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Items filtered by date: April 2024

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

In-toeing and Out-toeing in Children

In-toeing and out-toeing are gait abnormalities seen in children, where the feet point inward or outward, respectively, when walking. In-toeing, often called pigeon-toed, is usually caused by a slight rotation in the shinbone or thigh bone, or a curve in the foot. Out-toeing is less common and often occurs in older children. It can result from conditions like femoral retroversion, where the thigh bone is rotated outward, or from external tibial torsion, involving the outward rotation of the shinbone. Many cases of in-toeing and out-toeing resolve naturally as children grow and their musculoskeletal system matures. Treatment typically involves monitoring the child's growth and development rather than immediate intervention. However, in cases where the condition persists or causes significant walking difficulties, discomfort, or tripping, a podiatrist can offer treatment. It may include specific exercises, orthotics to correct foot positioning, or, in rare instances, surgical options to realign the bones. Regular podiatric check-ups ensure that the child's walking pattern is developing normally and any necessary adjustments are made to promote optimal gait mechanics. If your child is exhibiting abnormal gait patterns, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for evaluation. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Seeking Help for Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint are stretched or torn, typically due to sudden twisting or rolling of the foot. Different grades of ankle sprains vary depending on how much ligaments were damaged. Grade 1 sprains involve slight stretching of the ligaments with mild tenderness and swelling. Grade 2 sprains involve partial tearing of the ligaments, leading to moderate pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. Grade 3 sprains are the most severe, involving complete tearing or rupture of the ligaments, resulting in severe pain, swelling, instability, and sometimes a popping sound at the time of injury. Proper diagnosis and treatment by a podiatrist are important for managing ankle sprains effectively and preventing long-term complications like recurrent injuries. If you suspect an ankle sprain, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist today. 

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Removing a Bone Spur on the Big Toe

A surgical procedure aimed at relieving pain from bone spurs on the top of the big toe is called a cheilectomy. The pain is the result of arthritis that also causes stiffness in the big toe, termed hallux rigidus. Typically considered after non-surgical interventions, a cheilectomy involves the careful removal of bone spurs to alleviate discomfort and improve range of motion. Whether performed under general or local anesthesia, the procedure usually allows for a same-day operation. Following surgery, treatment often starts with gentle toe movements and stretching exercises to prevent stiffness. The recovery period typically spans six to eight weeks. While individual recovery time may vary, the primary goal of restoring function and alleviating pain are the focus. If you have persistent pain and limited mobility in your big toe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and personalized treatment plan, which may include surgery. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

How Shoe Choice Can Cause Hind-Foot Pain

Wearing improper footwear, particularly shoes that lack adequate support or fit poorly, can significantly contribute to hind-foot pain. High heels and narrow-toed shoes, while fashionable, can place excessive stress on the structures of the hind-foot. The heel and ankle are two particularly susceptible areas for pain. Wearing these kinds of shoes can also lead to conditions like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and bursitis. These styles force the foot into an unnatural position, disrupting alignment and increasing pressure on the back of the foot. Stress on the foot over time not only leads to pain and discomfort but also can significantly affect mobility and quality of life. It is important to choose shoes with proper support, cushioning, and a fit that accommodates the natural shape of the foot to prevent hind-foot pain. Podiatrists often stress the importance of wearing shoes that complement one's lifestyle as well as provide the foundation for healthy foot posture and function. If you are experiencing pain in the back of the foot, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a full diagnosis and proper shoe recommendations to support your recovery. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors 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 offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Complications From Blisters on the Feet

Blisters on the feet, though seemingly minor, can lead to more serious complications if not treated properly. These small pockets of fluid form as a result of friction or pressure, commonly from wearing ill-fitting shoes or increased physical activity. While they often heal on their own, blisters can become infected. Infections are indicated by increased pain, redness, swelling, or the presence of pus. It is important to seek medical attention if there are signs of infection, which can escalate into cellulitis, a deeper, more serious skin infection that can spread quickly. For individuals with diabetes or compromised immune systems, the risk of complications from foot blisters is significantly higher. These conditions can impair blood circulation and wound healing, making even small blisters potential gateways to severe infections. If you have a blister that is showing signs of infection, especially if a blister is not healing as expected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central Ohio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Gahanna, Newark, Columbus, Lancaster, Pickerington, and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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