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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, PC
August 17, 2016
Category: Foot Pain
Tags: fractures   pain   Lisfranc injury  

Do any of these symptoms sound familiar: pain in the midfoot, particularly when you are standing or pressure is put on that area, bruising or blistering in the arch or bruising on top of the foot, swelling, an inability to bear weight and, on top of all that your foot looks abnormally wide? If you answered yes, you may have a Lisfranc injury. At The Foot & Ankle Center, PC we treat this type of injury in runners, accident victims, athletes and people who acquire the injury through a wide variety of activities.

What is it?

The Lisfranc joint is located at the point in the middle of your foot where your tarsal bones--in the arch of the foot, join up with the metatarsal bones—the long bones that go from the middle of your foot all the way up to your toes. The Lisfranc ligament is a sturdy band of tissue that joins these bones and it provides necessary support to the joint. When the joint and/or ligament are damaged, debilitating foot problems occur.

How Does a Lisfranc Injury Happen?

There are many ways that injury can occur to this middle part of the foot: overuse in sports that stress this area such as horseback riding, football and other contact sports; trauma, such as a heavy item falling on the foot or an automobile accident; and even something seemingly silly like missing the bottom step or misjudging a sidewalk curb. Lisfranc injuries generally fall into three categories:

  1. Fracture—either a direct break in one of the bones in the Lisfranc joint or an avulsion fracture where a small piece of bone is pulled away due to a severe twisting injury

  2. Sprain—the Lisfranc ligament gets overstretched

  3. Dislocation—bones of the Lisfranc joint are pushed out of the normal position

How is the Injury Treated?

The first step if you are experiencing any of the above symptoms or you know you injured the midsection of your foot is to have your foot evaluated by our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Leonard M. Talarico. In addition to examining your foot, the podiatrist will most likely order x-rays or other imaging studies to confirm a Lisfranc injury. A variety of nonsurgical and surgical options are available to fix a Lisfranc injury and the foot doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment plan. For more information, contact our Pooler office at (912) 330 – 8885.










 

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