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Wednesday, 10 July 2024 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Common Foot Problems in Aging Feet

Foot care among the elderly is essential to lessen the effects of common problems that can significantly impact mobility and comfort. These can include osteoarthritis, which causes joint pain, stiffness, and swelling, making it difficult to walk. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, leads to poor circulation, resulting in leg pain, cramping, and slow-healing sores. Neuropathy, often associated with diabetes, causes numbness, tingling, and burning sensations, increasing the risk of unnoticed injuries. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by sharp heel pain, especially in the morning or after long periods of rest. Additionally, Achilles tendonitis causes pain and stiffness along the back of the heel, often worsening with activity. These conditions highlight the importance of regular foot care, wearing appropriate footwear, and medical attention to manage symptoms and maintain foot health in older adults. If you are elderly and are experiencing any type of foot discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you appropriate treatment methods.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein from Union Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Preventing Morton’s Neuroma

Plantar digital neuroma, commonly known as Morton's neuroma, is a painful condition involving the thickening of tissue surrounding one of the nerves leading to the toes. This condition typically develops between the third and fourth toes and causes sharp, burning pain and often a feeling of having a pebble in the shoe. Wearing high-heeled or tight shoes, repetitive stress, and certain foot deformities like bunions and hammertoes can contribute to developing a neuroma. To prevent plantar digital neuroma, it helps to wear well-fitted, low-heeled shoes with adequate toe room and cushioning. It is also beneficial to avoid activities that place excessive pressure on the ball of the foot. Regularly stretching, strengthening foot muscles, and maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of Morton's neuroma. If you have pain between your toes, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Richard Silverstein of Union Foot Care. 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 Havre de Grace, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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