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Tuesday, 28 December 2021 00:00

Signs and Symptoms of Claw Toes

If trying on shoes isn’t as much fun as it used to be, it may be caused by the development of hammertoes, also known as claw toes. This condition is recognizable by an unsightly bump on the knuckle of the toe, which can rub against the top of your shoe and cause pain. Claw toes can also affect the tip of the toe as it curls under and rubs against the sole of your shoe. They can cause the ball of the foot to become painful, a feeling sometimes described as walking on marbles. Claw toes can be caused by a muscle imbalance, where the long muscles in the leg overpower the smaller foot muscles. Other causes include injury to a tendon, tight calf muscles, and family history. The four lesser toes often develop claw toes, with the second toe the most likely to be affected. Home treatments include wearing shoes with a wider and deeper toe box to relieve rubbing, toe spacers and hammertoe splints, and soft padding to cushion the affected toes. However, if these measures fail to reduce your pain and discomfort, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist to determine a more advanced course of treatment. 

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. Our doctor 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 office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 21 December 2021 00:00

What Causes a Swollen Ankle?

When your ankle appears to be larger than normal it may be an indication of fluid retention or an injury. The skin becomes tight and stretched out, and the area may be painful, especially when standing or walking. Causes of swelling may include being overweight, poor circulation, pregnancy, blood clots, arthritis, or injury. Taking certain prescription medication can also be a causative factor. Swelling in the leg or ankle could be caused by inflammation from an injury such as an ankle sprain, a broken bone, a ruptured tendon, or torn ligament. Mild swelling or edema can be caused by pregnancy, premenstrual cramps, consuming too much salt, or standing for extended periods of time. If your ankle is swollen or painful, it is suggested to consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a full diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 14 December 2021 00:00

Understanding Your Gait

Your gait is the manner in which you walk. When a patient has a unique walking style or an abnormal gait, a podiatrist will often conduct a gait analysis to study their walking habits. Gait analysis can tell a lot about a person's body movements. This can help to determine what is causing imbalances in areas such as the hamstrings, glutes, quads, or calves. The analysis can take place on a treadmill or by simply walking down a hallway. In even more complex analyses, sensors and video recordings may be used to diagnose any areas of concern as the patient walks. Anyone struggling with pain as they walk should consult with a podiatrist to receive a proper gait analysis, and to customize a treatment plan that is specific to their walking pattern.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Daniel Bell, DPM from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 09 December 2021 00:00

Let the Expert Treat Your Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 00:00

Ways to Treat Morton’s Neuroma

If you have sharp pain in the area of the foot between the third and fourth toes, you may have Morton's neuroma. Symptoms include feeling a stabbing, burning pain and experiencing numbness or tingling. For many people, non-surgical treatment can ease these symptoms. Probably the most common cause of Morton's neuroma is ill-fitting shoes that have high heels, pointy toes, and are too tight. These can cause nerve damage and subsequent pain. Simply changing to wider, more comfortable shoes with increased cushioning will likely reduce pain. High impact sports, especially running, are another common cause of Morton’s neuroma. It’s a good idea to rest the feet until the nerves recover before continuing such activity. Orthotic inserts in your shoes can help alleviate symptoms. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and corticosteroid or anesthetic injections are more-advanced treatments. Finally, surgical intervention may be indicated in severe cases. This procedure can remove some surrounding tissue or parts of the nerve, helping to widen the inflamed area and relieve pressure that causes pain. For more information on treatment for Morton’s neuroma, please consult a podiatrist who can help you determine the best course of action.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Daniel Bell, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Pembroke Pines and Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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