Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Recovering from ankle surgery involves a careful balance of rest and rehabilitation to restore function and strength. An essential aspect of recovery is maintaining and improving ankle mobility. Early, gentle movements help reduce stiffness and promote circulation, aiding in the healing process. Ankle exercises play a vital role in regaining strength and flexibility. Simple exercises such as ankle circles, toe stretches, and resistance band exercises can enhance range of motion and prevent muscle atrophy. Following a podiatrist’s guidance ensures that exercises are performed correctly and safely. Consistent practice of these exercises helps in rebuilding the stability and strength of the ankle, enabling a smoother transition back to normal activities. If you have had surgery to relieve chronic ankle pain, it is suggested that a podiatrist is on your healthcare team who can guide you toward a safe and effective recovery.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Daniel Bell, DPM of Florida. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

A tailor's bunion, also known as a bunionette, is a bony protrusion on the outside of the foot near the base of the little toe. This condition occurs due to the misalignment of the fifth metatarsal bone, often caused by inherited structural abnormalities, wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, or repetitive stress on the foot. Unlike the more well-known bunion, which affects the inside of the foot at the base of the big toe, a tailor's bunion affects the outer side of the foot. Both conditions can cause pain, swelling, and redness, but a tailor's bunion specifically impacts the small toe area. To manage a tailor's bunion, wear properly fitting shoes with a wide toe box, use padding to reduce pressure, and consider orthotic inserts for better foot alignment. Non-surgical treatments, such as anti-inflammatory medications can alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, surgery may be required to correct the deformity. Proper diagnosis is essential, as tailor's bunions can be confused with other issues like hammertoes or arthritis. For an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Daniel Bell, DPM of Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • 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, 02 July 2024 00:00

Dragging your feet might seem like a minor inconvenience, but it can actually be a sign of a serious condition known as drop foot. Drop foot occurs when you have difficulty lifting the front part of your foot, causing it to drag while you walk. This problem can arise from various health issues affecting the muscles, nerves, or structure of the leg or foot. Common causes can include peroneal nerve injury, which affects movement and sensation in the lower leg, foot, and toes. Other conditions leading to drop foot include peripheral neuropathy from diabetes, muscular dystrophy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis. Symptoms of drop foot include difficulty in walking, a stepping gait where the foot slaps the ground, and potential numbness or tingling in the foot. Diagnosis by a podiatrist involves a physical exam and tests such as electromyography, or EMG, nerve conduction studies, and imaging scans. Treatment depends on the cause and can include orthotic devices, nerve stimulation, or surgery. If you are experiencing trouble walking normally, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment.

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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Sunday, 30 June 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

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