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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

What You Might Feel With Heel Spurs

Heel spurs can affect a variety of different individuals. The condition is characterized by the formation of a bony outgrowth made up of calcium deposits. This outgrowth begins at the heel and then grows toward the arch of the foot or the plantar fascia. It can be very helpful to learn about some of the common symptoms of heel spurs in case you ever develop this condition. It is important to note, however, that every patient is different and experiences different symptoms. For example, some patients with heel spurs experience no symptoms. These patients will only discover that they have heel spurs after undergoing an X-ray. Other patients can experience great pain with heel spurs. Specifically, some people may experience a sharp, shooting pain in the heel area at the beginning of the day when first putting weight on their feet. A muddled pain in the heel can also be felt throughout the day. Some people with heel spurs might even experience a kind of heat coming from the affected heel in some cases. If you have heel spurs, you might experience some kind of inflammation and swelling as well. Symptoms of heel spurs are highly specific to each patient, so reach out to a podiatrist who can help with your specific case. 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Todd A. Bell, DPM from Connecticut. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, CT . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Thursday, 21 July 2022 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

The majority of babies are born with 10 toes and 10 fingers, and this is what most parents look for in their newborns. There are foot deformities that babies can be born with, and the two most common are metatarsus adductus and calcaneovalgus. They both occur as a result of how a baby’s feet were positioned inside the womb. Metatarsus adductus is noticed by a curve in the middle of the foot, and flexibility is often compromised. The foot may appear to be crooked, but may be straightened out by gently pushing it into a normal position. Calcaneovalgus is characterized by a foot that is pushed up and out. The foot may be difficult to point downward. In both cases, these conditions generally improve within several months. The deformity known as clubfoot is observed when the foot is stiff, and has a high arch. It is often diagnosed before birth, and may be part of a different condition, such as spina bifida. There are many congenital foot problems, and it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can answer any questions and treat these types of foot disorders.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Todd A. Bell, DPM of Connecticut. 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:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

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 Bloomfield, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

Painful Foot Conditions

Foot pain is common and can arise from many causes. Injury or trauma, like a fracture, or medical conditions, like diabetes, can affect the feet and cause pain. Some painful foot conditions are presented here.  Care must be taken that the tendon does not rupture. Plantar fasciitis happens when the ligament running across the bottom of the foot tightens or tears. With this condition, one feels heel pain that is worse after rising from sleep or prolonged sitting. A Morton’s neuroma is a nerve condition that impacts the nerve that carries sensation to the toes. Persistent inflammation of the nerve will lead one to feel as if there is a marble between the third and fourth toes. It causes ball of the foot pain or numbness in the toes. Gout is a painful form of arthritis that arises from a buildup of uric acid crystals in the joints and often starts in the big toe but can also affect the ankles and heels. A foot fracture is when one of the 26 bones in the foot break. Diabetic neuropathy is a nerve disorder that can be a complication of diabetes and lead to problems in the feet. It causes numbness and tingling in the feet, as well as burning pain. If you have foot pain, it is important to see a podiatrist so that you obtain a proper diagnosis and treatment that is right for you.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Todd A. Bell, DPM from Connecticut. 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 Bloomfield, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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As an individual ages, the extent to which they should be taking steps to care for their feet often increases. This is partly due to the fact that senior citizens become increasingly susceptible to dangerous falls as they age, and healthy feet may help prevent these incidents. A critical component of elderly foot care is choosing the right shoe. For example, certain types of footwear that offer strong backs and low heels are ideal for seniors looking to increase their stability and avert hazardous falls. Shoes that can be snugly fastened to the foot with laces or Velcro can also increase the senior’s stability when standing and walking. When shoe shopping, senior citizens might find it useful to avoid footwear with especially high heels, as these kinds of shoes can make balancing more challenging. Ultimately, the right kind of footwear for seniors will have a sturdy and steady grip on the ground. Elderly foot care is certainly multi-faceted and ever-changing, but selecting the right kind of footwear is one simple yet critical step a senior can take to improve the health of their feet. Contacting a podiatrist may help you learn more ways in which elderly foot care can help you or those you care for have a safe, healthy life.


 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Todd A. Bell, DPM from Connecticut. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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