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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Conservative Treatments for Bunions

Bunions are bony bumps that form on the joint at the base of the big toe, resulting from the misalignment of the foot's bones. This misalignment causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead, which creates a visible protrusion on the side of the foot. Bunions can cause pain, soreness, and swelling, especially when wearing tight-fitting shoes that press against the bump. There are conservative treatments for less severe cases, such as wearing wider and more comfortable shoes that provide ample space for the toes, and using padded shoe inserts to distribute pressure evenly across the foot. Special exercises that strengthen the foot and improve flexibility can also help manage bunion symptoms. These non-invasive treatments aim to relieve discomfort and prevent the progression of the bunion without the need for surgical intervention. However, more severe cases of bunions may warrant surgery. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment and measures you can take to prevent the condition from worsening. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Thomas Vail, DPM of Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Finding Athletic Shoes for Your Feet

In the dynamic world of athletic footwear, finding the perfect fit is paramount for optimal performance and foot health. Whether you are an athlete or a casual exerciser, understanding your foot type and specific needs will guide your selection process. Flat feet, overpronation, plantar fasciitis, and arthritis are just a few factors that can influence your shoe selection process. Seek out shoes with features tailored to your sports or exercise needs. Remember to prioritize fit. This can be done by shopping towards the end of the day when your feet are slightly swollen and making sure of the correct size. Differentiate between motion control, stability, and cushioned shoes to find the style that best suits your requirements, whether you need maximum support or prefer a more flexible option. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a gait analysis and examination of your feet to help in determining the particular needs you may have to help in choosing the right athletic shoes for you.

If you are a runner, wearing the right running shoe is essential. For more information, contact Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Choosing the Right Running Shoe for Your Foot Type

To increase performance and avoid the risk of injury, it is important to choose the right running shoe based on your foot type. The general design of running shoes revolves around pronation, which is how the ankle rolls from outside to inside when the foot strikes the ground.

  • Neutral runners are able to choose from a wide variety of shoes, including minimalist shoes or even going barefoot.
  • Runners who overpronate, or experience an over-abundance of ankle rolling, should choose shoes that provide extra motion control and stability.
  • Runners who underpronate, or supinate, have feet that have high arches and lack flexibility, preventing shock absorption. They require shoes with more flexibility and cushion.

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

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Monday, 11 March 2024 20:00

Swollen Feet During Pregnancy

Swelling, or edema, in the feet, is a common occurrence during pregnancy. Swelling of the feet is primarily attributed to hormonal fluctuations, increased blood volume, and fluid retention. The surge in progesterone slows digestion and circulation, leading to fluid accumulation, particularly in the lower extremities. Additionally, the body's heightened blood volume, necessary to support fetal growth and prepare for labor, worsens this swelling. Swelling can begin as early as the fifth month, especially in women exposed to hot climates or extended periods of standing. Taking regular short walks, avoiding prolonged sitting or standing, and opting for comfortable footwear can help alleviate discomfort. Dietary modifications, including potassium-rich foods and reduced sodium intake, may also help manage swelling. If you are troubled by swelling or other foot ailments during pregnancy, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Thomas Vail, DPM from Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 19:00

Heel Pain in the Morning?

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

Don’t live with heel pain and get treated.

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Foot Injuries From Running

Foot injuries are common among runners, and often stem from overuse, wearing improper footwear, or biomechanical issues. Conditions like plantar fasciitis, stress fractures, and Achilles tendinitis are prevalent. Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain due to inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot. Stress fractures result from repetitive impact, leading to small cracks in the bones. Achilles tendinitis affects the Achilles tendon, causing pain and stiffness. To prevent these injuries, it is helpful for runners to practice prevention techniques, including wearing appropriate shoes with proper support and cushioning, increasing mileage gradually, and incorporating rest days into training schedules. Additionally, it is beneficial to perform strengthening and stretching exercises targeting the feet and lower legs. If you enjoy running, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for professional guidance on foot protection from running.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Thomas Vail, DPM of Step Alive Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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