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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.
Arthritis causes inflammation and stiffness in the joints. There are many different types of arthritis, but the types of arthritis that most often affect the feet are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and gout. Arthritis progressively worsens over time, but the earlier it is detected, the sooner measures can be taken to slow its progression and preserve the health of your feet. The earliest signs of arthritis are joint stiffness, pain, swelling, and warmth. Sometimes the joints may begin to appear deformed or develop bone spurs. If you suspect that you may have arthritis in your feet, please consult with…
Excessively sweaty feet can be an unpleasant and annoying condition. There are various over-the-counter products available that can help reduce foot sweat. Antiperspirant products in the form of sprays, powders, and lotions can help keep the feet dry. Foot powders and sneaker liners can absorb excess sweat while you go about your day. Your footwear is also an important factor to consider. Wearing shoes made of breathable materials and moisture-wicking socks may help reduce your foot sweat as well. If over-the-counter treatments are not effective in managing your foot sweat, you may have plantar hyperhidrosis, a medical condition that causes…
A broken toe bone is typically the result of trauma, such as stubbing your toe. If you have broken your big toe you will likely feel pain at the time of injury. You may also see swelling and bruising, and in severe cases, the toe can also become deformed. A fracture in one of the smaller toes may not be as noticeable. A broken toe is usually diagnosed through a physical examination and imaging studies, such as an X-ray. Common treatments include resting and icing the foot, wearing a walking boot, or taping the injured toe to the adjacent toes for…
Common symptoms that are often associated with gout can include severe pain and discomfort in the big toe, as well as swelling and redness. Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints. The body produces uric acid when it breaks down purines, which are naturally found in the body, but they are also found in certain foods and drinks. Some examples of foods that are rich in purines are shellfish, red meat, organ meats such as liver and kidney, processed meat, beverages that contain high fructose corn syrup, and beer. Many patients experience…
Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.
Doing toe curls is a great exercise to strengthen the feet. This exercise can stretch and flex the foot to improve your balance, support your arches, and increase your overall foot strength. Toe curls can also help reduce or prevent the pain from foot injuries, such as plantar fasciitis. To do this exercise, sit in a chair, lay a towel on the floor in front of you, and place your foot flat on top of the towel. Keeping your heel still and planted on the towel, lift up your toes and use them to scrunch the towel towards you. Repeat…
Cuboid syndrome is a partial dislocation of the bones in the middle of the foot. While cuboid syndrome is typically the result of overuse or injury, pronated feet (feet that turn inward when walking), training on uneven surfaces, poorly fitted shoes, and climbing stairs can all be contributing factors as well . A common sign of cuboid syndrome is pain on the outside of the foot near the little toe. Pain may also be felt in the middle of the foot, or at the base of the fourth and fifth toes. Since the pain is sometimes difficult to pinpoint, cuboid syndrome is often confused with a stress fracture. Other symptoms…
A fungal infection of the skin on the feet is known as athlete's foot. It is often uncomfortable and may appear unsightly. Blisters can develop between the toes and the skin is generally red and itchy. Peeling skin may occur on the sole of the affected foot, and the toenails can become discolored. The fungus that causes this type of infection lives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools and shower room floors. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while frequenting these areas as this may help to prevent the spreading of athlete's foot. Treatment methods can include applying topical…
Being overweight or obese can put excess strain on the feet. This is true for both adults and children. The feet support the weight of the whole body. The greater that weight, the more added pressure is put on the feet. This added weight may lead to the development of flat feet, a condition in which the foot lies flat on the ground while standing. All babies are born with flat feet and the arch develops during childhood. On average, obese and overweight children appear to have flatter arches than those who aren't overweight. Flat feet may cause foot pain and discomfort. If your…
Sesamoiditis is a condition in which the tendons attached to the sesamoid bones, located on the underside of the foot, become inflamed. Sesamoiditis causes foot pain in the ball of the foot, under the big toe. The pain usually develops gradually. Sesamoiditis may also cause swelling and bruising on the underside of the foot and difficulty straightening or bending the big toe. A podiatrist can diagnose this condition through a physical examination and imaging studies, such as X-rays. If you are experiencing foot pain, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist. Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized…
Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.
Women often experience swollen feet and ankles at some point in their pregnancy. It may become evident during the evening hours, or if the outside temperature rises. Swelling can be referred to as edema, and generally starts at approximately twenty-five weeks. It typically occurs as a result of increased blood flow and pressure from the growing baby. Many pregnant women find mild relief when they can frequently elevate their feet during the day, or while engaging in a mild exercise routine. The feet may become larger, and it is beneficial to get a proper foot measurement before purchasing new shoes.…
There are many people who enjoy walking when the weather is favorable, and are aware that possible injuries may be reduced when proper stretches are performed first. Effective stretches before beginning a walk can consist of marching in place, and gently moving the arms. The calves can become stronger and more flexible while standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time. Some people find it beneficial to perform leg swings, which can promote balance and flexibility. If you would like additional information about specific foot stretches that can be practiced before and after exercising, please consult with a…
The risk of developing slow-healing open sores on the feet, also known as foot ulcers, is particularly high among people with diabetes. They often form on the ball of the foot or on the bottom of the big toe. If you are diabetic and have a foot ulcer, it is highly suggested that you get it treated by a medical professional. In addition to following your doctor’s instructions, you can also better care for your diabetic foot ulcer at home by keeping pressure off of the affected foot, regularly cleaning the ulcer and changing your bandages, and taking your medications…
Proper footwear is important when you go for a run. To find the best running shoes for you, it is recommended that you visit a brick and mortar store. This way, you can try on shoes before you buy them and get expert advice and a proper shoe fitting from the store’s staff. To help you find the best pair of running shoes for your specific needs, look at a pair of your most frequently worn shoes for clues on how your foot functions, which can help them recommend a good shoe for you. Often, your running shoes may need to…
If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!
Falling is common among children that are learning to walk. Additionally, it can affect the older population and may be a result of slower reflexes and brittle bones. Falling can cause a broken toe, foot, or ankle injuries, making it difficult to complete daily activities. There are methods that can be implemented that may help to prevent falling. These can include improving the lighting in the home environment, installing grab bars in the shower area, and having regular physical examinations, which are helpful in monitoring existing medication. Additionally, it is beneficial to strengthen the body, which is often accomplished through performing…
Flat feet is a foot condition that is noticeable. It can be detected by standing on the floor and observing that the entire foot lies flat. The arch is not present, and patients can experience dull foot pain. It is often difficult to stand for extended periods of time, and pain may be felt after completing physical activities. It may be beneficial to wear custom-made orthotics, and this can be helpful in reducing existing foot pain. In severe cases, it may be suggested that you undergo physical therapy, which can increase overall foot strength. If you or your child has…
While ankle pain can affect anyone. Athletes, and runners in particular, have been known to experience many issues involving the ankle. Some common causes for pain while running can include a sprained ankle, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or a stress fracture. Most issues caused by running may be due to adding too much mileage, not developing enough hip or core strength, or simply by losing balance and tripping. Other factors such as changing the type of surface you run on, or wearing the incorrect type of shoe for the style of running you prefer, can also increase your risk of…
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