Our Salt Lake City location is shared with the Highland Family Practice in a 4-story building known as Highland Springs Specialty Clinic, on the west side of Highland Drive. Parking is in the back, and of course, we have an elevator!
4460 South Highland Dr. Suite 400
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Phone: (801) 396-9743
Fax: (877) 428-7520
Monday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Dr. Auger emphasizes preventative care and conservative methods in solving serious foot and leg health issues and surgical treatments. She is 100% devoted to supporting you in caring for and protecting your feet, so you can reach and maintain optimal health. Dr. Auger is a compassionate medical professional; an athlete who also takes part in all the outdoor activities Salt Lake City has to offer; and an advocate of holistic whole body care.
It is always best to trim the toenail straight across. This prevents an ingrown nail from developing. Those who have mycotic nails, or toenail fungus, may need to also frequently trim, or debride, the top of the affected toenails, as they frequently become thickened.
Cracked, or fissured skin of the heels is a common disorder that can be quite painful. To prevent cracked skin of the heels or bottoms of the feet, wear socks daily, and apply a cream with hydroxy acids prior to putting socks on. The warmth created by the sock will make the cream more effective.
Signs that blood flow is diminished include no hair growth on the toes, dry shiny skin of the feet, and cold digits. These signs mean the tissue of the feet is not getting oxygen.
The condition of restricted blood flow is referred to as “vascular disease” of the feet. Vascular disease is a serious condition that can cause non-healing wounds, gangrene, and foot pain. It is most common in people who have cardiovascular problems and those with diabetes.
Venous disease is a different disorder where blood and oxygen are getting to the feet but is not flowing back up to the heart. Signs of this disorder are swelling, which may show pitting, and shiny skin.
In both vascular and venous disease cases, walking can help to prevent and treat these disorders. A compression hose is used to treat venous disease. If any sores are visible, or you frequently experience injury or loss of feeling, it is crucial to see a vascular specialist and a podiatrist.
Diabetes can affect multiple organs, such as your skin, nerves, eyes, blood vessels, immune system, and kidneys. It is recommended to visit a Podiatrist at least once a year to check for any skin, vascular, or nerve abnormalities in the feet and lower extremities.
Neuropathy associated with diabetes is a leading cause of amputations involving the foot. Vascular disease causes slow-healing wounds that are more prone to become infected. Skin changes can also lead to ulcerations.
Temporary foot swelling that goes away can be caused by prolonged sitting, tight shoes, periods of heavy walking without rest, or a laying posture in which blood flow is restricted. Chronic foot swelling has many causes, such as arthritis, faulty veins, and heart disease. If you are experiencing foot swelling or related problems, see a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis.
“Flat feet” is the term commonly used when the foot’s medial arch is lowered compared to the typical foot. This can be a flexible or structural deformity. It is a common heredity disorder, though it can also be caused by an injury or a neurological disorder.
Flat feet can cause other foot issues such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, and hammertoes. Treatment consists of supportive shoes and custom orthotics.
Plantar warts (verruca) are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. The virus stays dormant in cells, and when you see a wart it means that the viral cell is no longer dormant. Thus, warts are very hard to treat and can become a life long issue.
There are various strains of the virus. Some warts are present as one solitary wart, while others present with multiple small warts. The single wart is easiest to treat. Treatments consist of OTC wart destruction, wart excision — which is performed in the office — and in-office wart destruction, which uses a chemical to elicit an immune response and cause the war to blister.
Wart excision is a definitive treatment though may cause a scar on the bottom of the foot which can be painful. Our practice sees the greatest success with in-office wart destruction.
Recommendations for surgery are based on the patient’s diagnosis, the extent of their physical symptoms, and whether a more-conservative treatment has failed to resolve the problem. Surgery is always indicated when the diagnosis is lifestyle-limiting. However, surgery is only recommended when the doctor and patient are in full agreement on the problem and treatment options available.
“Plantar” heel pain refers to pain felt underneath the heel and to the rear of the foot arch. This condition is more common than posterior heel pain, or pain felt behind the heel. Plantar pain is also easier to treat.
Posterior heel pain can be caused by Achille tendonitis and tears, bursitis, Haglund’s deformity, calcification in the Achilles tendon, or neuralgia of the sural nerve. Treatment is based on the diagnosis as determined from information obtained from a physical exam, the description of the patient’s symptoms, x-ray results, and MRI imaging. Podiatrists will often recommend that patients with posterior heel pain try conservative treatments, such as orthotics, stretching, braces, and other methods before they recommend surgery.
Paronychia is an infection that develops underneath your nail or due to an ingrown toenail. Typically, paronychia starts with pain, redness, and swelling around the nail. Paronychia can be caused by bacteria or a fungus. Paronychia occurs when the skin around the nail or the cuticle is damaged allowing certain germs or fungi to grow.
The condition is common among people whose hands may be wet for extended periods of time. You can prevent paronychia by avoiding injury to the nail or skin around the nail, refraining from biting your fingernails, keeping your nails trimmed and short, and using clean nail clippers or scissors when manicuring or pedicuring.
The best shoes for hammertoes and bunions have a wide and high toe box, and medium height arch in the sole of the shoe. For bunions, it is essential to have properly fitting shoes with soft upper material so the shoe doesn’t rub against the bunion causing irritation and pain.
You should also look for shoes with arch support to provide metatarsal stability. For hammertoes, you will also want to look for shoes with stretch material across the top of the foot to reduce friction on the bend of the toes.
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