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 Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. 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 Ronceverte, WV . 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

Elderly foot care involves regular inspection, cleaning, and maintenance to ensure overall foot health. It is important because aging feet are more susceptible to incurring conditions like dry skin, brittle nails, and decreased circulation, which can lead to severe issues if not properly managed. As we age, feet undergo various changes such as thinning skin, loss of cushioning fat pads, and reduced blood flow. These changes can result in common problems like corns, calluses, bunions, and toenail disorders. Proper foot care includes daily washing, moisturizing to prevent dryness, trimming nails correctly, and wearing well-fitted, supportive shoes. Regular exercise and stretches can help maintain flexibility and strength. Monitoring for signs of infection, swelling, or other abnormalities is essential. Due to the increased risk of complications such as ulcers or infections especially in individuals with diabetes, it is suggested that if you are elderly, you visit a podiatrist regularly for professional care and advice.

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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

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Sunday, 02 June 2024 00:00

Heel pain can negatively affect your day-to-day life. Simple activities like walking can become incredibly uncomfortable or painful due to heel pain.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Runner’s toe, also known as black toenail or jogger's toe, is a common condition among runners and athletes. It occurs when the toes repeatedly hit the front of the shoe, causing trauma to the toenail bed. This trauma can lead to bleeding under the nail, resulting in discoloration that looks black or purple and sometimes pain. The main cause of runner’s toe is the repetitive pressure and impact experienced during running or other high-impact activities. Additionally, poorly fitting shoes or shoes that are too tight can increase pressure on the toes. The condition is more prevalent in long-distance runners or those who frequently engage in activities that involve repetitive toe movement. While runner’s toe is typically not a serious medical concern, it can be uncomfortable and may require treatment if pain or infection develops. Proper footwear can help prevent this condition, allowing runners to enjoy their sport without the discomfort of black toenails. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat runner’s toe.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM of Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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