A neuroma is really a misnomer. The name makes it sound like a tumor, and the diagnosis is commonly know as a Morton's neuroma. It is more accurately stated as a pinched nerve between two metatarsals heads. It's very similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, where the nerve is being compressed and giving painful symptoms and numbness.
There are several different treatments for neuromas including injections, custom orthotics with a metatarsal pad built into the orthotic, and surgical options. If you are getting numbness in your feet and toes with activity, it is not normal. Call us today at 719-488-4664, so we can help alleviate your foot problems!
Did you recently fall and twist your ankle but don't know if you sprained it? Dr. Matthew Hinderland, who practices podiatry at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO, discusses how sprains occur and shares several commons signs of sprained ankles.
What are sprains?
Sprains happen when the ligaments that connect the bones in your ankle joint tear. The injury often occurs while playing sports, but may also happen in your foot rolls when you step off a curb or walk on an uneven surface. You may be more likely to develop a sprain if you've sprained your ankle in the past or if your heels naturally turn inward.
How can I tell if I have a sprained ankle?
Possible signs of a sprain include:
- Pain: Pain in your ankle can be a sign that you have a sprain. The pain may be constant, may increase when you walk, or might only occur briefly when you first hurt your ankle.
- Difficulty Walking: Walking can be challenging if you have a sprain. In addition to pain, stiffness may also be a concern. If you can't put any weight on your ankle, call our Colorado Springs as soon as possible. An inability to bear weight on an injured ankle can be a sign of a severe sprain or a fracture. If you have a fracture rather than a sprain, your ankle may look deformed.
- Swelling and Bruising: The tissues surrounding your ligaments become inflamed when you sprain your ankle. As blood rushes to the injured area, swelling and bruising occurs.
- A Popping Sound: Did you hear a pop when you hurt your ankle? As ligaments tear, they may make a popping sound.
What should I do if I think I have an ankle sprain?
Stay off your feet as much as possible after your injury. Wear a compression bandage and apply ice to reduce swelling and pain. When you rest your ankle, keep it elevated.
When your ankle still hurts after a few weeks of rest, your pain is severe or you can't walk on your ankle, make an appointment with our office. After we evaluate the source of your pain, we may recommend crutches and a walking boot to reduce pressure during the healing process. Physical therapy can be helpful to strengthen the muscles that support the ankle joint. Although surgery usually isn't needed, it may be recommended if your ankle has become unstable due to your injury.
Do you think you sprained your ankle? Call Dr. Hinderland, who practices podiatry at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO, at (719) 488-4664 to schedule an appointment.
With the warmer weather here, most people are increasing their activity levels. Many people are hiking or running more miles, and we are seeing an increase in stress fractures. Many times, stress fractures can be prevented by using supportive shoe gear and custom orthotics. If they are caught early, they can often be treated without surgery. Unfortunately, if they are not treated and the fracture displaces (or shifts), surgical intervention can become necessary. If you think you may be having foot or ankle pain due to a stress fracture, don't delay treatment. Call our podiatrist today at 719-488-4664, so we can help keep you on your feet.
Foot and ankle surgery is sometimes necessary when a patient's condition is at an advanced stage that doesn’t respond to non-invasive treatments. Learn more about the various types of foot and ankle surgeries available at Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.
Foot and Ankle Surgery as a Last Resort
Surgery of the foot or ankle is usually considered the last option for doctors—the preferred treatment is a non-invasive solution like physical therapy, splinting or orthotics. But when these therapies don’t provide significant results and there’s pain, surgery can give you great relief and get you back on your feet.
Types of Foot and Ankle Surgery
The type of foot and ankle surgery your Colorado Springs podiatrist will recommend will depend on the exact ailment you’re experiencing. Here are a few common foot and ankle problems and their corresponding surgeries:
- Bunions (bunionectomy to realign bone and remove the bump of bone on your foot)
- Heel Spurs (surgery to remove the bony growth from the underside of the heel)
- Plantar Fasciitis (surgery to lengthen the fascia and release the tension)
- Arthritis of the foot and ankle (fusion surgery to join bones together)
- Achilles tendonitis (surgery to repair the effects of tendon inflammation or rupture)
- Hammertoes (a surgical procedure to remove or realign the bones causing the toes to stick out)
- Ankle fractures (surgery to hold the bones and joints of the ankle together in the proper alignment so that it can heal properly and decrease the risk of post-traumatic arthritis)
- Arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery to remove inflammation and repair cartilage defects)
A Few Details About Foot and Ankle Surgery
Your foot and ankle surgeon may perform a number of tests and take X-rays of your foot to pinpoint the exact cause of your foot pain, discomfort or deformity. If surgery is ultimately determined to be the best course of action, you may need to schedule some time off of work if it involves strenuous activity and to avoid sports. Many foot surgeries are outpatient procedures—you can go home with a loved one right afterward. You may be put under general anesthesia (sleep sedation) for some surgeries and locally injected anesthesia for other types of procedures.
See Your Podiatrist Soon
If you have a severe foot or ankle problem that isn’t getting better, it’s important that you see your foot and ankle doctor as soon as possible to find out if surgery may be necessary. The road to better foot and ankle health may be just one phone conversation away. Call Dr. Matthew Hinderland at (719) 488-4664 to schedule an appointment at the Foot & Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs CO.
Many ankle problems can be helped using minimally invasive techniques such as ankle arthroscopy. Ankle arthroscopy uses a camera and other small instruments to remove inflammation and help fix cartilage defects. We can now also replace cartilage for some arthritic problems and also perform microfracture for cartilage loss if necessary. Arthroscopy can be used to perform ankle arthrodesis, which allows faster healing times than the previous methods. Call our Foot and Ankle Surgeon today at 719-488-4664 for evaluation today!
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