Having pain in your feet can affect one’s ability to enjoy even the most basic daily activities so it’s important that you have your local podiatrist perform a full checkup before any problems become worse.
The following is a list of common foot conditions to pay attention to:
A bunion is generally an enlargement about the inside or top of the big toe joint. The area can become red and swollen producing discomfort while standing, walking and in shoe wear. As the deformity increases, the big toe can begin to drift toward the second toe and sometimes underlap the second toe.
This causes the second toe to become elevated producing pain and discomfort. A bunion is not caused by shoes, but can be exacerbated by poorly fitting shoes. A bunion is generally caused by a genetic predisposition. Treatment options include conservative and surgical care. The board certified team of Foot and Ankle surgeons at Livingston Podiatry Associates is available to establish a customized treatment protocol to meet each patient’s treatment expectations.
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A hammertoe is generally a malposition of one of the toes whereby one of the joints of the toes begins to contract downward. This produces a clawing effect of the toe. The top of the contracted joint becomes prominent and can become red, swollen and painful producing discomfort while standing, walking and in shoe wear.
The longer the hammertoe goes untreated, the greater the risk that the deformity with become arthritic and the contracture will become rigid in nature. Treatment options include conservative and surgical care.
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Heel pain can develop from many different causes. It is imperative to ascertain the correct diagnosis for the patient’s heel pain. A common cause of heel pain is heel spur syndrome. This is generally associated with a heel spur and plantar fasciitis. A heel spur is an abnormal piece of bone attached to the heel bone.
Plantar fasciitis is pain, inflammation and swelling about the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the long tight ligament on the bottom of the foot that runs from the heel bone to the bases of the toes. Heel spur syndrome usually is caused from excessive strain of the plantar fascia.
This can cause the plantar fascia to pull at the heel bone causing micro trauma to the region. This produces bleeding at the heel bone which over time is converted into new bone formation. Treatment options include conservative and surgical care.
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The board certified team of Foot and Ankle surgeons at Livingston Podiatry Associates is available to establish a customized treatment protocol to meet each patient’s treatment expectations. Call today to set an appointment to discuss your individualized care plan with your favorite Nassau podiatrist at (516)308-4500
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