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October 2020

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

What Are the Symptoms of Hallux Rigidus?

Hallux rigidus is a disorder of the joint located at the base of the big toe. This condition causes arthritic pain and stiffness in the joint. With time, the joint loses mobility, and it becomes increasingly hard to bend the toe. The pain and stiffness in the big toe may be most noticeable during walking, standing, or bending, and can lead to difficulties performing physical activities like running. The pain and stiffness may also be aggravated by cold, damp weather. As the disorder progresses, pain may become more constant, even when resting, and can cause difficulties when wearing shoes. Dull pain in the hips, knees, and lower back may develop due to changes in the way you walk, and in severe cases, you may begin to limp. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of hallux rigidus, it is recommended that you visit a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Why Does My Foot Hurt?

Foot pain covers a broad spectrum of sensations, from acute muscular pain, to nerve pain, and everything in between. There are many different causes of foot pain. Lifestyle choices, such as wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, wearing high heels, or injuring the feet during high-impact exercises and sports, such as running, can all lead to foot pain. There are medical issues associated with an increased risk of foot pain, including diabetes, poor circulation, foot ulcers and sores, peripheral artery disease, and arthritis. Other possible causes of foot pain include corns, calluses, bunions, warts, ingrown toenails, Morton’s neuroma, hammertoes, athlete’s foot, flat feet, plantar fasciitis, and gout. As you can see, it may be difficult to narrow down the cause of your foot pain without seeing a medical professional. A podiatrist can help you figure out why your foot hurts and what you can do to treat it.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Actions That Can Cause a Broken Toe

A broken toe is generally the result of direct trauma, which can be caused by stubbing your toe against a piece of furniture. Additionally, a break can happen from a heavy object being dropped on the toe, and immediate pain and discomfort often accompanies this type of injury. In severe fractures, the bone may be displaced and can protrude from the skin. If the break is mild, a method that is known as buddy taping may be effective in accelerating the healing process. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, which can provide the stability that is necessary for proper healing. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can perform an X-ray and offer you the correct treatment options.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor 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 one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Types of Toe, Foot, and Ankle Injuries

At some point throughout our lives, we have all likely experienced an injury to the toe, foot, or ankle. These types of injuries often occur while participating in sports or recreational activities, while doing work-related tasks, or simply while walking around. Injuries of the lower limbs are generally divided into two categories. Acute injuries are those that occur suddenly. Examples of this type of injury include bruises, puncture wounds, injuries to ligaments, injuries to tendons, sprains, strains, fractures, dislocations, and compartment syndrome. Overuse injuries are those caused by repetitive stress being placed on the joint or tissue. Examples of this type of injury include retrocalcaneal bursitis, Achilles tendinopathy, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, and metatarsalgia. If you have injured your toe, foot, or ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment. 

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Dr. Steven Snider from Snider & Associates, Inc.. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in San Antonio, and Uvalde, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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