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March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

Handling Pain in the Top of the Foot

There may be multiple causes for feeling pain in the top of the foot, the most common of which are wearing shoes that are too tight and over-exercising. If you experience pain, swelling and bruising after repetitive exercise, you may have sprained or fractured a metatarsal (stress fracture). Tendonitis or osteoarthritis (both inflammatory conditions) may also cause such pain and swelling, as well as long-term stiffness, a crackling sound when you move your foot, and the formation of a lump. A third cause of top of the foot pain is gout, another inflammatory condition, caused by the buildup of uric acid in the joints. This results in redness, heat, swelling and extreme pain when anything touches the skin, often beginning at the base of the big toe. If you are experiencing any of these conditions, it’s a good idea to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can examine your foot, diagnose the cause, and suggest the appropriate treatment options. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Jeffrey Stewart, DPM from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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There is no difference between a fractured or broken ankle but many people, even sports coaches, do not know this.  A break or a fracture constitutes the loss of bone integrity, and this is true whether there is a hairline crack or the shattering of an ankle bone. To distinguish between a fractured/broken or sprained ankle, an X-ray is needed. Fractures and breaks indicate problems with bones while sprains refer to injuries to ligaments – bands of cartilage that attach bones. You can break a bone and stretch or tear a ligament. Broken/fractured and sprained ankles hurt. If you have injured your ankle, consult with a qualified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Jeffrey Stewart, DPM from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

What Is Morton's Neuroma?

Morton’s Neuroma is the most common neuroma in the foot causing a thickening of the nerve between the third and fourth toes. Morton’s Neuroma may be painful and feel like one is walking on a golf ball because the nerve is irritated and swollen. This condition is often caused by wearing shoes that are too narrow in the toe box or high heels that can cause the toes to be forced into the toe box of the shoe. Those who have other foot issues, who are involved in activities that cause repetitive irritation of the nerve, or who have another foot injury are often more susceptible to developing Morton’s Neuroma. Treatment can involve changing shoes, obtaining orthotics, or getting a cortisone injection, but it is strongly suggested that you contact a qualified podiatrist if you experience foot pain or feel like you may be afflicted with Morton’s Neuroma to properly 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 Jeffrey Stewart, DPM of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. 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 one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 12 March 2022 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Understanding the Severity of Turf Toe

Turf toe is an injury that is common in athletes who play sports, such as baseball, football, or soccer, on artificial turf. Turf toe happens when an extreme force causes the big toe to be hyperextended (or bent) too far towards the top of the foot. This usually results in the base of the big toe tending to become bruised. Turf toe is very painful, and overtime, the toe that is affected will stiffen and be more prone to developing arthritis. Because the big toe joint has limited mobility, developing turf toe again is a possibility, and not allowing the injury enough time to heal can cause the injury to become chronic. Because turf toe can be such a debilitating injury, athletes or patients who believe that they have developed it should consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.  

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Jeffrey Stewart, DPM of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Runners understand the joy the sport brings, however, they are also aware of the possible pain that can come with the activity as well. About 70 percent of all runners injure themselves each year. They may run too fast, too far, or too soon after a previous injury. Luckily, a number of simple guidelines can keep runners on the move. If you are new to running, it’s wise to take it in phases that include walk-run activity. Try not to increase your activity more than 10 percent a week, and try to avoid running more than 45 miles per week, because after that distance, injury is more likely to occur. It’s important to listen to your feet and avoid running through pain. Give your feet and legs a chance to heal before renewing activity. Find running shoes that fit your feet well and cushion your heels, and get new ones after 500 miles. Finally, there are a number of stretching and strengthening exercises you can do to help avoid injuries. If you run consistently, it’s a good idea to plan regular visits with a podiatrist, who can examine your feet, identify any problems, and make custom orthotics as needed. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jeffrey Stewart, DPM of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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