Posts for tag: bunion
The bunion is a common big toe deformity that is easily identifiable from the bony bump that forms on the top or side of the big toe joint. As the bunion matures, the big toe is bent into the other toes with a lot of force causing rubbing, blisters, and even underlapping and overlapping toes. You inherit the tendency to develop bunions from your parents, but pressure from your footwear can increase this tendency.
Wearing tightly-fitting shoes or pumps that cramp your toes together in the front of the shoe will accelerate the formation of bunions and other toe deformities like hammertoes. People who have flat feet and arthritis are also more susceptible to getting bunions.
3 relatively simple treatments for bunions include the following:
- Wear properly-fitted shoes with a wide toe box—The pressure and rubbing from poorly fitting shoes contribute to bunion severity and also cause blisters and corns to develop. Wearing properly-fitted shoes with a wide toe box will allow the bunion room to move without the extra friction.
- Physical therapy exercises—Many types of stretching and strengthening exercises are appropriate to help keep the toe joints flexible. Two of these are toe scrunching exercises and picking up small objects with your toes.
- Braces and orthotic inserts—A splint that pulls the big toe away from the other toes can be worn during sleep to help move it into a straighter position. Your foot doctor can create custom orthotic shoe inserts that work to straighten your toes and keep them apart.
If your bunions continue to become more painful, surgery may be necessary. For the proper treatment of bunions, consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Greg Khaimov, DPM, FACFAS, Daniel Pollack, DPM, FACFAS, Walter Majdanski, DPM, AACFAS, Yakov Haimof, DPM, Mathew Yagudayev, DPM, AACFAS, and Kevin Jeong, DPM. 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!
Having hard, rough, abrasive skin on your feet looks ugly, and can often feel uncomfortable.
Hard skin on the foot can be easily removed using a file or pumice stone. A pumice stone is naturally abrasive and is made of volcanic rock and crystals, which is an earthy addition to your foot care program. Rubbing away the dead skin on your feet allows new skin cells to grow unimpeded and ushers in a nice smooth texture.
There are a variety of methods for dealing with this common problem, some of which include the following:
- Custom made orthotic inserts—If you have an underlying foot problem, your foot doctor may prescribe custom-made padded inserts that can relieve the pressure on the heel, and on corns and calluses.
- Trimming away dead skin—It’s best to let your foot doctor cut away thickened skin or trim a bothersome corn during an office visit. Your foot specialist can do the trimming without causing any unnecessary bleeding which could end up causing an infection.
- Acid peels—Your podiatrist may recommend a patch containing a high concentration of salicylic acid. While these patches are available at your pharmacy, the prescription strength medicine is more effective at more rapid hard skin removal. The peels may be used in conjunction with abrasive methods.
- Antibiotic medication—Antibiotic cream or ointment may be prescribed to reduce any risk of infection.
- Surgery—In severe cases, your foot specialist may recommend surgery to correct problems like the intrusion of a bone that may be causing friction and callus formation.
If you have difficult to treat hardened skin on your feet, 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!
Are you having considerably difficulty bending your large toe? A stiff big toe, or hallux rigidus, can be caused when degenerative arthritis settles into the big toe joint. This condition generally occurs in older folks, since the wear and tear of time on your feet can be largely responsible. Having flat feet, gout, and rheumatoid arthritis can make you more likely to develop a stiff big toe. You don’t really notice how important your big toes are for walking, climbing stairs, or just standing up until you have a problem bending them.
Diagnosis of hallux rigidus can be complicated since the symptoms can be similar to those caused by a bunion. Since the arthritis of hallux rigidus occurs gradually, the initial stages may only limit the movement of the toe and complete stiffness may not occur until later. This initial stage is called hallux limitus. Getting treatment as early as possible will help avoid further complications, so see your foot specialist for proper identification and treatment.
Once the diagnosis of hallux rigidus is confirmed, conservative treatments may include:
- Corticosteroid injection—This may restore normal movement and require several injections spread over time.
- Custom orthotic inserts and proper shoes—These devices are specially made and strategically placed in your footwear to redistribute the pressure and stress on the toes and improve the overall functioning of the foot. They are used in conjunction with properly fitted shoes that have stiffer soles to help relieve pressure on the big toe joint.
- Ibuprofen—Or other recommended anti-inflammatory medications can help relieve pain and inflammation.
For more expert advice on hallux rigidus 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!
“I’m too busy.”
“It’s just an off week.”
“My foot doesn’t really feel that bad.”
“Maybe if I wait, the pain will simply go away.”
There’s no limit to the excuses we make for avoiding our visits to the podiatrist. After all, a diagnosis feels like a confirmation that something is wrong with our feet, and we want so badly for everything to just be okay! Unfortunately, these excuses may prevent us from receiving treatment during the critical early stages of a foot condition, and may ultimately make the problem much worse.
Here are 5 signs that it’s time to stop making excuses and start seeing a foot doctor.
1.You’re experiencing persistent pain in your feet, heels, or ankles.
Occasional foot tenderness is not a huge cause for concern; however, if you’re experiencing frequent swelling, pain, or numbness, the root cause probably needs to be treated by a trained podiatrist. Your pain may originate from tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, a sprain, diabetic nerve damage, or any number of other conditions that require professional care.
2. You’ve noticed significant changes in your nails or the skin of your foot.
3.Part of your foot is swollen, red, and feels hot to the touch.
These are telltale signs that this area of your foot is infected.
4. An infection has spread from one area to another.
If an already present infection has progressed even further, you must see a qualified podiatrist to diagnose your foot condition and prevent it from worsening.
5. You’ve been taking an over-the-counter medication for two weeks and your symptoms have not improved.
For expert diagnosis and foot treatment, consult our team of 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!
Call it a mallet toe, a claw toe or a curled toe; refer to it as an abnormal bend or foot deformity, it still is one of the most common bone deformities in all foot problems and is known as the Hammer Toe.
Hammer toe is a bending of the toes (usually the second toe) into a hammer like shape at the first joint of the digit. It is formed when the middle joint becomes dislocated and the toe moves into a claw-like position. This deformity starts out as mild but progressively gets worse over time due to arthritis and wearing shoes that don’t fit properly. In medical jargon it is referred to as the permanent flexion at the mid-phalangeal joint of one or more toes.
There are two types of hammer toes:
- Flexible hammer toe: occurs when the toes are flexible and can move. Several treatment options are available
- Rigid hammer toe: occurs when the tendons in the toes become rigid and press the joint out of alignment. This usually requires surgery
- A high foot arch
- Ones genes – at times
- A toe injury
- Having calluses, bunions or corns
- Tightened ligaments or tendons in the foot
- Wearing ill-fitting and high heeled shoes
- Inward bent toe
- Corns or calluses
- A toe joint swelling and becoming an angry red color
- Pain on the ball of the foot under the bent toe
- Difficulty walking
- The inability to stretch or wiggle ones toes
Treatment for Mild to Severe Hammer Toes
- Wearing correct footwear
- Wearing insoles to alleviate pain due to a high arch
- Buying non-medicated hammer toe pads
- Gently flexing and massaging the toes
- Ice packs to reduce painful swelling
- Medical advice for reducing inflammation
- Cortisone injections for acute pain on doctor’s advice
- Splinting the toe in the early stages
- Surgery (normally on an outpatient basis)
Tailoring treatments to the patient’s requirements is top priority at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC and we provide the best treatment options to help rid you of your pain. If your hammer toe is getting progressively worse and you realize that medical help is necessary, schedule an appointment with our team of professionals in any one of our five locations; for New Jersey residents, Fort Lee and Ringwood and our New York residents, Queens, Woodhaven, Brooklyn and Forest Hills. For more information call us at 201- 363-9844.