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Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

Midfoot Pain Can Be Caused by Arthritis

It’s hard to imagine, but the foot contains 26 bones that work together with ligaments, cartilage, and tendons to help you stand, walk, and run. Sometimes the area of the foot just in front of the ankle, known as the midfoot, becomes swollen and painful. It also may develop spurs that become painful. When the cartilage between the midfoot bones begins to wear out, the midfoot bones start to rub against each other, causing inflammatory pain, or arthritis. Luckily, several non-surgical remedies can help to relieve the pain. Start with finding shoes with a stiffer sole that can reduce the force on the midfoot area when you walk. In contrast, a softer mesh upper in the shoe will further disperse the pressure on the area. It’s best to avoid tightening your laces too much, thereby reducing the downward force. It also may help to give up running and jogging and replace them with water aerobics, swimming, or stationary bike riding for exercise. Obesity just makes midfoot arthritis even more painful, so adopting a healthier diet can help too. Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, available over the counter, can work to reduce the inflammation and pain. However, if your midfoot pain increases despite these measures, it is a good idea to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can examine your feet and offer enhanced treatment options, including corticosteroid injections or in some cases, surgery.

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Hugar Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a joint disorder that involves the inflammation of different joints in your body, such as those in your feet. Arthritis is often caused by a degenerative joint disease and causes mild to severe pain in all affected areas. In addition to this, swelling and stiffness in the affected joints can also be a common symptom of arthritis.

In many cases, wearing ill-fitting shoes can worsen the effects and pain of arthritis. Wearing shoes that have a lower heel and extra room can help your feet feel more comfortable. In cases of rheumatoid arthritis, the arch in your foot may become problematic. Buying shoes with proper arch support that contour to your feet can help immensely.

Alleviating Arthritic Pain

  • Exercises that stretch the foot can prevent further pain and injury and increase mobility
  • Most of the pain can be alleviated with anti-inflammatory drugs, heat, and topical medications
  • Massages can help temporarily alleviate pain.

It is best to see your doctor for the treatment that is right for your needs and symptoms. Conditions vary, and a podiatrist can help you determine the right method of care for your feet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Elmwood Park, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

Causes and Treatments for Toenail Infections

Onychomycosis, also known more commonly as a toenail fungus, is an infection that causes the toenails to become discolored, yellow, thick, and brittle. There are a variety of fungi that cause toenail fungus, and they tend to thrive in dark, warm, and moist environments like sweaty shoes, showers, pools and locker rooms. Poor foot hygiene, wearing nail polish, having a chronic disease such as diabetes, and frequently using community showers or pools are all contributing factors to developing toenail fungus. Because of this, wearing footwear in these areas, along with not sharing shoes or socks, is key to preventing toenail fungus from spreading. Fungal nail infections rarely heal on their own, which means that patients who have an infected nail may wish to consult with a podiatrist. A podiatrist may choose to remove part of the infected nail, prescribe a topical antifungal medication, or prescribe an oral antifungal medication. 

For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Hugar Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Elmwood Park, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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