Achilles Tendinitis

A common injury to individuals who play recreational sports is a pain behind the heel, Achilles Tendonitis. Do you suffer from pain in the heel when you first step out of bed? AT usually occurs when someone is overusing this tendon while exercising or using incorrect form while playing a sport along with a lack of flexibility.

You may be able to ease your pain by resting the tendon and icing the area 15 minutes three to four times a day. However, if the pain in your heel does not go away after a week, it is definitely time to visit your friends at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist by calling 901-309-7700.

Don’t forget the addition of Drs. Butterfield and Coleman to help meet the needs of our patients. Appointments are available immediately at our S. Rex Road/East Memphis office.

Dr. Nathan Coleman

Dr. Coleman is a native of Northeast Mississippi. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry in 2008.

He went on to pursue his medical training at Des Moines University – College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery where he became a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in 2012. While there, he was awarded a university merit scholarship and was a teaching assistant to first year medical students.

After graduating from DMU, he completed a three-year podiatric medicine and surgery residency with reconstructive rearfoot and ankle certification at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa. During his tenure there, he spent additional time as a fellow at Bako Pathology Services in Alpharetta, GA receiving specialized training in podiatric dermatology and dermatopathology.

Dr. Coleman has been active in podiatric education and research lecturing at multiple conferences as well as publishing several research studies and book chapters. When not at work, he enjoys spending his free time with his wife, Stefanie, and daughter, Tessa. He also enjoys exercising, watching sports and working on computers.

Dr. Ted Butterfield

Ted Butterfield, DPM earned his podiatric medical degree at Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. On completion of medical school, he entered into training at John Peter Smith Hospital, a county hospital and Level I trauma center in Fort Worth, Texas. He is extensively trained in trauma and reconstruction and in management of complications of diabetic foot conditions. He takes particular pleasure in helping people who are struggling with foot pain to become pain free again and enjoy more quality, pain free time on their feet.

In his private life Dr. Butterfield enjoys spending time with his wife and four beautiful children. They enjoy kayaking, fishing, hunting and generally anything outdoors. He also enjoys woodworking and fly-tying.

Take The Hammer Out Of Your Toe

Hammertoe is a common toe condition where there is bending in any of the little toes causing a claw-like position of the toe. The abnormal bending can cause pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop such as pain, corns, and calluses. The hammertoe can cause pain even without corns or calluses because the joint of the toe is dislocated.

If the hammertoe is diagnosed in the early stages, it can be corrected with simple conservative measures. If left untreated, the toe can become repairable only by surgery.

Hammertoes will not go away by themselves. The condition will only get worse with time. Your treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.

Signs that may indicate the early signs of Hammertoe:
• Difficulty or painful motion of a toe joint which is further irritated by wearing shoes.
• Redness or swelling at a toe joint.
• Corns and calluses developing caused by constant friction against the shoe.

Symptoms may be reduced with a simple modification of footwear or other non-surgical treatments, such as padding to shield corns and calluses, trimming the corns or calluses or orthotic inserts for your shoes.

Make an appointment today with Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist to take the hammer out of your toe! Call us at 901-309-7700 or request an appointment online.

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Bunions

Do you suffer from pain caused by a bunion? Are you embarrassed to wear sandals?

Many people suffer from a common foot deformity, bunions. Many believe they have to live with the discomfort, but there are treatment options available.

Bunions are described as a bump on the side of the foot. Bunions are actually a change in the framework of the foot causing the big toe to lean toward the second toe.  Over time, the foot can become quite deformed, painful and make it hard to wear shoes.

You can have your bunion corrected by Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists! For happy, bunion-free feet, make an appointment today by calling 901-309-7700 or online.