My Blog
By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
January 17, 2018
Tags: Neuromas   surgery   burning  

Neuromas can be a painful condition due to its effect on nerves in the foot. Our team of podiatrists, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can treat this condition at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Don’t forget to check out our Patient Education section to dive deeper into the foot and ankle world.

Neuromas are benign progressions of nerves that form between toes due to recurrent friction against each other. They cause minor to severe pain that can extend to the ball of the foot while feeling a sensation of numbness in the toes. This condition can have a higher chance of developing when:

  • Weighty items fall on the toes.
  • Severe trauma causes injury to nerves

To determine if the foot is suffering from this particular condition, ultrasound can be used to detect soft tissue complications. This is because it uses sound waves to generate images of it. MRI’s are more advanced and can also be used to detect the presence of this condition in those that don’t even have symptoms.

Symptoms of this condition include inflammation, the discomfort of the damaged nerve and a burning sensation in the feet. Preventative measures include avoiding blunt force to the toes. Treatment will involve utilizing properly fitted footwear with large toe boxes, placing orthotics to redistribute pressures placed on nerves in the foot and anti-inflammatories to reduce pain and swelling.

When the above treatments are not successful, surgery will be used to remove the nerve or to relieve pressure on the nerve by cutting nearby ligaments that hold bones in the front of the foot together. The potential side effect from this type of procedure can be a permanent numbness in the toes.

Neuromas can spiral out of control if not treated accordingly. Please contact us if your toes are starting to feel numb so that we can help get a grip on this condition before it gets a grip on you!  

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
January 11, 2018
Tags: ingrown toenail  

Ingrown toenails are painful and unsafe due to their nature to dig into the skin surrounding the toenail. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can help to relieve your feet from this condition by providing effective treatment at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Also, make sure you review our Patient Education library to learn more about this condition.

Ingrown toenails occur when the toes have suffered a severe trauma or have been exposed to shoes that are too small. When toenails are trimmed in an uneven manner, they can grow into the surrounding skin, causing it to become inflamed and causing severe pain. When this happens, an infection can occur soon after.

This condition can happen from a genetic deformity, by dropping heavy items on the toes, cutting the toenails very short, improperly fitting footwear or by a fungal infection. Treatment includes soaking the toenails in warm water to soften them before trimming. Wear sandals to allow for the toenail to grow in a proper manner rather than having them digging into the skin from being squashed inside shoes. Shoes that have large toe boxes and that have cushioning can help to prevent the toes from being forced against each other. 

Other forms of treatment include medications that shrink the tissue around the nail so that it can grow in correctly. Dressings can also support the area around the ingrown nail and stop it from going inward. It may still be necessary to perform surgery to remove a portion of the nail and pull out the problematic portion.

In any event, this condition can literally grow into a problem. Prevention is important because reoccurrence happens frequently. Without timely and proper treatment, surgical procedures may become necessary to fully heal the toe. So, please contact us if you have this condition so that our podiatrists can provide you with quality treatment and get your toenails back into their correct position!

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
January 03, 2018
Tags: Hammertoes  

Hammertoes can cause significant complications with toes, leading to deformities. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can treat this condition with expert care at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of our three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. Please also check out our Patient Education section to discover further helpful information about how to care for your foot and ankle health.  

Hammertoes are deformities of the toes. The toe becomes permanently bent at the middle joint. They are flexible at first, but become stuck in that position if not treated timely. This condition generally occurs from wearing shoes that do not fit accurately or a muscle disparity since the muscles straighten and bend the toes. Shoes that are too narrow force toes to be pushed into unnatural positions. Women who wear high heeled shoes actually cause their toes to squeeze against the front of the shoe, which damages the toe muscles by rendering them unable to straighten. As you can see, footwear plays an important part with this condition.

Treatment for hammertoes can be in the form of soft shoes that have large toe boxes. These shoes should be wide and have no heels. Physical therapy is also of great significance as it can strengthen the toe muscles. When a hammertoe becomes overly deformed, surgery may be necessary to correct it. The type of surgery will depend on the extent of the deformity. The recovery period will also vary and the toe may be stiff or swollen until it gets better. Weight can be placed on the foot as it recovers to strengthen the toe muscles. There may also be an instance of reoccurrence whereby the hammertoe comes back even after surgery. In this situation, further surgical procedures will become necessary to alleviate the condition.

Hammertoes can cause significant deformities and intrusions into mobility. It’s a good idea to contact us during the early stages of this condition so that we can correct it via conservative methods. So, please contact us today to get your toes straight!

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
December 27, 2017

Heel Spurs don’t come on lightly if not treated timely. They can cause immense pain since the heel of the foot is very important to day to day activities. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can assist you with treating this condition at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. It’s also a good idea to check out our Patient Education library to dive further into how to care for your feet.  

Heel Spurs usually form on the back or bottom of the heel and the sole of the foot and can be a contributing cause of Achilles tendinitis and other severe pain. Heel spurs that develop on the sole can contribute to plantar fasciitis whereas those that form on the back of the heel can cause Achilles tendinitis. This condition can occur on its own or through a heredity disease. This condition can be related to other diseases such as arthritis. However, it is significant that heel spurs could cause no symptoms. If no symptoms are exhibited, then it may take a random event like an X-ray exam to determine if they are forming.

Treatment includes rest as the initial method to thwart aggravating the heel and stop pain from continuing. Generally, cold wraps are used to reduce pain and swelling. Anti-Inflammatories combined with proper foot wear can help reduce inflammation and prevent stress on the heel. Exercises are also helpful in maintaining mobility of the foot and ankle. Orthotics can also be used to reduce pressure off plantar spurs. Heel lifts are another method of relieving stress on the Achilles tendon to combat spurs located at the back of the heel. Shoes should be soft and cushioned at the heel to prevent irritation of swollen muscles due to heel spurs

Since this condition can cause significant pain, please contact us today to help treat your heel spurs so that your heel can get on the road to recovery sooner than later.

 

By Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers
December 19, 2017
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Calluses   orthotics  

Calluses are a foot condition that can seem harmless at first, but may become a significant issue if left untreated. Our team of podiatrists, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can assist you with treating this condition at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. It’s also a good idea to check out our Patient Education library to dive further into how to care for your feet.  

Calluses present themselves as bumps on feet that are caused by dead skin cells. This happens because of friction forces applied to the feet when walking or running for long periods of time. This process is a protective mechanism since the skin beneath the callus is sheltered from the layers of dead skin; however, calluses can become problematic. Factors leading to this condition include incorrectly fitting shoes that are too constricted or narrow in the toe box and that crowd the toes and increase friction forces on the foot. High heels or genetic deformities may cause this condition to get worse.

Treatment includes trimming the dead layers of skin, which should be done only by a medical professional and not at home. Other methods involve the use of acid to chemically decrease layers of dead skin. Antibiotics can help purge infections so that the callus can be drained if needed. Orthotics can also be effective to decrease pressure that causes this condition and permit weight to be distributed more evenly. This is done by transferring pressure away from the areas of high pain to allow the callus to heal. There are instances where surgery may be required, even though it’s not preferred. Surgical removal of protruding bones can help to fix an irregularity causing this condition.

Relying on this condition to get better on its own can cause complications if treatment is required. Instead, contact us to treat your calluses before they become a sore spot for your feet.

 





This website includes materials that are protected by copyright, or other proprietary rights. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use, as defined in the copyright laws, requires the written permission of the copyright owners.