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Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

Possible Causes of Hammertoe

Hammertoe is easy to notice. It is a foot condition that causes the second or third toe to bend up at the middle joint and may be caused by shoes that are the incorrect size. This is a common condition among people who wear high heels or tight shoes, and in severe cases, it may be difficult to walk. Many people develop corns on top of the hammertoes, caused by the toes constantly rubbing against the top of the shoe. In mild cases, some stretches can gradually straighten the toes. This can be coupled with wearing protective pads on top of the toes, which may help reduce friction. Some people choose to wear orthotics, which may help realign the foot. If you have developed hammertoe, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Heel pain in children may be a sign of Sever’s disease, which is a foot condition that affects physically active young children and teenagers. While it can cause severe pain and discomfort and is considered to be the most common cause of heel pain in children, it generally does not cause long-term damage. Sever's disease is defined as an inflamed growth plate in the heel. This can happen from excessive force or overuse, resulting in heel pain. This plate is necessary for shaping the heel bone, in addition to producing tissue for proper growth. Some types of activities that can contribute to developing Sever’s disease include running, jumping, or standing for extended periods of time. It can affect basketball or soccer players, and gymnasts may also feel the effects of Sever’s disease. Common symptoms that are associated with Sever's disease can consist of a swollen and reddened heel, and it can be difficult to walk. Mild relief may happen when the offending activity is temporarily stopped and the foot is frequently elevated. If your child has heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat Sever's disease. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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Tuesday, 11 July 2023 00:00

A Broken Toe and the Buddy Taping Method

There are several bones in each foot, and any one of them may become fractured. Common reasons a broken toe can happen can include dropping a heavy object on it or stubbing it into a piece of furniture. The pinky toe can easily break, as it is located on the outermost part of the foot. Many people experience immediate symptoms that can consist of bruising and swelling, and it can be difficult to walk. Mildly broken toes may be treated by using the buddy taping method, which is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This can be effective in providing necessary stability as it heals. Severely broken toes may have a bone protruding from it and will often be accompanied by bleeding and severe pain. Some patients may have difficulty moving the affected toe after it has healed, which may indicate arthritis has developed. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and guide you toward the treatment option that is best for you.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 July 2023 00:00

Plantar Fasciitis Stretches

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that can cause severe pain and discomfort, and walking can be difficult. The plantar fascia is found on the sole of the foot, and it connects the heel to the toes. It can gradually become irritated or torn from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, propelling many patients to look for relief. It may also come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, an injury to the plantar fascia may cause it to become damaged, which can lead to sudden pain. Some people find it can help to perform specific stretches that can provide comfort. Grasping and releasing a towel with the toes can be effective in stretching the plantar fascia, in addition to standing on a book and curling the toes around the edge. This is followed by straightening them out, and can be repeated several times. Ankle circles are an easy exercise to perform. This can be accomplished by rotating the ankle in a clockwise direction, then switching to counter clockwise. Repeating this numerous times on each foot may help to reduce the pain of plantar fasciitis. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose plantar fasciitis, and guide you toward correct treatment solutions.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the foot specialists from Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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