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Monday, 24 February 2020 00:00

What Are the Symptoms of Hammertoe?

When the middle joint in a toe looks deformed, it may be indicative of a condition that is known as hammertoe. Hammertoe occurs as a result of an imbalance in the soft tissues of the affected toe, and may cause swelling and discomfort. Additional symptoms may consist of redness surrounding the toe, and difficulty moving or straightening the toe. The affected toe typically bends downward, resembling a hammer, and a corn may form on top of it as shoes are worn as well. This condition may happen from a genetic muscle imbalance, if shoes that are worn have inadequate room for the toes to move freely in, or if the toe has endured an injury. There are several ways to treat hammertoe. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can begin the best type of treatment for you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from William Street Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, West 45th Street, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

What to Do If You Develop a Corn

To begin treating your corn, it is important to understand what pressure or friction caused its development in the first place. Typically, the main reasons for a corn to form can be from standing for the majority of the day on a hard surface, and wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes which restrict the toes. They may also develop due to previous or existing foot conditions such as a bunion. In order for a corn to go away, the pressure that caused it must first be removed. If this pressure is not removed, the skin will remain hardened and sensitive to the touch. To help prevent this condition, it’s recommended that you dry your feet thoroughly after washing them and apply a moisturizer. Regularly using a pumice stone to remove hardened skin may also help to keep the skin smooth. Most importantly, ensure that your footwear fits properly and comfortably, and provides your toes with an adequate amount of room. To safely remove your corn, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist for professional care and treatment.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of William Street Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, West 45th Street, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

What Are The Causes Of Gout?

The joints in the big toe can typically become affected by a medical condition known as gout. This happens as a result of crystals that form surrounding the affected joint,  and can occur from having elevated purine levels in the blood. Symptoms of the ailment generally include extreme pain and discomfort in the joints of the big toe, as well as redness and swelling. There are a variety of reasons why gout may develop. These can consist of genetic factors, having existing cholesterol or kidney conditions, or being overweight. There are measures that can be implemented which may help to prevent gout attacks. These can include avoiding foods such as red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with excess sugar. If you have become afflicted with gout, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide the correct treatment methods.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from William Street Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, West 45th Street, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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