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July 2022

Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

Treating Cuboid Syndrome

There are a number of foot afflictions that can occur when a bone in the foot, no matter how small, dislocates from its proper place. Cuboid syndrome is one such condition. Cuboid syndrome occurs when the cuboid bone, located in front of the ankle, dislocates randomly or in response to some kind of injury. If you have cuboid syndrome, you might experience pain, particularly when participating in weight-bearing activities. Additionally, you might find yourself turning your feet inward when walking if you are suffering from cuboid syndrome. There are several ways in which cuboid syndrome can be treated. Commonly, the cuboid bone can be manipulated back in place by a medical professional. The medical professional might then use tape and custom orthotics to keep the cuboid bone in its proper place. Also, the effects of cuboid syndrome can be addressed with specific massages. For example, deep tissue massages that target the calf muscles can be used on patients to calm the peroneal muscle. As a result, the amount of pressure that your feet place on the cuboid bones can be reduced. If you believe that you might have cuboid syndrome, it is a good idea to reach out to a podiatrist who can help you tackle the problem.

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 the podiatrists from InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. 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 North Carolina and South Carolina. Search for an office located near you . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Many foot problems can occur when high heels are frequently worn. It is important to protect the feet, and there are specific methods that can be implemented, which may make the feet feel better. When the day is over, and the high heels come off, many women walk barefoot to stretch their foot muscles out. Excess friction from wearing high heels may cause a blister to form, and it is beneficial to cover it with a protective bandage. Popping the blister may prolong the healing, and covering it can be helpful in resisting the urge to pop it. When the feet are soaked in a tub of warm water, it soothes the muscles, and this can be followed by applying a good moisturizer. Foot yoga can be beneficial to practice as often as possible, and many women find this to be effective in strengthening the entire foot. Pampering the feet always feels good, and getting a pedicure is helpful in maintaining proper skin conditions. There are different types of high heels the feet can feel comfortable in, and it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with beneficial information about what type of high heels to wear.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact the podiatrists from InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Carolina and South Carolina. Search for an office located near you . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

How is Sesamoiditis Diagnosed?

An injury can lead to the foot condition known as sesamoiditis. This can happen as a result of a sporting mishap, which can affect the sesamoid bones that are found inside a tendon or muscle. The sesamoid bones aid with shock absorption, and help in balancing while walking or running. Common symptoms that people can experience with this foot condition can include a dull pain in the bottom or ball of the foot, and they may feel a sensation of stepping on marbles or small pebbles. Bruising and swelling can develop at the site of the injury, and the affected area may be tender to touch. X-rays can aid in the diagnosis of sesadmoiditis, as well as an MRI, which can provide additional pictures of the tissues and tendons surrounding the sesamoid bones. Patients who have sesamoiditis may find relief when supportive shoes are worn, and specific exercises are practiced. This is a condition that is treated by a podiatrist, and it is advised that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor if you are affected by this ailment.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact the podiatrists of InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Carolina and South Carolina. Search for an office located near you . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 07 July 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

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Tuesday, 05 July 2022 00:00

Surgery and Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are considered to be a painful foot condition that occurs due to the nail growing into the skin instead of over it. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this ailment can include redness, swelling, and oozing if the toe becomes infected. Ingrown toenails may result from a toe injury or improperly trimming the nails. As the first symptoms appear, the toe may feel better when it is soaked in warm water and a piece of cotton is used to gently push the skin away from the nail. This is considered to be a temporary solution for mild relief. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to perform which can permanently correct the nail. This procedure generally takes one hour and it is beneficial to have it performed at the end of the day followed by resting the foot. If you have recurring ingrown toenails it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can safely and effectively treat this condition.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact the podiatrists of InStride Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in North Carolina and South Carolina. Search for an office located near you . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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