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Wednesday, 12 June 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Heel pain can stem from various conditions. Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, often causes stabbing pain near the heel. Bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs cushioning the heel, can result from repetitive stress. Heel spurs, bony growths on the underside of the heel bone, may develop due to long-term strain on foot muscles and ligaments. A pump bump, or Haglund's deformity, is a bony enlargement on the back of the heel caused by pressure from footwear. Achilles tendonitis is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, typically due to overuse or tight calf muscles. Diagnosing heel pain involves having a physical exam, reviewing medical history, and sometimes undergoing imaging tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans. Treatment options include rest, stretching exercises, orthotics, and anti-inflammatory medications. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact our podiatrists of CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

When it comes to foot surgery, attention often gravitates toward major procedures, like bunion corrections or ankle reconstructions. However, surgeries targeting the smaller toes hold equal significance, addressing various conditions that can profoundly impact mobility and comfort. One prevalent issue necessitating such interventions is hammertoe, characterized by abnormal bending of the toe joints, often resulting from imbalanced foot mechanics or ill-fitting footwear. Left untreated, hammertoes can lead to pain, corns, and difficulty in wearing shoes. Another common concern is claw toe, where the toe bends upward from the joint at the ball of the foot, causing pressure points and discomfort. These conditions may be worsened by genetics, arthritis, or nerve damage. Foot surgery for the smaller toes aims to realign and stabilize the affected joints, relieve pain, and restore function. If you have an abnormal foot structure that is affecting the small toes, it is suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can determine if surgery is a viable option for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact our podiatrists of CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Foot fractures, though often underestimated, can cause significant pain and hinder mobility. A foot fracture occurs when one or more bones in the foot break, commonly due to trauma from falls, accidents, or repetitive stress from activities like running or jumping. Those at risk include athletes, individuals with osteoporosis, and people who have structural foot abnormalities. Diagnosing a foot fracture involves a physical examination, often accompanied by X-rays to confirm the extent and location of the injury. Symptoms typically include localized pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Pain, particularly while walking or bearing weight, is a hallmark symptom of a foot fracture. While some fractures may heal with rest and immobilization, others may require more aggressive treatment such as casting or surgery. If you believe you have sustained a foot fracture, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and comprehensive plan to alleviate pain, promote healing, and prevent complications.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact our podiatrists from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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