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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

A Broken Toe Is a Common Foot Injury

One of the most common foot injuries is a broken toe. A broken toe can occur for several reasons, including stubbing it into furniture, a heavy object falling on it, or repeated force. Prolonged repetitive movements can gradually turn into a stress or hairline fracture. Existing medical conditions like osteoporosis may cause the bones to weaken, and a break may be more likely. A broken toe is diagnosed after an X-ray is taken then proper treatment can begin. For mildly fractured toes, the buddy taping method is often effective. Buddy taping is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This may temporarily feel uncomfortable, despite the stability it provides. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis and start the best treatment for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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Tuesday, 23 May 2023 00:00

Foot Pain and Corns

Corns on the feet are a condition that is similar yet distinct from blisters. Essentially, corns are hardened layers of skin that can form in response to friction or pressure on the feet. Many patients often ask podiatrists to what extent pain can be felt from corns. The answer is complicated, because typically, many people do not feel pain in the beginning stages of developing a corn. However, if a corn becomes more severe as time passes, it may become uncomfortable. When the corn becomes irritated, it often increases the level of pain. In these situations, treatment can be sought to remedy the corn which may bring mild relief. If you are someone that is currently suffering from corns on the feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for more information.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This 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

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Sunday, 21 May 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Tuesday, 16 May 2023 00:00

Foot Protection During the Work Day

People who stand for the majority of their work day may experience foot pain. Having aching feet at the end of the workday can make the body tired. Studies suggest it may help to wear thick socks while standing during the day, and this may help to provide cushioning between the feet and the shoes. It is important to ensure the shoes that are worn fit correctly to prevent foot pain. Additionally, when shoes wear out, it is wise to promptly replace them. Many employers understand the importance of taking breaks and recommend using this opportunity to rest and recharge their feet before work is resumed. Most work shoes are made with slip-resistance soles, which can help prevent falls. It is suggested that certain shoes be purchased depending on the job performed. If you would like more information about how to protect your feet during the workday, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with helpful tips.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor 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 our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 May 2023 00:00

The Perils of Wearing Flip-Flops

Flip-flops can have long-term negative consequences on the feet because of their lack of support. They put strain on joints and allow the foot to collapse. This affects the gait and posture and can put unnecessary pressure on the foot and rest of the body. This type of footwear contributes to our feet pronating for longer periods of time than is normal and can change the biomechanics of the feet. Foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes, and painful conditions associated with overpronation, like arch and heel pain and overall body pain can result. Flip-flops should not be worn for prolonged lengths of time. It is okay to wear them for activities that are short-lived and not strenuous, like at the beach or around pools. If you would like to discuss wearing flip-flops or better alternatives, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with more information.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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