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Foot fractures are a relatively frequent occurrence, particularly involving the metatarsals and toes. Patients typically show up with a range of signs and symptoms, most commonly pain and difficulty walking. To make a diagnosis, X-rays are typically necessary, although emerging evidence suggests that ultrasonography may be just as reliable. The course of action depends on the fracture's location and its impact on balance and weight-bearing ability. In the case of metatarsal shaft fractures, the initial treatment involves a posterior splint and avoiding activities that involve putting weight on the foot. Subsequent treatment entails using a short leg walking cast or boot for a period of four to six weeks. Other fractures are treated differently. If you feel you have broken your foot, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for a proper diagnosis and treatment that is appropriate for you.
A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, 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.
Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury.
Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:
Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.
Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.
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Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!
Vertical talus, often known as a rocker bottom foot, is a rare congenital condition in children where the talus bone, a key ankle component, points towards the ground instead of the toes. This misalignment leads to a stiff foot without an arch. It can occur alone or be associated with other health conditions. Diagnosis typically occurs at birth or through prenatal ultrasound. A podiatrist can assess flexibility and rigidity, using X-rays to determine the severity of misalignment. Oblique talus, a milder form of rocker bottom foot, shows misalignment only during weight-bearing. Treatment is aimed at reducing pain, advancing stability, and creating a functional foot. Non-surgical options, such as stretching or casting, may precede surgery. A series of casts can gradually improve foot flexibility. If surgery is needed, it corrects bone positions, potentially involving tendon or ligament lengthening. Post-surgery, casts, and pins are used to maintain corrections. Special shoes or braces may prevent recurrence. Understanding rocker bottom foot deformities is important for early detection and effective treatment. With a combination of non-surgical and surgical approaches, podiatrists aim to ensure pain-free, stable, and functional feet for optimal childhood development. Regular follow-up visits can help to monitor growth and address issues promptly. It is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss the treatment schedule for your child.
Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, 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.
Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.
What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?
A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.
What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?
Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:
Treatment and Prevention
While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
Managing plantar fasciitis can make mornings difficult, as stepping out of bed often brings heel pain. This common condition causes discomfort in the heel or foot arch, hindering activities such as exercising and walking. Plantar fasciitis stems from various causes, including excessive exercise, repetitive motion, or from wearing ill-fitting footwear Additionally, conditions that can include high arches, flat feet, weight gain, diabetes, and arthritis may also lead to developing this condition. These factors can lead to inflammation in the plantar fascia. Custom-made orthotics, tailored to your foot's biomechanics and gait, can be an effective treatment. These devices, fitted in your shoes, can aid in recovery from stress or tears and mitigate movements causing inflammation. If you suffer from persistent plantar fasciitis pain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can design orthotics for you to help manage your heel pain.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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.
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.
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.
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 office located in Sioux Falls, SD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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