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Friday, 27 July 2018 15:22

Foot Pain Keeps Runner from Competing

running shoes 2A woman who was an avid runner found that she couldn’t continue her long-distance races due to a stabbing pain in her left foot. She quickly discovered that ice and ibuprofen were not enough to heal the pain she was experiencing. This woman also noticed that although her foot was not red, it was swollen and painful. She then opted to have an X-ray and CT scan on her feet to discover what was happening. The X-ray did not show anything that was wrong, however, the CT scan revealed a stress fracture in the bone. After putting her foot in a surgical boot and going through physical therapy, she still experienced pain in her foot. A second CT scan found that the fracture was healed, but the pain still remained. Her doctor was able to find that the cause of her pain was a benign tumor in her thigh, and once it was removed, she began to feel less weak. As time went on, she eventually was able to gain full strength and continue to run half-marathons without experiencing any pain in her feet.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese 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 South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 20 July 2018 15:14

The Best Way to Prevent Toenail Fungus

black feet4Flip flops and water shoes may play an important role in protecting your feet against fungi. If you are using a public shower, you are standing in an area full of dirty hair, urine, and sweat. These things are all known to breed different types of bacteria and fungus. More specifically, athlete’s foot, toenail fungus, and ringworm can all be contracted in a warm, damp environment such as a public shower. If you happen to get toenail fungus, you unfortunately might start to lose your toenails. This condition is also difficult to treat because oral antifungal medications are not always effective.

In severe cases, the toenail fungus may lead to toenail removal. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Talcum powder – applying powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Friday, 13 July 2018 16:03

What is a Foot Ulcer?

danita01Diabetic patients may experience foot ulcers, which may be a result of poorly managed insulin levels. These type of wounds typically develop on the balls of the feet or under the big toes, and may possibly affect the foot bones. Postponing proper treatment may lead to severe infections and amputation may be a necessary option. One of the first signs that a foot ulcer may be present is unusual drainage from the wound. This may also be accompanied by swelling, redness, or an unpleasant odor emanating from the foot. The lack of healthy blood flow to the foot may cause the surrounding skin to become black, possibly causing gangrene to develop. Many diabetics have difficulty with healing as a result of elevated glucose levels. Additionally, having poor circulation may cause lack of efficient blood flow to the feet. If you think you may have a foot ulcer, it’s suggested to confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for the advice on proper treatment options.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a nondiabetic. 

What is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 05 July 2018 20:08

Why Do I Have Pain Under My Big Toe?

SesamoiditisResearch has shown that all the bones in the body are connected to other bones through joints. The one exception to this are the sesamoid bones, because they are joined through tendons or can be found in the muscles of the body. One of the places these particular bones exist are on the sole of the foot near the base of the big toe. If an injury should be experienced that involves this part of the foot, the surrounding area may become inflamed, often causing pain and discomfort, which is typically felt on the bottom of the foot. Injuries involving the sesamoid bones may often be the result of gradual repetitive activities or a sudden change in footwear may contribute to the onset of this condition. Patients that have feet with a high arch may be susceptible to developing sesamoiditis, because of the concentrated pressure under the big toe. Treatment options may include wearing custom-made orthotics, in addition to possible surgery or injection therapy. If you feel you are afflicted with this ailment, it’s advised to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and discussions about treatment options.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Danita Reese of Family Foot Clinic, PC. Dr. Reese will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in South Hill, VA. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technologies to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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