By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
October 02, 2017
Category: Healthy Lifestyle
Tags: Heel Pain  

Never ignore heel pain. Our Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, Jr, can examine you to heel paindetermine the cause of your pain and discomfort. Delaying treatment oftentimes can lead to increased pain.

Causes of Heel Pain

One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is referred to as heel and arch pain because of inflammation at the bottom of the foot. This inflammation is found in the connective tissue known as the plantar fascia. This stretches from the base of the toes across the arch of the foot to where it goes into the heel bone. Overpronation is generally why it occurs as the foot rolls inward excessively when walking which flattens the foot and lengthens the arch, which puts tension on this part of the foot. This leads to inflammation.

Another source of heel pain that your Starkville and Amory podiatrist can diagnose is heel spur syndrome. This condition is usually treated with conservative measures such as ice, stretching, custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medicine and even physical therapy. We also use the IQ Eequinus Brace with significant success to help ease heel pain in patients.

Haglund’s Deformity causes heel pain too. This is a painful enlargement on the back of the heel bone. This appears as a painful, red and swollen area in the back of the heel bone. Soaking the feet, changing the shoes one wears and anti-inflammatory medications help the symptoms of this problem.

Lastly, heel fissures or cracking of the skin on the heels can cause heel pain. The skin thickens as a result of the friction. Wearing proper shoes and hydrating the feet can reduce the dryness associated with these fissures.

Ultimately, your Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrist Dr. Christensen and Dr. VanYperen can examine a patient and determine the cause of their heel pain. To schedule an appointment today to discuss your symptoms, call 662-257-2357.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
September 21, 2017
Category: Healthy Lifestyle
Tags: recipe  


Recipe via Finding Beautiful Truth

Football season is officially here, and we're fans of keeping our tailgate spread easy to prep and packed with delicious flavor. This spicy chipotle ketchup compliments all your game day favorites--pigs in a blanket, corn dogs, sweet potato fries and bite size sliders. All you need is a bottle of store-bought ketchup and a few pantry ingredients. Tailgating never tasted better!

Things you'll need:

  • 1 c. pre-made ketchup
  • 2 tbs. chipotle paste*
  • 1 tbs. honey
  • 1 tps. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

*You can find chipotle paste at your specialty grocer or online at Amazon.

Combine the ketchup, chipotle paste and honey in a saucepan over low heat. As the mixture heats up, stir continuously to keep it rom scalding. It should take a couple of minutes for the ingredients to combine.

Remove the sauce from heat, and stir the salt and chili powder. You can add more chili powder and salt based on taste and personal preference.

Let the sauce cool for 5-10 minutes, and garnish it with additional chili powder before serving.

Keep the leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refridgerator for up to a week.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
July 24, 2017
Category: Patient Education
Tags: Foot Fungus  


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The problem with nail fungus problems is that many people don’t even know they have one because the symptoms don’t manifest into pain. Often times they only change the appearance of your nails and individuals think it is simply a minor problem, but in fact, something more serious is occurring. If left untreated by your Starkville and Amory, MS podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, a fungal nail infection can become serious. It is highly contagious and it is important to keep foot fungus from spreading to your partner or family.

About Fungal Infections

Topical and oral antifungal medications may be prescribed by your foot doctor to help treat the infection. Permanent nail removal is another treatment for more difficult fungal nails. Oftentimes bacterial or yeast infections can lead to pain or trouble walking or running, which must be treated too. Any type of nail bed injury may make you more susceptible to other types of infections. In severe cases, surgical treatment may be required to remove infected nails.

After an infection has been cleared up, take steps to prevent infection from recurring. This includes washing and drying the feet at night and applying powder to dry feet after bathing. Don’t share nail files, nail clippers, shoes or socks with others at any time. Try not to injure your nail by cutting the nail too short or at an angle to prevent future infections. Keep the feet clean and dry at all times. Wear dry cotton socks and change them if necessary. Always wear shower sandals or shoes when at a public pool or shower.

For more information on treating your fungal infection and how to prevent spreading it to your loved one, schedule an appointment with Foot Specialists of Mississippi in Starkville and Amory, MS.

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
June 05, 2017
Category: Healthy Lifestyle
Tags: foot health  

Discover the many products you can use from the comfort of your own home to treat certain foot problems.foot health

While our Starkville and Amory, MS, podiatrists, Dr. Vern Christensen and Dr. Jeffery VanYperen, certainly offer a lot of in-office services and treatment options for tackling a host of problems, sometimes there are simpler measures you can take. This is why we also offer a range of therapeutic products to treat a variety of issues and symptoms. Learn more about the products we offer:

Nix Achy Muscles and Joints

Has training for that marathon left you feeling with soreness that makes it difficult to move without pain? Have you been diagnosed with arthritis and find that your feet are often achy and throbbing as a result? If so, then Biofreeze might be exactly what you need to calm angry muscles and joints. This cooling product is a must-have among athletes, offering the relief you need for stressed out muscles.

Fungal Infections and Other Problems, Be Gone!

Whether you are dealing with a nasty bout of athlete’s foot or you want to remove that annoying plantar wart, there are many ways our Starkville and Amory foot doctors can help you with a simple at-home solution. Introducing: Clinical Therapeutic Solutions from BAKO Labs. This line of products is meant to treat everything from fungal infections of the feet to calluses and superficial skin infections.

Improve Mobility While Healing

Did you just undergo a foot or ankle operation recently? Hate that it seems virtually impossible to get around and do everyday things that you need to? Most people don’t relish the idea of using crunches, and it may be frustrating to know how to safely use crutches for your daily activities. If this is happening to you then it’s a great time to ask us about iWalk 2.0. This unique device allows you to safely get around in much the same way as crutches but it doesn’t require the use of your arms in order to work.

Do you have questions about any of our product offerings? Want to pick up some new products to help soothe your feet? Just call Foot Specialists of Mississippi in Starkville and Amory, MS, and let us know what product or products you are interested in picking up. We would be happy to help!

By Foot Specialists of Mississippi
May 23, 2017
Category: Healthy Lifestyle
Tags: recipe  

Recipe via Finding Beautiful Truth

When it comes to breakfast, this honey walnut granola checks all of the boxes. It's ready in 30 minutes and pairs perfectly with your morning yogurt. Topped with fresh summer berries, there's no better way to start the day.

Things you'll need:

  • 4 c. of rolled oats
  • 1 c. of chopped walnuts
  • 1 tbs. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. canola oil
  • 1 cap of vanilla extract
  • 3/4 c. honey

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees, and line a lipped baking sheet with foil.

Next, mix the wet ingredients: honey, vanilla and canola oil. Stir them with a wooden spoon until combined. Add the rolled oats, walnuts, salt and cinnamon. Stir again to incoroprate all the ingredients.

Pour the mixture into the lipped baking sheet, making sure it's one thin layer. Bake for 10 minutes and remove to stir. Return the granola to the oven to continue baking for the remaining 10 minutes. The granola should be golden brown and crunchy after the 20 minutes of baking.

Let the granola cool completely before serving, and store in an airtight container for up to a week

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