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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Preventing blisters is important for maintaining healthy feet. One way to avoid the development of blisters is by wearing well-fitted shoes that don't rub or cause friction against your skin. Additionally, it is suggested to change socks throughout the day, as wet or sweaty feet are more likely to blister. If you are aware of a spot that may become sore when engaging in daily activities that can cause friction, such as walking, or running, consider padding the inflamed area to reduce pressure. Applying cushioning pads where blisters commonly form can provide extra protection and reduce friction. Keeping up with foot hygiene can also decrease the risk of developing a blister on the foot. Keep your toenails trimmed and smooth to prevent them from catching on your socks or shoes, which can cause rubbing and blisters. If you notice any redness or hot spots on your feet, take immediate action to prevent blisters from forming. If you have a blister, especially if it is large, painful, or showing signs of infection, it is suggested to visit a podiatrist for safe treatment.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can 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.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Wearing ill-fitting shoes can lead to a host of foot problems, with toe pain being a common issue. When shoes are too tight, they exert excessive pressure on the toes, causing conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails. Conversely, shoes that are too loose fail to provide adequate support, leading to friction and the development of painful blisters and calluses. This constant pressure and friction can inflame the nerves and joints in the toes, resulting in chronic pain and discomfort. Toe pain from wearing ill-fitting shoes occurs because the unnatural positioning and restricted movement of the toes can lead to deformities and joint stress. The lack of proper arch support and cushioning further exacerbates these issues by altering the natural gait and increasing strain on the toes. To alleviate toe pain, it is essential to wear properly fitted shoes that offer adequate support and room for toe movement. If you have persistent problems with toe pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for guidance and treatment options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Cuboid syndrome is a condition where the cuboid bone, located on the outer side of the midfoot, becomes partially dislocated or misaligned. This often occurs due to injury or repetitive strain. Athletes are more likely to get cuboid syndrome than other groups because their activities, such as running or jumping, put significant stress on the foot's complex structures. This is especially true for those in sports requiring sudden changes of direction or explosive movements. Symptoms of cuboid syndrome may include intense lateral foot pain, redness, and swelling. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, can treat cuboid syndrome through manual manipulation to realign the bone, along with rest, compression, and elevation to reduce inflammation. Additionally, the use of taping techniques and custom orthotics may help stabilize the cuboid bone and prevent recurrence, allowing athletes to return to their activities with reduced risk of further injury. If you suspect cuboid syndrome, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible. 

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Flat feet, also known as fallen arches, are a common condition where the arches of the feet collapse, causing the entire sole of the foot to come into contact with the ground. This can result in discomfort, pain, and even difficulty while walking for some individuals. Flat feet can be caused by various factors, including genetics, injury, or the natural aging process. In some cases, flat feet may not cause any symptoms and may not require treatment. However, for those experiencing pain or discomfort, wearing supportive footwear and orthotic inserts can provide relief by providing additional arch support. Strengthening exercises and stretches may also help improve foot function and alleviate symptoms. With proper management, individuals with flat feet can lead active and fulfilling lives while minimizing any associated discomfort or limitations. If you have flat feet that are causing discomfort, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you a tailored treatment plan for relief.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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