Posts for category: Foot Condition
If you have a hard, bony lump on the side of your big toe, it’s probably a bunion. Bunions are caused by a genetic bone deformity which makes your big toe joint protrude outward. Bunions are one of the most common problems seen by a podiatrist.
Bunions are much more common in women, because women often wear narrow shoes with a pointed toe. This type of shoe forces the toes to crush together, which can accelerate the growth of a bunion. High-heeled shoes make the problem worse by forcing the toes forward.
Bunions can make it difficult and painful to wear shoes, and to stand and walk around. If you have a small bunion, there are a few easy remedies you can try which may offer some relief. You can:
- Place inserts inside your shoes to cushion the bunion
- Tape the bunion area to provide support for the bunion
- Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication as needed
If your bunion is larger and painful, you should visit your podiatrist. Your podiatrist may request x-rays to determine the level of bone involvement. If there is not substantial bone involvement, your podiatrist may recommend non-invasive treatments like these:
- Removing corns and calluses to reduce friction
- Custom orthotics or splints to properly realign your toe and foot
- Physical therapy to help you regain flexibility and mobility
For bunions with substantial bone involvement, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to remove the bunion, known as a bunionectomy. The purpose of surgery is to realign your toe and foot.
A large, painful bunion can interfere with your ability to stay active and enjoy your life. You don’t have to put up with bunion pain. Your podiatrist can get rid of your bunion and help you and your feet feel better. To find out more about bunions, bunion surgery, and other podiatry services, call your podiatrist today.
An ingrown toenail is a toenail which has grown into the surrounding skin of your toe. If you’ve ever had an ingrown toenail, you already know how painful it can be.
You are at higher risk of developing ingrown toenails if:
- Your toenails curve under naturally
- You’ve had an injury to your toe or toenail
- You wear shoes that are too narrow for your toes
When you have an ingrown toenail, you will experience:
- Swelling and pressure around your toenail
- Bruising and redness around your toenail
- Throbbing pain around your toenail
Your toenail and the nail bed may also appear dark and you may see pus or blood coming out from underneath your toenail.
You can do a lot to help prevent an ingrown toenail. Remember to:
- Avoid cutting your toenails too short
- Trim your toenails straight across, with no rounded corners
- Always wear protective shoes which are appropriate to the activity you are doing
- Avoid going barefoot to prevent toe and toenail injuries
When you develop an ingrown toenail, you can try a few simple home remedies like these to get relief:
- Soak your toe in warm water several times each day
- Place a small piece of dental floss under your toenail to guide the toenail upward
- Apply antibiotic cream around your toenail
- Wrap your toe in bandaging to protect it
- Wear open toe shoes or sandals to help your toe heal
For stubborn, painful ingrown toenails that don’t respond to home therapies, your podiatrist can help you feel better, with several professional treatments for ingrown toenails. Your podiatrist may recommend:
- Trimming off a section of your toenail that has grown into the skin
- Lifting and separating the toenail from the surrounding skin
- Removing the entire toenail so a new, healthy toenail can grow in its place
An ingrown toenail can make it painful to put on shoes, and it can also affect your ability to stay active. You don’t have to suffer with an ingrown toenail because your podiatrist can help. To find out more about the causes and treatment of ingrown toenails, call your podiatrist today.
Heel pain is one of the most common problems your podiatrist treats. If you are suffering from heel pain, the pain can make it difficult to enjoy an active life. Don’t worry, because your podiatrist has several effective heel pain treatments to get you back on your feet.
You can develop heel pain from a few causes, including:
- Stepping on hard or sharp objects, which can cause a heel bruise
- Developing excess calcium deposits, which can cause a heel spur
- Inflammation of the tissue on your heel, which can cause plantar fasciitis
Any of the causes listed above can cause moderate to severe heel pain, but plantar fasciitis is the most severe. Plantar fasciitis causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue running across your heel.
When you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience:
- Stabbing pain across your heel when you stand
- Heel pain which is worse in the morning
- Pain across your heel and on the side of your foot
Plantar fasciitis can be caused by:
- Overpronation, or rolling your feet when you walk
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods
- Doing high impact activities like jogging or running
For mild heel pain, you can try a few simple home remedies like these:
- Placing an ice pack on your heel several times each day
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Elevating your feet when you can, to take pressure off your feet
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Wearing heel inserts inside your shoes to cushion your heels
Moderate to severe heel pain should be evaluated by your podiatrist. There are several treatment options your podiatrist may recommend, including:
- Custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide support
- Corticosteroid injections to reduce swelling
- Physical therapy and stretching to improve flexibility
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation
Heel pain is a common foot problem, but one which is easily treatable. Relief from heel pain is just a phone call away. To find out more about the causes and treatment of heel pain, call your podiatrist today.
Your ankles are an important part of your body. Together with your legs and feet, your ankles help carry your body weight. They help you walk, run, and enjoy daily life. So, what happens when you have ankle pain? Your podiatrist can help.
Along with pain in your ankle, you may notice additional signs and symptoms like these:
When you have ankle pain, it can cause:
- Instability when you are walking or standing
- Difficulty standing on uneven surfaces
- Tripping and falling, which can injure you further
So, what causes ankle pain? There are some obvious causes like injuring or spraining your ankle, but there are also some medical conditions which can lead to ankle pain. These conditions include:
- Arthritis in the ankle joint
- Tendonitis or a torn tendon in your ankle
- A fractured or broken bone in your ankle
- A nerve injury in your ankle
For mild ankle pain, you can try a few easy home therapies including:
- Placing an ice pack on your ankle several times daily
- Elevating and resting your ankle
- Taking over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medication
- Wearing an ankle support or brace
For moderate to severe ankle pain, or ankle pain which doesn’t resolve with home therapy, you need to see your podiatrist. Professional treatments your podiatrist may recommend include:
- Oral steroid medications to reduce swelling
- Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce inflammation
- Physical therapy and stretches to maintain ankle flexibility and mobility
- Devices including walking casts or braces to provide support and stability
You may need surgery if your ankle pain is due to:
- A torn ligament
- A torn tendon
- A broken or dislocated ankle bone
Don’t suffer with ankle pain when relief is just a phone call away. Your podiatrist can help you find relief from ankle pain and get back on your feet. To find out more about the causes of ankle pain and how you can find relief, talk with an expert–your podiatrist. Call today.
Do you suspect that you might have broken your toe? You could very well be dealing with a broken toe if you notice pain, stiffness or swelling, or if you suddenly have trouble walking. Something as simple as stubbing your toe has the ability to fracture it. You may have broken your toe if you are experiencing any of these symptoms,
- Swelling around the toe
- Discolorations such as bruising
- Changes in the shape or alignment of the toe
- Pain when moving the toe
- Pain when walking or putting weight on the toe
- Pain that intensifies hours after injury
While a broken toe can certainly be painful it’s often not considered an urgent matter. A broken toe will only require urgent medical attention if,
- You are dealing with severe pain
- The toe is sticking out at an angle
- Your child has sustained an injury to the toe
- There is a loss of sensation in the toe
- You heard a snap or popping sound at the moment of injury
- You think you’ve broken your big toe
If you are dealing with any of these problems, then it’s important to call your podiatrist right away for proper treatment. In some cases, our podiatry team may need to reset the broken bone. If you aren’t dealing with any of these issues, you can often manage your condition on your own with ample rest and home care. Ways to treat your broken toe include,
- Keeping the injured foot elevated above your heart to reduce swelling
- Staying off your feet and resting as much as possible
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Wear properly fitted, supportive shoes with no heel and a wide toe box
- Taping your broken toe together with the adjacent toe for more support
Most broken toes will recover fully in about 4-6 weeks; however, you should start to see symptoms improving after only a few days. You should call your podiatrist if you don’t see a reduction in pain and swelling after 2-3 days of home care, or if you are still experiencing pain or difficulty walking after six weeks.
If you are concerned about a broken toe or other foot problems that are causing you pain or affecting your ability to walk, it’s important to see a podiatrist as soon as possible. Call your podiatrist today.