Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Kids and Foot Problems

At the Advanced Physical Medicine Foot Clinic we do treat kids! When I was a resident at St. Joseph Hopsital, I even was called for consultations for newborn babies with ingrown toenails! Surprisingly, children can have a variety of foot problems: ingrown nails, warts, pain, fatigue, breaks or fractures, flat feet, athlete's foot, infections, and more. Often, there are a variety of straight forward ways to make the little ones feel better fast! Dr. Bender, 708-763-0580

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What is a Neuroma?

A neuroma is caused when there is inflammation around a digital nerve. This is a nerve that goes to the toes and passes between two bones called metatarsals. Often, the bones are too close together, and they rub on the nerve causing friction and inflammation. The inflamed area around the nerve can form something similar to a ball, which can cause the toes to spread and may feel like a rock, bunched up sock, or swollen area on the bottom of the foot. Additionally, there is often pain with the neuroma, and this can be aggravated by certain activities, high heels, shoes with little support, shoes with pointed toes, and barefoot walking. The pain can be sharp, burning, aching, or shooting. If you have this type of pain, it is important to see a foot doctor for treatment. Dr. Bender, 708-837-2540

Monday, September 14, 2015

Cowboy's Dez Bryant to have Foot Surgery due to a Fracture

Last night, Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant, was injured during the team's first official game of the season. Reports state that Dez Bryant has a fracture or break of the fifth metatarsal bone on his foot. This is a bone on the outside of the foot that is frequently injured by athletes. Depending on the exact site of the break on the fifth metatarsal, it is sometimes called a Jones Fracture. Fifth metatarsal bones can have slow healing if broken in certain areas of the bone due to a reduced blood supply. Additionally, elite athletes often need surgery for this injury to adequately stabilize the bone with a screw or other hardware and to get them back to their sport as soon as possible. Patients that are not elite athletes may or may not require surgery for this fracture.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

What to do with a splinter in your foot!?

Over the summer, my daughter stepped on something (which was a small splinter or piece of wood). This reminded me that it would be a perfect topic for my blog. What should you do if you step on a splinter? If you can easily see the splinter and remove it, you should do so and apply antibiotic ointment and a band aid. However, it is important to see a foot doctor if you have stepped on a splinter and cannot remove it, are in severe pain, or it looks infected (red, hot, swollen pustular drainage). The sooner you schedule an appointment, the better, as the small piece can move deeper into the foot or cause an infection (as it is a foreign object). If the condition is severe and you are unable to get an appointment with a podiatrist, you should go to the emergency room. Additionally, patients with poor circulation, diabetes, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, or any form of disease with decreased immunity, should schedule a podiatry visit to have the area assessed. These patients are more susceptible to infection and may heal slower. Some patients may require x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans if the splinter has traveled further into the foot, and some patients need the splinter surgically removed if it is deeper in the foot and/or infected. If your foot hurts, give us a call! 708-763-0580