Friday, 22 September 2023 00:00

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, 19 September 2023 00:00

Numbness in the toes is often a symptom of an underlying issue, rather than a condition itself. Several factors can contribute to this sensation. One common cause is poor circulation. Reduced blood flow to the toes can result from serious conditions like peripheral artery disease, or PAD, or more easily correctable habits, such as wearing tight footwear that restricts blood flow. Another potential cause of numbness in the toes is nerve compression, such as that caused by Morton's neuroma or nerve entrapment in the lower back. Diabetes, with its potential for nerve damage, termed neuropathy, is also a frequent cause of toe numbness. Infections and injuries, like frostbite or ingrown toenails, may temporarily disrupt nerve signals. In addition to these causes, nutritional deficiencies, particularly in vitamin B12, can lead to neuropathy and toe numbness. Lifestyle factors like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption can make these issues worse. To determine the cause of your toe numbness and receive appropriate treatment, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2023 00:00

Choosing the right footwear helps to maintain foot health and prevent injuries. To make an informed choice, it's essential to understand the differences between walking and running shoes. For walkers, experts recommend lightweight shoes with extra shock absorption in the heel and under the ball of the foot. These features help reduce heel pain and discomfort in the ball of the foot. Some walkers prefer shoes with a rounded or rocker bottom, allowing for a smooth weight shift from heel to toe. Runners, however,  should prioritize overall shock absorption and torsional strength in their shoes to guard against injuries like tendonitis, heel pain, and stress fractures. Ill-fitting or unsupportive shoes can cause or worsen issues such as toe pain, corns, bunions, ingrown toenails, and postural problems. Inappropriate shoes can also contribute to joint pain and stress caused by arthritis. If you have particular foot or ankle issues, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for help in finding the right shoes for your walking or running experience.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 05 September 2023 00:00

Small toe problems can be more than just an inconvenience, they can impact your daily life, cause discomfort, and hinder your ability to move freely. When non-surgical solutions fall short of providing relief, surgery emerges as a viable option to address these issues effectively. Deformities like claw toe and hammer toe are common causes of small toe discomfort. Small toe surgery focuses on correcting these deformities and alleviating associated pain. The procedures can involve releasing or lengthening tendons, repositioning joints, removing excess bone, stiffening joints, or realigning bones. Preparing for surgery is essential to ensure a smooth and successful outcome. Quitting smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, and engaging in regular exercise can also contribute to a smoother recovery. Potential risks involved in small toe surgery include infection, bleeding, nerve or blood vessel damage, bone healing issues, and loss of toe movement. Full recovery, including reduced swelling and optimal functionality, may take up to six months. If you're considering toe surgery, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to discuss your options. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Westside Podiatry Center, LLP. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Liverpool, Camillus, Skaneateles, Oswego, and Cicero, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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