Posts for tag: neuroma
High-heeled shoes are becoming increasingly vilified for all the pain and discomfort they cause. In fact, they are even now being shunned by fashion houses in favor of strutting in luxury sneakers on the catwalk! Women have suffered from the ill effects of high heels for a long time, but the trends are finally leading to more sensible options that don’t cause heel pain and other painful conditions like corns, bunions, and ingrown toenails, just to name a few.
Some of the major foot issues caused by wearing high-heeled shoes include the following:
- Toe deformities—High heeled shoes compress your toes together, contributing to the formation of bunions, hammertoes, and mallet toes.
- Neuroma—Morton’s neuroma is one type of nerve condition that occurs near the ball of the foot. Having your toes scrunched together contributes to pressure on the nerve.
- Achilles tendon injury—Wearing high-heeled shoes also increases pressure on the back of the foot where the Achilles tendon inserts at the heel bone. This tendon can actually decrease in length from repeatedly wearing high-heeled shoes, contributing to Achilles tendonitis and the formation of heel spurs.
For those who insist on continuing to wear high heels, do so in moderation for special occasions and if required for work. Always carry a pair of comfortable shoes that you can quickly put on to give your feet a rest such as during your commute to work.
If you have foot problems caused by wearing high-heeled shoes, 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 a sensation of burning feet can be caused by many conditions. The most common cause is peripheral neuropathy from diabetic nerve damage that is caused by poorly controlled blood sugar levels. Symptoms include a sense of tingling and numbness and a burning sensation that can range from mild to severe. Excessive alcohol consumption can also damage the peripheral nerves and cause a burning feeling.
The uncomfortable sensation that your feet are burning can be caused by the following:
- Systemic problems like kidney and liver disease
- Vitamin, mineral and other nutrient deficiencies
- Various thyroid conditions
- Side effects of certain medicines
- Toxic chemical and heavy metal contamination
- Circulatory problems
- Peripheral neuropathy, neuroma, and other nerve disorders
- Peripheral artery disease
- Fungal nails and bacterial infections
Since diagnosing the cause of the feeling of burning feet may require specific tests, you need to see your foot doctor for the proper diagnosis. Tests may include nerve conduction studies, bodily fluid analysis, and electromyography.
Treatments for burning feet:
- The right shoes with orthotic inserts—Correctly fitted footwear with custom made orthotic inserts can treat a variety of conditions that create a burning foot sensation including foot neuroma and sesamoiditis. Special shoes and braces for patients with diabetes will also help decrease the annoyance of burning feet.
- Decrease or avoid consumption of alcohol
- Vitamin and nutrient supplementation—Getting proper amounts of calcium and magnesium may require taking supplements. It’s also very important to get the right amount of B vitamins, all of which can help stop your feet from burning.
If you are experiencing burning foot pain, it is important to see your foot specialist to receive the correct care. Consult with the foot doctors at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC. Our team of board-certified podiatrists includes Dr. Greg Khaimov, Dr. Daniel Pollack, Dr. Walter Majdanski, Dr. Yakov Haimof, Dr. Mathew Yagudayev, and Dr. Kevin Jeong. 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!
Morton’s neuroma is a nerve growth that is a common foot condition, often described as feeling like you have a pebble in your shoe underneath the ball of your foot. It is usually a result of injury and pressure pushing on the nerves that connect to your toes between the third and fourth metatarsal bones.
Women who like to wear high heeled shoes are more susceptible to developing Morton’s neuroma and many other foot and ankle problems due to the extreme stress and pressure that high heeled shoes put on the feet. Activities like sports and running that impart a large amount of stress and pressure to the feet are also risk factors.
Treating Morton’s neuroma includes the following methods:
- Wear properly-fitted shoes with custom orthotic inserts—Always have your athletic shoes and other footwear properly fitted. Have a computerized gait analysis done at your foot doctor’s office to determine if you have pronation problems. Wearing shoes with a wider toe box will allow your toes room to move. A well-fitting shoe will provide the space needed for custom molded orthotic inserts that can direct pressure away from the painful interdigital nerve.
- Switch activities—You may have to temporarily stop the sporting activity or behavior that caused the injury to give the nerves time to heal. Try switching to cycling or swimming or any other activity that reduces stress on the feet.
- Decrease inflammation—Place a cold pack on the area for fifteen minutes several times a day. Ibuprofen can help to decrease pain and swelling.
- Corticosteroids—These injections often can provide pain relief, but there are side effects that you should review with your podiatrist.
If you suspect that you may have a foot neuroma, 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 condition called metatarsalgia is a major source of pain in the ball of the foot. Since your foot ball is right behind your big toe on the bottom of your foot, it absorbs much of the stress and pressure from walking, standing, and exercising and is frequently the source of intense foot pain. The area where the three middle toes meet with the ball is often affected.
4 causes of pain in the ball of the foot include the following:
- Tight or loose-fitting shoes—Footwear with a narrow toe box such as high-heeled shoes push the toes together and constrict foot and toe movement. Shoes that are worn out and don’t provide the correct support and cushioning will also contribute to ball of the foot pain.
- Fractures— in the toe bones will cause pain in the ball of the foot.
- Neuroma—A neuroma is a growth of fibrous tissue that often occurs between the third and fourth toe bones, causing severe pain and discomfort.
- Hereditary influence—People who have hereditary conditions like high arches or a second toe that is longer than the big toe are more likely to experience pain in the ball of the foot.
Metatarsalgia, as well as the other problems that occur in the ball of the foot, can create radiating pain in your knees, hips, and back. Always have your feet evaluated and properly treated by a foot doctor well versed in all the possibilities to help avoid future complications. 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!
Let’s take a closer at the condition and understand it’s effects.
- Neuroma is an enlarged benign growth of nerves that are caused by the foot’s tissue rubbing against the nerves.
- A sensation of numbness, tingling, burning or pain in the ball of your foot may occur.
- Ischemic Foot causes a decrease in blood flow from the heart to the feet. This brings on muscle cramping, discoloration, cold feet and eventually ulcers.
- Acrocyanosis is a disorder that is painless but effects the blood supply from the arteries to the skin. It’s usually harmless but can be a sign of other problems. Your feet may be constantly cold, sweaty, swollen or discolored.
- Chilblains also known as cold feet. And it isn’t just in the winter, circulation becomes a problem and you can develop redness, swelling and itchy skin.
Nerve or vascular problems effect blood flow and circulation and the treatment for most of these are simple and can be corrected with a visit to the podiatrist. If left unattended however, this could cause more serious conditions, especially in diabetics. Walking, exercising, keeping your feet warm, wearing roomy and lose shoes are all good affordable ways to keep your feet clear of vascular difficulty.
How can I avoid surgery?
- Wear a simple pad and the right shoes with a wide toe box and low heel to reduce the weight on the ball of the foot.
- Your podiatrist can recommend a series of cortisol injections in the problem area.
- Freezing or sealing the nerve with laser treatment can be another alternative treatment.
- Alcohol solutions or vitamin B12 can be a more natural remedy.
- Stretching your toes regularly will keep circulation and blood flow moving constantly.
If you need a diagnosis contact us at Foot and Ankle Center of Fort Lee, LLC by calling 201-363-9662 and schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Fort Lee and Ringwood New Jersey or Forest Hills, Flushing, Woodhaven or Brooklyn New York.