Posts for tag: neuromas
Are you in the know about neuromas? You may have heard of them before - it happens when a tiny little nerve inside your foot becomes pinched and irritated. They’re very painful and can even be warm to the touch due to irritation. It’s common for people to sometimes think that the pain they’re experiencing is from a fracture before it gets officially diagnosed! There are several reasons that a neuroma can develop within your foot, but most commonly neuromas develop between your second and third toes. Some of the reasons why a neuroma may develop include an actual stress fracture on top of developing a neuroma, wearing shoes that are too tight, blunt force trauma to the ball of your foot, or repeated injuries over time.
When your foot experiences this type of trauma, it can cause the fragile and sensitive nerve between your two toe bones to be pinched and inflamed, causing moderate to severe pain. Some neuromas heal on their own, but some persist for so long that they might even require surgical intervention. Don’t worry, most procedures to correct neuromas are minimally invasive! Sometimes, however, people might even think that their neuroma has gone away because a callus has formed over it as a defense mechanism. This is why it’s important to update your podiatrist, Dr. Alan J. Discont, about any aches or pains you’ve had since your last visit - even if they still don’t bother you today!
Besides surgical intervention, orthotics can really help take the pressure off of the neuroma and relieve some pain. You may find that over the counter anti-inflammatories will help reduce some of the pain and discomfort of a neuroma as well. If you find that they don’t help you relieve some discomfort, the next step to take is seeing Dr. Discont to look into your options for treatment. Call us at (408) 732-0033 to schedule an appointment at our location in Chandler, Arizona today!
When you partake in sports, it’s important to buy the right equipment for whichever sport you choose to participate in. The same goes for runners and running. Not just any shoes are meant to be used for running. High heels, flats, boots, clogs and other types of shoes should never be worn as running shoes. The right running shoe really makes all the difference. It provides stability, comfort, and can help to amplify the runner’s performance.
Most running injuries can be attributed to wearing the wrong shoe while running. Another common reason is that the running shoe that is worn by the runner does not fit properly. Do you have the right pair of running shoes? Here are common signs of running shoes that do not fit correctly:
- Blisters due to the rubbing of the shoes, moisture, and friction.
- Knee Pain
- Bruised Toenails
- Ankle Pain
- Shin Pain
- Hip Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
These signs and symptoms can be felt by the runner while wearing the wrong shoes. If you suffer from any of the listed symptoms, then it is time for a new pair of running shoes. When purchasing a new pair of shoes, consider the following:
- Foot Type – What shape is your foot? What kind of arch do you have? Are your feet wide or are they narrow?
- Body Weight – The more you weigh the more shock and pressure your feet will absorb. Consider purchasing shoes with more shock absorption to help prevent injuries from overuse and trauma.
- Fit – The shoe you select should be comfortable and not restrictive. They should not require a break-in period.
- Shoe Life – How long will these shoes last? What material are they made of? Are they easy to clean? Are they good quality?
- Price – The cheapest shoes are not usually the best shoes, but the most expensive shoes are also not always the best. Look for a middle-priced shoe around $65.00 to $85.00.
Have you been searching for the right pair of shoes for a long time to no avail? Have you recently bought a new pair of running shoes and have injuries due to their poor fit? Podiatrists Alan J. Discont, DPM and Dr. Krahn of Family Foot & Ankle Care, PC located in Chandler, Arizona can help you get to the bottom of your sorry shoes. Call 480-732-0033 or make an appointment online today. You will get the help of experts and quality care you deserve.