Posts for: July, 2018
Pain in the big toe is a very common complaint that is treated by podiatrists. There are quite a variety of causes of pain in the big toe and, since the symptoms can mimic each other, you should see your foot specialist for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
The problems that can cause pain in the big toe can be caused by disease, injury or a structural deficiency.
Three of the most common painful conditions affecting the big toe include the following:
- Turf toe—This injury is a toe sprain that usually affects the big toe and it is more likely to occur on artificial field surfaces – which is how it got its name – but this injury can occur on any athletic surface. The injury is characterized by the ligaments around the big toe becoming inflamed or jammed from the forces experienced while pushing off from your feet while playing sports.
- Hallux Rigidus (stiff big toe)—Hallux is the Latin word for big toe, and rigidus refers to the complete rigidity of the big toe that is the hallmark of this condition. In many instances of stiff big toe, wearing properly-fitted shoes with custom-made orthotic inserts can help alleviate pain and discomfort.
- Gout—There are several types of arthritis that can cause stiffness in the big toe joint. Gouty arthritis is an inflammation of the big toe that is caused by uric acid crystals in the joint. These painful crystals are created by excess uric acid in the blood. When the acid builds up past a certain level, it crystallizes into the extremities, often affecting joints in the feet and hands. Eliminating or greatly reducing alcohol intake and avoiding foods that contain purines such as shrimp, lobster, and fatty meats can help reduce gout attacks. Keep to a healthy weight and consume fresh cherry juice and organic apple cider vinegar to help reduce blood levels of uric acid.
If you are experiencing big toe pain, your foot doctor can determine the cause, so set up a consultation with our board certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your feet really are a marvel of engineering and they do an incredible job every day to get you through your day. While you may tend to take your feet for granted (75% of us do!) while they do all the work of walking, standing, and exercising, here a few things to remind yourself how truly awesome your feet are.
Here are 5 fascinating foot facts:
- The largest feet ever seen—The biggest feet ever measured belong to a Venezuelan man named J. Hernandez, and are a size 26! That’s over sixteen inches long!
- Amazing components—With over 100 muscles, tendons and connecting tissues, 26 bone, and 33 joints, your feet are a design masterpiece.
- Toenail growth rate—Did you know that your toenails grow at a much slower rate than your fingernails? Toenails grow only 1/16th of an inch per month, whereas fingernails can easily grow 1/8th of an inch or more. Nails grow faster during pregnancy, the teenage years, and during the summer months.
- The thickest skin on your body—The skin on the bottoms of your feet is the thickest anywhere on your body. The heel area is very susceptible to forming cracked calluses that could possibly become infected through fissures, so inspect your feet for any cuts or wounds, especially if you have diabetes.
- Stress and pressure absorption—Your feet absorb the equivalent of hundreds of tons of weight every day.
Another fascinating foot fact to consider is that you probably have a foot problem you are not treating, since over three-fourths of people say they neglect their feet. This can be remedied by a visit to your foot doctor, so be sure to consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Spraining an ankle is one of the most common ways to find your way into a podiatrist’s office. While many people may be fortunate enough to walk away with only minor pain and a temporary limp that subsides after a few days of rest and recuperation, other folks suffer sprains that can be much more problematic. The excessive force that is usually absorbed by your ankle bones and other major components is instead released into the more delicate ligaments and tendons, resulting in bruising, swelling, bleeding, and extreme pain all around the ankle joint.
How to treat an ankle sprain
Even what may appear to be a severe ankle sprain, in the beginning, will often respond very well to the RICE method—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. It’s always best to rest a sprained ankle but if you need to get mobile immediately, a walking boot and custom orthotic inserts can provide the necessary stabilization and immobilization for the required period of time. Take the boot off and raise your leg for as many hours as possible while healing occurs during rest periods. Don’t walk on a severely sprained ankle without support. It may take weeks or months of careful strengthening before you can go back to normal activities.
Preventing sprained ankles
Always make sure you are using the appropriate and most supportive shoes for the activity you are performing. This is essential to preventing foot and ankle injuries. Keep in mind that a poorly treated ankle sprain is one of the best ways to have it happen all over again and even worse. So be sure to give your ankle time for the appropriate healing and rehabilitation exercises to take effect.
Slowly strengthening your ankle joints and ligaments is mandatory or you are just asking for a new and likely worse sprain to occur. If you have a severely strained or sprained ankle, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!
Your Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in your body that connects from your heel to your calf muscle. A lot of people do not realize how important this tendon is for walking, running, or merely just standing until they suffer an injury to the tendon that can cause considerable pain, discomfort, and immobility.
Repetitive exercises such as running, basketball, and tennis often cause aggravation to the tendon, creating a condition called Achilles tendonitis. When the intensity of a particular activity is suddenly ramped up, the shock can cause the Achilles tendon to tear or even break completely, causing a loud, cringe-worthy, popping sound.
4 initial treatments for Achilles tendonitis or other tendon and ligament injuries include the following:
- RICE—Basic injury care involves Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
- Strength and flexibility exercises—There are many exercises to limber up and strengthen your calf muscles and tendons to avoid these types of injuries.
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts and corrective shoes—Your podiatrist has a variety of excellent shoes, inserts, and braces that are very effective for a wide variety of problems.
- Switch to a lower impact activity—You can immediately decrease the stress on the affected foot by switching to a low-impact activity such as swimming to help give your Achilles tendon a rest.
Never neglect the initial pain of a tendon injury or any other injury for that matter. If you push too hard through the injury, you often just make it worse and increase the healing time. Be sure to give your body some time to heal at the first sign of injury to avoid this fate.
If you are experiencing the symptoms of Achilles tendonitis, consult with our board-certified podiatrists at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. The center offers convenient locations in Fort Lee NJ, Ringwood NJ, Flushing Queens NY, Woodhaven NY, Brooklyn NY, and Forest Hills NY. Contact us at (201) 363-9844 and schedule an appointment today!