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Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Managing Systemic Diseases of the Feet

​​Systemic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, can seriously affect the feet. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause pain, swelling, and joint damage, while diabetes can lead to nerve damage, poor circulation, and foot ulcers. A podiatrist can help manage these foot issues. These doctors can provide regular check-ups to monitor foot health, offer advice on proper footwear and foot care routines, and treat any foot problems that arise. Podiatrists can also collaborate with other healthcare professionals to create a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to the individual's needs. If you have a systemic disease that affects your feet, it is suggested that you include a podiatrist as one of your regular healthcare providers to help you achieve optimal foot health.

When dealing with systemic disease of the feet, it is extremely important to check the affected areas routinely so that any additional problems are caught quickly.  If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles contact one of our podiatrists from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists will assist you with all of your podiatric needs.

Systemic Diseases of the Feet

Systemic diseases affect the whole body, and symptoms usually are displayed in the feet. This condition can make a patient’s ability to walk unbearable.  Systemic diseases include gout, diabetes mellitus, neurological disorders, and arthritis.

Gout – is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body. Common symptoms include pain, inflammation, and redness at the metatarsal/phalangeal joint of the base big toe. Gout can be treated by NSAIDs to relieve pain and inflammation, and other drugs that lower the acid levels in the body.

Diabetes mellitus – is an increase in the level of blood sugar that the body cannot counteract with its own insulin. Failure to produce enough insulin is a factor in Diabetes.

Diabetes of the Feet

Diabetic Neuropathy – may lead to damaged nerves and affect the feet through numbness and loss of sensation.

Peripheral Vascular Disease – can restrict the blood flow to the feet, and often times lead to amputation of the feet. 

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

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Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Closed Reduction Repair for Broken Toes

Closed reduction repair is a common procedure used to realign and stabilize broken toes, providing relief and facilitating healing. When a toe sustains a fracture, whether due to trauma, impact, or repetitive stress, it can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility. Closed reduction involves manipulating the broken bone fragments back into their proper alignment without the need for surgery. During the procedure, a podiatrist carefully applies manual pressure and manipulation to return the fractured bones to their correct position. Following successful realignment, the toe is immobilized using a splint, tape, or buddy taping technique to maintain stability and support during the healing process. Closed reduction repair offers several benefits, including reduced risk of infection, minimal scarring, and faster recovery compared to surgical interventions. However, it is essential to follow post-procedure instructions carefully, including rest and elevation to promote optimal healing and prevent complications. If you have endured a broken toe, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine if this is a correct treatment method for you.

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 Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists 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 Columbus, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you've been experiencing a burning sensation in your feet that extends into your toes, it could be a sign of Morton's neuroma. This is a condition characterized by a fibrous enlargement of the plantar nerve in the forefoot, most commonly the area between your third and fourth toes. It is often caused by compression from tight shoes, and women who wear high heels are particularly susceptible to Morton’s neuroma. The compression from footwear leads to inflammation and discomfort, which is made worse during activities like running or walking. A podiatrist can conduct an examination of your feet to determine whether you have Morton’s neuroma. Diagnosis typically involves ultrasound imaging to locate the neuroma, followed by cortisone injections to reduce inflammation, with surgery reserved for severe cases due to the risk of complications. With proper treatment, you can find relief from the discomfort and get back to enjoying your activities. If you believe you may have Morton’s neuroma, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrists of Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Friday, 09 February 2024 00:00

Ankle Fracture? Don’t Wait for Treatment

If you're suffering from an ankle fracture, professional attention shouldn't wait. Fractures may worsen over time and can make completing everyday activities incredibly difficult. See your podiatrist for treatment and guidance through the healing process. 

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

The Impact of Obesity on Foot Health

In today's fast-paced world, the rising concern of obesity has become a significant health issue, affecting various aspects of our well-being. One often overlooked consequence of obesity is its profound impact on foot health. The excess weight carried by obese individuals places an immense burden on the feet, leading to a myriad of problems. Feet, being the foundation of our body, bear the brunt of this added pressure, causing strain on joints, ligaments, bones, and tendons. Over time, this strain can result in conditions such as plantar fasciitis, flat feet, and arthritis. The increased load also hampers circulation, contributing to swelling and discomfort. Neglecting foot health in the context of obesity can exacerbate these issues, impacting overall mobility and quality of life. Recognizing the intricate connection between obesity and foot health is vital for fostering a proactive approach to address this concern. If you are overweight and have foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can help you to see the connection and provide appropriate relief options.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Columbus Podiatry & Surgery. Our podiatrists can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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

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