People tend to have many misconceptions when it comes to what should or should not be done when taking care of a broken or severely injured toe. A major myth about a broken toe is that the toe can’t be broken if you can walk on it, but this is not true, especially in the case of a stress fracture or minor break which may only be present with intermittent pain.
You may be able to treat a minor toe injury by resting and avoiding continued pressure on the toe, but if swelling and pain persist for more than a day or two, see your foot doctor for the proper evaluation and treatment. Treating a broken toe properly is necessary to help prevent future complications including arthritis and constant pain. If a broken toe is reset in a bent position, surgery may be needed to straighten it out.
3 treatments for a broken or severely sprained toe may include the following:
- Specially made inserts, splints, and braces—These custom made orthotic devices can be used to isolate, support, and cushion the affected toe. You may also need specially designed shoes with a wide toe box area and extra room for the supports.
- Immobilization with a rigid plastic boot—A rigid boot may have to be worn to completely immobilize the foot and protect the injured toe.
- Taping—A broken or severely sprained toe can be taped to an adjoining toe to help prevent movement.
If you need help treating a broken toe, see your foot care professional for the proper diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, a pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.
The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.
While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:
- Extremely high arches
- Flat feet
- Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
- Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
- Repeated stress placed on the foot
Treating a Neuroma
A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.
Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.
Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.
Surgery for a Neuroma
Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!
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If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.
Stress fractures (or hairline fractures) often occur in people who participate in vigorous exercise and sports that involve a lot of repetitive stress and pounding. These fractures are also more likely to occur in people who rapidly increase the intensity of an exercise program without allowing time for the bones, muscles, tendons, and other tissues to become accustomed to the newly added pressure.
Stress or hairline fractures can occur gradually, and it may not be obvious that a fracture is what is causing the problem since these types of fractures can mimic other conditions or be hidden by additional injuries. A complete exam with your podiatrist involving MRI scans is essential for determining the actual source of the problem
Treatment of a stress fracture involves the following:
- Immobilize the foot with a rigid boot—An immobilizing walking boot may be needed to isolate the injury and prevent it from moving around so that proper healing can occur.
- Physical therapy strengthening and flexing exercises—A variety of low stress physical therapy exercises can be employed to strengthen the injured area without causing further injury.
- Slowly add activities— Once the initial healing is complete, gradually reintroduce activities such as exercising, and sports under the advice of your podiatrist to help avoid another injury.
- Surgical intervention—Surgery involving pins and hardware may be needed for severe hairline fractures and proper recovery will take many months.
If you have symptoms of a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly-qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
A bunion is one of the most common foot deformities, often affecting the joint at the base of the big toe. Anyone can develop this painful condition but it most often occurs in women. A bunion affects the structure of the foot, causing the joint to become enlarged, which causes the big toe to lean inward towards the other toes. In some cases, the big toe even overlaps the toes. This deformed joint may often become red or swollen, especially when wearing certain shoes or after certain physical activities.
A bunion is a gradual deformity, which means that as soon as you begin to notice changes in the joint or you start to experience symptoms you should consult a podiatrist. While the only way to correct the deformity is through surgery this is usually the last treatment option. After all, a foot doctor can often create a treatment plan that will reduce pain and prevent the deformity from progressing without needing to turn to surgery.
The first course of treatment is usually more conservative. You may be able to manage your bunion pain and swelling by:
- Taking over-the-counter NSAIDs
- Icing the bunion for up to 15 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Placing orthotics into your shoes to alleviate pressure on the joint (talk to your podiatrist about creating custom orthotics)
- Splinting or taping the foot to improve the structural alignment
- Wearing appropriate and supportive footwear that doesn’t put pressure on the toes or bunion
- Applying a bunion pad over the area to prevent a callus from forming while wearing shoes
- Avoiding certain activities and sports that could exacerbate your condition
For many people, these lifestyle changes and simple at-home treatment options are all that’s needed to reduce bunion pain and discomfort, and to prevent the problem from getting worse. Of course, if you find that at-home care isn’t providing you with relief, or if bunion pain is persistent or severe, then you should turn to a podiatrist for an evaluation. Not sure if you have a bunion or not? Call your foot doctor.
When should someone consider bunion surgery?
As we mentioned earlier, bunion surgery is considered a last resort when all other treatment options have been exhausted and they haven’t helped get your bunion symptoms under control. You may also want to consider getting bunion surgery if:
- Your bunion is large and makes it difficult to wear shoes
- Your bunion pain is severe and chronic
- You have trouble walking or moving around because of your bunion
- Your bunion is affecting your quality of life
It can take up to 6 months to fully recover from traditional bunion surgery so it’s important to discuss all of your treatment options with your podiatrist to find the most effective method for getting your bunion symptoms under control.
Clubfoot is a congenital anomaly that is characterized by an inward turning of the feet and ankles that affects nearly one in a thousand young kids. When it affects both feet, they can turn to the point that they are facing each other,but often just one foot is involved.
The condition of clubfoot can become problematic if it is not identified and treated by your foot doctor. Untreated clubfoot can lead to severe complications with walking and movement as the child continues to grow.
A Clubfoot occurs in two different situations: isolated and non-isolated. Isolated clubfoot is the term used when there are no other mitigating circumstances or health conditions. Non-isolated clubfoot is more difficult to treat and may happen concurrently with a neuromuscular disease.
3 treatments for clubfoot include the following:
- The Ponseti system—Using a combination of manual manipulation, stretching exercises and casting the Ponseti method consists of gradually manipulating the foot into the correct position over a period of months.
- Supporting boots and braces—After the cast comes off, a specially fabricated brace and supporting boot will be needed to keep the foot in the proper position until the bones of the foot have grown further and alleviated the condition.
- Surgery may be required—Early detection of clubfoot is essential. If the condition is not noticed early enough, surgery may be needed to straighten out the bones of the foot. The foot surgeon will realign the bones, ligaments, and tendons. Recovery will take some time, and physical therapy exercises will be needed after the initial healing process is over.
If your child is showing signs of clubfoot, see your foot doctor for the proper care. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry Center in New Albany, IN. Our highly qualified podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. is dedicated to providing the best diagnostic care and medical treatment for you and your feet. Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!
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