Posts for category: Foot Injuries
Are You Able to Put Weight on Your Foot?
One method that you can use to determine whether or not you have actually broken a toe is checking if you can put weight on your foot. If you can walk on your foot without limping or pain, your toe is likely not broken. Icing the toe and using some non-prescription anti-inflammatory medication will probably be enough. In the event that you continue to experience swelling or severe pain, you should see a doctor about your toe.
Does Your Toe Have a Deep Wound?
You should take a close look at your injured toe. If your toe has a deep wound or cut, the bone in your toe might get exposed to the air and a doctor should check out your injured toe. Another sign that you have a broken toe is bruising. Additionally, one more sign that you have actually broken your toe is some discoloration on or near your toe. An obvious sign of a broken toe is if it is at a different angle than the toe on your other foot.
What Else Should I Know About Broken Toes?
Taping is a common solution for a broken toe. This works just fine if the break in the toe is simple and the bones are still in alignment. Taping your broken toe will not help it heal properly, though. That is why you should keep the following information in mind:
- Consult a doctor about your broken toe so it heals correctly.
- Taping your toe could worsen the situation if you have a bad break in your toe.
- Taping your toe is only a viable solution in some circumstances.
Have Heel Pain? We Can Help!
Does your heel hurt? Heel pain is a common problem that happens when the heel is placed under too much stress. Heel pain is often caused by wearing narrow shoes, being overweight, standing for long periods, and playing active sports. Podiatrists Dr. George Abboud, Dr. Brian Tedesco, and Dr. Carl Conui at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, which is located in Reading, MA, offer treatments for heel pain. Read on to find out how we can help with heel pain.
Custom Orthotics. Orthotics are medical devices that you wear inside your shoes to correct biomechanical foot issues. Custom orthotics are designed to support and comfort your feet. Research has shown that orthotics improve function and alleviate foot pain.
Medication. Your podiatrist may suggest taking medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to reduce pain and tissue inflammation in the heel. You can also get pain relief with targeted topical pain medications from your podiatrist. Use medications safely. It's important to follow your podiatrist's directions when taking over-the-counter or prescription medication.
Steroid Shots. If your pain persists, your podiatrist may inject cortisone into the tissue to reduce pain and inflammation. The steroid injections include a corticosteroid medication or local anesthetic. Steroid injections allow doctors to deliver a high dose of medication directly to the problem area. You can get cortisone injections at your podiatrist's office.
Foot Stretches. Podiatrists prescribe stretching exercises for various foot conditions. Your podiatrist may recommend stretching to manage and prevent heel pain. Studies have shown that stretching exercises alleviate pain, improve function, and reduce swelling. Stretching exercises are easy to do and should be done when you wake in the morning.
Night Splints. Your podiatrist may recommend a night splint to treat your heel pain. Night splints are braces that hold your foot in a neutral position while you sleep, thereby helping to relieve morning pain. This position applies a constant stretch to the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Night splints tend to work really well. And once your heel pain is gone, you can stop wearing them.
Heel Surgery. If other treatments don't relieve your pain, your podiatrist may recommend surgery. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of heel pain. As with any major medical procedure, the decision to have surgery should be made after careful consideration, and in collaboration with your healthcare provider.
Conquer heel pain and regain your active life. Call New England Foot & Ankle Specialists at (781) 944-4044 right now to schedule a consultation in Reading, MA. You'll be amazed by the great relief heel pain treatment can bring. We want you to have a wonderful life!
Injuries to the sesamoids—those two little bones on the underside of your foot near the base of the big toe—can cause pain and disability that ranges from mild to severe. At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, we find risk factors that make patients more likely to injure the sesamoids include:
Participating in sports and activities that put significant pressure or impact on the big toe and forefoot, such as ballet, football, running, basketball and tennis
Having high arches
Frequently wearing high heeled shoes
There are several types of injuries that can occur to the sesamoids and the bones and tendons surround them including fractures, inflammation (sesamoiditis) and Turf Toe.
Evaluation and Relief
Patients should not put off coming into our Reading office for treatment of pain in this area of the foot because there are several non-surgical options available to help relieve the suffering. One of our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond will first examine the big toe and the ball of your foot to determine exactly what injury to the sesamoids you have sustained and also the severity of the condition. Watching you walk and examining the wear patter of your shoes may provide clues to the podiatrist. X-rays or other imaging studies may also be ordered. Once the exact nature of the injury has been determined, the foot doctor may use one or more of the following treatment options:
Immobilizing the foot in a cast or walking cast. The podiatrist may want you to use crutches to prevent putting weight on the injured foot
Steroid injections to reduce joint pain and inflammation
Using padding inside your shoe to cushion and protect the sesamoids
Strapping or taping the big toe to the next toe to shift the pressure off the injured area
Orthotic devices for your shoes to spread out the pressure on the ball of your foot
Physical therapy to increase strength and range of motion
To learn more about how to relieve pain and discomfort in the ball of your foot, contact us for an appointment by calling: (781) 944-4044.
Have you ever heard of a Lisfranc joint or ligament? They are located in the middle of your foot at the point where your metatarsal bones meet up with the bones in the arch of your foot. At New England Foot & Ankle Specialists, patients with an injury to this area report difficulty bearing weight on the foot as well as pain, swelling, blistering and bruising to the arch of the foot.
Tricky to Diagnose
The symptoms of a Lisfranc injury can mimic those of ankle sprain and so diagnosis can be challenging. Our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond will want a detailed medical history from you if you have midfoot symptoms and will conduct a complete examination of your foot. Imaging studies, including x-rays may also be utilized to confirm the diagnosis and in some cases an examination while the patient is under anesthesia may also be ordered.
Lisfranc injuries fall into three categories: fractures, sprains and dislocations. Once the podiatrist determines the exact nature of your Lisfranc injury and its severity, the proper treatment plan can be determined. Options for treatment may include:
Icing and elevation—keeping the leg at or a little above hip level and applying ice for 20 minutes every hour to help reduce swelling
Immobilizing the foot—patients often need to avoid putting weight on the foot and therefore it may be placed in a cast and crutches may be needed
Medication—the foot doctor may prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (Ibuprofen) to help relieve inflammation and pain
Physical therapy—once the initial symptoms have gone away, physical therapy may be recommended to strengthen the muscles and ligaments surrounding the Lisfranc joint
Surgery—in some cases surgery may be necessary to repair a Lisfranc injury
Prompt treatment of a Lisfranc injury is important in order to prevent serious disability. If you have recently been injured or are just noticing pain and swelling in the middle of your foot, make an appointment at our Reading office as soon as possible.
After an impromptu football game at a family barbecue you notice that your big toe is a little sore. By the next day, the pain is intense. There is quite a bit of swelling at the base of the toe and it is difficult to bend it. If these symptoms sound familiar, you may be suffering from a condition we see regularly at New England Foot & Ankle Specialists known as turf toe.
Turf toe is actually a sprain of the big toe joint and it occurs as a result of hyperextension of the big toe. This can happen gradually over time if you participate in an activity that requires repetitive pushing off with your toe. Football, soccer, wrestling and gymnastics are the sports with the highest risk for this condition. Turf toe can also be the result of an acute injury, such as one really big push. Turf toe gets its name from the fact that on artificial turf surfaces your feet (and toes) are more likely to stick or jam on the turf when coming to a sudden stop.
Diagnosis and Treatment
Our podiatrists: Dr. George A. Abboud, Dr. Brian D. Tedesco, Dr. Carl Conui, or Dr. Kimberly Thurmond, will need to examine your toe and also obtain a complete medical history. The foot doctor will most likely also order x-rays to be sure that you do not have a fracture. Other imaging studies that allow the foot doctor to more clearly view soft tissue may also be done to confirm the diagnosis.
Initially, the foot doctor will probably recommend that you follow the RICE regimen: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and pain. Modifications to footwear may help prevent a recurrence of turf toe.
If your big toe is causing you pain, make an appointment at either our Reading office. Continuing normal activity with turf toe will result in the condition worsening and possibly more invasive treatment to correct it.