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Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

A condition commonly known as turf toe is a sprain of the ligaments on the underside of the joint of the big toe. It is common to football players and runners who push off the big toe in a burst of energy when preparing to run. It is also common among dancers, gymnasts, and wrestlers. The injury occurs when the big toe is bent more than 90 degrees as the heel is raised off the ground. Picture a runner who is ready to push off the ground in a race, or a football lineman waiting for the quarterback’s signal. The severity of the sprain will indicate the amount of pain involved. A mild sprain causes pain and swelling that can last a week or two. A moderate sprain may last more than a couple of weeks. A severe turf toe sprain involves a complete rupture of the ligament on the sole of the foot and is quite rare. This injury will take longer to heal. If you believe you have sustained a turf toe injury, it is a good idea to visit a podiatrist for immediate and thorough treatment.


 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Loren Hansen, DPM of Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Complications with the feet can occur in just about everyone, from young children to senior citizens. If your child is complaining about foot pain, you should take it seriously. There are several steps that you can take to help your child navigate the pain. One of the first steps includes talking with your child to get a better sense of the pain. For example, you can ask your child to point to where on their foot they are feeling pain. This can mean a number of different things. If your child points to his or her heel, the child might be experiencing Sever’s disease, a condition that primarily affects children and causes heel pain. Another way to help your child manage foot pain is by taking the child to a podiatrist. This foot specialist will be best equipped to help you identify any problems with the feet and select a sufficient course of treatment. So the next time your child tells you that they have foot pain, consider taking them to a podiatrist. Schedule an appointment today.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Loren Hansen, DPM of Ankle & Foot Medical Center. 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 Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Sever’s disease is a condition that affects children and young teenagers who participate in running and jumping activities. A noticeable symptom is heel pain, and this can occur when the muscles and tendons grow at different rates. Many parents may become aware of this foot condition when they notice their child is limping and complaining of heel pain. Relief is often sought at this time, despite the fact that children may outgrow this condition as the aging process occurs. Mild comfort may be found when the feet are rested as often as possible, in addition to wearing cushioned pads at the heel of the shoes. It is beneficial to temporarily stop the activity that caused this ailment, and replace it by performing specific stretches. An effective stretch is done by standing on a step, and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle pull is felt. Sever’s disease can cause your child to have heel pain, and it is strongly urged that you consult a podiatrist who can help you and your child manage this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor 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 office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

If you have pain in the ball of your foot, it may be medically referred to as metatarsalgia. The bones that connect the ankle to the toes are called the metatarsals and can become painful from standing or walking for most of the day. Additional reasons this type of pain may occur include having arthritis and wearing shoes that are not supportive. Foot pain can be noticeable in different forms, including a burning sensation and numbness in the toes. Additionally, the feeling of a small pebble or marble on the sole of the foot can indicate the condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma, which may cause difficulty in walking. There are effective prevention methods that can be implemented which may reduce foot pain. Resting and elevating the feet is often successful in alleviating this foot pain. It is also a good idea to change the shoes that are worn each day. Foot pain of any kind indicates that a visit to the podiatrist may be necessary, so please contact this type of doctor as quickly as possible who can help you with any type of foot pain you may have.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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