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November 2022

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

High Heels and Morton’s Neuroma

Morton’s neuroma is a foot condition that can develop in women who frequently wear high heels. This condition can result from having inadequate room for the toes to move freely in and can cause the nerve between the third and fourth toes to become compressed. Irritation and inflammation may accompany this, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. Patients who have Morton’s neuroma often say the sensation they feel is similar to having a pebble or marble in the shoe, in addition to numbness and tingling. Mild relief may also be found when soft insoles are worn, the feet are elevated, and shoes that are worn have a wide toe area. Existing medical conditions may contribute to Morton’s neuroma. These can include flat feet, bunions, and hammertoes. If you feel you may have this foot condition, it is advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat this ailment.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

When a Broken Foot Is Untreated

When an individual breaks or fractures their foot, it can be important to seek out immediate medical attention so that a professional can treat this injury. This is because leaving a bone fracture in the foot untreated can wreak havoc on the feet. Specifically, untreated bone features in the feet might lead to some kind of long-term nerve damage. Autonomic, motor, or sensory nerves may be damaged. Additionally, it is possible that an untreated bone fracture could ultimately lead to an infection of the bone. In severe cases, sometimes even the bone marrow may become infected. More broadly, leaving a bone fracture untreated could lead to improper healing that results in misalignment. See a podiatrist today for more details.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Toe Pain Can Affect Everyday Activities

The majority of people are unaware of the role the big toe plays in walking. Research has shown it absorbs approximately half the weight of the body while taking every step. Toe pain can happen from an injury, and may cause difficulty in sleeping. Additionally, there may be medical conditions that can lead to big toe pain. These can include arthritis, possibly causing the toe to become stiff. Aching may accompany arthritis, and it can be difficult to move. Pain in the big toe joint may indicate a bone spur has developed, and it may prevent the toe from bending while walking. Surgery may be necessary to remove a bone spur, and this can help to restore relief. Patients who have sprained the main joint in the big toe by jamming into a heavy object may experience turf toe. Rest and elevation may provide mild relief to this type of injury. If you have toe pain for any reason, a podiatrist is the doctor to consult with who can effectively diagnose and treat this type of pain.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

How Do the Toe Joints Work?

Many bones throughout the body are situated near joints, which allow the bones to move and the body to function. The toes are no different. Each toe in the feet has different joints that make movement possible and serve important functions. Every toe but the big toe has three joints, which are known as the metatarsophalangeal joint, the proximal interphalangeal joint, and the distal phalangeal joint. The big toe has only two joints. These joints in the toes are protected by several different things. Each joint is covered by cartilage and a membrane that produces a kind of fluid for lubrication. These joints are critical parts of the feet because they importantly enable the feet to bear a significant amount of weight and propel the body forward. If you are interested in learning more about the joints of the toes, contact a podiatrist today.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. 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 Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 07 November 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, 01 November 2022 00:00

Can Running Injuries Be Prevented?

Many people who enjoy running are often devastated if they have endured a foot injury. This can cause their running routine to temporarily stop, which may cause despair. The importance of preventing running injuries is crucial among most runners, and there are simple methods that can be done, which can help to do this. A common running injury can happen to the Achilles tendon, which connects the heel to the calf muscles. This may be prevented by performing heel stretches before starting and after completing a run. Additionally, plantar fasciitis can cause severe pain and discomfort, and can be a runner’s worst nightmare. It affects the plantar fascia that is found on the sole of the foot, and connects the heels to the toes. Consistent running without performing stretches beforehand can lead to this debilitating foot condition. A stress fracture can gradually occur from overuse, or may happen from increasing intensity and speed too quickly. If you would like information about how to perform specific stretches that may help to prevent running injuries, please speak with a podiatrist. 

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM of Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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