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Foot stress fractures, though diminutive in size, can pack a punch when it comes to discomfort and disruption in daily activities. These fractures occur when the normal balance between bone formation and breakdown is disrupted, often due to repetitive stress or overuse. High-impact activities like running or jumping, sudden increases in physical activity, or wearing inadequate footwear can all contribute to the development of stress fractures. The bones in the foot, particularly the metatarsals, are vulnerable to micro-cracks when subjected to repetitive loading without sufficient time for recovery. Factors such as improper training techniques, changes in exercise surfaces, or underlying conditions that affect bone density can heighten the risk. If you have developed a foot stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat this condition.
Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Amir Shalev, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.
Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use. The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.
What Are Stress Fractures?
Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:
- People affected with Osteoporosis
- Tennis or basketball players
- High impact workouts
Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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Orthotics can provide significant relief for individuals suffering from bunion pain. Bunions are characterized by the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe, often leading to pain, swelling, and altered foot biomechanics. Orthotics offer several benefits in managing this condition. They help redistribute pressure and support the arch of the foot, reducing the strain on the affected joint. This alleviates pain and prevents the bunion from worsening. Orthotics can also correct abnormal foot mechanics, such as overpronation or supination, which can contribute to bunion formation and exacerbation. By promoting proper alignment, orthotics help avoid further deformity. Additionally, they offer cushioning and shock absorption, reducing discomfort when walking or engaging in physical activities. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for care options and discussion on whether orthotics can help you.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Amir Shalev, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
If you have any questions please contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder, or CMT, is an inherited neurological disorder that affects individuals globally. CMT is characterized by a gradual degeneration of muscles in the foot, lower leg, hand, and forearm, accompanied by a mild loss of sensation in limbs, fingers, and toes. The initial signs of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder are often a high-arched foot or difficulties in walking. Additional symptoms can include foot bone abnormalities like hammer toes, challenges with balance, occasional muscle cramping in lower legs, and loss of reflexes. While there is currently no cure for CMT, proper foot care, including wearing custom-made shoes and leg braces, can alleviate discomfort and help retain function. Moderate activity are often recommended to maintain muscle strength, with adaptive devices or surgery considered based on medical indications. Most individuals can continue to work, and wheelchair confinement is rare. For help in managing Charcot-Marie-Tooth disorder, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.
Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact Amir Shalev, DPM of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Rare Foot Conditions
The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist. Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care.
There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:
- Freiberg’s disease
- Kohler’s disease
- Maffucci syndrome
Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp.
Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.
Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking.
A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
Mobility can be significantly impacted in individuals with osteoarthritis of the feet. Osteoarthritis is a common joint condition characterized by the breakdown of cartilage, which cushions the joints. When it affects the feet, it can lead to several mobility-related challenges. The pain and stiffness associated with osteoarthritis can make it difficult to walk and move comfortably. Simple activities like standing up, walking short distances, or climbing stairs may become painful and challenging. The loss of joint flexibility in the feet can also affect balance, increasing the risk of falls and further hindering mobility. Osteoarthritis can alter the natural alignment of the feet, leading to abnormal walking patterns and gait disturbances. Additionally, individuals with foot osteoarthritis may become less physically active due to discomfort, which can contribute to overall deconditioning and reduced mobility. Managing osteoarthritis of the feet often involves a combination of treatments, including pain management, orthotics, assistive devices, and lifestyle modifications. When severe and more conservative treatments do not work, surgery may be needed as an intervention. If you suffer from osteoarthritis in your feet and movement is hard, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment that may help you to resume pain-free living.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Amir Shalev, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.