Posts for: June, 2016
Is bunion pain keeping you from doing the things you want to do? Thomas C. Hosey, D.P.M. and Ryan Murphy, D.P.M., your Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens podiatrists, explain what causes bunions and what you can do to relieve your pain.
What are bunions?
A bunion is a bony bump at the base of your big toe. The bump forms when your big toe starts to lean inward, which results in a misalignment of some of the bones in your foot.
What kind of symptoms do bunions cause?
If you have a bunion, you may notice:
- Pain in and around the bony bump at the base of your toe
- Thick skin over your bunion
- Burning or redness over your bunion
- Numbness in your toe or foot
- Trouble moving your toe
What causes bunions?
Bunions tend to occur more often in women. Wearing high heels or tight or pointy shoes frequently may increase your risk, as these shoes put significant pressure on your feet. You may also inherit a genetic tendency to develop bunions, or may develop them if you had a foot injury, or have arthritis, a foot deformity or one leg that is longer than the other.
What is the best way to reduce bunion pain?
Ice, heating pads, and over-the-counter pain medications can help relieve bunion pain, but it's equally important to choose shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your bunion. Protecting your foot with bunion pads will help make wearing shoes more comfortable. It's a good idea to reduce the amount of time you spend on your feet and avoid activities that aggravate your bunion.
If bunion pain continues or worsens, make an appointment with your foot doctor. He can provide you with custom-made inserts for your shoes that take the pressure off your foot, or show you how to splint and tape your foot. When your bunion pain is severe, or if your bunion interferes with your normal activities, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to realign the bones in your foot and remove swollen tissue.
Contact your Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens foot doctors
Your foot doctor can offer a variety of treatments and strategies that will help relieve your bunion pain. Call Thomas C. Hosey, D.P.M. and Ryan Murphy, D.P.M., your Sterling Heights, Clinton Township and Mount Clemens foot doctors, to schedule an appointment. Relieve your pain with a visit to your podiatrist!
A hammertoe is one of the most common toe conditions, usually stemming from muscle imbalance in which the joints of the second, third, fourth or fifth toe are bent into a contracted, claw-like position. In the early stages, hammertoes are flexible and can be corrected with simple conservative measures, but if left untreated, they can become fixed and require surgery.
The most common cause of hammertoe is a muscle imbalance. Tight-fitting and high-heeled shoes often aggravate the condition, crowding your toes forward. A hammertoe can also be the result of injury in which you break or jam the toe, or from conditions like arthritis or stroke that affect nerves and muscles. In some cases, hammertoes may even be inherited.
Because of their clenched, claw-like appearance, hammertoes will generally be visibly present. Other signs and symptoms include:
- Difficult or painful motion of a toe joint
- Redness or swelling at a toe joint
- Development of calluses and corns
- Open sores in severe cases
The foot and ankle professionals at our office recommend the following for preventing and reducing the symptoms associated with hammertoe:
- Wear comfortable, proper-fitting shoes that provide support and allow enough room for your toes
- Avoid high-heeled or narrow-toed shoes
- Stretch your toe muscles to relieve pressure and pain
- Apply splints, cushions or pads to relieve pressure
- Moisturize with cream to keep the skin soft
Generally, a modification of footwear will reduce the symptoms associated with hammertoe. Other non-surgical treatment includes padding to shield corns and calluses and orthotic devices that are placed in the shoe to help control muscle imbalance. We can help you determine the best treatment for your symptoms. Severe cases that don't respond to conservative measures may require surgery to restore your toe's flexibility and eliminate the pressure.
Hammertoes are progressive - they don't go away by themselves and the condition usually gets worse over time. Once a podiatrist at has evaluated your hammertoe, a treatment plan can be developed that is suited to your needs.
If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.
Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.
Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.
Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:
- Persistent pain
- Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
- Loss of Appetite
- Abnormal behavior
There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.
- Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
- Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
- Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
- Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)
While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.