Foot and Ankle Pain Specialist
Many pregnant women notice their growing fetus produces several changes to the body. The feet are often affected, and can become swollen as the pregnancy progresses. It is considered to be an uncomfortable but normal part of pregnancy, and some women may need to buy larger shoes during this time. Swollen feet during pregnancy can happen as a result of extra pressure that is put on the blood vessels, which carry the blood from the legs to the heart. Fluid retention can happen from this, and the medical term for this is known as edema. Additionally, the feet may become larger from the hormone relaxin, which is responsible for loosening the ligaments in the feet. There are effective methods that can help to manage swollen feet during this time. These can consist of drinking plenty of water, limiting sodium intake, and frequently elevating the feet. Additionally, it may help to refrain from crossing the legs, and wearing support stockings may help to limit fluid retention. If you have concerns about how pregnancy can affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.
Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Ankle & Foot Care Center. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?
One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward. This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.
Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages.
How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?
- Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
- Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
- Wear shoes with good arch support
- Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
- Elevate feet if you experience swelling
- Massage your feet
- Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
People who enjoy running may notice that they have developed pain in their big toe. This pain can cause difficulty when walking or running and can occur for various reasons. These causes may include the amount of force the joints in the big toe endure while running, in addition to how the heel strikes the ground. This can lead to your foot pronating, meaning the foot rolls inward to absorb the shock. This is followed by pushing off, and the weight of the body travels to the big toe. Some people may have bunions and they appear as a bony bump on the side of the big toe. Bunions often arise from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. People who run can experience increased toe pain if they are afflicted with a bunion. It is suggested that the shoes worn fit correctly for the style of running that is desired, and this may help to reduce toe pain. If you would like more information about why toe pain occurs, in addition to learning about effective prevention methods, please consult with a podiatrist.
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle & Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Causes Toe Pain?
Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.
Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:
- Sports injury
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fractures (broken bones)
When to See a Podiatrist
- Severe pain
- Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
- Signs of infection
- Continued swelling
- Pain that prevents walking
In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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.
Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
While pain in foot joints is not unusual, particularly if you participate in high-impact activities like running, persistent aching, pain, and stiffness in joints may be a sign of arthritis. Arthritis usually affects people more as they age, and it can lead to disability if not tended to early on. Arthritis is classified as inflammatory arthritis or osteoarthritis, OA, which is the most common form of arthritis. It is a degenerative disorder caused by trauma, overuse, or wear and tear on foot joints. It often affects weight-bearing joints like the big toe. Inflammatory arthritis is a systemic disease where the mechanisms that normally protect the body attack their own joints and tissues. Rheumatoid arthritis is the most well-known of this type. With this type of arthritis, joint problems will often affect both feet at the same time. If you have continuing aching pain and stiffness in your feet, please see a podiatrist for an evaluation.
Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Ankle & Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
Arthritic Foot Care
Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.
In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.
Alleviating Arthritic Pain
- Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
- Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
- Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.
It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.
Blisters on the feet are pockets of fluid that form beneath the top layer of the skin to protect the lower layers from damage. Blisters on the toes, feet, or heels may be caused by friction, usually from pressure or rubbing against the inside of a shoe. Generally, a blister is filled with clear serum, but sometimes it may be filled with blood, or even pus if it becomes infected. As a rule, a blister will go away on its own in three to seven days. As new skin grows under the blister the serum will be reabsorbed into the body and the outer skin will dry up and flake off. However, it is important to remember that popping a blister can cause infection or inhibit the healing process. Wearing shoes that are comfortable and do not rub against the skin is a sure way of allowing a blister on the foot to heal, or preventing one from occurring in the first place. If you have a particularly painful blister, or one that appears to be infected, please make an appointment with a podiatrist. Antibiotics may be prescribed to ward off the infection, and the podiatrist may safely drain the blister in a sterile setting.
Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Ankle & Foot Care Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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 office located in Jupiter, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.