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CONDITIONS OF THE FOOT & ANKLE

If you think you are suffering from any of the below conditions, contact the All Podiatry Group office:
 
 
NAIL CONDITIONS
  1. Ingrown Toenails
    The most common toenail impairment, are nails whose corners or sides dig painfully into the soft tissue of nail grooves, often leading to irritation, redness, and swelling. It usually involves the big toe, but other toes can be affected. Ingrown nails may be caused by improperly trimmed nails, shoe pressure, repeated trauma to the feet from normal activities, and hereditary predisposition.

  2. Fungal Infection
    Fungal infections are among the most troublesome of nail conditions to treat. They are often characterized by thickening, discoloration, and separation of the front of the nail from the nail bed. In some cases the nail crumbles. It is usually asymptomatic, except when the resultant deformity is markedly thick enough to cause pressure on the periungal and subungal tissues. These infections are notoriously resistant to treatment unless the patient takes an active role. Several treatment options are available. For patients that are candidates to receive oral medication is recommended. Other solutions such as topical treatment or nail removal are available.
 
ATHLETE'S FOOT
Is a skin disease, usually starting between the toes, which can spread to other parts of the foot and body. This condition is commonly found in the foot secondary to the warm, dark, and moist environment found in the shoe. Common signs are itching, scaling, inflammation, blisters, and drying of the foot. Over the counter medication sometimes achieve relieve of symptoms but rarely eradicates completely the infection. If you think you have this condition please contact the office for a complete evaluation.
 
BUNIONS
An enlarged bones on the side of the big toe that is angled outward. This misalignment may cause irritation in the joint and pain. Bunions tend to be inherited, but ill-fitting shoes can aggravate the tendency. Other causes include foot injury, neuromuscular disorder, arthritis, congenital deformity, loose joint movement, and biomechanical problems. A common example is the foot rolling excessively inward during walking. Over time this pressure may cause the big to move toward the lesser toes. Treatments include wider shoes, cushions, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medication, and surgery. If you have any questions about this condition or would like to purchase any of the products mentioned please contact the office.
 
HAMMERTOES
Hammertoe is a condition in which the toe is bent in a claw like position. It occurs more frequently in the second toe but it can be found in any of the other toes. This condition is usually found in conjunction with a bunion deformity, but it can also be found by it self since the most common cause is a muscle imbalance. Other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and high arches increase the tendency to develop hammertoes. Treatment options include wider shoes, cushions, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medication, and surgery. If you have any questions about this condition or would like to purchase any of the products mentioned please contact the office.
 
CORNS & CALLUSES
Protective measurement your body takes by building layers of dead cells in areas that are subjected to excessive pressure or friction. Corns usually form on the toes and calluses on the sole of the feet, but both can occur on either surface. Friction from the shoes in the bony surfaces can cause a burn like sensation that can be painful. Hammertoes usually rub against the shoes causing painful corns and calluses. Never cut corns or calluses with any instruments, and never apply home remedies unless under a podiatrist supervision.
 
WARTS
Warts are caused by a virus, which typically enters the skin through small cuts or abrasions. Once the lesions are eradicated they can recur. A patient may have one or multiple warts in a foot at the same time. Children tend to be more susceptible to warts than adults. The virus is sustained in warm moist environments, so that warts are associated with the wet surfaces of communal bathing facilities. Other conditions may mimic a wart included but not limited to malignancies.

There are many ways to treat warts. There is no quick way and each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes it becomes necessary to use a combination of two treatments. It all depends on how the lesion responds to the treatment. Over the counter medication can work well with some lesions but if you have been using any of the common remedies without improvement you should contact the office. Also adverse reactions such as irritation are commonly seen, these may lead to other complications that can be prevented if under a doctors supervision. Our physicians may suggest other treatments such as laser surgery, surgical curettage or cryosurgery. For more information about these and other treatment options please contact the office.
 
NEUROMAS
Neuromas are a painful benign fibrotic enlargement of one of the common digital nerves caused by shearing forces of adjacent bones. Abnormal bone structure or ill-fitting shoes also can create the condition. Symptoms are usually pain, burning, tingling, or numbness between the toes and in the ball of the foot. Treatments include orthotic devices, cortisone injections, neurolitic injections and surgical removal of the growth. Other conditions may mimic this diagnosis if you have any of these symptoms a complete podiatric evaluation is necessary.
 
PODOPEDIATRICS
Many adult foot aliments have their origins in childhood. Periodic professional attention and regular foot care can minimize these problems in later life. A child’s foot grows rapidly during the first year. This is why foot specialists consider the first year to be the most important in the development of the feet. It is unwise to force a child to walk. When physically and emotionally ready, the child will walk. Comparison with other children is misleading, since the age for independent walking ranges from 10 to 18 months.

As a child’s feet continue to develop, it may be necessary to change shoe and sock size every month or two to allow room for the feet to grow. Although foot problems result mainly from injury, deformity, illness, or hereditary factors, improper foot wear can aggravate a preexisting condition. Shoes or other footwear should never be handed down.

Parents should be concern about children’s involvement in sports that require a substantial amount of running and turning, or involve contact. Protective taping of the ankles is often necessary to prevent sprains or fracture. Also custom made orthotics is usually necessary to prevent further injury to the foot. If you have any questions about your child feet condition contact the office for an appointment.
 
HEEL PAIN
The most common cause of heel pain is incorrect foot movement while walking or exercising. Poorly fitted shoes, excessive weight, and inherited muscle or bone problems can also cause incorrect foot movement. Many conditions included but not limited to neuroma, bursitis, inflammatory processes, gout, and plantar fasciitis can also lead to heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot and supports the arch. The pain from plantar fasciitis may occur only during the first steps in the morning or getting up after sitting. Plantar fasciitis is often accompanied by a bony growth on the underside of the heel called a heel spur. Treatment options include stretching exercises, oral or injected anti-inflammatory, foot taping, orthotics, physical therapy and splints. Heel pain is often misdiagnosed by patients and can be aggravated by self-treatment. If you are suffering from heel pain a radiograph is often needed for proper diagnoses. Our facility is equipped with x-ray machine to expedite our patient’s treatment.
 
ACHILLES TENDONITIS
Achilles tendonitis is an inflammatory condition of the sheath surrounding the Achilles tendon. This condition is characterized by pain in the back of the heel, the back of the ankle and the calf region. Pain is present usually during the beginning of a run, improves during the run, and then worsens after the run. If you suspect you have Achilles tendonitis, stop exercising and call the All Podiatry Group office.
 
STRESS FRACTURE
A hairline crack in the bone that can result from repeated pounding without you even knowing about it. Symptoms include swelling and persistent acute pain across the instep of your foot. Stress fractures can be slow to heal and can worsen if not treated promptly. Usually these types of fractures are not seen on radiographs but several days after the initial injury date. X- rays are usually taken to rule out other conditions. If you suspect you have a stress fracture, stop exercising and call the All Podiatry Group office.
 
FLAT FEET
If you have flat feet walking can cause painful pressure on them every time you step. Even if they are not painful now they can be the cause of future problems, such as hammertoes, bunions, arch pain, fatigue in your feet, and even back pain. Pain from flat feet can often be relieved by the use of custom-made orthotics. Custom-made orthotics are intended to adjust an abnormal or irregular walking pattern by altering the angles at which your foot strikes the ground. This device is made with the specific needs of the patient. A mold of your foot is made in the office and sent to a specific laboratory with the accommodations. To have your orthotics made contact the office for an appointment.
 
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