Unable To Wear Those Heels??? Memphis Podiatrist, MSFAS, Can Help!!!

Victoria Beckham. Michelle Yeoh. Sarah Jessica Parker. What do these ladies have in common? Less than perfect feet!!! Each of these ladies suffers from a BUNION.

You may have heard of bunions and associated them with old age. That isn’t the case. Bunions are very often caused by ill fitting shoes and high heels along with a genetic predisposition.

So what is a bunion?

A bunion is a bump that forms at the base of the big toe (though sometimes they are also found on the outside of the foot at the little toe). The bone and tissue is forced out of place at the joint and the toe then bends inwards towards the other toes. It comes about from years of pressure at the joint, exactly what years of fitting a foot into a high heel with pointed toes does.

What are the symptoms?

  • An obvious bump on the outside of the foot
  • Pain, redness, swelling at the joint
  • An inward turned big or little toe
  • Restricted range of motion in the affected toe

What can be done?

For the short term, applying ice will help pain and swelling. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications can also be beneficial. For the long term, wearing wide shoes that are more box shaped and no heels over two inches tall.

A Memphis podiatrist visit will probably be in your future. They may design special orthotics, use cortisone injections, prescribe pain medications, recommend padding and taping to keep the foot in a proper position, or prescribe therapy. As a last resort it may require bunion surgery (bunionectomy) to remove the bony prominence.

Stylish shoes and heels may make you feel beautiful, but would those celebrity ladies now suffering from bunions say it was worth it?

If you suffer from bunions or other foot issues check out our website, msfas.com and/or contact our Memphis locations today.

Do Your Feet Smell??????

Closed shoes and sweaty feet can lead to some pretty powerful foot odor. It’s not particular to a gender, both male and female can have a foot odor and it can be pretty embarrassing especially in public.  Here are some tips to help keep this at bay.

1. Don’t wear same shoes in a row, try as much as possible to alternate wearing.

2. Allow your feet breathe, try putting on sandals or slippers occasionally as the occasion allows

3. Air your shoes always.

4. Avoid wearing tight fitted shoes as this makes your feet sweat more increasing the odor.

5. Try as much as possible to wash your feet always to break down sweat residue constantly.

6. Men should try to change their socks too every day, wearing same pair in a row will definitely give a pass for some odor.

7. A good trick to also get rid of smelly shoes is to sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda (you can get this at a pharmacy) for about two days while sun drying the shoes as well. This should eliminate the smell to a barest.

If you continue to have problems there are some treatments for your feet that can be done by a podiatrist at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists.  Call us at 901-309-7700.

Pain In The Ball Of Your Foot

Many people experience pain in the ball of the foot. Although there are several conditions that can cause pain in the ball of the foot, one of the most common causes is capsulitis. Capsulitis in when the soft tissue surrounding a joint becomes inflamed. This causes pain at localized areas under the ball of the foot or around the toes. Pain is usually described as sharp, aching or throbbing pain. It is not usually associated tingling or numbness.

Long periods of walking or standing as well as exercise activities can elicit pain with capsulitis. Once the activity is stopped or you are able to rest, the pain may temporarily resolve. Certain foot types or conditions are more prone to developing capsulitis. People with a high arch or flat foot displace pressure unevenly to the bottom of the foot and makes them more susceptible to capsulitis. Also conditions such as arthritis, bunion or hammertoes can increase the susceptibility to develop capsulitis.

If you are experiencing pain in the ball of the foot, call MSFAS at 901-309-7700, for an appointment with our doctors for treatment options. Treatment can include use of custom inserts for your shoes, use of anti-inflammatories, or a series of injections, and/or surgery. Don’t ignore your foot pain…heal it!

5 Reasons To See A Doctor Fast

1. The faster you seek treatment, the easier it is to treat.

  • Someone that comes in with heel pain that’s only been present for one week will respond to treatment quicker than someone that has been dealing with it for 8 months.  The longer you wait to seek treatment, the harder it is to treat.  Your body usually starts to ignore the area that is injured or in pain and quits sending those healing cells down to resolve it.

2. It could be a stress fracture.

  • Stress fractures are common in the foot.  They are microfractures that occur at high pressure areas on the foot from repetitive stress to the bone.  Athletes, especially runners are susceptible to stress fractures because of the repetitive motion with running.  If pain is persisting in your foot for more than 5 days, you should seek treatment by your podiatrist.

3. It can affect how you walk.

  • Limping is never good.  Getting up in the morning and walking with a limp is disheartening.  You think, “I’m just getting old,” but that’s not the reason.  Most likely, you’re suffering from arch pain/plantar fasciitis and don’t even know it.  Simple treatments can make it go away.  You don’t have to walk with a limp, you just need to see your podiatrist!

4. It can cause other problems.

  • So maybe you were just limping initially, but now that’s you had foot pain for a couple of months, it has started to make your knee hurt.  This is a common finding in people that ignore foot pain.  Altering the way you walk because of your foot pain can cause extra stress on your knee, hip and back.  Once your foot pain is gone, you’ll slowly notice the other aches and pains secondary to it will resolve as well…as long as no permanent damage occurred.

5. It feels soooo much better when it’s gone.

  • “I don’t know why I didn’t come to see you sooner.”  That’s the phrase I hear all the time.  It’s amazing how long people will ignore their foot pain…and how happy they are when it’s gone.  Sometimes, foot pain can really affect your life!  It can keep you from running that extra mile or cause you to have a bad day at work.

When to See a Podiatrist About Flat Feet

Flat feet, fallen arches, or “pes planus” is normally a symptomless and fortunately painless condition. It is characterized by the arch of the foot collapsing completely, which causes the entire sole of the foot to come into perfect contact with the ground. An estimated 20-30 percent of the entire population has some form of flat feet, ranging in severity from asymptomatic to somewhat problematic. Most people who endure this problem are able to experience life pain and symptom free from the nearly unnoticeable abnormality. However, a small sector of those affected do experience pain or discomfort, which is when a treatment program needs to be put in action.

Fairly common in infants and small children, but also prevalent in adults, flat feet becomes a problem if pain or discomfort is present in the foot or even around the knee and lower leg area. Pain around the knee and lower leg areas can arise because flat feet can alter proper foot and leg alignment, which will put unusual strain on the knee. Adults can develop the condition as the result of injury or even from normal wear and tear due to the natural aging process.

Treatment of flat feet by a fully educated, trained, and licensed Podiatrist like Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists should be sought if the previously mentioned pain in the foot or knee areas start to surface and becomes a painful problem. Depending on the cause and exact type of the condition, a variety of forms of treatment may be prescribed. Verification of the exact cause and type of flat feet that each individual has, should only be handled by a professional podiatrist. Often times, the actual treatment method will include some form of arch support or light gymnastic style exercise. In rare cases, something more involved may be necessary, but only your skilled podiatrist would be able to accurately make that determination.

If you suffer from flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or any other form of problematic foot condition, we encourage you to contact our Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists today and potentially rid yourself of that problem in virtually no time at all!