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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Reasons That Stress Fractures Can Develop

Many people who are athletic suffer from stress fractures. The foot is a common place for this type of injury to occur, and it happens from gradually increasing speed and distance too quickly while running. Additionally, it can happen to people who frequently run on uneven surfaces, and this can wreak havoc on the foot bones. The metatarsal bones can be affected. These are the long bones at the top of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes. The feet absorb the impact of running, and it is beneficial to wear shoes that have adequate cushioning. Existing medical conditions may lead to developing a stress fracture, consisting of diabetes, arthritis, or osteoporosis. People who are vitamin deficient in D or calcium may start to experience symptoms of a stress fracture. These can include having dull pain in a specific area of the foot, and it may radiate to the entire foot if treatment is not promptly received. If you think you may have a stress fracture, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact Henrietta Obidigbo, DPM from Jersey Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What Are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Symptoms of Morton’s Neuroma

The condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma involves the nerves in the feet. Specifically, the nerve that is found between the third and fourth toes is generally affected, and can become irritated and compressed. It can gradually happen from wearing shoes that are too tight in the toe area, and high heels can fall into this category. The symptoms that can accompany Morton’s neuroma can consist of a burning, numbing or tingling sensation, and many people feel like they have a small rock in their shoe. A proper diagnosis can consist of having a physical examination done of the affected foot. If the neuroma is large enough, it may be felt during the exam. Treatment can begin with refraining from wearing the shoes that may have caused the condition, and opting to wear shoes with a lower heel. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Henrietta Obidigbo, DPM of Jersey Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor 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 Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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