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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease commonly associated with aging, can affect any joint in the body, including the big toe. When osteoarthritis strikes the big toe, it leads to pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility, impacting daily activities such as walking and standing. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disorder, osteoarthritis of the big toe is primarily caused by wear and tear on the joint cartilage over time. Factors like genetics, previous injuries, and excessive stress on the joint can also contribute to its development. Individuals with occupations or hobbies that involve repetitive movements or excessive pressure on the feet are at a higher risk. Early symptoms may include discomfort and swelling around the joint, which can progress to chronic pain and deformity if left untreated. Management strategies for osteoarthritis of the big toe include lifestyle modifications, pain management techniques, orthotic devices, and in severe cases, surgical intervention to repair or replace the damaged joint. If you are experiencing any stiffness in your foot specifically the big toe, it is urged that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and provide you with the foot care you need.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg from Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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

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Sunday, 09 June 2024 00:00

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, 04 June 2024 00:00

A plantar fibroma, a benign tumor that develops in the plantar fascia, can cause discomfort and mobility issues for those affected. This condition manifests as a firm nodule or lump in the arch or sole of the foot, typically located along the middle portion of the plantar fascia. Plantar fibromas grow slowly over time, gradually enlarging and potentially causing pain or tenderness with pressure or movement. As the fibroma increases in size, it may interfere with walking, standing, or wearing shoes comfortably. While the exact cause of plantar fibromas remains unclear, factors such as genetics, trauma, or inflammation of the plantar fascia may contribute to their development. Individuals with plantar fibromas may also notice changes in foot structure or gait abnormalities. If you have a lump in the arch of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you proper diagnosis, as well as relief and treatment methods.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Littlestown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Plantar heel pain is a foot complaint that can arise from various causes, ranging from everyday activities to less common medical conditions. Typically, this pain is due to plantar fasciitis, causing the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot to become inflamed. Other common causes include heel spurs, arthritis, and excessive walking or running. Less frequently, it can be caused by conditions including nerve entrapment or cysts in the heel. Symptoms generally include a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel that is most intense with the first steps after waking up or after long periods of rest. Diagnosis usually involves a physical examination, patient history, and sometimes imaging tests like X-rays to rule out bone problems. Treatment options range from rest to more involved methods such as custom orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and, in severe cases, surgery. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a targeted treatment for relief.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Goldberg of Complete Family Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Littlestown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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