Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

The human foot is a marvel of engineering, composed of an intricate network of bones, tendons, and ligaments that work in tandem to provide stability and mobility. At the center of this complex structure lies the big toe, also known as the hallux, which plays a vital role in maintaining balance and facilitating movement. However, when the alignment of the bones in the big toe is disrupted, a bunion can form at the base of the big toe. This can lead to a further deformity, known as metatarsus primus varus. It results from an abnormal inward angling of the big toe towards the second toe. This misalignment can result in a range of symptoms, including pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking or standing for extended periods of time. While the exact cause of metatarsus primus varus is not fully understood, it is believed to be influenced by both genetic factors and external triggers, such as wearing ill-fitting footwear. People with metatarsus primus varus may experience a variety of symptoms, including pain and discomfort in the foot, restricted range of motion, and skin irritation. Diagnosing metatarsus primus varus typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays. Treatment options may vary depending on the severity of the condition and can include orthotics or surgical intervention to realign the bones and restore normal foot function. For help with managing this deformity, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Mital Patel, DPM of South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Caring for children's feet is important for their overall health and well-being, as early attention can prevent future issues as they age. Simple habits like washing feet daily, tending to toenails, and keeping feet warm in appropriate footwear can promote foot health. Regularly checking for problems such as redness, rashes, marks, or unusual odors is essential for early detection and intervention if needed. A podiatrist specializes in foot care and can provide valuable assistance in monitoring and addressing any concerns that arise. From developmental issues to injuries or infections, a podiatrist offers expert diagnosis, treatment, and guidance to ensure optimal foot health for children. If you have any concerns about your child’s feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Mital Patel, DPM of South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Peripheral neuropathy presents a diverse range of conditions that affect peripheral nerves in the lower extremities, resulting in symptoms like numbness and weakness. Causes can include diabetes, infections, injuries, or toxin exposure, with certain individuals at a higher risk due to genetics or lifestyle factors. Diagnosis involves a thorough assessment of symptoms and medical history, often supplemented by nerve conduction studies or imaging tests. Treatment focuses on symptom management and addressing underlying causes, taking certain medications, and making lifestyle adjustments, However, outcomes vary depending on the specific condition and its severity. If you suffer from peripheral neuropathy, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and personalized treatment plan.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Mital Patel, DPM from South Shore Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Massapequa, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2024 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!