To cut or not to cut, that is the question. Not that it was a question. Maybe it was rhetorical.
Unlike other parts of the body, the foot is subjected to stress well in excess of normal pressures from the loading weight of the patient. It is estimated that the additive force of gravity, the body habitus of the patient, the type of foot the patient has and the ground reactive forces all play a role in amplifying the pressure subjected to the structures of the foot. Don’t forget loyal reader, the bones of the foot are some of the smallest in the body, so it is no wonder that if a condition arises that further amplifies the force on the foot, a patient shows up looking for answers.
When a patient presents to the office for a consultation, the first thing we do is examine the foot when weightbearing and non-weightbearing. I mentioned above the type of foot the patient has helps determine the additional forces that the bones and supporting structures of the foot are subjected to, and this is where we start to gather information that helps determine where the problem came from.
Usually, conservative measures are all that are needed to help the issue calm down. When I say conservative measures, I am referring to all non-surgical treatment. These treatments can range from some simple rest and ice to cortisone injections and advanced therapies like extracorporeal shockwave therapy and physical therapy. A custom orthotic device is the best way we can support the foot and ankle. This is my favorite way to rehabilitate a patient.
We do everything that we can to keep patients out of the operating room, but the truth of the matter is that sometimes surgery is the only option. We always provide a detailed plan and counsel our patients on the etiology of the problem and all the ways it can be fixed including the downtime associated with each procedure and what the patient can expect during recovery. We are a team from the start to the finish, so we can tailor a plan that works best for your situation.
The best way to know is to come in so our friendly staff and extraordinarily good looking doctors can let you know your options. We look forward to seeing you!
Heel pain is one of the most common and debilitating conditions affecting Americans today. Yes, it is that big of a problem.
Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail starts to grow into the surrounding skin and cause irritation which can lead to an infection. Usually, the great toenails are affected but the lesser digits can also become affected. Ingrown toenails can occur due to many reasons-tight and narrow shoe gear, pedicures/improper nail cutting techniques, foot deformities such as bunions, sports and trauma. Some of the common signs and symptoms of ingrown toenails are localized redness, swelling and drainage with pain around the area.
An ingrown toenail should not be ignored as it can lead to a serious infection. Treatment options for ingrown toenails include warm water and Epsom salt soaks, topical/oral antibiotics and removal of the offending nail after local anesthesia. Some ways to prevent recurrent ingrown toenails are to wear wider shoe gear and trim nails straight across. If ingrown toenails become a chronic condition, a chemical agent can be used to prevent nail growth. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, don't wait too long to seek attention from a podiatrist!
A callus is dead, thickened skin that builds up on the bottom of your feet. They can be yellowish-red in color and they don't feel like the rest of the skin on your soles.
Calluses can build up anywhere on your body wherever friction and excess pressure happen.
Having a bunion increases your chances of developing a callus because it may change your gait and put pressure on one part of your foot .
People who are with certain foot types, as will a rapid weight gain in a short period of time, as, for example, women who are pregnant or going through menopause can be more prone as well.
Only let a Doctor remove calluses. Salons and other sources can be dangerous and lead to infection.
Injectable fillers are a new way to reduce calluses on the ball of the foot, which you typically get because you don't have enough cushioning to support the weight being placed on this area.It also alleviates the burning sensation many of us get in that area that makes it hard to wear heels.
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