Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Stress fractures are common injuries to the bones of the legs and feet, resulting from repetitive stress rather than sudden injury. These hairline cracks in the bone affect athletes, including runners, basketball players, or dancers. Pain from stress fractures is particularly felt during weight-bearing activities and direct pressure on the bone. They may be difficult to diagnose as the pain often subsides when activity stops. Because they do not always show up on an  X-ray, further diagnostic tests, like CT or MRI scans may be needed. Left untreated, stress fractures in the feet or ankles can worsen, leading to more severe complications. Seeking timely medical attention from a podiatrist is essential for proper diagnosis and treatment tailored to individual needs. This facilitates pain relief, promotes healing, and prevents further damage. If you are experiencing symptoms suggestive of a stress fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Eugene Little, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Choosing the right shoes is important for people with arthritic feet. Wearing proper footwear can significantly alleviate pain and improve mobility, while the wrong shoes can worsen symptoms of arthritis. Shoes with a wide toe box, cushioned soles, and adequate arch support can help distribute weight evenly, reduce pressure on sensitive areas, and support the foot's natural shape. Additionally, shoes with adjustable closures, such as Velcro straps or laces, can accommodate changes in foot size due to swelling. Podiatrists play a key role in this selection process by evaluating your specific foot structure, identifying areas of concern, and recommending footwear that addresses your unique needs. Podiatrists may also suggest custom orthotics, which are personalized insoles that fit inside your shoe. If you suffer from arthritic feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist when choosing shoes for maximum support and comfort. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Eugene Little, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sidney, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Joint replacement for ankle arthritis is a surgical option for those suffering from severe arthritis in their ankle. The point of the replacement surgery is to relieve pain and restore the function of the ankle. Arthritis is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage that cushions the ends of the bones, leading to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. During ankle joint replacement surgery, also known as ankle arthroplasty, the damaged parts of the ankle bones are removed and replaced with artificial components. These components mimic the natural movement of the ankle, offering patients the chance to regain mobility. This procedure is considered when less invasive treatments have failed to provide relief. It is also considered mostly for older, less active patients. Joint replacement can significantly reduce pain and improve the ankle's function, making it a valuable treatment option for those with advanced ankle arthritis. If you are suffering from arthritis in the ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether ankle replacement surgery is right for you. 

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with Eugene Little, DPM from Foot and Ankle Centers of Ohio. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

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

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