Answers to Some of the Questions We Hear the Most at Our Long Beach Podiatry Office
If you’re suffering from foot or ankle pain, you probably have quite a few questions. We’ve created this list of some of the questions we get the most and we hope they help ease your mind a bit! If you have any questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us for an appointment.
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What Does Neuroma Pain Feel Like?
Morton's Neuroma is a painful condition that causes pain and numbness in the ball of the foot.
Symptoms of Neuroma include:
- Pain the forefoot or ball-of-foot.
- Tingling and numbness in the forefoot that may radiate to the 3rd and 4th toes.
- Feeling like your sock is wadded up under your foot
- Swelling in the ball of foot. pain may vary depending on the location but the most common symptom is which are caused from a pinched nerve in the foot can cause sharp burning pain.
If left untreated Morton's Neuromas tend to get worse
What is Turf Toe?
Turf Toe is a painful foot condition when the big toe joint is hyperextended causing acute injury to the big toe and joint.
Hyperextension of the big toe joint causes the tendons and soft tissues in the foot to become inflamed causing pain and swelling in the area. Turf toe can also become a chronic problem if left untreated or upon returning to activities too soon.
Turf toe is common injury among athletes that play football, soccer, track, basketball, rugby and even tae kwon do.
If you have foot pain that is not improving or getting worse with activity, it's important to have your foot or ankle evaluated by a foot specialist as soon as possible.
Call (562) 433-0478 to schedule your appointment today. Delaying treatment may only make your foot condition worse.
What is Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)?
The iliotibial band is a tendon-like structure that extends along the outside of the thigh from the hip to the knee.
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS): is a common overuse injury that most commonly occurs in sports that require repetitive flexion and extension of the knee, such as running, long distance running and even cycling.
ITBS occurs when there is inflammation and injury to the iliotibial band. Repetitive knee motion can cause pain anywhere along the course of the iliotibial band, but the pain most commonly occurs along the outside of the knee.
Read more about running injuries on our podiatry blog.
What is a Foot Fracture?
Foot Fracture: A fracture is a break, or 'crack' in one or more of the bones of the foot. Foot fractures are often caused from trauma (ankle sprain) or with too much "stress" as with (running) overuse injuries.
Symptoms of a foot fracture include pain, swelling and redness of the foot, often accompanied by bruising or discoloration of the skin. Treatment includes rest, ice, immobilization (R.I.C.E.S Rest, Ice, Elevate and Support) and or even surgery depending on the severity of the fracture.
If you suspect you have a foot fracture then it's best to have your foot evaluated by a podiatrist. Proper treatment for foot fractures are important for the short term healing of your injury and help prevent long term foot and ankle problems.
Always seek immediate treatment for foot and ankle injuries!
What is a Stress Fracture?
A Stress Fracture is a common condition where there is a "crack" or small break in the bone. Stress fractues are caused from repeated trauma to the bone or overuse to the same area. If it is not treated properly there is a risk doing more serious damage to your foot and a longer recover time.
What Are Shin Splints?
Never Ignore Shin Pain!
Shin Splints is a term that is used to descibe the pain that occurs along the shinbone. Shin pain most commonly occurs on the inside of the shinbone and is caused by damage to the fibers that connect the leg muscles to the outer lining of the bone.
If you have pain in your shin when running, reduce the number of miles you're running, ice and rest. If you continue to have shin pain talk to an experienced sports medicine podiatrist about treatment options.
Remember. Don't ignore shin pain. It is estimated that it can take 10 weeks to recover from shin splints!
Try these exercises from Runner's World to strengthen your legs and prevent shin splints.
What is Achilles Tendonitis?
Achilles Tendonitis is a condition where there is inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse of the tendon. Achilles injuries can start as inflammation but can eventually lead to small tears and even tendon rupture.
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What Are the Treatments for a Neuroma?
There are different treatment options for a Morton's Neuroma.
For conservative treatment, the first option is to reduce the pressure of the neuroma on the nerve. This is done by using a metatarsal pad and/ or in conjunction with custom foot orthotics. A cortisone injection may also be helpful to reduce the inflammation, swelling and pain of the neuroma.
If conservative treatment is not controlling the neuroma pain it may be necessary to perform surgery and surgically remove the neuroma in the foot.
Tired of that nagging forefoot pain? Schedule an exam with one of our experienced podiatrists.
Contact our office at 562-433-0478.
Where Do Neuromas Commonly Occur?
Neuromas most frequently occur between the third and fourth metatarsal bones of the foot. The second most common place for a neuroma to occur is between the second and third metatarsal bones.
Symptoms of a neuroma may include sharp, burning pain in the ball of the foot with pain that radiates to the 3rd and 4th toes. Other symptoms include tingling or numbness in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th toes.
For more information or to schedule an appoitment with a foot and ankle specialist, call 562-433-0478.
Who is Most Likely to Get a Neuroma?
Neuromas occur most frequently in those who wear tight-fitting shoes or hwo put a lot of pressure on the ball of thief feet. Ladies who often wear high-heels, dancers and runners are all commonly affected.
If you're suffering from symptoms of a neuroma, we can help! Let us alleviate your forefoot pain so you can get back to activities you enjoy.
Call our office at (562) 433-0478 to schedule an appointment with one of our trusted podiatrist's.
Are Neuromas Painful?
Neuromas are not always painful. Neuromas become painful as they become larger. As the size of a neuroma grows more pressure is placed on the nerve causing the nerve to become inflammed and causing pain in forefoot.
Foot pain is not normal! If you're eperiencing pain in the ball of your foot, it may only get worse. Call our office to speak with a representative today 562-433-0478.
Do Neuromas Go Away?
Unfortunatley, neuromas do not go away. The good news is that the pain coming from a neuroma may go away if the pressure on the nerve in the forefoot is removed and if there is a reduction in the inflammation of the nerve.
If you're suffering from a neuroma, or pain in the ball of your foot and would like more information CALL 562-433-0478.