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By Affiliates in Podiatry
July 24, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Hammertoe   Footwear  
HammertoesWhile tight, cramped shoes and those towering high heels may not immediately show you the damage that’s being done to your feet, over time you will certainly notice changes in the structure and function of your feet. Along with bunions, a common foot deformity, hammertoes are another deformity that causes the toes to bend downward at the middle joint. If the problem isn’t corrected, this simple and rather uncomfortable deformity can become severe. Here’s how to determine whether you may have hammertoes and what you can do about it now to prevent it from getting worse.

Wear Appropriate Footwear
You need to make sure that any shoes you wear properly fit your feet. While this might sound silly, many people are guilty of wearing shoes that are too narrow and put too much pressure on the toes. Look for shoes with a wide toe box that allows your feet enough room to wiggle freely. If your toes are bunched up in any of the shoes you have (particularly high heels or shoes with pointed toes) then you will want to avoid these types of shoes whenever possible.

Consider Shoe Inserts
While it’s important to find shoes that cushion and support your foot structure, sometimes people with hammertoes, bunions, and other foot problems that can cause pain can benefit from prescription shoe inserts (also known as orthotics). Orthotics can be crafted to fit the shape of your feet and also to address the issues you’re having (aka alleviating pressure on the toes when standing or walking).

Apply Protective Padding
A hammertoe causes the toe to bend down like a claw. This means that the toe’s joint is sticking out. As you may already know, this causes shoes to rub against the joint, causing a callus to develop. One way to prevent this from happening is to apply a non-medicated pad over the toe joint before putting on shoes.

Practice Pain Management
If your hammertoe starts to ache or hurt, you may want to apply ice to the area throughout the day to help alleviate pain and swelling. If the pain is intense or persistent then you may want to consider taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, which can help with both pain and swelling; however, if your symptoms are severe, you must see a podiatrist about your hammertoe.

Do I need surgery for a hammertoe?
If the hammertoe is flexible (meaning that you can straighten the toe out) then you won’t need surgery; however, if the hammertoe becomes rigid and causes pain and problems with mobility then surgery is recommended.

If you are dealing with hammertoes or other foot problems, you must have a podiatrist that you can turn to for regular and immediate care.
By Affiliates in Podiatry
May 07, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel Pain  

Protect your feet from heel pain by following these simple, everyday tips.

Heel pain is incredibly common, as most people will deal with this problem at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, at Affiliates in Podiatry in Concord and Meredith, NH, we're here to help. Read on to learn of some ways to prevent heel pain from occurring to you.

Wear Properly Fitted and Appropriate Shoes

While you may love sporting high heels or whatever shoes are in season, the problem is that many dress shoes don’t provide feet with enough support. It’s important that you are shopping for the right shoes for your chosen sport or profession. For example, nurses and people who are on their feet most of the day need to wear shoes that provide ample cushioning and support. The type of sport you play will also determine the type of athletic footwear you’ll need to wear.

Take time to truly find the right shoes for your lifestyle and activity level. Talk to a shoe specialist at your local shoe store, who can measure your feet and provide you with recommendations.

Consider Custom Orthotics

While finding the right shoes can provide your feet, particularly your heels, with support and cushioning, it’s also important to reduce shock absorption. Whether you are prone to heel pain or not, our Concord, NH, foot doctors can examine your feet and determine whether you could benefit from customized shoe inserts. These inserts are fashioned to your feet providing you with additional support and shock absorption to reduce your risk for plantar fasciitis.

Slowly Amp Up Workouts

If you run or workout, it’s particularly important that you are listening to your feet and not putting them through too much stress and abuse. That’s why it’s important to incorporate new workouts gradually, rather than immediately increasing miles, speed, or intensity. If you suddenly go from running on a treadmill to running outdoor trails, you will need to decrease your mileage until your feet become accustomed to the rocky, uneven terrain.

It’s also important to incorporate rest days into your weekly workout routine, especially if you’re someone who participates in high-impact or high-intensity sports. Cross-training is key to reducing heel pain and injury, so make sure that you are adding low-impact workouts such as swimming or biking into the mix.

Prioritize the Health of Your Feet
 

Our Concord and Meredith Meredith, NH, offices are now opened during the pandemic. The doctors are treating heel pain and providing comprehensive foot and ankle care at this time. Affiliates in Podiatry is also providing telemedicine visits, so patients can still get care from a medical professional without leaving the house. We also offer curbside pickup of supplies and orders. To schedule an appointment or telemedicine visit please call our Concord, NH, office at (603) 225-5281 or our Meredith office at (603) 279-0330

By Affiliates in Podiatry
April 21, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Arch Problems  

The arches of the feet play a role in supporting your body’s weight when standing or in motion. The tarsal and metatarsal bones make up the arches of the feet, also receiving additional support and stability from tendons and ligaments; however, our feet, like the rest of our body, can be affected by infections, disorders, and structural changes that can impact not only the health of our feet but also our mobility. It’s important to recognize the warning signs of arch problems so you know when you to see a podiatrist.

Arch Pain Causes

If you are dealing with arch pain it is most likely caused by an injury or by structural abnormalities in the foot. For example, those with very high arches as well as those with flat feet may experience arch problems due to these common structural issues.

As a result, there are other factors that could also lead to further arch problems including:

  • Being overweight or obese
  • Aging
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cavus foot
  • Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction

It’s important to understand a little bit more about these common foot disorders and how they could affect the arches of your feet.

Plantar fasciitis

This condition that causes inflammation and microtears in the plantar fascia is also the most common cause of heel pain. Of course, because the plantar fascia (a ligament that connects the toes to the heel bone) also supports the arches of the feet this can also lead to arch pain. This condition is usually the result of overuse and is seen most often in runners. If you have plantar fasciitis it’s important to avoid physical activities until the fascia has fully healed.

Cavus foot

This condition, which affects the structure of the foot, leads to excessively high arches. People who’ve had a stroke, as well as people with certain conditions such as cerebral palsy may be more likely to develop cavus foot. This problem causes arch pain when standing or walking and can increase the risk for ankle injuries. Your podiatrist may choose to treat cavus foot through custom-made orthotics (shoe inserts), bracing, or by recommending specialized and supportive footwear.

Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction

The posterior tibial tendon runs from the calf muscles to the inner portion of the foot. This condition leads to changes in the tendon, which in turn affects its ability to support the arches of the foot. Flat feet can be caused by posterior tibial tendon dysfunction, and this is often the cause of flat feet that develop in adulthood. Like the other conditions above, treatment for PTTD usually involves bracing, orthotics, or providing custom devices that provide additional support to the arches of the feet.

If you are experiencing foot pain, swelling or other problems that affect mobility then it’s time that you turned to a podiatrist for care. Conditions and injuries that don’t respond to rest and at-home care may require more advanced treatments and therapies.

By Affiliates in Podiatry
March 20, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions

There are 52 bones in your feet and ankles, which means that feet contain about 25 percent of the bones in our bodies. Our feet also contain about 20-25 percent of the total joints in our body; therefore, it’s not too surprising to find out that your feet and ankles are unfortunately more likely to deal with tendon and joint pain at some point, whether through injury or certain conditions such as arthritis. When pain and other foot problems arise it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to.

Common Causes of Tendon and Joint Pain in the Feet

Tendons are soft tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. Everything from overuse and foot injuries to structural imbalances can lead to pain. Common causes of tendon and joint pain include:

  • Tendonitis: inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse
  • Sprains and strains: a common but usually minor foot and ankle injury, typically caused by physical activity
  • Arthritis: a chronic, progressive condition that leads to joint pain, stiffness, and damage (osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis to affect feet and ankles)
  • Obesity: being overweight or obese can also put excessive pressure on the joints and tendons of your feet and ankles, leading to pain and other problems

Treating Tendon and Joint Pain

Visiting a podiatrist is the best choice you can make if you are dealing with severe, persistent, or new foot and ankle pain. Since some conditions can get worse without proper care and rest it’s important to find out what’s causing your pain so you know how to effectively treat it.

If you are dealing with pain caused by a sports injury or strain it’s a good idea to see a medical professional so you know the extent of the injury. More severe sprains may require protective boots or crutches to reduce the amount of weight being placed on the injured ankle or foot.

Arthritis is also a surprisingly common cause of foot pain. If you notice joint pain and stiffness that affects functionality, range of motion and mobility in your feet then you could be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis can get worse without treatment, it is important that you work with your pediatrician and a team of medical professionals to determine the best medications and course of action to help manage your foot pain and to prevent permanent joint damage.

If you are experiencing foot pain it’s important to see a qualified medical professional that can determine the best way to treat your symptoms. Call your podiatrist today for a comprehensive evaluation.

By Affiliates in Podiatry
March 10, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Heel pain is an irritating, exhausting nuisance that hinders one's mobility and interferes with people's ability capacity to perform simple daily tasks. If you have sharp stabbing heel pain, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. Your Meredith and Concord, NH, podiatrist, Dr.William McCann, specializes in treatments for plantar fasciitis, most of which are non-invasive.

How We Can Help Your Plantar Fasciitis

The first step with plantar fasciitis is to cut down on strenuous overuse of your feet and heels, especially barefoot or with shoes that do not support the fascia tissue located at the arc of the foot. Do this by choosing shoes that support the arch of the foot to relieve some heel pain.

The next more active steps to relieve pain involves stretching the fascia muscles and applying the RICE method: rest your feet, ice the heel to alleviate the inflammation, control the pain using over-the-counter medicine to reduce inflammation, and elevate your feet.

What if those methods don't work?

If the above doesn't work, the next stage is applying specialized devices to the foot, such as night splints, which keep the foot tissues extended to relieve common morning heel pain or a walking cast to ensure the foot doesn't move and cause further irritation. Place pads in shoes to reduce shock and impact on the foot, or straps to keep the foot more secure while walking.

Orthotic devices, which your Meredith and Concord podiatrist can customize-make for you, may be placed in the shoes to correct irregularities, which may be the true cause of soreness.
 

Contacting your Podiatrist

If pain persists despite these treatments, Affiliates in Podiatry located In Meredith and Concord, NH, can provide more involved procedures such as corticosteroid injections in the foot to cut down on inflammation and ease pain. And, while surgery is rare, that is an option available as well. Make sure you contact Dr. William McCann for more information by calling (603) 279-0330 for our office in Mereditch, NH, or (603) 225-5281 in Concord, NH, today!



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