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Morton's neuroma, a nerve disorder affecting the feet, brings forth a unique set of symptoms that can disrupt daily life. Characterized by the thickening of tissues around a nerve leading to the toes, this condition commonly presents as a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot. Individuals with Morton's neuroma may feel as if they are standing on a pebble or a fold in their sock. This discomfort often radiates into the toes, causing tingling or numbness. The pain tends to worsen with prolonged weight-bearing activities, such as walking or standing. Wearing tight shoes exacerbates symptoms, making proper footwear selection vital for those affected. It is not uncommon for individuals with Morton's neuroma to experience a feeling of relief when they remove their shoes. If you have one or more of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Morton’s neuroma.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor 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 our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2023 00:00

Managing Blisters While Hiking

Even with meticulous precautions, blisters can still sneak up on hikers. Experts suggest that staying vigilant and addressing potential issues promptly can prevent a minor discomfort from escalating into major problems. During your hike, take regular breaks, especially on extended treks spanning multiple days. Use these pauses to inspect your feet, allowing them to breathe and dry. If your socks become saturated, having a spare pair on hand for a quick change is a smart move. Even when it is raining, try to seize opportunities in dry areas to manage foot moisture effectively. If you sense the onset of irritation, stop and address it immediately. Even a minor discomfort can evolve into a painful issue. Pay attention to hot spots or nagging areas, taking proactive steps to remedy them. Waiting until the next planned stop may allow the problem to worsen significantly. In the unfortunate event of a blister forming, act promptly to avoid aggravating the situation. Halt your hike as soon as possible. Find a comfortable spot, sit down, and remove your boots. Address the blister with appropriate care, minimizing the risk of worsening the condition. By taking strategic breaks, promptly addressing irritations, and swiftly treating emerging blisters, hikers can maintain comfort and stride confidently along the trail. If you have developed a blister that has broken open and become infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for advanced treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often 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.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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Tuesday, 12 December 2023 00:00

Risk Factors of Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, is a common cause of heel pain in growing children and adolescents, and particularly affects those between eight and 14 years old. It arises from inflammation of the growth plate in the heel, often linked to periods of rapid growth when the heel bone grows faster than the surrounding muscles and tendons, causing tension and stress. The primary risk factors include active participation in sports, especially those involving running and jumping, which increase stress on the heel. Overuse and repetitive strain from athletic activities can exacerbate the condition. Additionally, children with flat feet or high arches, those who are overweight or obese, and children who have a tight Achilles tendon are more susceptible to developing Sever's disease. Wearing shoes with poor cushioning or support can also contribute to the risk of developing Sever’s disease. If your child is complaining of heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and treatment.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Tuesday, 05 December 2023 00:00

Children’s Sports Injuries

Concerns exist regarding the impact of a sedentary lifestyle on children, but there are also issues related to sports injuries in children participating in organized sports, which often involve intensive training from a young age. This trend is driven by the belief that early training is essential for future success, leading to a younger demographic in sporting activities such as tennis, swimming, and gymnastics. Specialized training at a young age increases the risk of both acute and overuse injuries, with boys, especially during growth spurts, being more susceptible. Factors like physical attributes and playing conditions play a significant role in these injuries, which can range from ligamentous and meniscal injuries to fractures during peak growth periods. Stress fractures, although rare, are noteworthy in young athletes. The long-term consequences of overuse injuries remain a concern. While accidents are more common outside sports settings, the potential long-term impact of overuse injuries in sports such as gymnastics and soccer is an area of concern. If your child is involved in organized sports, it is suggested to consult a podiatrist to discuss preventive measures and address any foot and ankle issues that may arise from sports participation.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Kinna Patel, DPM of Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor 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 our office located in Smyrna, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 03 December 2023 00:00

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.

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