Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Bunions, a common foot deformity, occur when the big toe joint shifts out of place, causing the toe to bend towards the other toes and a bony bump to form on the side of the foot. This misalignment often results from genetic predisposition, wearing tight or narrow shoes, or foot stress. Individuals with certain factors, such as family history, arthritis, or foot injuries, are at higher risk of developing bunions. Symptoms can range from pain and swelling to difficulty walking or wearing shoes comfortably. Podiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating bunions, offering a range of treatments to alleviate discomfort and prevent worsening of symptoms. Treatment options may include wearing supportive footwear, using custom orthotic inserts, toe exercises, or in severe cases, surgical correction. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for care.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM of Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Cracked heels can be attributed to various factors, including inadequate nutrition and vitamin deficiencies. Several vitamins play essential roles in maintaining healthy skin, and their deficiencies can contribute to dryness and cracking. For instance, vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, protecting skin cells from damage and promoting moisture retention. Vitamin C is vital for collagen synthesis, which helps maintain skin elasticity and integrity. Similarly, vitamin A supports skin cell turnover and repair, preventing dryness and fissures. Deficiencies in these vitamins, often stemming from poor dietary intake or underlying health conditions, can weaken the skin's barrier function and make it more susceptible to cracking in areas of high pressure like the heels. To address cracked heels caused by vitamin deficiencies, incorporating nutrient-rich foods into the diet or taking supplements under medical supervision can help promote skin health and prevent further complications. Cracked heels can be uncomfortable, and if you have this condition, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you prescribed medication and any other treatment necessary for relief. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common cause of heel pain in growing children and adolescents, especially in those who play sports. This condition occurs when the growth plate in the heel becomes inflamed, often due to repetitive stress from activities like running and jumping. This, combined with the pressure of rapid bone growth during puberty, can create painful heels. The pain may worsen during or after physical activity and include tenderness to the touch. It may also lead to limping, especially after waking up or more intense physical activities. Treatment typically involves rest and various exercises that stretch and strengthen the leg muscles and tendons. Footwear with proper cushioning and support is also suggested to help alleviate symptoms. With appropriate management, symptoms usually resolve with the completion of the growth spurt, as the heel bone matures. If your child has painful heels and you suspect Sever’s disease, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and management techniques. 

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Gabe Rodriguez, DPM from Sioux Falls Foot Specialist. 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 Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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Friday, 03 May 2024 00:00

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