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Monday, 29 March 2021 00:00

What Caused My Hammertoe?

When the ligaments and tendons in the middle joint of toes slowly tighten up over time, the toes become forced to curl downwards. This results in what is known as hammertoe. Hammertoe can develop in any toe except the big toe. The joints will become stiffer over time and thus, harder to move without pain. Blisters and calluses may also begin to form on the toes. One of the most common causes of hammertoe is shoes that have narrow toe boxes, such as pointed toe high heels. Hammertoes can also be a result of a stubbed toe or toe fracture. Patients who are struggling with a painful hammertoe should consult with a podiatrist in order to get relief and treatment options.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Amir Lebaschi, DPM of Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

How Do Heel Spurs Form?

Heel spurs are bony protrusions that form on the heel bone due to calcium deposits.  These deposits tend to form over time and may be a result of a ligament that is connected to the heel bone being frequently overstretched and ultimately torn.  The most common issue that leads to heel spurs is plantar fasciitis which occurs when the band of tissues running along the bottom of the foot get injured and inflamed.  In fact, plantar fasciitis is the cause for around half of all heel spurs.  Heel spurs are often indicated by pain, tenderness and swelling that can make walking difficult.  If you are struggling with heel pain, it may be serious, and consulting with a podiatrist is recommended.

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 Amir Lebaschi, DPM from Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . 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 Santa Ana, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Monday, 15 March 2021 00:00

Wearing High Heels With Bunions

Bunions, bony bumps on the sides of the feet that often form at the big toe joint, can cause pain or discomfort. This problem is exacerbated by wearing shoes that have excessively high heels, pointed toes, or a fit that is too tight. While you don’t have to give up high heels forever, if you have a bunion, it is recommended that you make changes when it comes to the type of heels you wear and how frequently you wear them. When picking out your shoes, opt for those with a heel no higher than two inches. You should also look for wider shoes that have built-in support and cushioning. Rather than wearing high heels daily, it is recommended that you give your feet a break often, by resting the feet, wearing flats, and doing foot stretches regularly. For more information about bunions, or if you have painful bunions, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Amir Lebaschi, DPM of Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . 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 Santa Ana, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Wednesday, 10 March 2021 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

An Overview of Diabetic Foot Ulcers 

Roughly 15% of people with diabetes develop wounds or diabetic ulcers on their feet. These open lesions can be caused or exacerbated by foot trauma, pressure on the foot, vascular disease, poor circulation, or the inability to feel pain in the foot. Certain ethnic groups, older men, and those who take insulin or have had diabetes over an extended period of time are said to have higher risks of developing a foot ulcer. These ulcers are serious conditions and should be treated promptly by a professional. A podiatrist can both diagnose diabetic foot ulcers and devise a prevention and treatment plan to avoid infection, hospitalization, or even amputation.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Amir Lebaschi, DPM from Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Monday, 01 March 2021 00:00

The Right Sized Walking Shoe

When shopping for walking shoes, a good fit is the most important quality to look for in the shoe you’re interested in. A properly fitted walking shoe can prevent a host of foot problems, from blisters or bruises to plantar fasciitis. A properly fitted walking shoe should fit your entire foot snuggly but is not be too tight in any area. There should be enough room in the toe area for you to splay out your toes slightly, and there should also be about a finger’s width of space between your longest toe and the end of the shoe. Look for shoes that fit not only the length and width of your foot, but also the height, or volume or thickness, of your foot. Volume can be slightly adjusted by the way you lace your walking shoes. To help you find the walking shoes that fit you best, it is suggested that you get a proper shoe fitting in a shoe store. For more information about the importance of wearing properly fitted shoes, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Amir Lebaschi, DPM from Orange County Foot & Ankle Institute . Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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