Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Among the array of foot injuries, a Jones fracture demands rigorous attention. A Jones fracture, or avulsion fracture, occurs when a tendon or ligament forcefully pulls a small piece of bone away from the main bone. In the case of a Jones fracture, this typically occurs in the fifth metatarsal bone, which connects the pinky toe to the rest of the foot. This type of injury is often the result of a significant and direct impact, causing intense pain. Pain at the base of the foot is a primary symptom and should never be ignored, even if other symptoms are absent. Additionally, impaired movement of the little toe is common, though complete immobility may not always happen. Neglecting these symptoms can worsen the injury and may lead to surgery if the bone does not heal properly. Other signs to watch for with a Jones fracture can include impaired balance, swelling around the fifth metatarsal joint, and bruising around the little toe. Prompt medical attention from a podiatrist, including X-rays for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment, is essential for effective healing and preventing long-term complications. If you suspect a Jones fracture or are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper evaluation and care. 

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Priyanka Mude, DPM from North Canton Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, can significantly impact your quality of life by reducing blood flow to your legs and feet. Podiatrists play an important role in detecting and managing PAD through various non-invasive tests. Included are checking the pulse in your feet, using a handheld device to listen to the blood flow, and measuring blood pressure in your ankles and toes. Regular vascular assessments are essential, as early detection of PAD can prevent serious complications like sores or infections that heal poorly. If you experience leg pain while walking, numbness, or slow-healing wounds on your feet, it is important to visit a podiatrist because these symptoms are indicators of peripheral artery disease. A podiatrist can conduct these simple yet effective tests to determine if PAD is affecting you and recommend appropriate treatments or lifestyle changes. Ensuring that your podiatrist performs comprehensive vascular assessments can make a significant difference in managing your condition and improving your overall health. If you are experiencing symptoms of peripheral artery disease, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for testing and suggested treatment options.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Priyanka Mude, DPM from North Canton Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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

 

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Flip-flops are loved for their convenience and casual style, and may seem like the perfect footwear choice for warm weather. However, wearing flip-flops regularly can pose significant risks to your foot health. One major issue is the lack of support they provide, leading to improper weight distribution and strain on the arches and heels of your feet. This lack of support can contribute to conditions like plantar fasciitis and arch pain. Additionally, the thin sole and minimal straps offer little protection against sharp objects or uneven surfaces, increasing the risk of injuries like cuts, bruises, and sprains. Constantly gripping the toes to keep flip-flops in place can also lead to muscle fatigue and toe deformities over time. Furthermore, flip-flops offer little or no shock absorption, which can lead to impact-related injuries like stress fractures. While they may be tempting for casual outings, it is important to prioritize footwear that offers proper support. If you have developed one of several foot conditions from wearing flip-flops, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who offer effectively treatment options.

Flip-flops are not always the best choice of footwear. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Priyanka Mude, DPM from North Canton Podiatry. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

When the weather starts warming up, people enjoy wearing flip-flops.  Flip-flops are comfortable, stylish, and easy to slip on and off; they're perfect for any summer beach goer.  However, these shoes can cause harm to the feet.

How Can Flip-Flops Affect Me Long-Term?

  • Ankle problems
  • Hip problems
  • Lower back problems
  • Pain in the balls of the feet
  • Problems with foot arches
  • Changes in the way you walk

Are There Injuries Associated with Flip-Flops?

Yes.  Since flip-flops are relatively weak and do not provide the same amount of support as sneakers, people who wear flip-flops regularly are more susceptible to injuries. On top of that, the open nature of the shoe makes your feet more prone to other problems, such as cuts and even infections.  Common injuries and ailments include:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Blisters
  • Infections
  • Cuts and Scrapes

I like Wearing Flip-Flops. Are There Safe Alternatives?

When buying flip-flops, try to find ones that have sturdy soles and that are made of high-quality materials that will support for your feet.  These flip-flops will cost more but will also last longer as a result.

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

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Monday, 27 May 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

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