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March 2023

Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

Possible Relief Methods for Heel Spurs

A heel spur develops between the heel and arch of the foot. It is a calcium deposit that is often accompanied by severe heel pain. Heel spurs can appear to be pointy or hooked and can be up to a half-inch long. Heel pain often requires a visit to the podiatrist, who can effectively diagnose the cause. This can be done by having an X-ray, which can help rule out other foot conditions. Many people develop heel spurs from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. This can cause strain on the muscles and ligaments and can gradually wear out the soft tissues. Additional reasons why heel spurs can develop may include being overweight and frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Resting the affected foot may provide temporary relief, and it may help to wear shoes that have a cushioned heel. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer you options for permanent relief.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 21 March 2023 00:00

Toe Pain and Osteoarthritis

Toe pain can come from many different sources, and it can result in many different types of pain. Osteoarthritis is just one source of toe pain. Osteoarthritis is a particular kind of arthritis that causes cartilage within a joint to deteriorate. When an individual is living with osteoarthritis, then they might experience pain of some sort particularly when they push off with their feet while walking. There can also be stiffness in the joints of the toes when an individual is living with osteoarthritis. There can even be swelling around the toe joint. Osteoarthritis is certainly nothing to ignore or take too lightly. If you are someone living with this condition, then it is suggested that you schedule an appointment to meet with a podiatrist today. This foot specialist can help you address any issues you might be having with your toe pain. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. 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 Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 19 March 2023 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

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, 14 March 2023 00:00

Ingrown Toenails in Children

As with adults, if a baby’s nails are trimmed too short or left to grow too long, or if their shoes or socks are too tight, they can develop an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail is a nail that presses or grows into the skin on the corner or side of the toenail. While this can happen on any toe, it is most common on the big toe. An ingrown toenail can be red, swollen, and painful. If not promptly treated, an infection can result. It may help to soak the child’s foot in warm, soapy water a few times a day and have them wear looser-fitting shoes outdoors or go barefoot indoors. However, it is suggested that if you notice signs of an ingrown toenail in your child, you should not try to pry their nail away from the skin, but see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Robbi Young of Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Ankle Pain

There are various forms of arthritis that can cause ankle pain. Osteoarthritis, known as OA, is considered to be the most common form of arthritis. It happens when the cartilage that is found on the ends of the bones which form the joints breaks down. This generally occurs gradually, and symptoms that are felt can consist of pain, stiffness, and the ankle may be difficult to move. If the immune system attacks the joints rather than protects the body from infection, it may be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. This is a chronic, inflammatory disease that affects the joints of the feet and ankles, possibly causing a lack of function. Gout is another type of arthritis that typically affects the joints in the big toe, but can radiate to the ankles and feet. If you have ankle pain, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine if it is connected to arthritis, and offer you treatment options that are best for you.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Robbi Young from Grand Haven Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Grand Haven, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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