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September 2022

Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Causes of Foot Arch Pain in Runners

Pain in the arch of the foot can have many causes. Among them are plantar fasciitis, calcaneal nerve entrapment, navicular stress fractures, and tarsal tunnel syndrome. Experts agree that the most common cause of foot arch pain is plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the band of tissue that runs beneath the foot from the toes to the heel. Pain from inflammation is generally worse in the morning, levels off, and returns at the end of the day. Calcaneal nerve entrapment occurs when your foot rolls in too much when you walk, flattening the arch. It  can also be caused by ill-fitting footwear that pinches the nerve. A navicular stress fracture is a hairline crack in the navicular bone of the ankle, caused by overuse. Pain radiates through the midfoot to the inside of the arch. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is another nerve impingement condition, causing pain that radiates into the arch. Its symptoms are burning pain, along with numbness and tingling. If you are experiencing pain in the arch of the foot, it’s a good idea to consult a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis.

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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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Sports That Cause Most Ankle Injuries

Sports that cause the most ankle injuries are football, basketball, soccer, tennis, and running. Football is a rough sport that can cause, among other things, high ankle sprains. A high ankle sprain is an injury that happens from the outward twisting of the foot or ankle. Basketball can cause Achilles tendonitis, which is a swelling of the Achilles tendon linking the heel bone to the calf muscle. Soccer injuries include ankle sprains and ankle impingement, a condition where bone spurs develop on the ankle bones. Tennis requires players to run fast in a small area and make sudden changes of direction, causing them to be susceptible to stress fractures and ankle sprains. Running can cause similar injuries. If you participate in these sports, it is important to wear proper footwear for the sport you are participating in, warm up properly, and remain alert while at play. It is also suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who will not only be able to help you if injuries to the feet and ankles occur, but also educate you on ways to prevent common injuries.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, 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.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Symptoms of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

When the tibial nerve becomes compressed on the inside of the ankle, an individual can experience a condition known as tarsal tunnel syndrome (TTS). This affliction has a wide variety of causes. Suffering an ankle injury that causes inflammation can eventually pinch the tibial nerve and cause TTS. Also, individuals living with diabetes or arthritis can exhibit the swelling that eventually causes TTS. A person who has developed TTS could experience any number of different symptoms. First, the most common symptom of TTS is sharp pain along the tibial nerve. Interestingly, the pain can sometimes feel as if it is emanating from several different places, which is why TTS is sometimes confused with other conditions. Besides sharp, shooting pain, an individual might also experience a “pins and needles” sensation where the affected foot feels numb and almost tingly. It is important to note that these symptoms can sometimes worsen with increased physical activity. However, some individuals with TTS do experience pain and other symptoms while at rest or during the nighttime. If you have noticed any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today. This foot specialist can diagnose any foot condition you may have and help you treat the problem. 

Tarsal tunnel syndrome can be very uncomfortable to live with. If you are experiencing tarsal tunnel syndrome, 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.

Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

Tarsal tunnel syndrome, which can also be called tibial nerve dysfunction, is an uncommon condition of misfiring peripheral nerves in the foot. The tibial nerve is the peripheral nerve in the leg responsible for sensation and movement of the foot and calf muscles. In tarsal tunnel syndrome, the tibial nerve is damaged, causing problems with movement and feeling in the foot of the affected leg.

Common Cause of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Involves pressure or an injury, direct pressure on the tibial nerve for an extended period of time, sometimes caused by other body structures close by or near the knee.
  • Diseases that damage nerves, including diabetes, may cause tarsal tunnel syndrome.
  • At times, tarsal tunnel syndrome can appear without an obvious cause in some cases.

The Effects of Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Different sensations, an afflicted person may experience pain, tingling, burning or other unusual sensations in the foot of the affected leg.
  • The foot muscles, toes and ankle become weaker, and curling your toes or flexing your foot can become difficult.
  • If condition worsens, infections and ulcers may develop on the foot that is experiencing the syndrome.

A physical exam of the leg can help identify the presence of tarsal tunnel syndrome. Medical tests, such as a nerve biopsy, are also used to diagnose the condition. Patients may receive physical therapy and prescriptive medication. In extreme cases, some may require surgery.

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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Thursday, 08 September 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Foot Pain May Be Indicative of Lupus

Foot pain and limited mobility may be indicators of a systemic disease called lupus. The symptoms may be like those of arthritis, and can affect the tissue structures in the foot and ankle. Additional signs of lupus include pain and swelling in the joints of the feet, skin lesions, and tenderness. Lupus is a chronic disorder, and the percentage of people who have accompanying foot pain is high. In severe cases,  foot pain from lupus may lead to vasculitis and possible toe amputation. The ankle is often affected with this condition, and may cause considerable disability. This may lead to difficulty in completing daily activities, and lupus is considered to be a high risk condition concerning the feet. Patients may have difficulty with proper shoe fitting, and this may be a result of increased pressure on the feet from musculoskeletal dysfunction. If you are suffering from foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose the source of the pain, and offer treatment recommendations.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact Loren Hansen, DPM from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the 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 needs.

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