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Tuesday, 25 January 2022 00:00

Many people have seen, or experienced, a bunion on the big toe. But a less common type of bunion, which can form at the base of the little toe, is often referred to as a bunionette. It can be very painful, especially if it frequently rubs against a tight-fitting shoe. A bunionette usually occurs when the metatarsal bone of the midfoot angles outward and the little toe points inward and becomes deformed at its base. Simple treatments are often successful, such as wearing shoes with a wider toe box, using a toe spacer between the 4th and 5th toe, or simply padding the area to reduce irritation from your shoes. It may also help to do less standing or walking. If these measures fail to bring relief and the pain from a bunionette increases, it is best to consult a podiatrist who can X-ray your foot and offer a treatment plan that is appropriate.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2022 00:00

After years of wearing high heels with pointy toe boxes, or other ill-fitting shoes, many women develop hammertoes in the second and third toe. A raised bump forms on the joint of the toe, which then rubs against the top of your shoe and can become painful. One of the first things you can do to alleviate some of the discomfort is to find shoes that do not aggravate the condition. Look for shoes with a lower heel, wider toe box and softer material on top. It is also a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your foot and assess the need for orthotics to help align your foot as you walk. This can improve mobility and alleviate pressure around the toes. In some cases, surgery can help to correct the condition. Your podiatrist will be able to determine the best course of treatment for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2022 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, 11 January 2022 00:00

Running is a great sport that can help to build bone density, improve heart health, maintain a healthy weight, and even boost your mood. However, running has one main drawback – it can increase your risk of developing various foot and ankle injuries. Most running injuries are caused by overuse, when excessive pressure is placed on the feet repetitively, damaging the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, or bones that make running possible. The risk of injury can be reduced by following something known as the 10% Rule. This simple rule states that if you are increasing the amount of miles you run, you should increase this number gradually, by no more than 10% each week. For example, if you ran 15 miles this week and would like to run even more next week, you should only add 1.5 miles to your mileage total. That is, the following week, you should run no more than 16.5 miles. Increasing your mileage gradually allows your body to get used to the higher demands being placed on it and makes overuse injuries less likely. For more information about preventing running injuries, please consult with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Piedmont Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Greenville, and Easley, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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