Posts for: September, 2019
Metatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.
Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:
- Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot - the part of the sole just behind the toes
- Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
- Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
- Numbness or tingling in the toes
- A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
- Pain that increases when walking barefoot
Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:
- Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
- Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
- Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
- Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
- Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.
Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.
When conservative treatments aren't effective and pain persists, visit our practice for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.
The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.
Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.
Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor
Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:
- Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
- Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
- Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
- Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
- Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
- Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
- Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.
The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.
When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!
What is an ankle sprain?
An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments, bands of tissue that connect bones to another, in the ankle. Ligaments provide stability and when one or more are injured, you won't have proper stability when walking, that's if you can. Depending on the severity of an ankle sprain, the ligament may be stretched, partially torn, or completely torn. Ankle sprains, unlike strains, don't affect muscles, just ligaments. Your podiatrists at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers in Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, and Sterling Heights, MI, can help determine the amount of damage done to your ankle and how to treat it.
What are the causes?
Sprain result from a fall, a sudden ankle twist, or a force that pushes the ankle joint out of its normal position. You're more susceptible to an ankle sprain if you play sports, wear inappropriate shoes, or walking and/or running on uneven surfaces. Weak ankles could also be the reason someone is more susceptible to sprains, as well as previously injured feet and ankles.
What are the symptoms?
These symptoms vary in intensity, depending on the sprain's severity:
- Pain or soreness
- Difficulty walking
- Stiffness in the joint
A sprained ankle need prompt medical attention to avoid chronic ankle instability
How does our podiatrist diagnose a sprained ankle?
The doctors at Hosey Foot and Ankle Centers will evaluate your symptoms and medical history, then use x-rays to determine the severity of the injury.
- Rest: Stay off the injured ankle because walking may cause further injury.
- Ice: Apply an ice pack to the injured area for about 20 minutes, then wait approximately 40 minutes before icing again.
- Compression: An elastic wrap can help control swelling.
- Elevation: Raise the ankle above the level of your heart to reduce swelling.
- Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, can reduce pain and inflammation.
If you have any questions or are concerned about a sprained ankle, then contact your our Clinton Township, Mount Clemens, and Sterling Heights, MI, podiatrist today!