Vacation by Bus…

When you take a bus, you will have breaks to stop and stretch, but you will not have control over those breaks.  Get up and stretch when possible and be sure to ask the driver to help you with any bags you have.


-When Taking a Vacation by Train…

Most trains have handicap seating so you have extra legroom to allow you to stretch.  When taking a train, you want to make sure you arrive with plenty of time so you don’t have to rush.  This will make the situation less stressful for you as a whole.


Once you arrive at your destination, you will want to make sure you have arranged the right type of room for your stay.  Call your hotel ahead and ask that you be placed either on the ground floor or near the elevators so you do not have to walk any farther than necessary.


Even if you make all of these arrangements and look ahead, you still might not be excited about your vacation because of the way your crutches feel on your hands and armpits.  They might also limit your mobility as a whole.  That’s where the alternatives to crutches from Goodbye Crutches might come in handy.  There are three to consider:


-Hands Free Crutch

This device straps to your injured leg and allows you to walk much like normal.  You even have the use of your hands.


-Knee Walker

This option is easy to get on and off and rolls you from place to place faster than you can walk.


-Seated Scooter

And this item allows you to sit while you scoot around so you never waste any energy.


With a little extra effort and forethought, your vacation can still be fun…even with your injury.  Don't forget to post a picture of your travel this summer on our facebook page 

June 06, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Heel Pain   Dr. Oz   Flip Flops  

Dr. Oz recommends wearing Orthaheel flip flops in the summer.

What Conditions Benefit With Orthaheel Sandals

Heel Pain-  By wearing orthotic shoe inserts or shoes for sore heels, plantar fasciitis, etc., you can align your feet and improve body posture. Extra arch support and realignment of the lower leg to its natural angle reduces the pulling and strain on the plantar fascia. This can take away a common cause of heel pain. Orthaheel technology is shown to help reduce over-pronation and associated conditions.  

Flat Feet-You may be in need of insoles for flat feet if the inside of your arch touches the floor when standing. Orthaheel technology can help relieve the aches and pains by restoring the foot’s natural alignment, enabling the feet to function properly. When the arch is supported in such a way, the result is relief from the ground up – encouraging the ankles, legs, hips, etc. to function as they are intended. If you’re wondering whether or not Orthaheel footwear can help you, the answer is: wearing a supportive shoe is an important precaution to take in order to preserve the health of your foot, whether or not you currently suffer from fallen arches, heel pain, or other foot issues. 

Knee Pain-Athletes often experience knee and hip pain caused by abnormal friction and rubbing of the iliotibial band muscle over the knee and hip joints. You might feel severe pain that comes on gradually on the outside knee joint. Or sometimes you feel it on the outside hip. Orthotics can control the internal rotation of the shinbone (tibia) and the rotation on the knee and hip joint through use of inbuilt rearfoot wedging. This reduces stretching (tractional) and frictional forces on the iliotibial band muscle. Stretching this muscle is also helpful. 


May 06, 2013
Category: Uncategorized
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5 Tips to Help you Start your Spring off on One Foot


As the nicer weather appears, you might find yourself feeling rather depressed instead of excited.  If you sustained over the winter, you may not feel like you have much to look forward to as summer approaches.  There are a few tips to help you start spring off on only one foot.


Tip#1: Enjoy What You Have

No matter how hard it is for you to get from place to place, when the weather is nice outside, you are likely to feel better.  You may not be able to do all of the same activities this spring that you normally enjoy, but with fresh air, singing birds, and blooming flowers, you will have more motivation to get out and enjoy the world.


Tip#2: Motivation

After the initial recovery process, your doctor will probably give you exercises to do to help yourself recover faster.  As spring hits high gear, you can use the nicer temperatures as motivation to recover as quickly as possible.  You don’t want to be on crutches all summer, do you?  Let the fresh air and warmer temperatures put you in a better frame of mind for your recovery process.


Tip#3: Research Alternatives to Crutches

Crutches can certainly get you from place to place, but if you are generally more active during the spring and summer, you might want a mobility device that can keep up with what you really want to do.  Check out GoodbyeCrutches.comfor details on three options that might work better for your needs this spring.  The options include the Hands Free Crutch, a device that straps to your leg and allows you to use your hands for other things; the Knee Walker, an option that you rest your bad leg on and scoot yourself from place to place; or the Seated Scooter, a device that you can sit on while you scoot around.  All of these devices let you get where you want to go without as many restrictions as crutches.  Plus, once the weather is nicer, they are just plain fun!


Tip#4: Utilize Opportunities

In the winter, you have a better excuse to sit inside since the weather is not quite as warm as it is during other times of the year.  In the spring, however, you have plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy the weather.  Use these opportunities to their fullest.  If your kids are going outside to play, station yourself in a lawn chair so you can watch.  If your neighbors are having a grilling party, challenge yourself to making your way down the block to enjoy the camaraderie.  Make sure that you listen to your body during your recovery so that you never overdo it.  Use the outdoor activities to help you get out, but make sure you rest when you are tired.


Tip#5: Prepare for Summer Months

If you are far enough along in your recovery, you might be able to get rid of your mobility deviceby summer.  The spring months are the perfect opportunity to prepare for that event.  While you are slightly immobile, think about what you want to do during the summer and prepare.  Make lists of projects to do around the house and do some of the research on paint colors, landscaping plants and other items.  Once summer is ready to go, you will be able to jump on the projects you prepared.


Recovery during the warmer months is never easy, but these tips will help you enjoy your time on one foot while looking ahead to the future months.