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Tuesday, 30 August 2022 00:00

Treating Plantar Fasciitis With Surgery

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions that causes heel pain. The plantar fascia is a long band composed of tissue, running from the heel to the toes. The plantar fascia also makes up the arch of the foot. When this band of tissue becomes irritated or inflamed, it is known as plantar fasciitis. This condition can be treated in several ways. If you do not respond to any of the less severe treatment options like orthotics or anti-inflammatory medications, you might be a candidate for a surgical procedure. The surgery, known as plantar fasciotomy, is a procedure that essentially moves the affected fascia away from the heel bone. This is done to ultimately reduce the tension that is causing the condition. There are two main kinds of surgery for plantar fasciitis. First, you may have an open surgery, which is performed in a hospital and includes making a 1-2 inch incision. Alternatively, you may have an endoscopic surgery, which involves making two small incisions that are less than half an inch deep. There are a variety of factors that can determine whether you are a candidate for this kind of surgery. If you are interested in this treatment and want to learn more, contact a podiatrist.


 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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 Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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 and ankle needs.

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Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 23 August 2022 00:00

Little Known Facts About Clubfoot

Clubfoot is a congenital birth defect. The shape of the baby’s foot points down and is turned in. This happens because the tissues that connect the bone to the muscles in the leg are defective in some way. The tendons are shorter than they should be so the foot is pulled into an abnormal position. There may be additional changes to the ankle joint, bone of the foot, and muscles with clubfoot. Male babies are twice as likely to develop clubfoot at birth than females. A little less than half of those born with a clubfoot will suffer this condition in both feet. Having another birth defect, such as cerebral palsy or spina bifida, increases the chances of a baby being born with clubfoot. Infections during pregnancy, smoking, or using drugs can also increase the likelihood of this defect. This can be a genetic birth defect, especially if there is a family history on the father’s side of the family. Clubfoot has a higher incidence of occurrence in countries with lower incomes. Those born in Hawaii are six times more likely to be born with clubfoot, and those born in Japan are 50% less likely to be born with clubfoot. Clubfoot can be cured but this is not always the case. If your child is born with clubfoot, include a podiatrist on your healthcare team for proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Early intervention can make a difference.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. 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.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome 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, 16 August 2022 00:00

How Footwear Affects Athlete’s Foot

Approximately 70% of individuals will develop a form of athlete’s foot at some point in their lives. Therefore, you ought to be aware of what this condition is and how it is linked to certain kinds of footwear. Athlete’s foot is primarily caused by a fungal infection that most commonly affects the outer skin of the foot around the toes. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot thrives in warm, moist, and damp environments. Individuals who walk barefoot in damp, public areas (such as locker rooms and pool sides) are more susceptible to athlete’s foot. However, your footwear also can make you more susceptible. For example, shoes that are tight fitting, especially around the toes, put you at risk of developing athlete’s foot because they essentially squeeze your toes together. This squeezing effect can make the area around the toes warm and moist, facilitating the fungal infection. Also, plastic footwear might make you more prone to developing athlete’s foot. This is because plastic is a material that warms and moistens the feet more than others, like canvas or leather. For more information about athlete’s foot and its connection to certain kinds of footwear, contact a podiatrist.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C..  Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best for you.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Hard and Soft Corns

A small area of hardened skin on the pinky toe, top of the toes, or on the sole of the foot can be a corn. It develops as a result of excess friction that can happen from wearing shoes that are too tight. Additionally, corns can develop from standing or walking for long periods as a result of the weight and constant pressure from the body. There are noticeable signs of corns, like sensitive skin surrounding the corn, and it may be difficult to wear shoes. Hard corns are the most common and often form in wider areas of thickened skin, and soft corns develop between the toes and remain moist. Some corns may feel better when the foot is soaked in warm water, followed by gently rubbing it with a pumice stone. If the corn is a bit larger, it can be difficult to remove and will often need medical attention. Many people will wear a protective pad over the corn as this can provide protection and temporary relief until medical attention is sought. It is beneficial to wear shoes that fit properly and this may be an effective method in preventing corns. Corns are treated by a podiatrist and it is advised that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor to correctly remove your corn. 

 

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle and Foot Centers of Missouri, P.C.. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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 and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

Shoes, Socks, and Blisters

A blister on the foot often develops as a result of excess friction that can come from wearing shoes and socks that do not fit correctly. It is defined as a small area that resembles a bubble and is filled with a serum that contains antibodies. When a blister forms, it is the body’s natural defense technique in protecting the raw skin, and will gradually drain as new skin develops. Additional reasons a blister may form can include allergic reactions to an insect bite, or existing medical conditions that can consist of eczema and psoriasis. Many people have abnormal foot shapes which may affect the fit of the shoe, possibly leading to a blister forming. Patients who have peripheral neuropathy or diabetes may be unaware of a rubbing sensation on their feet as a result of the inability to feel pain. It is important to refrain from popping the blister, which may result in infection and damage to the raw skin underneath it. If you have a blister on your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can help you to properly manage it, and guide you toward preventing future blisters from developing.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, 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.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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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