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Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

What Can Cause a Bunion to Develop?

The most noticeable sign of a bunion is an obvious protrusion on the side of the big toe. It's caused by a misalignment of the metatarsal phalangeal (MTP), and this can be made worse by wearing shoes that don't have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Genetics can contribute significantly to the formation of a bunion, and larger shoes may need to be purchased to accommodate this protrusion. Some patients find mild relief when a protective pad is worn over the bunion, and this helps to prevent corns from forming on top. There are stretches that can strengthen the toes and ankles, which may help to alleviate the discomfort from a bunion. If you believe you might have a bunion, consult with your podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Joan Oloff, DPM of Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

What Conditions Do Orthotics Help?

Orthotics are custom made shoe inserts that are prescribed by a doctor to treat a variety of foot conditions. Orthotics can help correct deformities in the feet, help with foot and ankle function, support the ankle, and reduce the risk of injuries. Medical conditions that orthotics can be prescribed for include back pain, arthritis, flat feet, hammer toes, heel spurs, bunions, plantar fasciitis and high arches. If you are curious about getting custom orthotics, check with your podiatrist to see if they’re right for you. Your podiatrist will ask questions about your symptoms, look for any deformities, and check to see how your feet perform during certain activities.  

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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

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Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Stretches May Help Heel Spurs

A small growth in the heel bone is often referred to as a heel spur. These are bony protrusions that may cause severe pain and discomfort, and can be associated with foot conditions such as plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendon injuries. Some patients find it beneficial to perform specific stretches and exercises that may diminish a portion of the discomfort. An effective stretch consists of raising up on the toes while placing a tennis ball between the ankles, and gently squeezing. Additionally, it may help to roll a tennis ball on the sole of the foot while seated. Mild relief may be found when correct shoes are worn, and it is suggested to refrain from wearing high heels or flip flops. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Two Types of Toe Fractures

A broken toe is often confirmed by having an X-ray taken. This type of fracture can happen from dropping a heavy object on the toe, or from stubbing the toe against a piece of furniture. There are two categories that the majority of toe fractures fall into, stress or traumatic. A stress fracture can gradually develop, and this typically occurs from repetitive overuse, which may come from running. A traumatic fracture is generally the result of a sudden injury, and can cause severe pain and discomfort. An effective healing process may include buddy taping. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, and this is often helpful in providing the necessary support as the affected toe heals. If you have a broken toe, please consult with a podiatrist who can treat this condition.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Joan Oloff, DPM from Los Gatos Foot and Ankle . Our doctor 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 our office located in Los Gatos, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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