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Tuesday, 29 August 2023 00:00

Dealing With Overlapping Toes

An overlapping toe, whether in adults or newborns, is a common condition with varying causes. In adults, overlapping toes can result from heredity, ill fitting shoes, and different forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid. Biomechanics, such as overpronation or tight calf muscles are other possible causes. Foot conditions, such as bunions, flat feet, hammer toes, and high arches, may cause overlapping toes to develop. Factors such as age and foot injuries can worsen this condition. Overlapping toes can also affect newborns, typically involving the pinky toe overlapping the fourth toe. Genetics and fetal position in the womb can contribute to this condition too. Complications of overlapping toes include pain, corns, calluses, bursitis, and metatarsalgia. Prompt treatment is essential to prevent these complications and to ensure proper alignment of the toes. Non surgical measures include proper shoe fitting, toe separators, and maintaining a healthy body weight. In some cases, surgery may be an option. If you are experiencing overlapping toes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Dealing With an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are a common injury, often the result of sudden twists, rolls, or impacts that stretch or tear the ligaments connecting the bones of the ankle joint. These ligaments are vital for stability and movement, making ankle sprains a significant concern. Ankle sprains typically occur during activities that involve sudden changes in direction, uneven surfaces, or accidental missteps. Sports like basketball, soccer, and trail running, as well as everyday occurrences like tripping or stumbling, can lead to these injuries. The most common type of ankle sprain is when the foot rolls inward, causing damage to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. Common signs of a sprain include pain, swelling, and bruising around the affected area. Walking or bearing weight on the injured ankle can be painful, and there might be a sensation of instability or weakness. In severe cases, there could be a popping sound at the time of injury, indicating a possible ligament tear. Prompt treatment is required to prevent further complications and ensure recovery. If you suspect an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible to determine the extent of the injury and receive the appropriate care. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor 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 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, 15 August 2023 00:00

What Can Cause Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is a stubborn and unsightly foot condition. It often begins on the nail of the big toe and may travel to the other nails if treatment is not received. It is caused by a fungus that lives in warm and wet environments, such as public swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and similar places. The fungus can enter the body through tiny cracks that are on the skin of the feet. It is easy to prevent this from occurring by wearing flip-flops or water shoes while in these areas. There may also be existing medical conditions that can lead to the development of toenail fungus. These can include diabetes, poor circulation, or illnesses that can affect the immune system. It is beneficial to limit wearing pantyhose, which may cause the feet to sweat and be at risk of developing toenail fungus. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer prescribed medication or other viable treatment options.

For more information about treatment, 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Tuesday, 08 August 2023 00:00

Reasons for a Tight Achilles Tendon

If you are an active person who frequently uses your legs, your Achilles tendon may feel tight. Wearing shoes with elevated heels, where the heel is higher than the ball of the foot, can shorten the muscles in the back of the leg. This feeling can be replicated by pointing your toes down. While active, this happens naturally, but when it is from shoes, it is an artificial shortening position that can cause tightness. Toe springs in shoes elevate the toes, hold them there without natural engagement, and shorten the muscles from the top of the foot. When the muscle running along the outside of the shinbone is tight, the surrounding muscles tighten up and the Achilles tendon is less likely to stretch and contract fully. Walking barefoot can restore foot function, allow toes to spread out, and build stronger feet, but this has its disadvantages as well. Wearing minimalist or barefoot shoes are alternative options that can be considered. An effective way to prevent the sensation of tightness in the Achilles tendon area is to stretch the legs and feet each day. Rolling a massage ball from the top to the bottom just outside the shin bone is a myofascial release that can relieve tightness. Deep squatting, with or without a wall as support, can also help. If you have a tight Achilles tendon that persists, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can help you with additional treatment options.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

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

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Friday, 04 August 2023 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 01 August 2023 00:00

Symptoms That May Indicate Gout

Gout is an inflammatory condition that causes extreme pain in the joints and is particularly common in the big toe. Patients with gout suffer from hyperuricemia, an overabundance of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid then crystallizes, forming sharp, short needles that settle in the joint and cause extreme pain. Anyone can suffer from gout, but it is more common among men over the age of 30. Risk factors for gout are genetics, alcohol use, and a diet rich in foods that contain a high level of purines. These include red meat, seafood, and beverages made with alcohol or large amounts of sugar. The top indicator of gout in the big toe is severe pain. This may come on suddenly and typically occurs at night. The intense pain can linger for days. Swelling, tenderness, and redness are also hallmarks of gout. The skin on the toe may begin to peel and then become itchy and flaky. It also may begin to feel hot to the touch. In some cases, a low-grade fever develops, along with flu-like symptoms. If you believe you may have gout in the big toe, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer treatment options.  

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kinna Patel, DPM from Sava Podiatry & Wellness Centers. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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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