Achilles Tendinitis is a common foot injury. It can be painful since the pain originates from the Achilles tendon from the back of the heel. It can unfortunately be an agony for athletes, especially those who run frequently. Thankfully our team of doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, can help to treat this condition and potentially prevent major surgery. You can visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb.
Those who experience Achilles Tendinitis know the pain associated with the condition. Because the tendon is behind the heel, those experiencing tendinitis can have sharp pains that are unique from pain associated with other foot and ankle conditions. In particular, the tendon enlarges and does not heal correctly, allowing for pain to steadily get worse. However, if the tendon tears because of a lack of care, surgery may be necessary. The tendon can become susceptible to this condition from an unusual amount of stress put on it, such as standing or running for extreme amounts of time. Anti-inflammatories do not have as much effect because the muscle pain continues throughout the day as the medicine wears off.
Exercising and special therapy for this condition are smart choices for those experiencing pain with their tendons. Just because you don’t feel pain during your run, it doesn’t mean your tendon is fine since tendinitis can occur at a later time after the initial trauma. For this reason, preventive measures are highly recommended for those susceptible to this condition.
If you are experiencing Achilles Tendinitis, please contact us or make an appointment with our offices by calling as soon as possible. Taking the first step to contact us will go a long way to determine the best option for treatment and recovery.
Ankle pain is not a fun situation. Ankle sprains in particular are a common injury to athletes. They occur when the ligaments around the ankle stretch or tear. When your ankle rolls in an unnatural way, it can end up in an extreme position, which is tremendously painful. Thankfully our team of doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, can help to treat this condition. You can visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb.
An Ankle Sprain can happen when your ligaments over-stretch. It’s common for ankle sprains to occur because there are multiple ligaments that hold the bones of your feet together. Specifically, the ligaments on the outside of the ankle are the ones that usually are prone to sprain. Contrarily, the ligaments on the inside of the ankle are stronger and do not sprain as easily. Ankle sprains are ranked from 1 to 3, which is determined by the number of ligaments that rip.
Risk is highest among athletes who participate in jumping sports. If you experience a minor injury, you can generally return to sports activities within several days. For more serious sprains, it could take longer and up to a few weeks for recovery. However, ankle sprains occurring higher up on the ankle can take even longer to heal.
The following remedies can help alleviate ankle pain and speed up recovery:
Raising the foot and keeping it elevated;
Wrapping the ankle with a bandage so that the pressure can help with swelling;
Ice packs to reduce swelling;
Relaxation to allow the ankle to heal; and,
Ankle exercises to assist the ligament with a speedy recovery.
For those experiencing a sprained ankle, contact our offices by calling as soon as possible. Take the opportunity to visit us and we will determine the best course of treatment specifically tailored for your long-term ankle health.
Ingrown toenails can be painful and unsightly. They may require treatment by one of our podiatrists if not managed correctly. Our team of doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, can help to treat this condition and potentially prevent major surgery. You can visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb.
Ingrown toenails can happen when toenails grow into the surrounding skin, causing the skin to swell. This happens because the toenail grows in a curved shaped and digs downward into the skin surrounding the nail. Infections happen when the skin breaks off the nail digging into it, which can be painful.
Ingrown nails can be caused by any of the following:
- Could be inherited (genetics).
- The result of dropping heavy items on the toes.
- Toe nails being cut very short.
- Tight fitting shoes.
- Infections caused by Fungus.
Natural treatments include having your feet soaked in warm salt water while simultaneously rubbing the side of the infected and ingrown nail. It’s best not to cut the nail if it’s infected. If the nail is not infected, refrain from cutting them too short, wear shoes that are not tight or loose and wear supportive and comfortable socks.
If natural treatments do not work, your podiatrist can prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection and thereafter perform surgery to ease the pain and remove the infected nail. Some of the surgeries offered as treatment can be the following:
- A procedure where an angled nail is cut to the corner of the nail.
- A procedure where there is an active infection, and a partial portion of the nail is trimmed down to the root, allowing drainage and removal of the nail.
- Total removal of the nail for situations where it is required to completely dispose of the infection and prevent a reoccurrence of the ingrown toenail.
These procedures can require a varying amount of recovery times, from weeks to months.
Adequate dressing of the surgical site and medication will help to speed up recovery. Comfortable shoes preventing pressure to the healing toe should be worn to prevent recurrence.
The earlier ingrown toenails are treated, the less likely surgery is required. However, if you have ingrown toenails that are significantly reducing foot motion and causing pain, don’t hesitate to contact our offices as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best option for treatment and recovery.
Heel pain can seriously impact your daily routine. In particular, plantar fascia (the ligament connecting your heel bone to your toes) is usually the cause of heel pain when it gets weak or strained. If left untreated, it can tear and get seriously painful. Thankfully our team of doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, can help to treat this condition and potentially prevent major surgery. You can visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb.
With each step, the plantar fascia and other foot muscles work to assist with forces on the arch. Plantar Fascitis occurs when there is frequent stretching in this area causing inflammation at the base of the heel. Stretching, rest and shoe inserts can help alleviate the pain, but those who routinely stand all day for work end up with significant injuries because of the damage done to the heel. Stretching is by far the preeminent treatment for plantar fasciitis as it can help to alleviate weight from your foot until the original swelling dissipates. You can try applying ice to the swollen area for 30 minutes four times a day to reduce your symptoms. Prescriptions for anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen may also be called for; yet, exercises to stretch the plantar fascia are still the best of treatments.
In particular, the following exercises can significantly help to reduce heel pain:
- Stretching toes
- Stretching the calf
- Towel curls
As you can see, heel pain left undiagnosed can lead to severe foot injuries, especially for those who stand all day on their feet. If you are experiencing chronic heel pain, contact or make an appointment with our offices by calling as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best option for treatment and recovery.
Neuromas can lead to severe issues with feet. They occur when the outer coating of a nerve in your foot thickens and can eventually lead to numbness. Luckily, our team of doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, can help to treat this condition and potentially prevent major surgery. You can visit the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores, Warren and Macomb.
Neuromas generally occur because two bones recurrently brush against each other. This usually effects the area between the third and fourth toes. Symptoms include burning or numbness that can happen after long walks or standing for a long period of time. Diabetes can also cause these symptoms to occur because of the nerve impact.
Pain from this condition can become severe and may be excruciating if left untreated. In the event treatment can be used without surgery, the following may be used: medication, ultrasound, special shoes or orthotics. Padding and massaging the ball of the foot may also help to alleviate neuroma related pain. It’s important to remember that massages are most effective at the end of the day, generally after a hot bath. Afterwards, ice should be placed on the area with the neuroma.
When non-surgical treatments do not help, surgery may be required to remove the neuroma. Specifically, a portion of the swollen nerve is removed. You can usually put weight on your foot soon after surgery but surgical shoes may be required for a few weeks. However, a small area of the foot may feel numb in the location where the nerve was removed.
As you can see, neuromas can lead to severe situations, especially if the burning sensation gets worse. If you have a neuroma, contact or make an appointment with our offices by calling as soon as possible. Take this opportunity to get the best option for treatment and recovery.
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