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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Several Causes for Foot Pain

A common place for foot pain to develop is in the heel. It can indicate several foot issues, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and heel spurs. All of these conditions are treatable, and a podiatrist is often contacted who can relieve the chronic pain that can be associated with these foot conditions. Flat feet may cause pain in some patients, and this is a result of little or no arch support. Wearing orthotics is a viable option that may help to diminish the pain and discomfort. A corn on the foot can bring excess pain to the patient. It is defined as a small, hardened area of skin that forms when pressure is exerted in a specific area of the foot, often the side of the pinky toe. This often happens as a result of wearing shoes and socks that are too tight. Foot pain for any reason can alter a patient's mood and can make completing daily activities challenging. A podiatrist is qualified to determine the cause of the foot pain and offer correct treatment options, so it is strongly urged that you contact this type of doctor as quickly as possible.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. Our doctor 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 our office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Several Causes for Foot Pain

A common place for foot pain to develop is in the heel. It can indicate several foot issues, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and heel spurs. All of these conditions are treatable, and a podiatrist is often contacted who can relieve the chronic pain that can be associated with these foot conditions. Flat feet may cause pain in some patients, and this is a result of little or no arch support. Wearing orthotics is a viable option that may help to diminish the pain and discomfort. A corn on the foot can bring excess pain to the patient. It is defined as a small, hardened area of skin that forms when pressure is exerted in a specific area of the foot, often the side of the pinky toe. This often happens as a result of wearing shoes and socks that are too tight. Foot pain for any reason can alter a patient's mood and can make completing daily activities challenging. A podiatrist is qualified to determine the cause of the foot pain and offer correct treatment options, so it is strongly urged that you contact this type of doctor as quickly as possible.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. Our doctor 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 our office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

All About Surgery for Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails can be an annoying and potentially painful affliction of the foot. This condition occurs when the side of a toenail essentially grows into the skin of the toe. In severe cases, a surgical procedure may be needed to resolve the issue. For example, a surgical procedure might involve removing a part or all of the nail. Sometimes, before a surgical procedure of this kind, you might need to receive local anesthesia to numb the affected toe. Additionally, the procedure may take about an hour in time. Following the operation, your toe might need to be protected with some sort of bandage. The medical professional performing the procedure might then give you instructions on caring for your toe following the operation. If you have a persistent or infected ingrown toenail, contact a podiatrist today for help.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein of Union Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 13 October 2022 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Symptoms Associated With Cuboid Syndrome

If you care about keeping your feet healthy and happy, you may want to know about a foot condition called cuboid syndrome. This condition occurs when the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the foot, moves out of its proper place and alignment. Typically, this may happen as a result of suffering another injury, such as twisting the ankle. If you develop cuboid syndrome, you might feel any number of symptoms. For example, you might notice redness around the affected area or diminished strength in the smaller toes. Additionally, those with cuboid syndrome also may experience difficulty in trying to move the ankle. It is also possible that cuboid syndrome can cause the feet to swell around ligaments that have been affected. If you suspect that you might have cuboid syndrome, it is wise to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 04 October 2022 00:00

Reasons Why Bunions May Develop

People who have bunions may be embarrassed by their appearance. It is defined as a hard lump that forms on the side of the big toe, and may gradually increase in size. It can develop for reasons consisting of genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. A severe bunion may cause the toes to shift toward each other, and it may cause difficulty in walking. There are some patients that have corns and calluses that develop on top of the bunion, and this can happen from friction as the toe touches the shoe. If daily activities are affected, surgery may need to be performed for permanent removal. A bunion may form from existing medical conditions, including arthritis, gout, and cerebral palsy. Many people notice their skin is red and swollen surrounding the bunion, and the big toe may be stiff. If you are aware of the beginning stages of a bunion, it is strongly urged that you consult with a podiatrist who can treat this type of foot condition. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein of Union Foot Care. 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 Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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