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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How Do I Treat My Bunion?
The best way to treat your bunion is to seek early treatment.
A bunion is a common foot deformity that creates a large bump on the side of the big toe.
Foot bunions that are painful, become noticabley larger and/or affect your daily life should be evaluated by a podiatrist to determine the severity of the deformity.
Depeding upon the pain and severity of your bunion your podiatirst will talk with you about the different treatment options and together, determine the best treatment option for you.
- Avoid tight, narrow fitting shoes that put place pressure on the big toe joint.
- Choose a wider shoe.
- Insoles and custom foot orthotics made by a qualified podiatrist.
- Accomodative padding to relieve pressure spots.
If your bunion becomes inflammed and painful it is more likely to become larger and become symptomatic in the future
You don't have to live with bunion pain, we have expereinced doctors that can help you. Contact our podiatry office near you in Long Beach and schedule an appointment with an experienced podiatrist.
What is Metatarsalgia?
Metatarsalgia is a term that describes pain and inflammation in the ball of the foot, and is a common overuse injury. Athletes who participate in high-impact sports involving running or jumping are at a higher risk of developing metatarsalgia. Metatarsalgia is often thought of as a symptom rather than a disease, which may be brought on by high levels of activity, foot structure, walking or running, or even ill-fitting footwear.
What is a Hammertoe?
Hammertoes are common deformities in the lesser toe (typically the 2nd, 3rd or 4th toes) three middle toes that gives them an appearance of always being bent. Hammertoes are hereditary but can also be caused by shoes that do not fit properly, injuries or rheumatoid arthritis. As these conditions put stress on the on the toe's tendons and joints, the pressure forces the toe into a hammerhead shape. Hammer toes may cause the joints of the toe to rub, which may lead to a person walking differently, raising the risk of other foot conditions.
What Causes a Morton's Neuroma?
A Morton's Neuroma is a mass of scar tissue that accumulates around a nerve, that is often caused by trauma, usually repetitive trauma or chronic irritation to a nerve in the foot.