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July 2022

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Unusual Causes of Swollen Ankles

Peripheral edema is the accumulation of fluids that cause swelling in the lower limbs, such as the ankles. Edema is typically not painful unless it is related to an injury. Swollen ankles are more common in the aged. Health conditions that cause such swelling include pregnancy, heart disease, obesity, and arthritis. Certain medications can also cause or aggravate peripheral edema. Otherwise, swollen ankles usually come from wearing ill-fitting shoes, or sitting, standing, or walking too long. More unusual causes of swollen ankles are wearing tight pants or clothes with elastic ankle seams that can restrict blood flow to the ankles and feet, excessive intake of sodium causing the body to retain water, insect bites, bacterial infections, interference of proper blood flow (from things like blood clots or varicose veins). Other possible causes are lymphedema or malfunction of lymph nodes that prevents flushing of viruses, bacteria, and toxins in the body, kidney, heart, or liver disease, and prolonged inactivity. If swollen ankles are a problem for you, cause you pain, or if the onset of swollen ankles is sudden, it is suggest you see a podiatrist immediately. 

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Countless Americans choose to get their daily dose of exercise and movement from walking and running. If you are one such person, it is imperative that you make yourself well acquainted with the critical differences between walking and running shoes. Despite the surface-level similarities between walking and running as activities, shoes for each activity are built differently to suit the differences between the activities. For example, running shoes have thicker and sturdier heel cushions than walking shoes. This is because the act of running requires putting more pressure and weight on the heel area of the foot. Running shoes also have wider heel cushions to provide the extra needed stability for runners. Additionally, running and walking shoes are different from each other because the former relies more heavily on having a sturdy mid-sole to essentially absorb the high impact running puts on the joints. Shock absorption is more important in running shoes because while running, individuals can put up to 200 pounds of weight impact onto their feet. You can use this information about the differences between walking and running shoes when shopping for both to know what features you should be on the lookout for. A podiatrist can help further clarify the differences and importance between these shoes. 

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Who Is Affected by Morton’s Neuroma?

Just about anyone can develop Morton’s Neuroma, a foot ailment that can be particularly painful and troublesome. However, some individuals may be at an increased risk of developing this condition, so it is important to discern your own level of risk. Morton’s neuroma primarily affects plantar digital nerves that run between the metatarsal bones of the foot. In most cases, Morton’s neuroma targets the nerve between the third and fourth metatarsal bones, resulting in pain. Although the exact cause of Morton’s neuroma is somewhat elusive and largely case-dependent, it is most likely caused by either extended straining and compression of the plantar digital nerves or inflamed joints surrounding these nerves. Certain individuals can be more susceptible to Morton’s neuroma than others. For example, approximately 75% of those who suffer from this condition are women. This is most likely due to the fact that women wear shoes such as high heels that compress the toes, putting the plantar digital nerves at risk. Additionally, ballet dancers who wear similarly restrictive footwear are at an increased risk of developing Morton’s neuroma. Individuals between the ages of 40 and 50 are typically at the highest risk of developing this condition. If you believe you may have Morton’s neuroma or are in one of these high risk categories, you might consider contacting a podiatrist.


 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Ways Your Job Can Affect Your Feet

If you spend the greater portion of your workday standing, your feet may become severely affected. Many jobs that require excessive standing – such as teaching, hairdressing, and waiting tables – can cause foot pain that also affects the knees and lower back. Wearing the wrong shoes may make matters worse. High heels are one of the main contributors to pain and other ailments caused by extreme pressure on your foot bones. Working on a concrete floor, in warehouses or factories, also takes a toll on the feet. Every step you take is like taking a hammer to your heel. If the floors where you work are slippery, it is good to wear non-skid shoes. Experts recommend several other preventative measures for workers who stand frequently or for long periods. Bring a spare pair of shoes to work and change when your feet begin to hurt. Invest in custom orthotics made by a podiatrist to help cushion your feet within your shoes. Wear shoes that breathe, which can help avoid a buildup of moisture. Limit the height of your heels and wear shoes with a wider toe box. A podiatrist can give you more information on ways to protect your feet if work is causing excessive foot problems. 

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from New Tampa Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 03 July 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

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