Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

A hammertoe is a foot deformity where toes become bent at the middle joint, typically affecting the second, third, or fourth toes. A hammertoe worsens over time due to muscle imbalance, often the result of wearing ill-fitting shoes. Shoes that are too narrow or have high heels force the toes into a bent position. This causes friction, pain, and the development of corns or calluses. Symptoms can include swelling, redness, or difficulty straightening the toe. Certain non-surgical approaches may be effective in early stages of hammertoe formation. These include wearing properly fitted shoes with a roomy toe box to alleviate pressure and allow toes to spread naturally. Exercises to stretch and strengthen toe muscles also may provide relief. Pads or cushions can be helpful, and may help to prevent further irritation. When the affected joint becomes rigid and non-flexible, surgical options like tendon lengthening or joint fusion may be necessary. If you have developed a hammertoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.  

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Saturday, 13 July 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!

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Flexible flat feet in children, also known as pediatric flatfoot, is a condition where the arch of the foot collapses upon standing but reappears when sitting or on tiptoes. This common condition often resolves with age, but in some cases, intervention is necessary. Custom orthotics are specially designed shoe inserts tailored to an individual's foot structure. For children with flexible flat feet, these orthotics provide support to the arch, enhance foot alignment, and reduce strain on muscles and ligaments. They can alleviate pain and prevent potential future issues related to improper foot mechanics. The duration for wearing custom orthotics varies, often spanning several months to years, depending on the severity of the condition and the child's growth. Continuous monitoring and adjustments ensure optimal benefits. For personalized advice and to determine if custom orthotics are appropriate for your child, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in growing children and adolescents, particularly those involved in sports. It occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress and overuse. This condition typically affects children between the ages of eight and 14, coinciding with periods of rapid growth. Patients with calcaneal apophysitis often experience pain and tenderness in the heel, which can worsen with physical activity and improve with rest. The pain is usually located at the back of the heel and can be accompanied by swelling and difficulty while walking. Treatment focuses on reducing pain and inflammation, and rest is commonly suggested. Stretching exercises, wearing proper footwear, and orthotic inserts can also help to alleviate symptoms. If your child is complaining of heel pain that persists, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and tailored treatment plan.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Irvine, Huntington Beach, Orange, Newport Beach, and Long Beach, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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