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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Broken Toe Basics

A broken toe is a relatively common injury that can be either a partial or complete fracture. A complete break is when the joints in the toes are affected as well as the bones. Most broken toes occur due to a heavy object falling on them or by stubbing the toe into a piece of furniture. Many patients notice immediate swelling and bruising surrounding the broken toe and it is often difficult to walk. In severe fractures, the toe may protrude through the skin and the foot may look deformed. Mild fractures may benefit from using the buddy method. This is completed by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it for stability as the healing process begins. Relief may also be found when using crutches and when the foot is elevated. Broken toes often require medical attention from a podiatrist who can perform an X-ray which can determine the extent of the break. If you have broken your toe, please consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment methods.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 20 September 2022 00:00

Do You Work on Your Feet?

Many people who work on their feet for most of the day understand the importance of resting their feet briefly during a scheduled break before returning to their duties at work. This can include many professions including the restaurant industry, medical personnel, and retail workers. There are several foot conditions that can result from standing all day. Plantar fasciitis, poor circulation, bunions, and foot arthritis are a few examples. It is extremely beneficial to wear shoes that fit correctly and are comfortable. It is essential to choose shoes that have a good support system and avoid shoes that are flat like flip-flops or ballet shoes. Additionally, it is suggested to refrain from wearing shoes that will push the toes forward which can move the center of gravity. Many people wear compression socks as this can be helpful in controlling circulation. When the workday is over, many people understand the pleasure of soaking their feet in warm water since this is helpful in reducing pain and inflammation. If you would like more information about how to protect the feet while working or standing all day, please consult with a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2022 00:00

Why The Feet May Become Swollen

There are several reasons why swollen feet can occur. Many people who have sustained a foot injury can have swollen feet and this may be part of the healing process. When fluid is trapped in the body’s tissues it is known as edema. This can affect the feet and the skin may stretch or appear shiny. A limited range of motion in the ankles can also occur. Mild relief may come from frequently elevating the feet and reducing salt intake. Many pregnant women experience swollen feet, and this can be a result of the added weight the body endures due to the fetus and additional fluids. Swollen feet may be common among people who are overweight and lead a sedentary lifestyle. It is beneficial to implement a gentle exercise routine as well as wear shoes that fit well as this can help to alleviate swollen feet. If you have this condition, please confer with a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your swollen feet and provide remedies to help you.

Swollen feet can be a sign of an underlying condition. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Swollen feet are a common ailment among pregnant women and people who stand or sit for extended periods. Aging may increase the possibility of swollen feet and patients who are obese often notice when their feet are swelling too. There may be medical reasons why swollen feet occur:

  • Phlebitis - A condition that causes the veins to become inflamed and can also cause leg pain.
  • Liver disease - This may lead to low blood levels of albumin which is a protein. This can cause fluid in the blood to pass into the tissues and several areas of the body can become swollen.
  • Heart failure - When the heart doesn’t pump properly the blood that is normally pumped back to the heart can pool in the veins of the legs causing swollen feet.
  • Kidney disease - One of the main functions of the kidneys is releasing excess fluid in the body. This type of condition can make it difficult for the kidneys to function properly, and as a result the feet may become swollen.
  • Deep-vein thrombosis (DVT)- This is a serious condition where blood clots form in the veins of the legs. They can block the return of blood from the legs to the heart which may cause the feet to swell. It is important to be treated by a podiatrist if this condition is present.

Swollen feet can also be caused by bone and tendon conditions, including fractures, arthritis, and tendinitis. Additionally, there may be skin and toenail conditions and an infection may cause the feet to swell. Patients who take medicine to treat high blood pressure may be prone to getting swollen feet. 

Many patients elevate their feet to help relieve the swelling and this is generally a temporary remedy. When a podiatrist is consulted the reason behind the swelling can be uncovered and subsequently treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.


 

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Diagnosing a Broken Foot

One should always take a broken foot seriously. When someone breaks or fractures the foot, they may experience a wide range of unpleasant symptoms. For example, the individual might notice a sensation of tenderness, a loss of feeling around the affected area, visible changes to the skin like bruising or swelling, and a cracking sound whenever the foot is moved. A medical professional, such as a podiatrist, can help diagnose your broken foot in different ways. For example, a simple examination of your foot might be performed whereby skin breaks and foot movement are analyzed. Additionally, to diagnose your broken foot, an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan might be performed. Through these procedures, pictures are taken of the affected foot with the aid of contrast liquid. This kind of liquid essentially improves how visible your foot will be in a picture. Lastly, to diagnose your broken foot, a medical professional may perform what is known as a bone scan. No matter how a diagnosis is performed, you should contact a podiatrist if you suspect a broken foot. A podiatrist will help you identify and treat the problem.


 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Centers for Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Merrillville, Portage, Michigan City, La Porte, and Schererville, IN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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