Friday, 21 June 2024 00:00

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Toe numbness and tingling, often described as a pins-and-needles sensation, can arise from various causes. Commonly, it results from poor circulation, nerve compression, or injury. Prolonged pressure on the nerves, such as from wearing tight shoes or sitting in one position for too long, can lead to temporary numbness. Medical conditions like diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or multiple sclerosis can also cause these symptoms. Additionally, deficiencies in vitamins such as B12, or mineral imbalances, may contribute to nerve problems. Recognizing the underlying cause is essential for effective treatment. If numbness and tingling persist or are accompanied by other symptoms, like pain or muscle weakness, it is important to seek medical advice from a podiatrist. If you have these sensations in your feet or toes, it is suggested that you visit this foot doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Keeping feet in top shape involves regular exercises and stretches that enhance flexibility, strength, and overall health, reducing the risk of injuries. Limbering up with a foot roll using a tennis ball helps massage and loosen the bottom of the foot. The bottom of the foot stretch, where you pull back on the toes while sitting, targets the plantar fascia, easing tension and preventing conditions like plantar fasciitis. The top-of-the-foot stretch is achieved by pointing the toes and gently pressing down, helping to alleviate tension and improve flexibility in the extensor muscles. Calf and Achilles stretches, such as leaning into a wall with one leg extended back, enhance the flexibility and strength of the calf muscles and Achilles tendon, essential for maintaining proper foot mechanics. The seated hamstring stretch, where you reach for your toes while seated, supports the overall flexibility of the leg, reducing strain on the feet. If you would like personalized advice on foot stretches and to address any foot concerns you may have, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Orthotics are available in various types, each designed to address specific foot issues and provide optimal support. The five most common types of orthotics are functional or rigid, soft or accommodative, orthotics for fragile feet, orthotics for sensitive feet, and sports-specific orthotics. Functional or rigid orthotics are made from firm materials like plastic or carbon fiber, and they correct abnormal foot motion, providing stability and relieving pain in the legs, thighs, and lower back. Soft or accommodative orthotics are crafted from cushioned materials to absorb shock and alleviate pressure, making them ideal for individuals with diabetes or arthritis. Orthotics for fragile feet are designed for those with weakened or compromised foot structures, offering gentle support and protection. Sensitive orthotics cater to those with hypersensitive feet, providing comfort without irritation. Additionally, sports-specific orthotics are tailored for athletes, enhancing performance by improving alignment and reducing the risk of injury. Custom-made orthotics are the best option, as they fit an individual's unique foot structure and needs. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an assessment of your condition and a recommendation for a suitable orthotic type for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in the Greater Kansas City area . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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