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Signs That It May Be Time to See a Podiatrist

Posted by on October 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That It May Be Time to See a Podiatrist

Sore and aching feet don’t always need the attention of a doctor; soreness after being on your feet all day or wearing shoes that pinch can be expected, and certain minor injuries of the feet may simply heal on their own. However, there are times when you want to see a podiatrist to have your feet examined and have him or her intervene. Certain conditions may not heal by themselves and may be very serious, so they may require medical attention as soon as you notice them. Note the following. 1. Severe pain or swelling after an injury If you stub your toe or twist your ankle slightly while walking, you may only need to wait for the pain to subside. However, if you’ve severely twisted your ankle or have otherwise suffered a major injury, and especially if you notice severe pain and swelling, you want to visit a podiatrist. You may have broken a bone or sprained a joint in your foot, or may have damaged the muscles, tendons, or ligaments of the foot. Not having these treated as you should can mean increased pain over time and a wound that may not heal on its own.  2. Abnormal lumps or bumps on the feet Lumps and bumps on the feet can be ankle or other bone spurs, or simply warts. They can also be signs of skin cancer or other serious conditions. You should never ignore lumps and bumps anywhere on your body, but unfortunately many people assume that bumps on the feet are simply calluses or other conditions that they can overlook. No matter their size or appearance, if you suddenly notice lumps and bumps of any sort, see a podiatrist at least for a proper examination and diagnosis. 3. Blisters, bleeding, or cracking of the skin Your feet may be somewhat dry and the skin may crack slightly around the heels, simply because the skin in that area is so thick. You may also note some dryness after keeping your feet in thick socks all day, or if you just tend to have dry skin. Even so, very severe problems with the skin on your feet shouldn’t be ignored, and especially if you have blisters that won’t heal and any type of bleeding. You may have a foot fungus or an infection in an open wound that should be treated so it won’t spread and simply get worse over time. Very dry and cracked skin may also need prescription medication so it doesn’t start to bleed and increase your risk of...

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What Are Bunions And How Can Your Podiatrist Help?

Posted by on September 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Bunions And How Can Your Podiatrist Help?

If you are experiencing pain and swelling at the base of your big toe, you could have a “bunion”.  So, what are bunions, and how can your podiatrist help to resolve the problem?  Read on to find out more.  What are “bunions”? Bunions are large painful reddened lumps that form on the outside of the base of your big toe.  Often, your toe joint will be enlarged and affected by degenerative arthritis.  This deformity can push your big toe towards your second toe.  This can make finding comfortable shoes tricky and makes walking extremely painful. Bunions are often inherited, so if one of your parents suffered from them, you might do too.  Women who wear high-heeled shoes for long periods of time every day can be predisposed to suffering from bunions, especially if they favour styles with very narrow pointed toes.  People with flat feet often suffer from bunions. How can your podiatrist help? If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should visit your podiatrist for confirmation that you are suffering from bunions. In the case of minor bunions where the deformity to your big toe is not severe, your podiatrist will recommend nonsurgical treatments to alleviate the pressure on your toes and thus relieve the pain.  Sometimes a simple course of action such as changing your style of footwear to something that provides a wider roomier fit and lower heel can solve the problem.  Your podiatrist may provide you with a special corrective shoe insert that works by pushing the big toe back into its correct position, together with toe padding to prevent the big toe from encroaching on the second toe.   Often, this strategy when used in conjunction with over-the-counter painkillers is sufficient to manage many bunions and to prevent further deformity from occurring.  Once the inflammation subsides, a bunion will often settle down and become painless, although you’ll always have a bony enlargement on the outside of your big toe joint and will have to wear wider shoes to accommodate it. In the case of more severe deformity and pain, your podiatrist might recommend surgical intervention in hospital.  During a “bunionectomy” procedure, the surgeon will remove the swollen tissue, straighten the toe and reshape any deformed bones in the affected joint.  This should prevent the bunion from re-growing and, provided you continue to wear the corrective footwear your podiatrist has prescribed, you should experience no further problems. In conclusion If you have pain and swelling on the outside of your big toe joint, you could have the early symptoms of a bunion.  Consult your podiatrist immediately for a definitive diagnosis and recommendations on a course of remedial treatment to address the problem before surgery becomes...

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