Find out how to get your bunion symptoms under control.
Do you have bunions? Are you trying to figure out the best way to ward away pain and other issues so that you don’t need bunion surgery down the road? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Our Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton, MD, podiatrists are here to provide you with simple and conservative measures you can take to keep bunion pain at bay.
Exercise Those Feet
Exercising your feet is actually simple and easy, and you can do it at any time from the comfort and convenience of your own home. You don’t even need equipment! Maintaining flexibility in the joints, muscles, tendons, and soft tissues of your feet is important to reduce and even prevent bunion pain and swelling. Ask your Olney, Kensington, Silver Spring, and Clinton foot doctor for specific exercises that can help alleviate symptoms and improve the function of your feet. In the meantime, here are just some exercises to try out!
Sport the Right Shoes
The shoes you wear every day can either give your bunion and the rest of your foot the support and comfort it needs or it could cause serious issues and cause this joint deformity to get worse. Opt for shoes that don’t bunch up your toes or put pressure on your foot. Also, avoid high heels or shoes with pointy toes. If shoes are providing enough shock absorption and protection, but they fit properly, then talk to us about whether custom orthotics (shoe inserts) could enhance and improve how your shoes support your feet.
Consider a Toe Stretcher/Separator
When you think of a toe separator you may think about those silly things they put between your toes after a pedicure, but there is actually a toe separator that is designed to help stretch your toes and provide therapeutic relief. These little gems can be a great way to reduce the amount of strain on the joints of your toes and they could even help realign them.
Don’t let bunion pain become your norm. The foot care experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland are ready to help you live a pain-free life. We provide comprehensive foot care in Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD.
Hammertoe is a contracture (bending) of one or both joints of any of the smaller toes. If you have a hammertoe, you should make an appointment with a podiatrist. Without prompt treatment, hammertoes get progressively worse. Podiatrists provide a full range of medical care for problems of the lower legs, ankles, and feet. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offers treatments for hammertoes. They have offices in Olney, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD. Here's all you need to know about hammertoes.
Hammertoes are painful deformities of the toes. Hammertoes often affects the middle three toes. In this condition, the toe is bent at the middle joint, so that it resembles a hammer. This condition is caused by a muscle and ligament imbalance around the joints which causes the middle joint of the toe to bend and become stuck in this position. A toe that curls rather than buckle -most commonly the baby toe- is also considered a hammertoe.
Causes of Hammertoes
The risk of developing a hammertoe increases with age. Hammertoe is more common in women as they tend to wear high heels and narrower shoes. Arthritis and diabetes might make you more prone to developing hammertoe. Genetics also plays a role in hammertoes. Hammertoes may run in families. Hammertoe can also develop as a result of an injury in which you jam or break a toe.
Symptoms of Hammertoes
Deformity is usually the first symptom of hammertoe. Patients with hammertoes may feel pain in their toes and have difficulty finding comfortable footwear. At the start of the deformity, they may be able to move and straighten the deformed toes. However, with time, the joint becomes rigid or fixed. Patients with hammertoes may also have calluses or corns on the top of the middle joint of the toes or on the tips of the toes.
Padding and taping is usually the first step in a treatment plan. Padding and taping the toe relieves the pressure and pain. Your podiatrist in Olney, MD, might recommend that you change to wider, more comfortable shoes and that you wear orthotic ( shoe inserts). Orthotics can reposition the affected toe and relieve pain and pressure. Your podiatrist might suggest exercises to strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. If conservative treatments don't help, your podiatrist might recommend surgery to straighten your toe.
Focus on your life, not your discomfort. If you have hammertoes, call Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland at (301) 924-5044 today to schedule an appointment in Olney, MD. Call (301) 868-7670 to schedule an appointment in Clinton, MD. Call (301) 439-0300 to schedule an appointment in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 942-8110 to schedule an appointment in Kensington, MD. Our hammertoe treatments will relieve your pain and help you get back to a happy and healthy life.
When you have corns and calluses, you probably won’t want to wear closed nor open-toed shoes. That is because these skin bumps make the feet look unattractive, and they can be painful when they come in contact with your shoes. It’s a complicated foot problem to have. Learn how to deal with your corns and calluses with assistance from your Olney, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists.
What Causes Corns and Calluses
Corns develop when the bones press against the inside of your shoes, putting too much pressure on the skin. The skin gets thicker and harder each day. The main cause of this problem is wearing ill-fitting shoes (too tight). Corns and calluses often show up on the toes or the sides of the feet. Patients who have to do a lot of walking, especially in uncomfortable shoes, are more likely to have issues with corns and calluses.
Corns and Calluses Treatments
It could take some time for corns and calluses to go away, so you have to be patient and consistent. One solution is to wear protective padding inside of your shoes or orthotics prescribed by your Olney, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist to relieve pressure on your feet. Soaking the feet and choosing a different type of shoe also helps. A corn or callus that is very hard can be removed by your foot doctor.
It can be difficult to prevent corns and calluses from coming back, especially if you have to return to your usual activities. But here are a few tips on how to minimize a recurrence:
- Continue to wear pads on top of toes and on the sides of the feet where corns or calluses have shown up before.
- Wear thick socks whenever possible to protect your feet.
- Trade in your high heels for flats or shorter heels. High heels cause the feet to push forward when you walk, increasing the chance of corns.
Relief for Your Feet
Walking around with corns and calluses on your feet can be a painful and embarrassing burden to bear. Get help from an Olney, Clinton, Kensington, and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, and Dr. Adam Lowy are a team of foot specialists who want to help you enjoy an active lifestyle with healthy feet.
Over 8 million Americans struggle with cases of gout according to a journal published by the American College of Rheumatology. It is a condition that is related to poor diet, obesity, and cardiovascular problems. Gout symptoms can be very inconvenient—especially when it affects the feet. If you believe you may have gout, learn the symptoms. Also, don’t hesitate to get confirmation and treatment from an Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Clinton, MD podiatrist at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland.
What Is Gout?
Gout is an arthritic condition caused by deposits of crystallized uric acid in the joints. Patients who have high levels of uric acid in their bloodstream develop this problem due to metabolic syndrome—a combination of health conditions, including hypertension and diabetic complications. Patients who are very overweight are often diagnosed with gout. It is common in the feet, which is why podiatrists are often called on to treat this problem.
The most notable symptom of gout is frequent bouts of sudden pain in the feet that can be felt in the toe joints. If you try to move your toes, the pain may be even more intense. The toes may also swell and become red in color due to inflammation. Gout pain often occurs while sleeping, which is why it’s important that it is treated and managed promptly. If it disrupts the sleep cycle, it can create additional health challenges, including fatigue.
How Is Gout Treated?
Sometimes the symptoms of gout come and go in the span of a few days, never to return. But in other cases, it is a chronic problem that needs to be treated by your Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Clinton, MD podiatrist. The treatments for gout range from physical therapy to medications and corticosteroid injections for joint pain. You must also commit to dietary changes, including drinking more water, eating less carbs, reducing alcohol consumption, and cutting back on fatty meats.
See Your Podiatrist for Help with Gout
No matter what gout symptoms you’re currently experiencing, mild or severe, a podiatrist at Maryland Feet in Olney, Silver Spring, Kensington, and Clinton, MD can help. Call the office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg, or Dr. Adam Lowy.
Foot care is particularly important if you have diabetes. Although you might not have paid much attention to the condition of your feet before your diagnosis, ignoring even subtle changes can put your health in jeopardy. Dr. Marc Goldberg, Dr. Michael Frank, and Dr. Adam Lowy of Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton and Kensington, MD, discuss the importance of diabetic foot care and share a few tips that will help you protect your feet.
How does diabetes affect my feet?
High blood sugar levels slow healing throughout your body, including your feet. As a result, even a minor foot condition, such as a burst blister, can quickly become infected. Compounding the problem is a lack of sensation in the feet, a symptom that may also occur due to high blood sugar levels. When your feet are numb, it's impossible to tell that your shoes are rubbing uncomfortably against your feet or that you cut your foot on a pebble.
How can I keep my feet in good condition?
Daily foot examinations offer a simple way to avoid infections. The self-exams only take a few minutes of your time but can help you spot problems, such as reddened areas of skin, blisters, ingrown toenails, calluses, red streaks, cold or hot sensations in your feet, or white, blue or black skin. If you notice any concerning changes to your feet, call our Silver Spring, Olney, Clinton or Kensington office immediately.
Wearing shoes at all times is a good idea if you have diabetes. Choose roomy shoes that cushion your feet but don't rub against them. Orthotics may be recommended to prevent blisters. The shoe inserts are designed by your foot doctor and reposition your foot, reducing pressure.
There's no such thing as a minor foot problem if you have diabetes. Luckily a visit to one of our offices can help you avoid a serious infection.
Protect your feet with regular self-exams and visits to the foot doctor at the first sign of trouble. Schedule an appointment with podiatrists Dr. Goldberg, Dr. Frank, and Dr. Lowy by calling (301) 439-0300 for the Silver Spring, MD, office, (301) 924-5044 for the Olney office, (301) 868-7670 for the Clinton office and (301) 942-8110 for the Kensington office.
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