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So you went out for St. Patrick’s day, drank large amounts of green beer, and now you have a splitting headache and your big toe is warm, red, swollen and so painful you can’t even bear to have your bedsheets touch it. After a couple powerades, your head is better, but your toe is still killing you! You don’t remember kicking anything or getting your toe stomped on while river dancing, so what gives?
As your kids grow, they may encounter various pains and strains. The child might come to you limping or walking on their toes and complaining of heel pain. Such symptom might be as a result of injuries like Achilles tendonitis. Problems of the feet are common in children. Despite the fact that they are not so severe, proper diagnosis and treatment are recommended. Overuse of the heel and feet results to the development of injuries gradually as time continues to pass along. That is the more reason as to why immediate treatment is important to avoid any more severe injury or chronic pain. One of the common causes of feet injury in children is due to their involvement in rigorous and competitive sports. Below are some of the most common feet problems in children and how you can help your child to heal
The Achilles muscles are the one which connects both muscles of the calf to the heel bone. When this kind of injury happens in children most often, it is as a result of a sudden increase in activities. Symptoms occur a few weeks after the injury occurred and will include pain at the back of the foot, swelling, warmth and difficulties during walking. Treatment of this feet problem is straightforward and easy. It includes resting along with ice compression along with the elevation of the feet. You can also opt to use the anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to help reduce the swelling and pain.
It mostly happens to those children who engage in rough sports activities. This kind of heel problem can occur after the child falls. The child will be unable to put even a little weight on the affected foot along with severe pain, bruising and swelling. It will require conservative treatment of the fracture which includes ice, resting and immobilization. After the healing process, physical therapy can significantly assist with the gradual return to the usual activities.
Also known as the Calcaneal Apophysitis is the most common cause of feet problems in children. It is one kind of overuse injury which is caused by the repetitive trauma as a result of small trauma during sports, jumping ropes or running. The common symptoms include severe pain in the back of the heel. You can also feel some tenderness at the back of the foot when squeezing that area. Swelling along with warmth might accompany the other symptoms as well. Pain medications such as acetaminophen are recommended or ibuprofen. You can also stretch the calf muscles and use the cushioned heel lifts temporarily to relieve the pain. With all the proper medications and treatment, the symptoms will resolve in a couple of weeks, and the child could return to taking part in sports again.
Most problems of the feet in children can be easily treated at home. As a parent, you have the responsibility of encouraging your child to rest so as to heal and recover soon. However, if you need children's foot care in Huntington, please contact us.
It is becoming extremely common for humans to form bunions in their lifespan. Bunions are typically a very uncomfortable bump, forming over the bottom (or base) of the large toe on a human foot. Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of adults coming forward with foot pain, leading to the diagnosis of a bunion. While humans have experienced bunion pain for quite some time, with the advancement of medical knowledge and technology there are a continual increase of strategies to reduce bunion pain or remove the bunion all together.
What causes bunions?
While we, as humans, don’t realize the amount of work our bodies actually do for us to function on a daily basis, our feet literally carry our entire body weight each and every day. Most adults typically form problems with their feet early on in adulthood. Bunions are typically more common with women, simply because of the fit and wear of many women’s shoes (high heels definitely contribute to potential bunion problems). However, men are definitely still susceptible to forming bunions. In general, the shoes created for the human foot pushes the toes together in an unnatural way, causing the bones in the foot to alter in shape. This can often result in forming a bunion. Along with all of these factors, bunions can also simply be programed into your genes. Yes, bunions have been found to be a characteristic passed down to you in your genetics.
What does a bunion feel like?
For most people, bunions are not typically classified as comfortable. In fact, most people with bunions would tell you they can be extremely painful. Bunions will often swell and hurt when touched. The color of a bunion is commonly red, but this is not always the case. You may find certain circumstances will cause your bunion to hurt more than others.
Are there treatment options for bunions?
When meeting with a doctor to talk about options for your bunion pain treatment, they will typically initially advise a different environment for your feet; wearing shoes that will work around your bunion. This generally means finding shoes that are a wider fit, or even sandals (exposing the feet) while still providing the arch of your foot with support. Along with changes to your daily shoe choices, an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication may also be a suggestion to help you manage your bunion pain. You can also find some padding specifically designed to place over bunions while wearing shoes in an attempt to lower your bunion pain level.
If your bunion pain continues to persist, go back to your doctor to talk about additional options such as a bunionectomy to get bunion relief. This procedure is done to correct the bunion that has formed on your foot. While this surgery is usually successful, make sure you talk to your doctor about what the right bunion treatment option for you.
If you struggle with bunion pain, do your research and find options that are going to work best for you, your lifestyle and your bunion.
Please see pictures below of a recent patient's successful bunion procedure:
We have about 50 days left until spring! February break is rapidly approaching. After being in boots and shoes all winter, then suddenly transitioning to flip flops and sandals for their vacations many people have foot problems! Here are the most common problems our patients encounter while away.
We have enjoyed a mild winter so far, but the cold is coming, and soon! Keeping your feet warm and comfortable is super important. Always wear a wide accommodative snow boot, especially if shoveling. Avoid tapered toe boxes and heels as icy sidewalks can be a hazard.