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Patients with diabetes who have numbness from nerve damage often experience a complete lack of feeling in their feet as the disease progresses. This can lead to the development of a problem called Charcot Foot. With this condition, you’ll find a severe and disabling deformity that occurs to the foot often without the patient even being aware of it. Weakened bones can actually fracture and cause the foot to collapse, requiring surgery or even possible amputation.
Symptoms of Charcot foot
Extreme swelling and warmth in the foot are early signs of this disorder. Always have your foot specialist perform a thorough exam. Many of the problems of Charcot foot will be physically obvious, but imaging studies such as X-ray or MRI are necessary to determine the full extent of the damage.
Treatments for Charcot foot include the following:
- Rigid boot or cast may be required—Weakened bones in the feet may need a rigid boot or cast to hold them in place while healing occurs. A wheelchair or walker will help to decrease pressure on the foot during the healing period which may last for several months or more.
- Custom orthotic inserts and specially made shoes—After the initial healing period from any surgery or other intervention, you will need to wear custom shoes. These are constructed with stabilizing braces and orthotic inserts to prevent foot ulcers and to keep the foot from collapsing again.
- Activity changes—An activity plan that isn’t too strenuous will be required to avoid causing new damage to the foot.
For expert treatment of Charcot foot disease, 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!
A bunion is a bony growth that grows on the joint of the big toe, causing the toe to bend inwards and push into the other toes. This type of bump can also occur in a smaller version on the pinky toe which is probably why it is called a bunionette. Bunions and bunionettes are the results of structural imbalances involving the tendons and ligaments that connect to the toes and help them to move.
Some of the signs that you are developing a bunion include:
- Bony bump—You will notice a bony protrusion growing on the side or top of the big toe joint.
- Toe bending—Because of the structural abnormalities affecting the joint, your big toe will bend towards your other toes. This will get progressively more pronounced if not treated.
- Skin discoloration—The skin covering the bony bump will appear much redder or darker than the surrounding skin.
- Calluses and corns—The thickened skin of a callus or corn may develop in response to the friction caused by over and underlapping toes
Treatment options for bunions include the following:
- Properly-fitting shoes with a wide toe box
- Custom orthotic inserts, toe splints, or braces to redistribute pressure
- Strength and flexibility exercises
- Surgical reduction of the bunion and toe realignment
Since the ligaments, tendons, and other tissues in the toe will become more stressed over time as the bunion grows, is very important to have the condition treated as early as possible to avoid painful nerve conditions like metatarsalgia. Arthritis and bursitis may also become more pronounced in a toe affected by a bunion.
If you suspect that you are developing a bunion, 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!
One of the most obvious but often overlooked aspects of foot care is the prevention of foot and ankle problems from happening in the first place. Of course, the importance of regular foot inspections, wearing properly fitted shoes, and doing strengthening and flexibility exercises can’t be overemphasized.
Yet another excellent method for being proactive about your foot health is using custom orthotic inserts to provide additional support and to treat and prevent a wide variety of foot, ankle, knee, and back problems. Orthotics can do this by correcting imbalances with your gait mechanics and foot structure.
Custom orthotic inserts offer the following benefits:
● Pressure and pain relief—Pads and other cushioning and supports can help relieve the pain of many skin conditions such as corns, calluses, and of arch problems like plantar fasciitis and flat feet.
● Ankle and foot stabilization—Stabilizing inserts that help improve balance and prevent ankle wobbling can be essential to preventing falls in the elderly and in those patients who have diabetes.
● Preventing the need for surgery—Proper recommendation and placement of orthotics by a skilled foot doctor can prevent any need for more invasive procedures like surgery.
● Treatment for abnormal foot growths and structural irregularities—Toe issues including bunions and hammertoes can be aided with orthotics and they are an excellent way to treat tendonitis and high arches.
● Treatment of diabetic foot problems—In addition to specially designed and comfortable footwear, custom orthotic inserts can treat and prevent diabetic foot ulcers and other injuries to the feet and ankles that may lead to ulcerating infection and possible amputation.
To get the most out of your orthotic inserts, seek the services of an experienced foot care professional for a proper evaluation of your foot structure and gait mechanics. We highly recommend that you 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!