Hammertoes are a common foot problem for people who spend a significant amount of time on their feet and who wear certain types of shoes for long periods. Some people think that hammertoes are untreatable and that they’ll have to live with them forever, but that’s not always the case. A podiatrist at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA and Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, NJ can help.
What Are Hammertoes?
Hammertoes happen when the toe bones begin to protrude unnaturally upward because of some kind of pressure or stress on the toes. The top of each toe may become swollen and red, making the problem even more pronounced. The tips of the toes point toward the floor and may sometimes hang over when you wear open-toed shoes. Normally, a patient can bend, lift and stretch the toes at will, but with hammertoes they may be stuck in the same position. It is an embarrassing foot problem that can also be painful.
Common Causes of Hammertoes
Hammertoes are most commonly caused by wearing shoes that put pressure on the toes. They may also be related to an arthritic condition. Some foot experts believe that hammertoes are hereditary—if your parents had problems with this foot condition you may be more prone to it yourself.
Treating Your Hammertoes
If your Philadelphia, PA or Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, NJ podiatrist diagnoses you with hammertoes, a number of treatment options will be explored. Here are some of the most common ways to deal with this troubling foot problem:
- Foot orthotic devices for support and to realign the toes.
- Toe exercises to strengthen toe muscles.
- Changes in shoes (orthopedic shoes may be recommended).
- NSAID medication to ease pain in the toe joints.
- Hammertoe surgery of the ligaments, tendons, and bones to straighten each toe.
Call for Treatment
If your feet are in distress due to hammertoes, help is available from a podiatrist at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA and Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, NJ. Call the office today to schedule time for a foot exam and consultation.
Everyone experiences a little foot pain from time to time. Common conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis can cause temporary heel pain that can interfere with your workouts and everyday movements. Although many foot and ankle conditions can be treated with conservative options like rest or physical therapy depending on the cause and severity, surgery is sometimes the most effective option to alleviate pain and repair soft tissue damage or bone fractures. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, and Columbus, NJ and Philadelphia, PA offer minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery for a number of orthopedic injuries.
Foot and Ankle Surgery in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, and Philadelphia
There are many foot and ankle injuries which can range in severity from mild to severe. Heel pain is one of the most common complaints for active individuals who work out regularly, engage in endurance sports like marathon running, or generally spend a lot of time on their feet. And in some cases, the way your feet are shaped can also make injuries and pain more likely. If you have low arches (also known as flat feet), you may be more susceptible to problems like inflammation or joint pain in the future (speak to a podiatrist about the best supportive footwear or to find out if orthotics might be right for you).
When is Foot and Ankle Surgery Necessary?
Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, podiatrists generally prescribe conservative treatments as a first resort for some of the most common foot and ankle injuries, which include:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendon problems
- Bone spurs
But sometimes surgery is the best option to relieve chronic pain and damage to tissue or joints, which can impact your ability to exercise, walk properly, wear your favorite shoes, and enjoy your normal quality of life. Surgery can also help to improve the appearance of your feet by repairing deformities and abnormalities.
Find a Podiatrist in Mount Laurel, Bordentown, Columbus, and Philadelphia
Sometimes surgery is the best option to treat a foot and ankle injury, or to alleviate chronic pain. For more information and to obtain an accurate diagnosis, contact The Foot and Ankle Group to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (856) 234-0195 for Mount Laurel, NJ, (609) 291-0960 for Bordentown, NJ, (609) 298-7000 for Columbus, NJ, and (215) 332-5300 for Philadelphia, PA.
Neuropathy symptoms can make your life miserable. Luckily, podiatrists offer effective treatments that can reduce or relieve your painful symptoms. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, and Mt. Laurel, Columbus and Bordentown, NJ, discuss neuropathy and explain several treatment options that may be helpful.
Nerve damage causes painful symptoms
Nerve damage is the cause of neuropathy, a condition that commonly affects people who have diabetes. The condition can also be caused by medication side effects, infections, autoimmune diseases, injuries, or aging.
If you have neuropathy, you may notice numbness, tingling or a pins-and-needles sensation in your feet. Although none of these symptoms is very pleasant, numbness is a particularly serious consequence of neuropathy because it may lead to serious foot infections. If you can't feel your feet, you can't tell when you experience a cut or other minor injury. Without proper treatment, small scrapes or burst blisters can easily become infected.
Other signs of neuropathy include burning or shooting pain, hot or cold sensations, extreme sensitivity to touch or pressure, cramps, swelling, balance issues and difficulty walking.
Foot doctors offer effective treatments for neuropathy
We offer a variety of treatments that may be helpful, such as prescription medications that decrease pain and burning. If your condition is caused by an autoimmune disorder, we may recommend an immunosuppressant medication.
Physical therapy treatment can help you improve your balance and your ability to walk easily. Orthotics, custom-designed shoe inserts, may also be recommended, particularly if your feet have become numb. Orthotics reduce foot movement when you wear shoes, preventing blisters.
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) treatment may be helpful in relieving neuropathy symptoms. The therapy uses gentle electrical currents to prevent pain signals from traveling to your brain.
Reduce pain, tingling and other neuropathy symptoms with a visit to The Foot & Ankle Group. Call the Philadelphia, PA, office at (215) 332-5300, the Mt. Laurel, NJ, office at (856) 234-0195, the Bordentown, NJ, office at (609) 291-0960 or the Columbus, NJ, office at (609) 298-7000 to schedule an appointment.
Heel pain can have a serious impact on your life. When simply taking a step causes pain, it's difficult to do the things you need to do. Luckily, foot doctors offer treatments that can relieve your pain. The podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group in Philadelphia, PA, and Mount Laurel, Bordentown and Columbus, NJ, share information on a few common causes of heel pain and discuss treatment options.
Stone bruises can occur if you stepped on something hard or may happen due to an overuse injury. Wearing worn-out shoes that no longer cushion your foot when you walk or run can increase your risk of developing a stone bruise. Most stone bruises get better in a week or two. While you recover, ice and over-the-counter pain medications can help decrease your pain.
Stress fractures cause a hairline crack in your heel bone. The fractures often occur as a result of overuse injuries. If you suddenly start exercising intensely or train particularly hard, you may develop the fractures. Although resting your foot may be all that's needed if you have a stress fracture, you may benefit from reducing pressure on your foot with crutches and a walking boot.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. That's not surprising, as many factors can increase your risk of developing the condition, including:
- High Arches
- Pronation Issues
- Tight Achilles Tendon
- Weak Foot Muscles
- Overuse Injuries
- Difference in Leg Length
The condition occurs when the plantar fascia, the tough band of tissue you can feel if you press on the bottom of your foot, becomes inflamed. Fortunately, we offer a variety of treatments in our Philadelphia, Mount Laurel, Bordentown and Columbus offices that will help you feel better. You may benefit from physical therapy, night splints, prescription shoe inserts, corticosteroid injections or even surgery.
Are you frustrated by heel pain that just won't go away? Call the podiatrists at The Foot and Ankle Group. You can schedule an appointment by calling (215) 332-5300 for the Philadelphia office, (856) 234-0195 for the Mount Laurel office, (609) 291-0960 for the Bordentown office or (609) 298-7700 for the Columbus office.
Your Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Group are well versed in diagnosing and treating many foot or ankle issues. There are countless instances where you should seek out a podiatrist to prevent infection from spreading or a minor injury becoming more serious. In these types of situations, it’s important to count on a podiatrist that can listen and respond as you need. A friendly podiatrist can help you to find the best ways to improve your health situation.
Instances to Contact a Podiatrist
Times that you should see a Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown NJ, podiatrist include but are not limited to:
- Changes in the skin and/or nails on the foot
- Severe scaling, peeling, cracking on the heel and/or foot
- Persistent, sharp pain in the ankle or foot
Another common time that you should seek podiatric help immediately is if you have signs of a bacterial infection including discharge or pus from an area on your foot, increased swelling, tenderness, redness or heat, red streaks around the area, symptoms that don’t improve after two weeks, thickening uncomfortable toenails, heel pain with a fever, numbness and/or redness, tingling in the heel or persistent pain when applying pressure to the heel or athlete’s feet. These are many common problems that a podiatrist can help diagnose and treat.
If you have lingering pain with your heels, ankles or foot, it’s important to schedule a comprehensive appointment with a podiatrist at the Foot & Ankle Group. They can properly diagnose and treat your condition and can help get you back on your feet. For more information on what they can do for you, call The Foot & Ankle Group with offices in Philadelphia, PA, Columbus, Mount Laurel and Bordentown, NJ.
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