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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.

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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.

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Charcot Foot

Physicians at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists collaborate with local medical manufacturers to reconstruct their patient’s Charcot foot by using an external fixator. This surgery will help prevent further infection, pain, difficulty walking and ultimately limb loss.

Charcot is a sudden softening of the bones and collapsing of the joints of the feet. This occurs from trauma or prolonged walking and causes major difficulty with everyday life. Charcot is caused by neuropathy (severe nerve damage), which results in decreased sensation and an inability to feel temperature, pain, or trauma to the foot.

The symptoms of Charcot are acute warmth, redness, swelling, and pain in the foot. If you or someone you know may have any of these symptoms, please call Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist for a consultation at 901-309-7700.

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Ingrown Toenails

What causes them?
Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe, and occur most often from poor-fitting footwear. This is because tight shoes can put pressure on the nail, and force them to grow downwards instead of growing outwards.

They can also occur from direct trauma, such as in dropping a heavy object on your toe. Some people are more prone to getting ingrown toenails simply because their nails tend to grow in curved.

How can they be prevented?
One of the best ways you can prevent ingrown toenails is cut your toenails straight across, without rounding out the corners. When cutting your toenails, it is important to make sure that you do not cut your toenails too short, as this can also increase the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.

Wearing appropriate-fitting shoes, like those with a wide toe box, will also help prevent ingrown toenails by preventing the deforming pressure on the nails that can lead to ingrown toenails.

What are the signs and symptoms?
Most patients with ingrown toenails report pain on the sides of the toenail where it digs into the skin. This may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and discharge if infected.

How are they treated?
Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on its severity. For some patients, simply removing a portion of the offending nail will solve the problem. This must be done correctly, however, or it will likely come back. For this reason, when toenails are ingrown it is best to leave this to a professional. For more severe cases, more of the nail might have to be removed and a chemical can be used to make sure that portion of nail will not grow back.

If left untreated, ingrown toenails will usually not resolve on their own, and can lead to infection; for this reason, if you think you might have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with MSFAS.