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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 00:00

Possible Causes of Hammertoe

The medical condition that is referred to as hammertoe is considered to be a deformity in the middle toes. It may develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or it can occur from genetic factors. When the toes become cramped in the shoe, the middle toe bends to resemble the shape of a hammer. It can overlap onto the toe next to it, and consistent friction can cause a callus to develop. Additionally, some patients may experience pain in the ball of the foot, which is a result of chronic stress the foot endures. Mild relief may be found when soft padding is inserted in the shoe. For severe cases of hammertoe, surgery could be a viable option to consider in order to permanently straighten the toes.  If you notice you are developing hammertoe, it is advised to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can provide you with the treatment that is best for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Cary, Apex, Dunn, and Benson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Patients who have chronic foot pain are familiar with the discomfort it can cause. Completing daily activities may be challenging as a result of the dull aches or shooting pains that are present in the feet. There are several reasons why pain in the feet may occur. These include fractures, plantar fasciitis, or Achilles tendonitis. There are methods that can be implemented which may provide mild relief. Many people have found it beneficial to lose weight, as this may help to reduce stress on the joints in the feet and toes. Additionally, it is worthwhile to perform proper stretching techniques which can help to diminish the risk of injury. Receiving regular massages may aid in managing chronic foot suffering, and wearing shoes that are comfortable can ease the pain. If you have pain in your feet, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat any type of foot affliction.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Cary, Apex, Dunn, and Benson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 00:00

What Is a Gout Attack?

A painful form of arthritis that affects the feet is referred to as gout. It typically affects the joints in the big toe, and occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream. The medical term for this is known as hyperuricemia. The symptoms that are associated with this condition often include severe pain and discomfort, swelling, and heat may emanate from the affected area. Research has indicated there can be existing medical conditions that precede the onset of a gout attack. These often include high blood pressure, diabetes, and poor kidney function. This condition may also develop as a result of eating specific foods that have elevated purine levels which include red meat, and seafood. If you have frequent gout flare ups, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment and preventive measures.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Cary, Apex, Dunn, and Benson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 07 June 2019 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning?

Monday, 03 June 2019 00:00

Are Flat Feet Painful?

Patients who have minimal or absent arches have a condition that is referred to as flat feet. This condition is also known as fallen arches. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch typically develops as walking begins and the feet become stronger. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions which may include diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and obesity that can lead to flat feet. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition often include the shoes wearing out at an accelerated pace, frequent discomfort, and the feet feeling weak or stiff. Mild relief may be found when proper foot stretches are performed, and when the correct footwear is worn. If you have flat feet, it is suggested to counsel with a podiatrist who can address any concerns you may have.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Piedmont Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Cary, Apex, Dunn, and Benson, NC. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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