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Tuesday, 26 September 2023 00:00

Causes and Solutions for Second Toe Pain

Second toe pain can be a bothersome and discomforting issue, impacting your daily activities and quality of life. Understanding the potential causes and effective treatments is crucial for finding relief and maintaining optimal foot health. One common culprit of second toe pain is wearing improperly fitting shoes. Tight, narrow, or pointy shoes can compress the toes, leading to discomfort and deformities such as hammertoes. High heels, which force excessive weight onto the toes, can exacerbate this problem. Another frequent cause is overuse or repetitive stress, often seen in athletes or individuals engaged in activities that involve pushing off with the toes. This can lead to conditions that can include metatarsalgia or stress fractures. To address second toe pain, begin by wearing comfortable, properly fitting shoes with adequate toe room. Wearing custom orthotics can provide additional support and alleviate pressure. Rest, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage acute pain, and exercises may be beneficial for chronic issues. If second toe pain persists or worsens, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and tailored treatment plan.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Glen Robison of AZ Foot & Ankle. 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 offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 19 September 2023 00:00

Heel Pain Caused by Bursitis

Heel pain can be debilitating, and one common cause is bursitis. This condition occurs when the bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that cushions and lubricates the joints, becomes inflamed. In the case of heel bursitis, the bursa located at the back of the heel becomes irritated and swollen. The bursa is typically aggravated by activities that put pressure on the affected area, such as walking or wearing tight shoes. Inflammation can also be caused by repetitive overuse or direct trauma to the heel. Diagnosis usually involves a physical examination, and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays or ultrasound are used to rule out other conditions. Treatment options range from rest and ice to reduce inflammation, to physical therapy and orthotic shoe inserts for support. In some cases, a podiatrist may recommend corticosteroid injections to alleviate pain and inflammation. If you're experiencing persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and personalized treatment plan. With the right care, heel bursitis can be managed effectively, allowing you to get back on your feet pain-free.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Glen Robison of AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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When it comes to choosing the right shoe size while online shopping, there are guidelines to avoid sizing mishaps. It is wise to measure your foot each time you buy from a new brand. To measure your foot accurately, stand on a flat surface with your heels against a wall. Place a ruler on the floor beside the inside of your foot from heel to toe. Position an object with a flat edge at the tip of your longest toe. Measure the length in centimeters where the flat edge crosses the ruler. When using size conversion charts, centimeters are used, as these charts are metric-based. In general, if you have shopped for a particular brand before, order your normal shoe size unless you have a wider foot or wear a half size, in which case, you might have to go up a half size. Account for brand differences as different shoe brands may have slight variations in sizing. By following these steps, you can confidently choose the right shoe size when shopping online, avoiding the frustration of returns, and ensuring a comfortable fit for your footwear. If you have additional questions about how to find the right size shoes for your feet, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss this further.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Recurrent Ankle Sprains

Recurrent ankle sprains are a common issue, often resulting in chronic symptoms like pain, swelling, and instability. Reasons for this chronic problem include ligament laxity, proprioception deficits, and muscle weakness. There is a higher risk of this among younger individuals and athletes. A thorough evaluation, involving MRIs, diagnosis, and assessment of the severity of ankle injuries should be done to distinguish between functional and mechanical instability. Treatment options range from conservative methods like rest and elevation of the ankle, neuromuscular training, and bracing, to surgical interventions. If you find that you are spraining your ankle repeatedly, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to evaluate your ankle and determine the best way to manage this for the best possible outcome.

Ankle sprains are common but need immediate attention. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Glen Robison from AZ Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains take place when the ligaments in your ankle are torn or stretched beyond their limits. There are multiple ways that the ankle can become injured, including twisting or rolling over onto your ankle, putting undue stress on it, or causing trauma to the ankle itself.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Mild to moderate bruising
  • Limited mobility
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration of the skin (depending on severity)

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

Treatment of a sprain depends on the severity.  Many times, people are told to rest and remain off their feet completely, while others are given an air cast. If the sprain is very severe, surgery may be required.

If you have suffered an ankle sprain previously, you may want to consider additional support such as a brace and regular exercises to strengthen the ankle.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Mesa and Globe, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 03 September 2023 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.

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