Posts for tag: Stress Fractures
The best course of action if you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot, especially if you can’t tell the exact cause, is to have your foot doctor do a complete exam to get right to the core of the problem and begin the proper treatment.
3 common causes of pain on the top of the foot include:
- Breaks and stress fractures—The bones on the top of your foot are really quite delicate and susceptible to injury such as from dropping something heavy on your foot, causing a broken bone. Conversely, a stress or hairline fracture in one of the bones on the top of the foot can happen slowly over time, eventually causing considerable pain that may difficult to diagnose and pinpoint without the help of your foot doctor.
- Poorly fitting shoes—Tightly fitting shoes can increase the pressure on the top of the foot causing rubbing and blisters. Always choose shoes with a wide toe box to give your forefoot enough room to move. Shoes that are too loose should also be avoided since they can cause unnecessary friction.
- Systemic diseases—Like arthritis and gout can contribute to swelling and tenderness in the bones, ligaments, and other tissues on the top of the foot. Patients who have diabetes may feel discomfort on the top of the foot that is caused by peripheral nerve damage.
If you are experiencing pain on the top of your foot that is accompanied with difficulty with weight bearing, or if you have a cut or wound that is causing the problem, you should have an immediate evaluation by your podiatrist. For any pain you are having in your feet and ankles, 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!
The feeling of having a pebble in your shoe is how a condition known as Morton’s neuroma is often described. It happens in the ball of the foot, between the middle toes (usually the third and fourth) and is characterized by a thickening of the tissue around a major nerve that connects to the toes. When this nerve becomes injured or compressed, it causes numbness and a burning sensation in addition to severe pain and discomfort.
Women who wear high heeled shoes are prone to developing Morton’s neuroma. Any tight-fitting shoes or boots that squeeze the toes together, such as those used in rock climbing and skiing, can be problematic. Runners are also more likely to develop this condition due to the repeated stress and pounding their feet take. If you have other foot abnormalities including hammertoes or flatfeet, you are more susceptible to this problem.
Morton’s neuroma can very often be successfully treated by conservative measures that include the following:
- Change to better fitting shoes—Wearing shoes that have more toe room and a lower heel cup will often allow the nerve to rest and heal.
- Orthotic shoe inserts—In addition to correcting problems caused by flatfeet, inserts can also lift and separate the bones between the toes and decrease the pressure on the nerve thereby promoting healing.
- Cortisone injections—These can help lower inflammation and reduce nerve compression.
If this condition goes untreated, permanent damage may result. It is also possible that the pain in the ball of your foot is caused by something else such as arthritis or a stress fracture, so be sure to see your foot care professional for the correct diagnosis and treatment.
For more expert advice on Morton’s neuroma treatment, 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!
Gymnastics is a very demanding sport that requires considerable dedication and strenuous preparation in order to compete at the highest levels of international competition. Injuries to young gymnasts occur at an alarming rate, with many thousands of doctor visits necessitated each year. While many of these injuries are the result of accidents, a large number of them can likely be prevented with some common sense approaches.
Young gymnasts are particularly prone to these types of injuries:
- Fractures—Too much sudden pressure can cause a bone to crack or completely break. Another type of fracture caused by repetitive motion is the stress fracture, which occurs over time and frequently affects the metatarsal bones in the toes.
- Ankle sprains and strains—An inward or outward rolling of the ankle is a frequent occurrence in gymnastic training and competition. If the ligaments and tendons are stressed excessively, a painful injury can result with a concomitant increase in swelling and bruising.
- Strained muscles—While stressed out ligaments and tendons can cause a variety of complications, muscle strain is also a major cause of debilitation among gymnasts.
Preventing these types of injuries involves:
- Safety measures—Special footwear, harnesses, and various orthotic and padding devices may be used. Spotters should be on duty for difficult maneuvers. Protected floors are also a huge benefit.
- Warm ups—Stretching and warming up before training and competitions are essential to avoiding injury.
- Regular checkups—Seeing a podiatrist for treatment before symptoms become worse is an excellent proactive measure.
Many of these common injuries can be avoided with care and diligence, but having an experienced podiatrist in your corner is invaluable when injuries do occur. For more expert advice on treatment for gymnastics injuries, 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!
There are a lot of health risks that come along with wearing high heels. High heels point the toes downward, which loads feet with the full weight of the bodies. As a result, foot, leg, and back muscles are forced out of alignment, and this causes damage to other parts of the body. They can also cause stress fractures due to the excessive pressure being put on the ball of the foot. Heel pain is another issue commonly experienced by women who wear high heels. It is important to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of heels before deciding to wear them.
High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet consult with Dr. Greg Khaimov, DPM of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Dr. Khaimov will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
Effects of High Heels on the Feet
High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity. Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.
What parts my body will be affected by high heels?
- Ankle Joints
- Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
- Balls of the Feet
- Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
- Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain. Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.
What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Plantar Fasciitis
How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?
If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems. Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet. Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising. If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work. Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Novi, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.
We are in the midst of summer, and everyone is taking out their favorite pair of flip-flops. Little do they know, flip-flops offer lack of protection against falling objects, and can lead to internal foot damage to bones, according to Laura Schocker of Huffington Post.
Spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association believes flip-flops can trigger foot ailments such as: tendonitis, stress fractures, foot pain, ankle pain, blisters, and plantar fasciitis. "The feet are the foundation of your whole body. This is the base of the skeleton," says Jackie Sutera, a podiatrist in New York City.
Speaking to a podiatrist like Dr. Greg Khaimov of Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC help you better understand the steps you can take to ensure that your feet stay healthy while wearing flip flops.
Flip-Flops and Feet
How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?
· Ankle problems
· Hip problems
· Lower back problems
· Changes in the way you walk
Are there injuries associated with flip-flops?
· Sprained ankles
· Cuts and Scrapes
I like wearing flip-flops, are there safe alternatives?
When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and are made of high quality materials that will support for your feet. These flip-flops will cost more, but will also last longer as a result; make sure you are purchasing your flip-flops from a respected brand too. Replacing your flip-flops every 3-4 months is suggested to provide maximum support and protection for your feet.
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