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By The Foot & Ankle Center, PC
March 28, 2018
Category: Women's footcare
Tags: Morton's Neuroma   fractures   heel   bunion  

At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we couldn’t let March end without recognizing Women’s History Month and taking a moment to be grateful to all the amazing and gifted women who have contributed to this great nation. In honor of all our female patients, we thought it was fitting to spend some time talking about foot problems that particularly affect women and how to prevent them.

Plantar Fasciitis—as is so often the case, the choice of footwear can greatly impact your podiatric health. Women who frequently wear ballet slippers, flip flops or other shoes with little or no arch support put excess stress on the plantar fascia—a long band of tissue that stretches along the bottom of the foot from heel to toe. When this occurs the result is pain, sometimes severe, in the heel and arch of the foot.

Bunions--although the primary cause of a bunion is a biomechanical defect (often inherited), shoe choice here again can affect the severity and progression of this disorder. In this case, it’s high heels and shoes with narrow, pointed fronts that are the culprits. These shoes squeeze the toes together and can help force the big toe to shift towards the second toe in patients with the structural abnormality.

Osteoporosis—it’s estimated that 1 out 2 women over the age of 50 will be affected by this disease that causes bones to lose mass and become more vulnerable to fractures. Your feet are often the first place to manifest these fractures. Our podiatrist, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico, has seen many cases where a woman experiencing pain in the forefoot is diagnosed with a stress fracture, the source of which turns out to osteoporosis. Getting enough calcium and doing regular weight-bearing exercise are two ways to help prevent low bone mass.

Morton’s Neuroma—pain, tingling, burning or just an uncomfortable sensation in the ball of the foot are all symptoms of this disorder. It occurs when a nerve at the base of the toes becomes aggravated and inflamed. Why is this particularly an issue for women? Many professional women who wear heels to work and then enjoy running as a sport are delivering a one-two punch to the ball of the foot. Heels push your foot forward, putting pressure on the ball and the repetitive pounding of the same area on the foot from running can easily lead to inflammation and pain.

If you are experiencing symptoms of any of the above problems or have other unexplained foot pain, contact The Foot & Ankle Center, PC at our Pooler, GA office today at (912) 330 - 8885.

By The Foot & Ankle Center P.C.
July 02, 2012
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Morton's Neuroma  

NeuromaA neuroma is a thickening of nerve tissue that can develop in various parts of your body. In the foot, the most common occurring neuroma develops at the base of the third and fourth toes. This condition is referred to as Morton's neuroma.

There are typically no physical signs of Morton's neuroma, such as a lump or a knot. Instead, symptoms may include:

  • A sharp, achy or burning pain in the ball of your foot
  • Numbness, tingling, or cramping in the toes or forefoot
  • Feeling as if you're standing on a pebble in your shoe

While the exact cause of Morton's neuroma is unknown, the growth of the neuroma seems to occur in response to injury, pressure or irritation to one of the nerves that lead to the toes. People with certain foot deformities - bunions, hammertoes and flatfeet- are at higher risk for developing a neuroma. Women are also more likely to develop this condition as wearing high-heels or narrow-toed shoes can increase pressure on the toes. Other potential causes are activities that involve repetitive irritation to the ball of the foot, such as running.

Morton's neuroma can make walking and performing normal activities difficult and painful. Treatment options vary with the severity of each neuroma, and identifying the neuroma in its earliest stage of development is important to avoid more invasive treatments or surgical correction. Left untreated, neuromas tend to worsen, so it's always best to visit our Pooler office at the first sign of pain.

Early treatments aim to relieve or reduce pressure on the area around the affected toes. Depending on the severity of your neuroma, a podiatrist may recommend:

  • Modifications to footwear. Wide-toed shoes relieve pressure on the neuroma.
  • Shoe inserts or padding to provide support for the arch of the foot, which removes pressure from the nerve.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications can help ease any pain and inflammation. Ask your doctor first.
  • Icing to reduce inflammation.
  • Rest to lessen repetitive pressure on the neuroma.

In the most severe cases, surgery may be recommended for patients who do not respond to conservative treatments. The Foot & Ankle Center, PC can help you determine the best approach for your specific condition.


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