Frequently Asked Questions

Dr. Wettstein is happy to provide patients and visitors to the website with answers to some of your frequently asked questions about foot and ankle conditions and care. This page is updated regularly, so be sure to check back later!
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  • Can You Run with a Broken Toe?

    We get the temptation. You have stubbed your toe something fierce, but don’t want it to interfere with your running. Is it safe to run with a broken toe, or a toe that has been injured in some other way?

    If you suspect your toe may be broken, you will not want to perform any exercise that involves moving it until you have the opportunity to get it seen by a professional. Fractured bones in a toe, as with anywhere else in the body, can further shift and cause damage if they are moved or have additional forces placed on them.

    This does not necessarily mean you must be laid up for the entirety of recovery, however. You can still initially perform some activities that do not place stress on your toe, and we will help you determine what kinds of exercises will be the best for you to perform as your toe heals. As your toe grows stronger, you may begin to gradually ease back into running—and it will also be important to perform stretches and specific exercises to further strengthen and stabilize your toe.

    If you feel your toe is broken, you have no benefit in waiting. Give Advanced Foot and Ankle a Call at (208) 731-6321. Our offices in Twin Falls and Burley will help you get back to action as quickly and safely as possible.

  • How can I exercise with arthritis?

    It might seem to be a daunting task to perform exercise and physical activity when you live with an arthritic condition, but we can walk you through how to exercise with arthritis.

    The first step is to consult with Dr. Wettstein or your primary physician. We can help you create an exercise plan that works best for you. A solid plan will have exercises that strengthen muscles, promote range-of-motion, work the cardiovascular system, and improve flexibility.
    Key points to protect your joints include:

    • Use low-impact activities.
    • Apply heat (warm towel, shower) before you exercise.
    • Move gently and use slow, easy motions.
    • Take a break if you feel pain.
    • Ice after you are done.

    Given the tremendous benefits that can come with physical activity, you may find that an even better question is “how can I afford not to exercise with arthritis?” Let Advanced Foot and Ankle help you create an exercise program that is centered on the right kinds of activities and starts with low-to-moderate levels that will allow your body to properly adjust. Schedule an appointment online with either our Twin Falls or Burley, ID offices or simply call us at (208) 731-6321 for any assistance you might need.