Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Hammertoe is a foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of the toe joints, causing the affected toes to resemble a hammer or claw. This condition typically affects the second, third, or fourth toes, although it can occur in any toe. Hammertoe often develops gradually over time, due to factors like ill-fitting shoes, foot structure abnormalities, or muscle imbalances. One of the noticeable features of hammertoe is the bending of the toe joints, resulting in a permanent, abnormal position that may cause pain, discomfort, or difficulty walking or wearing shoes. Other characteristic symptoms include corns or calluses forming on the tops of the affected toes due to friction and pressure from rubbing against footwear. Additionally, individuals with hammertoe may experience limited range of motion in the affected toes, making it challenging to straighten or flex them fully. If you notice a deformity in your toes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment. 

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. 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 our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Feet endure a lot of stress, carrying our body weight over countless miles throughout a lifetime. This constant use can lead to various sources of foot pain, making even basic activities like walking painful. A common cause of foot pain includes plantar fasciitis, characterized by sharp heel pain due to inflammation of the tissue connecting the heel to the toes. Bunions, which are bony bumps forming at the base of the big toe, can also cause significant discomfort. Flat feet, where the arches collapse, can lead to pain and fatigue in the feet and legs. Additionally, arthritis can affect the joints in the feet, leading to chronic pain and stiffness. Treatments for foot pain vary depending on the cause but often include rest, compression, and elevation. Orthotic inserts and wearing proper footwear can also provide relief. In more severe cases, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or surgery may be necessary. If you are experiencing persistent foot pain, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This 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

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

An ankle fracture occurs when one or more of the bones surrounding the ankle joint break, typically due to trauma or excessive force. Diagnosis of an ankle fracture begins with a thorough physical examination by a podiatrist, including assessment of symptoms and a review of the injury's circumstances. Imaging tests such as X-rays are then used to confirm the diagnosis and determine the extent of the fracture. Symptoms of an ankle fracture often include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. In some cases, the ankle may appear deformed or out of alignment. Additionally, individuals may experience a limited range of motion and tenderness to touch surrounding the ankle joint. Prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment are essential in managing ankle fractures effectively. If you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can discuss which treatment options are right for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Heel fissures are cracks in the skin over your heels that can range from minor discomfort to serious health concerns. Symptoms include can mild discoloration, thickening of the skin, visible splitting of the skin, and bleeding. Without treatment, heel fissures can worsen, leading to open wounds, pain, and even deep ulcers susceptible to infections like cellulitis. Dry skin on the heels is a primary cause of fissures, worsened by conditions such as diabetes, eczema, and fungal infections. Due to damaged foot nerves and decreased moisture, diabetic patients are particularly at risk for heel fissures that progress into non-healing ulcers. To manage symptoms of heel fissures, regular moisturizing is recommended, in addition to exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids or urea-based creams. If the heel fissures continue to worsen, seeking medical attention from a podiatrist is suggested. This foot doctor can provide specialized debridement to remove thickened skin and prescribe medication to combat infections. If dry skin on your feet is causing problems like heel fissures, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Pima Foot and Ankle Surgery. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in 1st Ave. and Tucson Blvd in Tucson, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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