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Morton’s neuroma is one of the most painful foot conditions that can develop. The pain is felt between the third and fourth toes and results due to an inflamed nerve. If the arch is weak the nerve can become compressed, causing the tissues to thicken. This can happen from wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely in, therefore the nerve becomes irritated. A numbness or tingling sensation can often be felt with this condition and walking may become difficult. Morton’s neuroma may also gradually develop from extreme overpronation which is the foot continuously rolling inward while walking. This may cause the bones in the front of the foot to compress the nerve. Effective treatment generally begins with frequently resting the foot and some patients choose to insert a cushioned pad into the shoe. If you have developed Morton’s neuroma, please confer with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition while offering you pain relief options.

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 The Podiatry Center. 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 Richmond and Glen Allen, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Children’s Ankle Braces

As a young child grows, matures, and engages in physical activities such as school sports, it is common for the child to possibly experience some kind of foot condition. Ankle complications can be common among children, particularly because overuse injuries and growth spurts can put pressure on the ankle. There are many different ways to treat ankle injuries such as sprains among children, depending on the nature and severity of the injury. One way in which a medical professional might recommend treating a child’s ankle injury is with the use of an ankle brace. For example, ankle sprains and stress fractures may be significantly supported by the use of an ankle brace of some kind. Ankle braces come in different shapes and sizes. Typically, they may look like a kind of boot or wrap. If your child is struggling with an ankle injury, talk to your podiatrist about ankle braces or other devices that may help the foot heal. Please schedule an appointment today for correct treatment options.


 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Thursday, 12 January 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Wearing a Brace After an Ankle Sprain

Rushing the healing process after spraining an ankle is unwise, according to experts. This is because if the ankle does not fully heal, it is much more likely to be sprained again. For this reason, using an ankle brace during the recovery period can be a good idea. The goal of wearing an ankle brace is to speed up the healing process while preventing further pain. There are three types to consider, based on the severity of the sprain. The first type, used in more severe cases, immobilizes the ankle while providing compression to keep swelling down. If you are healing from a more moderate sprain, you may wish to use a brace that eases up on compression but keeps the ankle from moving laterally. For a mild sprain, a lighter-weight brace is suggested, which still offers some support while it helps to stabilize the joint. For more information on the proper brace to use after an ankle sprain, please consult a podiatrist. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

How Tight Should You Tie Your Shoes?

One rite of passage into young adulthood is learning how to tie one’s shoes without any help. However, when it comes to running shoes, many runners are unsure about how tight one ought to tie their laces when lacing up running shoes. Although everyone’s needs will be slightly different, one important rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the shoes ought to fit snugly against the feet. However, the laces should not be tied so that the shoe is resting tightly against the foot. Selecting a running shoe involves making many important decisions, and the laces are just one kind of decision. If you are a runner and want to make sure that you are doing all that you can to select the correct running shoe and are tying the laces correctly, contact a podiatrist today. By scheduling an appointment, you can help ensure that you are receiving the guidance you need to protect your feet.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Falling and the Workplace

Many people fall in their place of employment, which often decreases work productivity. Research has shown that falling is the most common cause of injuries related to work, and it is important to be aware of correct fall prevention techniques. It is the employer's responsibility to have employees understand the dangers of falling and implement changes to the workplace for protection. Scenarios that fall into this category can include covering or guarding floor holes and installing railings around dangerous machines. Additionally, safety nets, stair rails, and handrails can be included in other forms of fall prevention methods. Many employers understand the importance of keeping the work area clean and dry, and it is beneficial to train employees about specific job hazards. If you would like more information about how the feet can become injured during a fall, please speak with a podiatrist who can teach you about effective fall prevention strategies.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Foods to Eat or Not Eat With a Broken Toe

A broken toe can be painful, annoying, and often causes difficulty in completing daily activities. It can happen if a heavy object drops on it, or if it is stubbed against a piece of furniture. There are various treatments for a broken toe, and a popular one for mildly fractured toes is known as the buddy taping method. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, which can provide adequate support as the healing process occurs. Holistic options can include applying specific kinds of essential oils several times per day, which may accelerate the recovery time. Research has shown that it may be beneficial to include certain types of foods as part of daily eating habits, consisting of salmon, sea vegetables, pumpkin seeds, beef, and spinach. These foods are known for their calcium and zinc properties, which may help to support healthy bone growth. It is beneficial to avoid foods such as refined sugars, soda, and caffeine. If you have broken your toe, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you towards a healthy and speedy recovery.


 

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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

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Wednesday, 14 December 2022 00:00

Tips for Preventing Running Injuries

Preventing running injuries is very important to people who enjoy this type of activity. Studies suggest that approximately half of all runners incur at least one injury per year, and many must temporarily cease running so proper healing can begin. A running injury can happen from the repeated physical stress that is put on the bones, muscles, and tendons which could lead to a stress fracture or broken ankle. Another common cause for a running injury occurs when increasing mileage and speed too quickly. Experts inform us that it is best to increase mileage and intensity on different days and to do this gradually. Many people who like to run understand the importance of recharging for a day between runs and this helps give the legs and feet a chance to rest. Most runners also understand the signals their body gives them when they are overtraining, which may consist of an increased heart rate, feeling excessively tired, or they may have trouble sleeping. If you plan on incorporating running into your weekly routine, it is advised that you speak with a podiatrist who can help with correct running injury prevention techniques.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of The Podiatry Center. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Qualifications to Become a Podiatrist

Podiatrists are medical specialists that treats any type of foot and ankle disorders. People who are interested in practicing this branch of medicine will have to go through an extensive schooling and training program. After a bachelor's degree is obtained, the residency program can begin. This will take approximately three years, and is followed by passing the American Podiatric Medical Licensing Examination. Many states require podiatrists to enroll in a continuing education program sporadically throughout their careers.  This is beneficial in keeping up with current knowledge and improved podiatry techniques. Research has shown the best candidates to enter a podiatry residency program will have additional skills in addition to their academic achievements. These can include problem-solving and time management skills, in addition to superb communication skills. This branch of medicine can be lucrative, and provide a sense of accomplishment. If you are interested in pursuing podiatry as a career choice, please seek advice from this type of doctor who can help you to determine if this is a right decision for you.

If you are dealing with pain in your feet and ankles, you may want to seek help from a podiatrist. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

A podiatrist is a doctor of podiatric medicine who diagnoses and treats conditions of the foot, ankle, and related structures of the leg. Your podiatrist may specialize in a certain field such as sports medicine, wound care, pediatrics, and diabetic care. Podiatrists have the ability to become board certified through training, clinical experience, and then taking an exam.

What Do Podiatrists Do?

On a daily basis, a podiatrist may perform the following activities:

  • Diagnose foot ailments such as ulcers, tumors, fractures, etc.
  • Use innovative methods to treat conditions
  • Use corrective orthotics, casts, and strappings to correct deformities
  • Correct walking patterns and balance
  • Provide individual consultations to patients

It is very important that you take care of your feet. It’s easy to take having healthy feet for granted, however foot problems tend to be among the most common health conditions. Podiatrists can help diagnose and treat a variety of feet related conditions, so it is crucial that you visit one if you need assistance.

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

 

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