Common injuries of the feet such as ankle sprains, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis, as well as acute and chronic tendon and joint diseases like arthritis, can all be treated with PRP injections. Read More
Running barefoot is an increasingly popular alternative to hitting the track or trail in high-tech running shoes, but it isn’t new. When our ancient ancestors were trying to get back to their caves and away from predators, they simply called it “running.” While our forebears may not have known it, barefoot running or doing so in “minimalist” shoes – which are more like gloves for the feet rather than shoes – may offer benefits besides not being eaten.
Some famous 20th Century Olympians and marathoners like Zola Budd were known for running barefoot, but the modern barefoot running phenomenon can be traced back to a 2010 study from Harvard University that was published in the magazine nature.Read More
“No shirt, no shoes, no service” is a sign you may have seen in the window of a restaurant or store. While you probably should keep your shoes on when inside such a place of business, walking barefoot outside can do you a whole lot of good. Sometimes called “earthing” – because everything needs a hip name – walking barefoot on soil, grass, sand or any other natural surfaces have gone from just being a childhood joy and new-age trend to a proven way to improve your health.
Studies have concluded that the benefits of earthing are a result of the direct contact between the feet and the intensive negative charge carried by our planet. This charge is full of free-radical destroying electrons which can help the body’s natural defenses and improve overall well-being in a number of ways.
Seven ways that walking barefoot on the earth’s natural surface can help your health are:Read More
When it comes to shoes, high heels are the #1 culprit of foot pain. While JAWS podiatry strongly advises patients to avoid wearing high heels, the reality is many patients will continue to wear them. Use these tips to make smarter high heel shoe selections.
Shoe Selections to Look For:
- Cushioning at the front of the shoe
- Generous toe box area
- Heel height of two inches or less
- Slight heel or wedge encourages your arch to lift
Our feet contain lots of nerves. You are reminded of that fact every time you stub your toe or drop something on your foot. Those kinds of external trauma, in addition to unavoidable genetic inclinations, can inflame the nerves in your feet and cause you plenty of problems and pain. One such nerve issue is called a neuroma. While this condition can often be treated with cortisone injections, orthotics, or chemical destruction of the nerve, alleviating the pain and discomfort can sometimes require surgery.
What Are Neuromas?
A neuroma sometimes called a “Morton’s Neuroma,” refers to the swelling of nerve, usually on the ball of the foot, caused by trauma, compression, or genetics. This swelling left untreated, can lead to permanent nerve damage.
Typically, a neuroma will develop because of abnormal movement of the metatarsals, long bones behind the toes. Small nerves traverse the spaces of the metatarsals, splitting at the base of the toes into each individual toe. It is at this fork in the toes where the nerve can become pinched and swollen, forming a neuroma. Burning pain, tingling, and numbness in one or two of the toes is a frequent neuroma symptom.
If initial, non-invasive therapies fail to address the pain and inflammation, surgery will likely be recommended. Neuroma surgery involves the removal of the enlarged and inflamed nerve, usually between the metatarsal heads in the ball of the foot. Read More
Many podiatric surgical procedures involve fixing problems with or affecting the toes. With ten toes and even more bones and joints in your feet and ankles which impact how your toes function or appear, painful or debilitating toe issues are not uncommon. Sometimes, when these problems are severe or other treatments have not effectively resolved the problem, metatarsal surgery may be necessary to address the issue and get you back on your feet.
What is the Metatarsal?
Behind each of your toes, running from the mid-section of your foot to the toe, is a long bone called the metatarsal. The first metatarsal is the bone behind your big toes, while the fifth metatarsal is behind your little toes. These bones have a natural arc. If one toe is too short or too long, or is pointing too far up or down, that arc will be altered and disrupted. This can lead to increased pressure under or near the problematic bone which in turn can cause joint inflammation, bunions, stress fractures or calluses, all of which can be painful.
When is Metatarsal Surgery Recommended?
Most metatarsal surgeries are performed on the first metatarsal to address bunion deformities. Pain on the bottom or ball of the foot can also be addressed by operating on the other metatarsals to redistribute how the foot bears weight. Metatarsal surgery is also often recommended or needed when one of the bones has fractured due to injury.
What is Involved in Metatarsal Surgery?
Most metatarsal procedures involve cutting the metatarsal bone right behind the toe. The surgeon will then manually elevate or adjust the toe and secure it in its correct position with a metal screw or pin. After the procedure, a cast or splint may be needed, and crutches may be necessary for several weeks to keep pressure and weight off of the foot while it heals. Walking prematurely on the treated foot can impact the success of the surgery by causing the affected toes to shift from their newly set position and heal incorrectly. Pins can generally be removed after three to four weeks, and you should be able to move forward without the pain or limitations you experienced before your metatarsal surgery.
Call the Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWSpodiatry Today
Metatarsal surgery is just one of the many ways we treat toe, foot and ankle problems at JAWSpodiatry. Our foot and ankle specialists will explore all possible alternatives to see if a non-surgical solution can address your problem. But if we do recommend surgery, our experienced podiatrist will perform your procedure with the utmost care and precision, using the most advanced technology and methods. Please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
You’ve just had foot surgery, perhaps for bunions, plantar fasciitis, hammer or claw toes, flat feet or toenail conditions. Congratulations on taking this big step forward towards resolving an issue which no doubt was causing you pain and discomfort or limiting your mobility. But you are not ready to get back on your feet just yet. While your surgery may have been the centerpiece of fixing your foot problem, how you take care of yourself after the procedure will determine how quickly you can get back on your feet and ensure that the surgery accomplishes what you wanted it to.
In addition to following all specific post-surgery instructions your doctor gives you, consider these helpful, easy tips which can aid in your recovery:
Prepare Your Home
As discussed below, the single most important thing you can do after your surgery is rest and keep any pressure or weight off the affected foot, especially during the first week. That means you will want to minimize your need to get up to get a snack or beverage, grab a book, laptop, phone, or remote, or do any of the things you normally do around the house. Before your surgery, set up an area of your home where the things you anticipate needing will be within reach. Ideally, you also have someone who can help you with your needs while you do the important work of staying off your feet.
When you do get up, you may be unstable, off-balance and more prone to falls. Make sure that the areas of the house you walk through are free from obstacles or other fall risks and move any furniture if needed so that you have ample room to maneuver with crutches or other aids.Read More
A dead toenail is a surprisingly common problem. Surgery and toenail removal may be necessary with an infection. If you have a difficult to treat fungal nail infection, or if you have a suppressed immune system or diabetes, your podiatrist may recommend removal of the affected toenail to prevent the infection from spreading to other toenails or beyond your feet.
This JAWS podiatry patient got stepped on while playing basketball. The nail had to come out. Toenail removal is a minor surgical procedure that removes either the entire toenail or a portion of the toenail that is diseased, damaged, or very painful.
JAWS podiatry: Your Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists
The exercises listed above are great ways to help keep your feet and ankles in shape. Another great way to do so is through partnering with the foot and ankle specialists at JAWS podiatry in Hollywood, Florida. We utilize the most advanced and non-invasive techniques to reduce pain and speed recovery for individuals suffering from foot and ankle problems. If you’d like to learn more about the innovative and effective treatments we provide or how we can help you with your foot and ankle issues, please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
Our feet are complex machines which, when they work as they are supposed to, do an incredible job given how much pressure and stress we put on them. But when the bones and tendons in our feet do not function like they should or if they develop in an abnormal manner, it can lead to discomfort, pain, and limits on our mobility. One common problem with the tendons in our feet is fallen arches, also called flat feet.
What Are Fallen Arches?
When you look at your feet from the inside (the sides facing each other), you should see an elevated arch between your heel and your toes. This arch is formed by several tendons in your feet and ankles all pulling together. But when those tendons don’t pull together enough, the arch won’t form, leading to flat feet. Most newborns don’t have arches in their feet, but typically develop them as they grow. Flat feet are more common in women than they are in men, and effect adults over 40 more than they do younger people.
Many factors can contribute to fallen arches, including:
- Genetic abnormalities;
- Torn or stretched tendons;
- Damage to the posterior tibial tendon (PTT); which connects from your lower leg to the middle of the arch
- Bone fractures;
- Dislocation of bones;
- Nerve damage;
- Rheumatoid arthritis;
- Diabetes and obesity.
Why Are Fallen Arches a Problem?
When feet don’t have an arch, it can make standing and walking more difficult and painful. Common problems experienced by those with fallen arches include:
- Swelling on the inside of the ankle
- Pain or swelling of the arches
- Pain with activities or walking on uneven ground.
- Knee, hip and back pain
- Pain that worsens with activity or walking on uneven ground
- Difficulty walking or standing for long periods
As with all foot and ankle problems, fallen arches must first be diagnosed by an experienced podiatrist before they can be treated effectively. Your podiatrist can conduct a complete evaluation as to the cause and severity of your condition. If you do have flat feet but are not experiencing any pain or mobility challenges, your doctor may tell you no treatment is necessary. If, however, your fallen arches are interfering with your quality of life, one or more of the following may be recommended as a course of treatment:
- Elevating the feet and applying ice to ease discomfort and reduce swelling
- Foot stretching exercises;
- Physical therapy;
- Medication, such as anti-inflammatories;
- Steroid injections; and
- Orthotic devices, shoe modifications, braces, or casts
Fallen Arches? Call the Hollywood, Florida Foot and Ankle Specialists at JAWSpodiatry Today
At JAWSpodiatry in Hollywood, Florida, we utilize the most advanced and non-invasive techniques to reduce pain and speed recovery for individuals suffering from foot and ankle problems, including fallen arches. If you’d like to learn more about the innovative and effective treatments we provide or how we can help you with your foot and ankle issues, please call us today at (954) 922-7333 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
If you want to stay physically and mentally fit, you need to exercise regularly. If you want to exercise regularly, your feet and ankles need to be able to keep up with the pounding you dish out to them when you are jogging or working out. And if you want your feet to be able to keep up, you need to exercise them as well.
Exercising your feet and ankles not only can improve your workouts, it also can reduce the chances of injury. The great thing is that you can keep your feet and ankles in shape through simple exercises you can do at home or at work.
Here are some quick, easy, and effective feet and ankle exercises that can keep you on the road to wellness:
- Ankle Pump-Ups. Every step you take from your heel to your toe requires flexibility and muscle strength. You can increase your ankle flexibility as well as strengthen the muscles in the front of your shins by pulling your foot up as if you were trying to reach the front of your shins with your toes. Hold like that for 10 seconds, doing three sets of 10. Try to do these exercises three times per day if possible.
- Ankle pump-downs. Focusing on the same flexibility and strength as ankle pump ups, but for the calves, push your foot down and point your toes away from you towards the floor. Like with the pump-ups, hold for 10 seconds and do three sets of 10.