Posts for: March, 2019
An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.
Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.
Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process. Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.
Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain.
Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.
Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.
After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.
Foot-related conditions such as hammertoes usually begin inconspicuously and worsen over a long period of time. However, learning the signs and symptoms of hammertoes can help you catch them early and prevent them from worsening. Learn more about hammertoe treatment by reading below, and for personal care, contact Dr. Thomas Hosey, Dr. Ryan Murphy, Dr. Kristen Patterson, and Dr. Angela Jacob at Hosey Podiatry—they have locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, and Mount Clemens, MI.
What is a hammertoe?
A hammertoe is a condition in which a toe excessively curls itself, eventually resembling the claw side of a hammer. This condition begins when the muscles and ligaments in the toe weaken, causing them to shorten and pull the toe up and back. Hammertoes begin mildly and grow slowly, meaning that many patients do not realize that they have a hammertoe at all.
Do I have a hammertoe?
Common hammertoe symptoms include:
- Pain in the toe
- General discomfort
- Corns and calluses, usually located on top of the affected toe
- Difficulty finding shoes that fit correctly or comfortably
How we can help
If you think that you have a hammertoe, you should consult with your podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and craft a treatment plan. Treatment can vary from changing the type of shoes you wear, wearing a custom orthotic, or in extreme cases, even undergoing surgery to realign the tendon and allow the toe to lie flat once again.
For more information on hammertoes, please contact one of Hosey Podiatry's locations in Clinton Township, Sterling Heights, or Mount Clemens, MI. Dial (586) 263-4411 to schedule an appointment in Clinton Township, (586) 275-3000 for Sterling Heights, or (586) 468-5445 for the Mount Clemens location today!
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight