Active People May Be Prone to Getting Cuboid Syndrome

There is a bone in the foot known as the cuboid bone. An injury may cause this bone to shift out of alignment, possibly causing cuboid syndrome to develop. The pain is generally felt on the outer edge of the foot and can be a common injury among dancers and athletes. Usual symptoms that are often experienced with cuboid syndrome can include difficulty in bearing weight on the foot, a reduced range of motion, and the foot may be swollen. Additionally, the pain may begin as a dull ache and gradually sharpen, increasing discomfort on the overall foot. People with flat feet may experience this condition, or it may come from those who frequently engage in running and jumping activities. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated and the activity that caused the injury is temporarily stopped. If you have pain in this part of your foot, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat cuboid syndrome.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Scott Samera, DPM from Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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See Your Podiatrist Regularly If You Work On Your Feet

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Plantar Warts or Corns?

Plantar warts and corns are two distinct, yet similar, foot conditions that often get confused with one another. Plantar warts are growths on the feet spread by the human papillomavirus, whereas corns are thickened areas of the skin that grow in response to pressure. In order to determine whether an area of the feet is technically a plantar wart or a corn, a medical professional may examine the location of the affected area of the skin. For example, corns are usually adjacent to bones whereas this is not always necessarily the case with a plantar wart. Also, a medical professional may perform a squeeze test where the sides of the affected skin are gently squeezed together. If the patient feels no pain, this might mean that they have a corn rather than a plantar wart. If you believe that you might have a plantar wart or a corn, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist for treatment.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Scott Samera, DPM from Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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Summer and Winter Months May Cause Cracked Heels

The winter months can cause the skin on the heels to become dry and ultimately crack. It can cause pain and discomfort, and deep cracks which are known as fissures, may bleed and become infected. Cracked heels can also develop during the summer months, and this may be a result of wearing shoes that have an open back, such as flip-flops or sandals. Additionally, there may be existing medical conditions that can cause cracked heels. These can include eczema and psoriasis, which may cause a lack of moisture in the skin. The moisture levels in the skin may also be affected by using hot water from taking a hot shower. Replenishment of these levels can increase by drinking plenty of water daily, in addition to consuming hydrated foods. People who have diabetes may be prone to developing cracked heels. Neuropathy, which is a common condition among diabetic patients, may cause the skin to lose moisture, possibly resulting in this uncomfortable foot condition. If you have developed cracked heels, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to find permanent relief, by possibly prescribing medicine.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Scott Samera, DPM from Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Bunions Are Common

Bunions are considered to be one of the most common foot problems among adults. Research has shown that approximately one-third of adults are afflicted with bunions, and it may happen from wearing shoes that do not have sufficient room for the toes to move in freely. Additionally, genetics may play a role in developing bunions, and while that cannot be prevented, steps may be taken to bring relief. A bunion is defined as a bony growth that develops on the side of the big toe, and if the bunion is large, it may cause the other toes to shift toward each other. It is beneficial to reduce the length of time high heels are worn, and replace them with stylish shoes that have a low heel and adequate room in the toe box of the shoe. Temporary relief may be found when a protective pad is worn over the bunion, and this may be helpful in preventing corns from developing. If you have developed a bunion, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can offer you relief, which may include surgery for permanent removal.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Scott Samera, DPM of Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Poor Circulation and Driving

Individuals who have poor circulation in the feet are essentially experiencing reduced blood flow to the feet. Symptoms of poor circulation in the feet are varied but can include sensations of tingling and numbness. If you are an individual that drives an automobile for long periods of time, then you might be at an increased risk of experiencing poor circulation in the feet. For example, long-haul drivers spend a significant amount of the work day in a sedentary state. As a result, long-haul truck drivers may experience increased incidences of poor circulation. If you are someone that drives for extended periods of time every day, then it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. This foot specialist can help you address any issues you might be having. 

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Scott Samera, DPM of Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Various Reasons to Have Toe Pain

The reasons behind toe pain can consist of having nerve damage or enduring an injury. It may also happen from a joint deformity, such as hammertoe, and may reduce the ability to walk and stand comfortably. Many people have arthritis, and the toe joints may become inflamed, often causing severe toe pain. Additionally, gout is another form of arthritis and happens when excess uric acid in the blood converts to crystals that form in the joints of the big toe. This condition can develop from genetic reasons, or from eating foods that have large amounts of purines. A source of pain can be a bunion, which is defined as a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe. This generally occurs from wearing shoes that do not have ample room for the toes to move freely in. Severe bunions may cause the other toes to shift together, and it may be uncomfortable while wearing shoes. If you have pain in your toes for any reason, it is strongly suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you a proper diagnosis and correct treatment options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Scott Samera, DPM of Samera / Foot + Ankle. 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 Lake City and Branford, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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What Is Diabetic Foot Care?

Diabetes is a serious condition that can happen from elevated glucose levels in the blood. Most diabetic patients are aware of the potential damage this condition can cause to the feet, and it is urged to practice proper diabetic foot care. Wounds on the feet can heal slower in people who are diabetic, and it is important to check daily for any cuts or scrapes that may have developed. Neuropathy is a condition that can affect people who have diabetes, and it causes the inability to feel sensations on the feet. Diabetic foot care can start with washing and drying the feet daily,  followed by inspecting the entire foot, including the soles. This can be accomplished by using a mirror, or perhaps a family member or caregiver can help. Additionally, it is beneficial the toenails are cut weekly, and this is generally performed by a podiatrist. It is helpful to refrain from walking barefoot indoors or outdoors, which may prevent the feet from being cut. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Scott Samera, DPM from Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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

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Do You Stand All Day for Work?

Some professionals spend the majority of the working day on their feet. They can range from hairdressers to massage therapists. Sore feet may happen toward the end of the day because of blood pooling in the ankles and feet. It is an obvious choice to wear shoes that are comfortable, preferably with a lower heel and cushioned sole. Foot pain may be reduced while standing on a stress mat. This is a rubber mat that is successful in allowing blood flow to reach the feet, which may help in maintaining good circulation. Additionally, wearing compression socks can help overall blood flow to the body, and can help to reduce strain on the joints and muscles. At the end of the day, many people enjoy soaking their feet. This can be a reward for the feet for standing all day. If you have questions about relief tips from working on your feet, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can help you with the information you are seeking.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Scott Samera, DPM from Samera / Foot + Ankle. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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