Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Toe pain can arise from various conditions, each requiring careful attention. Bunions, a common cause, involve a bony bump forming at the base of the big toe, leading to discomfort and swelling. Arthritis, particularly osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause joint inflammation and stiffness, affecting toe movement. Infections, whether fungal or bacterial, may result in redness, swelling, and severe pain. Injuries such as fractures or sprains often lead to immediate and intense pain, impairing mobility. Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, restricts blood flow to the extremities, causing pain, especially during walking. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can determine the cause and offer appropriate treatment solutions.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Theresa Brown, DPM of Essie M.B. Smith Foot Clinic. 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 our office located in Montgomery, AL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 07 July 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Relieving plantar fasciitis pain can be achieved through simple exercises that stretch and strengthen the foot. One effective exercise is the calf stretch, where you lean against a wall with one leg extended back and the other bent forward, stretching the calf muscles and reducing tension on the plantar fascia. The toe stretch involves sitting down and pulling your toes back toward your shin, helping to loosen the fascia. Rolling a tennis ball or frozen water bottle under your foot can massage and alleviate pain. Performing foot flexes by sitting with your legs straight and using a towel to pull your toes toward you can also provide relief. Consistently practicing these exercises can reduce pain and inflammation, promoting healing and preventing future flare-ups. If you have plantar fasciitis and are seeking additional effective foot stretches for relief, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist, who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Theresa Brown, DPM  from Essie M.B. Smith Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Running is often considered a contact sport due to the repeated impact of the feet striking the ground. To avoid injuries while running, it is important to follow some key tips. Begin with a proper warm-up to prepare your muscles and joints for the activity ahead. Running at an easy pace most of the time allows your body to adapt to the stresses of running, reducing the risk of overuse injuries. Gradually increasing your running intensity and distance helps to build endurance and strength safely. Incorporate strength training exercises to enhance muscle stability and support your joints. Pay attention to your running form, maintaining an upright posture and a mid-foot strike to distribute impact forces evenly. Wearing appropriate, well-fitted running shoes is essential to provide the necessary support and cushioning. Lastly, listen to your body, and rest if you feel pain or discomfort. If you are a runner, to get the most out of your sport, it is suggested that you seek personalized advice and injury prevention strategies from a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Theresa Brown, DPM of Essie M.B. Smith Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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