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According to podiatrist Dr. Howard Dananberg, functional hallux limitus (FHL) exists as a condition that affects the great toe joint in the foot. FHL differs from the more commonly known hallux limitus in that muscle motion in the joint becomes blocked when weight or pressure is applied. Symptoms of pain or inflammation usually do not show in the toe joint during normal activity like walking, therefore FHL is a subtle condition. FHL can also lead to inflammation in the lower back and neck, affecting the motion of your heels and legs. Dr. Howard Dananberg recommends orthotics and physically treating your muscles as solutions to FHL.

Untreated hallux limitus can become very painful. For assistance, speak to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What You Need To Know About Hallux Limitus

Hallux limitus is a medical condition which stands for “stiff toe.” This is an arthritic condition in which movement of the big toe is constrained. The pain is usually allocated between the large toe and foot.

Symptoms 

Toe pain is common, therefore many people tend to overlook this issue and believe it’s nothing serious. But, if you notice sharp pain, bone growths, tightness around the joint and even changes in the way you walk. It is vital to see a podiatrist before your condition worsens.  

How Do I Get It?

Genetics – hallux limitus can be inherited from your parents, or someone can be who is born with a predisposition to arthritis as well.

Injury – overuse can cause trauma to the joints leading to extra bone growth and wear away the cartilage.

Treatment

Lifestyle & Physical Therapy – having motion and massages to the given area will help slow down complications and gradually increase flexibility.

R.I.C.E. – stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Combining the R.I.C.E method with other treatments is proven effective.

Surgery

If there are no signs of improvement, surgery will be the final option. Surgeries performed are the arthrodesis which fuses the joint. The cheilectomy is when the joint is cleaned of scar tissue, therefore the toe can move freely.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Last month Amir Johnson of the Boston Celtics had suffered a case of plantar fasciitis, causing him to miss two practices in one weekend. Johnson had been receiving treatment for the injury for a couple of weeks. The Celtics player spent some time in a boot to be conservative and has dealt with injuries before. Brad Stevens shared, “He’s been getting (the plantar fasciitis) treated. I never know to what extent it affects each of these guys. But certainly that’s something that you just have to keep a good pulse on and treat well. A lot of these guys have little nagging things like that.”

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, speak to one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your podiatric needs.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Caryn Klapholz has been suffering from stage five kidney disease and while they would like to keep her off of dialysis her worsening condition can only be reduced with a transplant. Klapholz’s problems first began with an ingrown toenail. Five years ago when she tried to remove the nail herself, it quickly became infected; which then turned into a more serious bacterial infection. With the help of gallons of antibiotics every day, she survived, but not without internal damage to her body. “We’re at the point where we known Caryn’s only good quality of life and literally survival is organ transplant.” her husband stated.

Ingrown toenails can be an easy fix if treated properly. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Bunions are a foot condition that can become especially painful over time if not treated properly. While many patients assume that surgery is the only real option to treat bunions, experts suggest trying other conservative treatment options before attempting anything invasive. Mayo Clinic suggests first making changes in your footwear by choosing shoes with a wide toe box and soft leather uppers to relieve pressure. Certain over-the-counter pain medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can also help relieve bunion pain. It best to discuss your options with your podiatrist, who can help you determine the best treatment method for your needs.   

To avoid extended pain, consider bunion treatment as soon as possible. For more information about bunion treatments, consult with one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs by the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why do Bunions Form?

  • Genetics – susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary
  • Stress on the feet – poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can cause bunions to form

How are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Recent studies have showed that a number of health problems can stem from the feet being subjected to great amounts of pressure for long periods of time. High heels are one of the many sources of such pressure, and a recent BuzzFeed video has reported that even a 1-inch heel can put “22 perecent more pressure on the ball of the foot than flat shoes”. A 3-inch heel inflicts a 76 percent increase in pressure. High heels can be the source of conditions such as calluses, bunions, ingrown toenails, and Achilles tendon strains, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains.

High heels can create a myriad of foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet contact one of our podiatrists of Foot Doctor of the East Bay. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because they are associated with femininity.  Despite their appeal, they can cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

What parts my body will be affected by high heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – may shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What kinds of foot problems can develop from wearing high heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How can I still wear high heels and maintain foot health?

 If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock; you can buy either full inserts or metatarsal pads. 

If you have any questions, please contact our offices located in San Leandro, Pleasanton, and Los Gatos, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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