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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Morton’s neuroma is a painful condition that affects the ball of the foot, typically between the third and fourth toes. It involves the thickening of tissue around one of the nerves leading to the toes, often caused by irritation or compression. Symptoms include a sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot, tingling or numbness in the toes, and the sensation of having a pebble in your shoe. A podiatrist diagnoses Morton's neuroma through a physical examination, assessing the affected area for tenderness and swelling. Imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI scans may be used to rule out other conditions. The duration of symptoms can vary, with some people experiencing intermittent pain while others may have chronic discomfort. Prevention includes wearing well-fitting shoes with a wide toe box and avoiding high heels. Treatment options range from conservative approaches like rest and orthotics to corticosteroid injections and, in severe cases, surgery. For persistent pain and personalized treatment, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our doctors of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

To maintain peak performance and prevent injuries while running or jogging, incorporating a comprehensive stretching routine is vital. The feet and ankles may become stronger when stretches are implemented before and after the workout, which may help to prevent running injuries. Dynamic stretches, performed before the workout, help prepare the muscles for activity by increasing blood flow and range of motion. Leg swings, lunges with a twist, and hip circles are dynamic stretches that target key muscle groups involved in running and jogging. Post-workout, static stretches aid in muscle recovery and flexibility by holding positions that target specific muscle groups for 15 to 30 seconds each. Essential static stretches include calf stretches, hamstring stretches, quadriceps stretches, and hip flexor stretches. Additionally, incorporating yoga poses such as downward-facing dog, pigeon pose, and runner’s lunge can further enhance flexibility and prevent tightness and imbalances. If you have endured a foot or ankle injury while running, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for relief strategies.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our doctors of Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Gout is a form of arthritis characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, and redness in the joints. These symptoms often occur in the big toe. Treatment focuses on relieving pain during attacks and preventing future episodes. A podiatrist, or foot doctor, may recommend medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, colchicine, or corticosteroids to reduce inflammation and pain during acute flare-ups. To manage gout long-term, changes in diet and lifestyle, such as reducing intake of high-purine foods, like red meat and seafood, increasing hydration, and maintaining a healthy weight, are important. A podiatrist can also suggest footwear designed to alleviate pressure on the affected joints, which may involve the use of orthotic devices for extra cushioning and support. Longer-term management techniques may involve the prescription of urate-lowering medications to decrease levels of uric acid in the blood. This helps to prevent the formation of urate crystals that cause gout symptoms. Regular follow-ups with a podiatrist are important to monitor gout symptoms and adjust treatment plans as needed. If you have gout, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for targeted treatment. 

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from Coral Desert Foot & Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in St. George and Kanab, UT, and Mesquite, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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