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Thursday, 02 February 2023 00:00

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Tuesday, 31 January 2023 00:00

The foot consists of several bones, tendons, and muscles that work together, providing the ability to walk, run, and jump. Foot pain can occur if the bones become misaligned, which can happen from enduring an injury. Additionally, specific types of foot pain can develop gradually, and this can be indicative of a stress fracture, plantar fasciitis, or a heel spur. The pain from plantar fasciitis may be more prominent in the morning after arising, and it can feel like a stabbing sensation on the sole of the foot. Women can experience the foot condition that is known as Morton’s neuroma, possibly as a result of frequently wearing high heels. It affects the nerve between the third and fourth toes and can cause significant foot pain as it becomes inflamed. Achilles tendonitis generally occurs from a sudden injury that involves the Achilles tendon. This is the tendon that connects the calf muscles to the heel, and severe foot pain can develop if it becomes injured. Any type of foot pain requires the expert advice of a podiatrist, and it is strongly urged that you contact this type of doctor if you have foot pain.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This 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

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

The bones in the foot are small and may be easier to break than other bones in the body. There are 26 bones in each foot that can become fractured from falling, participating in sporting events, or from enduring a foot injury. An open fracture is noticeable when the bone protrudes through the skin, and it often requires prompt medical attention. Symptoms can include immediate bruising, swelling, and it is often difficult, if not impossible, to walk. It is necessary to keep weight off of the affected foot, and many patients can accomplish this by using crutches. Once a proper diagnosis has been performed, treatment can begin. This consists of having an X-ray taken, which is successful in determining the severity of the fracture, followed by wearing a protective boot or cast. It is beneficial to elevate the affected foot as often as possible, which may help to reduce the swelling. Recovery typically takes approximately six to eight weeks, and foot strengthening exercises may be performed at that time. If you have broken your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can provide you with correct treatment options.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. 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 Reseda, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

The elderly are at an increased risk of suffering a bad fall. Falls and trips can lead to damaging and detrimental health consequences. Sometimes, falls can result from diminished strength in the feet. If you are an older individual that is concerned about preventing falls, you ought to be aware of risks of falling in the kitchen. The kitchen can be a particularly precarious area where falling may be more likely. This is because there are often slippery substances on the kitchen floor. For example, oils, grease, and liquid spills often accumulate on the kitchen floor. If an elderly individual is not able to bend over to clean up these messes, they may ultimately slip on them. If you are an elderly individual or are caring for one, be sure to be particularly mindful of the kitchen and any dangers that it might present. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today for more falls prevention tips and tricks.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Robert Binder from Robert P. Binder, DPM. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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