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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Foot Pain Is Common Among Runners

There are many people who enjoy running that experience foot pain. Running causes the feet to endure repetitive stress as a result of the constant pounding on different types of surfaces. Research has indicated the most common types of foot pain caused by running injuries fall into four categories: plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, extensor tendonitis, and adductor and abductor hallucis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. The majority of runners are familiar with pain that can come from an inflamed plantar fascia, known as plantar fasciitis. When this occurs, the heel pain this ailment brings can make running become difficult to pursue. A stress fracture can develop gradually, and may come from not warming up and cooling down properly. It is defined as a hairline fracture in one of the several bones in the feet, and rest is often needed for healing. Extensor tendonitis involves the tendons in the toes, and wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may cause these tendons to become inflamed. Adductor and abductor hallucis is a condition that affects the arch, and can occur from having inadequate arch support in the shoes. If you have foot pain of any kind, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose problems and provide treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Common Reasons a Toe May Become Fractured

The common reasons why people incur a broken toe is from dropping a heavy object on it, or stubbing it into a piece of furniture. Additionally, some patients may endure a toe injury, and the result may be a broken toe. Common symptoms that many people experience can include a popping sound as the toe snaps, and pain that becomes worse when the toe is moved. Additionally, bruising and swelling are common symptoms of a broken toe, and in severe cases, the affected toe may look deformed if it is displaced. A simple diagnosis consists of having an X-ray taken, and this can be helpful in determining how severely the toe is fractured. An effective treatment plan is called the buddy taping method, and this is done by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it. This is often successful in providing the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. The foot and toe will feel better when it is frequently rested and elevated, and this may help to alleviate a portion of the swelling. If you have broken your toe, please schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you a treatment method that is correct for you. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Why a Bunion Develops and What to Do About It

A bunion, known as hallux valgus, is a bony bump that occurs on the joint of the big toe. It forms from bones in the top part of the foot moving out of place, which causes the tip of the big toe to be pulled toward the smaller toes. It also forces the joint in the big toe to be stuck. Women and elderly people are most apt to suffer with bunions. These rarely occur in children, but sometimes babies are born with bunions, or they form in later childhood. The skin above the bunion might be sore and red. Bunions can form by wearing narrow or tight shoes, from one’s foot shape, way of walking, a medical condition, or a foot deformity. Calluses might develop where the big and 2nd toe touch, or on the ball of the foot. Bunion pads, well-fitted shoes, or toe spacers might help with bunion discomfort, and if not, bunion surgery (a bunionectomy) might be an option. Untreated bunions may get worse over time, and it might be difficult to walk or wear regular shoes without pain. If you have a bunion and it hurts, contact a podiatrist for the best treatment option for you.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Pinky Toe Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail is a potentially painful and unsightly condition that usually affects the big toe. This condition occurs when the side of the toenail grows into the skin, creating redness and swelling in the affected area. However, it is also possible for an ingrown toenail to develop on the pinky toe. This can be problematic for several reasons. Most notably, the pinky toe is the smallest of all the toes, which makes taking proper care of the pinky toenail difficult. Many individuals can not properly trim or cut this toenail due to its small size, which is a leading cause of ingrown toenails. For example, toenails that are cut too short or in a misshapen way can develop into ingrown toenails. A good way to prevent this from happening to your pinky toes is to cut the toenail straight across. This can prevent the nail from growing into the skin. Another helpful method of prevention is to wear shoes that do not crowd the toes and offer sufficiently large toe boxes. The pinky is certainly a small and often neglected part of the human body. However, having an ingrown toenail on your pinky toe is nothing to take lightly. Reach out to your local podiatrist to learn more about treating your ingrown toenail.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Comprehensive Footcare Clinic - Hawaii. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Honolulu, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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