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By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
May 22, 2020
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Morton's Neuroma   Neuroma  
Morton's NeuromaA podiatrist can help you with a variety of conditions that affect the feet, including Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is the thickening of nerve tissue in the body, with Morton's neuroma specifically happening in the ball of the foot. It’s caused by an irritation in the nerve between the third and fourth toes. Patients experience pain while walking, with a burning, tingling, or numbness. 
Developing Morton’s Neuroma
There isn’t any known cause for Morton’s neuroma. There are a few factors that can increase your risk though. These include: 
  • Trauma or injury to the foot, damaging the nerve and resulting in swelling.
  • Improper footwear, like shoes that squeeze the foot together. High heels also increase pressure on the vulnerable areas.
  • Recurring stress to the feet through repeated physical activities or exercise. This is common with patients who are constantly on their feet due to their job. 
  • Deformities of the foot, like a high arch or flat foot. These lead to instability throughout the foot. 
The most important thing that your podiatrist recommends is wearing comfortable shoes. You don’t want anything that squeezes or hurts. Always wear athletic shoes when engaging in any physical activity. 
How to Treat Morton’s Neuroma at Home
Start by finding shoes that give your toes lots of room and are easily adjustable. The soles need to be shock-absorbent and thick. This keeps the pressure off the feet. You should also invest in shoe inserts or soles recommended by your podiatrist. Lastly, pay attention to your feet and their pain levels. When your Morton’s neuroma starts to act up, take a minute to rest. Take off your shoe and massage the area. An ice pack brings down the swelling too. 
Talking to Your Podiatrist
You should schedule an appointment with your podiatrist as soon as you experience foot problems. Morton’s neuroma gets worse without treatment. Identifying the neuroma early on can prevent needing aggressive treatment options like surgery. 
For early forms of Morton’s neuroma, changing your shoes is enough to relieve your symptoms. Your podiatrist’s goal for early treatment is to relieve pressure from the affected area. After going through a physical examination and having X-rays done, your podiatrist creates a treatment plan that works for you. 
There are a few different options that can work for you:
  • Taping and padding: This is a special type of tape and bandages that you place on the bottom of the foot. This helps with your symptoms. 
  • Orthotics: These are the custom shoes that your podiatrist can create for you. 
  • Medication: Cortisone injections reduce the pain and inflammation in the foot. Anti-inflammatory drugs also reduce your swelling. 
  • Surgery is the last resort for treatment. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis. The injured nerve is removed and recovery takes a few weeks.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
May 13, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ankle sprain  

Follow these tips for a fast, effective recovery after a sprained ankle.

You came down hard on your ankle and now it’s achy, sore and stiff. Could you be dealing with a simple strain or is your ankle actually sprained? From sports incidents to simple movements that jolt the ankle ligaments out of place, a sprained ankle can happen for a number of reasons. In fact, ankle sprains are a common problems our Williamsburg, VA, podiatrists Dr. Sara Bouraee, Dr. Jon Houseworth, and Dr. Jeremy Walters diagnose and treat.

How do I treat an ankle sprain?

Follow the RICE method for recovery,

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

You can also take over-the-counter painkillers to reduce both pain and swelling. Compression or wrapping the ankle can also provide stability and support. Not sure how to wrap a sprained ankle? No problem! Here’s a video from the Mayo Clinic that will show you how.

Do I have to see a doctor about a sprained ankle?

If your symptoms are mild you probably won’t need to see a doctor; however, it’s a good idea to give our Williamsburg, VA, foot doctor a call if you are experiencing,

  • Severe pain that isn’t responding to at-home care and rest
  • Difficulty putting weight on the ankle or you experience intense pain when standing or walking
  • Symptoms that get worse or don’t improve within five days of rest and home care

What are the symptoms of a sprain?

The symptoms you experience will depend on the severity of your ankle sprain. A sprained ankle is measured in grades I-III, or mild to severe. Mild sprains will cause some minor pain and stiffness but the ankle will still feel strong and stable when walking or standing.

Moderate sprains won’t feel completely stable and you’ll have restricted mobility and range of motion in the ankle. This is usually accompanied by moderate pain, swelling and tenderness. Severe sprains occur when the one or more ligaments in the ankle are completely torn. This will cause severe pain and swelling, as well as instability within the ankle. You won’t be able to move the ankle without experiencing pain. Severe sprains should be examined by a medical professional as soon as possible.

How do I know that I have a sprain?

Sometimes it’s easy to mistake a sprain for something more serious like a fractured ankle bone; however, while a fracture will also cause pain and inflammation, the pain is usually severe, unresponsive to rest and home care, and causes you pain whenever you walk. If you notice severe swelling or a bony protrusion sticking out from your ankle these are telltale signs that this is a fracture, not a sprain.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a sprained or broken ankle here in Williamsburg or Hampton, VA, contact the team at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists for treatment and care. Call us at (757) 220-3311 if you have any questions or concerns.

By Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialist
May 01, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Shoes   Injuries  
The Right ShoesExercise is an important aspect of keeping our bodies healthy and happy. That’s why it’s so important to wear the correct shoes for certain activities. Whether you’re an athlete, workout buff, or enjoy walking and hiking, you need the proper footwear. It makes the difference between enjoying your favorite activities and sitting out with an avoidable injury. Talk to your podiatrist to have your feet evaluated for your future workout needs.
Essential Equipment
All exercise involves your feet, ankles, and knees. Placing pressure on them puts you at risk for strains, sprains, and wear-and-tear injuries. Find shoes made specifically for the activity you engage in while also providing a good fit. They should accommodate your body and activity level. 
Pay attention to the wear on your older shoes. The soles show where you need more support in the future. The right shoe also feels good from the start. Don’t believe the sentiment that a shoe needs to be broken in. This is not true and creates ongoing problems. 
Matching Your Shoe to Your Sport
Different types of exercise affect your feet in different ways. Your shoes need to support the high-risk areas. 
  • Running requires shoes with shock absorption. Your feet take on a lot of pressure and friction. Cushioning your shoes in the correct areas keeps you from feeling the pain. 
  • Traction is important in sports that need quick changes in direction and sprinting, like basketball. Traction should never be too high or low. The right shoes keep you from slipping on the floor while letting you move and pivot.
  • Ankle support is a must. It limits the side-to-side movement that knocks your ankle out of alignment. This kind of support keeps ankle sprains at bay. For sports like basketball, hockey, skiing, and skating, make sure that your shoes aren’t too high. Otherwise, they will dig into your Achilles tendon. You can also wear soft ankle braces.
  • Arch support varies for everyone. Your podiatrist can test your foot to determine your gait. Depending on the results, your podiatrist can recommend orthotics or special shoe inserts.
Remember to Replace Your Old Shoes
Pay attention to the state of your shoes to understand when to replace them. When the condition starts to decline, especially the arch support and sole, it’s time to go shopping. Start looking for a replacement when they become uncomfortable and wear differently. You don’t have to wear shoes for a long time for them to wear out either. If you are participating in sports or activity on an almost daily basis, your shoes are bound to wear out quickly. 

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