Why Are My Arches Painful?

Pain in the arch of your foot can strike rather suddenly, or it can happen more gradually after months of strenuous sports or other exercise activities. Sometimes the actual cause of arch pain can be difficult to determine, which is why your foot care professional should be consulted for proper diagnosis and treatment.

 

Some of the many reasons for arch pain include:

 

  • Structural abnormalities
  • Injury from direct trauma or overuse injuries such as stress fractures
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory diseases
  • Sprained or strained muscles, ligaments, and tendons
  • Muscle rigidity

 

Once the actual cause of your arch pain has been determined, a variety of treatment options are available. These include:

 

  • Properly fitted shoes for your activity—Make sure to wear the correct style of footwear for the activity. Replace worn out shoes every six months or sooner.
  • Orthotic insertsThese specially designed shoe inserts will provide the necessary structure and support to properly align your feet and ankles. Correcting arch problems can also alleviate many knee, hip, and back problems that are created or worsened by poor gait mechanics.
  • Modify your activities—Taking the weight and pressure off the arch is essential for proper healing to occur. Switch from high impact activities like running to lower impact swimming or cycling.
  • Relieve inflammation—Application of ice to the arch for twenty minutes, several times a day, can help reduce swelling and pain. Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen can also help.

 

If you are experiencing pain in your arches, the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Taking Care of Blisters

A very common and often painful skin condition on the feet is blistering. A blister is usually caused by excess rubbing from your footwear, and your skin responds by producing a pus filled sack in the epidermis, which is the upper section of the seven skin layers. While the fluid in a blister is usually clear, it can be tinged red or pink if bleeding is present, and a yellowish discharge will be a sign of infection. Blisters can also be caused or exacerbated by excessive perspiration and fungal infections such as athlete’s foot.

While blisters are often caused by shoes that are too tight, they can also occur when shoes are too loose and and move around too much. Properly fitted shoes with good support and extra room in the toe box will help prevent blisters.

Many blisters can be treated at home if they have no bleeding or infection evident by inserting a sterilized needle into the edge of the blister and draining out the pus in the following manner:

  • Clean the area—Carefully wash your feet and hands with mild soap and water prior to treating the blister.
  • Sterilize—Wipe the area down with a cotton ball soaked in rubbing alcohol. Sterilize a small needle with the alcohol.
  • Insert the needle—Carefully insert the needle into the edge of the blister where it meets the surrounding skin. Remove the needle.
  • Carefully drain the blister—Press on the blister with a cotton ball and slowly push the pus out while keeping the skin intact over the blister. This will help the healing process.
  • Clean and bandage—Clean with hydrogen peroxide and apply antibiotic ointment. Cover with a band aid or sterile bandage.

If you are experiencing complications with blisters, your podiatrist can help. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Easy Foot Care Tips for Patients With Diabetes

Not only is diabetes a condition that can lead to life threatening complications including kidney failure, glaucoma, stroke, and heart disease, but also the nerve damage that can occur in your extremities when you have diabetes may even end up costing you one of your toes or worse.

This nerve damage, which is known as peripheral neuropathy, causes a lack of sensation or numbness in the hands and feet. It also decreases the blood circulation which slows the healing process and can create problems with wounds that become infected leading to gangrene and amputation. Keeping your feet healthy can help avoid these potentially devastating complications.

The following tips are quick and easy ways to help maintain healthy feet:

  • Daily foot checks—Look for any cuts or sores that appear to not be healing. Also look for blisters and ingrown toenails. Check between your toes for anything unusual and always inspect the bottom of your feet using a mirror if necessary to get a good look.
  • Wash and dry—Keep your feet clean and dry. Wash daily with a mild soap and warm water. Dry carefully, especially between the toes where fungi and bacteria like to grow.
  • Moisturize dry skin—Keep your skin supple by applying a hydrating cream or lotion to cracked and dry areas such as the heels. Do not use moisturizer between the toes.
  • Nail cutting—Always trim your toenails straight across and not on a curve. This can help to prevent an ingrown toenail from developing and the possible infection complications associated therewith.
  • Properly fitted shoes and socks—Always wear seamless socks that are made of a breathable fabric to increase moisture wicking. Get properly fitted for a pair of supportive shoes with plenty of room in the toebox and use custom orthotic inserts for comfort and pain-free walking.

If you are experiencing foot care complications due to diabetes, the foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).

Bunion Pain Relief

A bunion occurs when an extreme amount of pressure pushes the big toe out of alignment and into the second toe. A large bump forms and grows on the top or side of the big toe as the deformity progresses. This process happens very gradually, and many people will wait until the condition has become painful and debilitating before going for treatment.

 

People with flat feet and poor gait mechanics are more susceptible to developing bunions due to the structural and pressure stresses that are put on the bones, ligaments, and tendons. Shoes that push the toes together and joint diseases such as arthritis can also exacerbate this condition. While a severely advanced bunion problem may require some type of surgical intervention for complete pain relief, there are a variety of ways you can relieve bunion pain prior to having a bunionectomy.

 

Some excellent bunion pain relief methods include the following:

 

  • Treat your arch and gait problems—A variety of orthotic inserts are available to treat flat feet and overpronation. These can also alleviate problems with alignment in the knees, hips, and back.
  • Roomier shoes—Wear shoes with a wide toe box to allow room for your toes to stretch out.
  • Insulating cushions—Taping and padding can be applied to the big toe to help decrease rubbing and reduce swelling and redness.
  • Flexing the joints—Picking up small objects such as marbles with your toes is a great exercise for increasing flexibility and strength in the toe joints.
  • Icing and ibuprofen—Anti-inflammatory medication and icing are very helpful in lowering swelling and decreasing pain.

 

If you are still experiencing bunion pain after trying these methods, it may be necessary to discuss a more aggressive treatment plan with your podiatrist. The foot specialists at ETL Podiatry in Briarwood and Melville, NY, have unparalleled experience in treating all aspects of foot and ankle problems. Our team of doctors is dedicated to serving you with all of the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, NY (631-549-8637) and Briarwood, NY (929-336-4523).