Posts for: February, 2015
We all expect to have some aches and pains after a hard workout. But when do aches and pains become signs of a more serious problem? Do you ever have long lasting foot pain after a workout or spending a long time on your feet? If you answer yes to that question, you might have a more serious condition called metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is caused when the muscles in the ball of your foot become irritated and inflamed. This can happen from high impact exercises like running or from standing for long periods of time. While those are the most common causes, metatarsalgia can also be cause from poor fitting shoes, excessive weight, or small fractures, called stress fractures, in the foot. People who have arthritis or are prone to gout are more likely to develop this condition.
Some people describe the pain and irritation as having a pebble in their shoe. While it often starts out as an irritating, uncomfortable pain, it can soon progress into unbearable pain leaving the person unable to walk. Metatarsalgia can also cause pain the legs and lower back due to the inflammation throwing off a person’s natural gait. If these symptoms sound like something you or someone you know have been going through, don’t hesitate to call our office and make an appointment. Something as simple as proper footwear can make your symptoms disappear and never come back. Call today for an appointment!
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, then you are likely aware of the complications that can arise from this disease. Often times, these complication affect the foot and ankle area. One such condition is called Charcot’s foot. This condition is progressive, degenerative and affects the joints of the foot. It is very common for those with diabetes to have some sort of neuropathy in their feet. While neuropathy is not a symptom of Charcot’s, it does not help with the condition. Because of the limited feeling in the foot, a person does not usually realize they have the condition. The symptoms also tend to mimic those of diabetes are a multitude of other ailments. Some symptoms include, but are not limited to, redness, swelling, malformation of the foot, discoloration and warmth of the foot. If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, you should see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Treating Charcot’s foot is time consuming, but entirely possible. First and foremost, you must do your best to keep you diabetes under control. Keeping a close eye on your blood sugar will not only help you to not develop Charcot’s, but also a wide array of other diabetes related conditions. If you believe that you might already have Charcot’s foot, the best thing to do is to come in and have one of our doctors take a look. Charcot’s can often be corrected with such things as orthotics, braces or crutches. Surgery is also an option, but one that is often saved as a last resort. Any Questions? Please give our office a call, we would be more than happy to help you!