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Many people familiar with podiatry might already know what orthotics are. These custom-made or over-the-counter foot devices are essentially shoe inserts. They can be used to correct foot deformities, facilitate healing, or simply provide extra support. Senior adults are a particular group of individuals that might especially benefit from the use of orthotic devices. The reason for this is simple. Ultimately, using certain orthotic devices as a senior can actually improve one’s sense of balance and stability. This can be very useful and beneficial concerning how dangerous suffering from falls can be for seniors. Balance-inducing orthotic devices can help seniors mitigate the effects of muscle weakness, joint instability, and gait abnormalities. If you are a senior or are caring for one, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist today to discuss the potential benefits of orthotic devices.
If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Are Orthotics?
Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.
Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.
If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.
If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.
Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!
Onychomycosis is the medical term for the common foot condition that is known as toenail fungus. It can be an unsightly ailment and causes the toenails to become yellow and thick. In severe cases, they may become brittle and eventually separate from the nail bed and fall off. It can be caused by various reasons, which may include existing medical conditions. These can consist of diabetes, poor circulation, or a weakened immune system. Additionally, the fungus that causes this condition can live in moist environments such as public swimming pools, shower room floors, and similar areas. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while going to these types of places, which may help you to avoid getting toenail fungus. One of the first signs of this condition can be a small white spot that appears on the nail of the big toe. Research has shown that treatment may be more successful when started promptly. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can discuss the correct treatment options with you.
If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
- Warped or oddly shaped nails
- Yellowish nails
- Loose/separated nail
- Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
- Brittle, broken, thickened nail
If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.
In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.
In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.
The majority of people that have pain in their second toe have endured an injury. It can happen if a heavy object drops on it, or from accidentally kicking something hard. Pain in this toe may cause difficulty while walking, in addition to affecting balance. The toe can become sprained, and this affects the ligament that connects two or more bones. A toe sprain can happen if the toe is twisted beyond its normal range of motion, or possibly from falling. The symptoms of a sprained second toe can include bruising, swelling, and intense pain. An X-ray can be taken to rule out a fracture, and this can be followed by beginning the correct treatment. This can consist of using the buddy taping method, which is done by taping the sprained toe to the toe next to it. This is generally successful in providing the necessary stability as it heals. If you have pain in your toes, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can guide you to the treatment that is best for you.
Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors 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:
- Sports injury
- Wearing shoes that are too tight
- Corns and calluses
- Ingrown toenails
- Fractures (broken bones)
When to See a Podiatrist
- Severe pain
- Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
- Signs of infection
- Continued swelling
- Pain that prevents walking
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.
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.
The pain that accompanies a broken toe can be severe. Additional symptoms can include immediate swelling and bruising, and it can be difficult to walk. A toe can break if a heavy object falls on it, or if it is stubbed into a piece of furniture. If the toe is severely broken, the bone can protrude, and prompt medical attention is often sought. Some patients realize their toe is broken as a result of continual throbbing. A proper diagnosis is generally taken that can confirm the fractured toe, which consists of having an X-ray done. A mildly broken toe can be treated by using the buddy taping method. This is accomplished by taping the broken toe to the toe next to it, which can provide the stability that is needed as the healing process occurs. Severely broken toes may require surgery that can provide complete healing. If you believe you have incurred this type of injury, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment that is correct for you.
Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.
What Is a Broken Toe?
A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.
Symptoms of a Broken Toe
- Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
- Nail Injury
Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.