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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The heel bone, or calcaneus, is the largest of the 26 bones in the foot. Too much stress on the heel, such as repeatedly pounding the feet on hard surfaces, can cause soreness. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel along the sole of the foot. Other sources of heel pain are wearing shoes that lack ample cushioning and shock absorption, running too far, and landing awkwardly on the feet. Tightness in the Achilles tendon, as well as biomechanical difficulties like flat feet and overpronation can also be causes of heel pain. Additional causes of heel pain include heel spurs, arthritis, and stress fractures. Depending on the cause, symptoms include pain, tenderness, swelling, numbness, and stiffness. If you are experiencing regular bouts of heel pain, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for an examination, a diagnosis, and an appropriate course of treatment. 

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

A bunion is defined as a bony protrusion that is found on the side of the big toe, which may shift toward the other toes as it becomes larger. Corns may form on the side of the bunion from rubbing against the shoe, and this is often uncomfortable. Patients may choose to have bunion surgery, which is generally successful in removing the bunion, and straightening the big toe. A cast is often worn that can stabilize the foot, and existing pain and swelling will gradually diminish in approximately six weeks. Research has shown that adequate rest may accelerate healing, and many people choose to take time off from work. The foot may become stronger when specific exercises are performed, in addition to improving flexibility and range of motion. If you have a bunion and are considering surgery for permanent removal, please consult with a podiatrist who can determine if this is correct for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Pain in the big toe is not uncommon. Some patients notice that it gradually develops, and may occur suddenly for various reasons. Gout is a medical condition that causes sharp pain in the big toe, and the sensation is likened to crystals that lie between the joints. Having a bunion is another reason for pain to develop in the toes. It is defined as a bony lump that forms on the side of the big toe, and may shift the other toes toward each other. An ingrown toenail is a common condition that affects the toes, and an infection may cause unbearable toe pain. Some people can develop turf toe, which can happen from extensive stress that is placed on the toe from flexing the foot. This may be seen among athletes, and symptoms can include swelling and discoloration, in addition to pain and discomfort. If you have toe pain for any reason, please confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and treat it accordingly.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Michael A. Wood of Foot Health Institute. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 04 January 2023 00:00

The feet are typically affected with the condition that is known as peripheral neuropathy. It causes the inability to feel sensations on the feet, and existing cuts, bruises, and scrapes may go unnoticed. There are various categories of specific types of nerves, consisting of sensory, motor, and autonomic nerves. Pain and touch are products of the sensory nerves, while the motor nerves control the muscles. Automatic functions of the body come from the autonomic nerves, and bladder function and blood pressure fall into this area. The symptoms that many people experience with neuropathy can include a loss of balance, weakness in the feet, in addition to a tingling or numbing sensation in the hands and feet. Diabetic patients may be prone to developing neuropathy, and infected cuts on the feet may go unnoticed, possibly leading to serious complications. If you have any symptoms that may indicate neuropathy, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Dr. Michael A. Wood from Foot Health Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lansing, and Chicago, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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