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Tarsal tunnel syndrome, abbreviated as TTS, is a nerve disorder that can cause discomfort and pain in the foot. Similar to carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, TTS involves compression of the tibial nerve in the tarsal tunnel, which is a narrow passage on the inside of the ankle. This compression can result from various factors, including injury, overuse, or having flat feet. Additionally, patients who have diabetes may be susceptible to developing tarsal tunnel syndrome. Individuals who have  TTS often report sensations of tingling, burning, or numbness along the inner ankle, which can radiate into the sole of the foot or the toes. Pain may worsen during periods of prolonged standing or activity. Addressing tarsal tunnel syndrome involves getting adequate rest, wearing supportive footwear, and in severe cases, surgery may be necessary. If you suspect you may have tarsal tunnel syndrome, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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Plantar fibroma, a perplexing foot condition, can create discomfort and disrupt daily activities. It involves the growth of benign fibrous tissue in the arch of the foot, leading to the development of a firm nodule. This condition is not linked to cancer and often occurs in the plantar fascia, the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. While the exact cause remains unclear, it's believed to result from trauma or genetic predisposition. Treatment options encompass a variety of approaches. Conservative measures include wearing orthotic inserts for support, and cushioned shoes to reduce pressure. In more severe cases, surgical removal may be considered. If you have developed a plantar fibroma, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and develop a tailored treatment plan for you.  

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Larchmont and Brooklyn, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023 00:00

What Can Cause Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is a stubborn and unsightly foot condition. It often begins on the nail of the big toe and may travel to the other nails if treatment is not received. It is caused by a fungus that lives in warm and wet environments, such as public swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and similar places. The fungus can enter the body through tiny cracks that are on the skin of the feet. It is easy to prevent this from occurring by wearing flip-flops or water shoes while in these areas. There may also be existing medical conditions that can lead to the development of toenail fungus. These can include diabetes, poor circulation, or illnesses that can affect the immune system. It is beneficial to limit wearing pantyhose, which may cause the feet to sweat and be at risk of developing toenail fungus. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer prescribed medication or other viable treatment options.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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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Sunday, 13 August 2023 00:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Running Safe and Strong to Prevent Injuries

Running is a fantastic way to stay fit and connect with the outdoors, but it's crucial to take preventive measures to avoid injuries that are related to running. First and foremost, start with a proper warm-up before each run to prepare your muscles and joints. Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your runs to allow your body to adapt. Invest in well-fitting, supportive running shoes to minimize impact on your feet and joints. Listen to your body, and if you experience any pain or discomfort, don't push through it. Cross-training can also be beneficial, as it helps to strengthen different muscle groups and prevents overuse injuries. Regularly incorporating stretching and flexibility exercises into your routine can improve overall body mobility. Lastly, It is helpful to recover and rest which can give your body ample time to heal and rejuvenate. If you would like additional information on how running injuries can affect the feet and how to prevent them, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Various Reasons for Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common condition that affects people worldwide. There are various foot conditions that can cause heel pain, including plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, and Achilles tendonitis. It can be difficult to walk, and medical attention is often sought for relief. There are certain stretches that can be performed that may reduce heel pain. The standing calf stretch is done by standing on a step and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. This can be repeated several times per day to gradually strengthen the heel. Another effective stretch is done by sitting on the floor while stretching the feet out in front of you. After rolling up a towel lengthwise, it can be put around the ball of the feet, while pulling it towards you. After holding for several seconds, this stretch can be repeated during the day. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine the cause and provide effective treatment solutions.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact the foot specialists of Certified Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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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