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Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

Symptoms of Hammertoe

It is relatively simple to detect the condition that is known as hammertoe. The middle toes are bent in a downward position, which may often be the result of wearing shoes that are too tight. This type of shoe may not provide adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, this may create an imbalance in the muscles of the toes and may cause difficulty in straightening the toe. The symptoms that are associated with hammertoe may include pain and discomfort, corns or calluses, or difficulty in walking. Treatment may include using appropriate cushioning on the affected toe or toes, and treating any corns or calluses that may be present. If you feel you have hammertoe, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist who can perform a proper diagnosis, followed by beginning the treatment that is right for you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Kelly May from Illinois Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Frankfort, IL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 00:00

Reminder - When was the last time...

Custom orthotics (shoe inserts) should be replaced periodically. They need to fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles.

The elder population may experience foot conditions as the aging process occurs. It is common for the feet to lose cushioning, and the skin and nails may become brittle and dry. Any foot sores that may be present may heal slowly as a result of poor circulation. Many patients experience corns and calluses, and research has indicated that if proper shoes are worn, these conditions may be avoided. Elderly people may suffer from ingrown toenails, which may often be caused by trimming the toenails improperly. If diabetes is a concern, proper care must be taken to ensure the feet are kept clean and dry. If there are sores or cuts present, it is suggested to seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition, and offer guidance on how to properly take care of elderly feet.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Kelly May from Illinois Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet, and can hide many life threating medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Importance of Podiatry

The feet support the entire body; therefore, foot health has a large impact on one’s overall health. The foot and ankle have 26 bones, 33 joints, and over 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Consequently, there are a lot of areas in the feet and ankles where something can go wrong. Ingrown nails, corns, calluses, bunions, and other ailments are also possibilities on the outside of the foot. Fortunately, there are many preventative measures that can be taken to avoid any complications in the feet or ankles. Podiatrists are experts in this area and offer support for both feet and ankles. They can provide guidance on how to prevent difficulties and give treatment for any ailment that has already progressed. If you feel that you are having any problems with your feet or ankles, then is it highly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist to figure out what the issue is.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Dr. Kelly May from Illinois Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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