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Osteomyelitis is the medical term for a bone infection. It can be a devastating problem, because generally speaking, antibiotics do not do a very good job of treating this. In the foot and ankle, the best treatment is typically to remove as much of the bone that is affected as possible while leaving a functional foot, and then use intravenous antibiotics to try and clean up any remaining infection that could remain.
One common problem we see that leads to bone infection is neuropathy. Patients can develop neuropathy from many different causes, but the most common cause in the U.S. is now diabetes. Neuropathy is essentially a condition in the lower extremity that develops when the nerves to the foot and ankle no longer work as well as they used to. When this happens, patients can lose the "gift of pain" and no longer know when something like a blister or wound has started on their foot. Unfortunately, these can be sources that can lead to bone infections and possibly amputations of the toes, foot, or lower leg.
If you have any foot and ankle problems, don't wait to seek treatment. Many times, early treatment and intervention can help give you the best outcome possible. Call our foot and ankle surgeon at 719-488-4664 today, so we can help you!
A bump on the side of the foot is commonly caused from a bunion or a tailor's bunion. Both of these form due to an abnormal shape of the bone and the joints in the foot. Typically, these start to hurt because shoes rub on the bumps. Often times, inflammation causes pain and patients commonly develop neuritis or bursitis which leads to pain with activities.
Typically, the best treatments to employ for these bumps are wearing wider shoes and using pads over or around the area. If the pain is limiting the ability to remain active or wear shoes and conservative therapy does note alleviate the pain, then surgical options can also help. Depending on the necessary procedure, patients are sometimes able to walk in a protective boot the day of surgery. In more severe cases, patients may be required to be nonweightbearing in a cast after surgery to allow the foot to heal correctly.
Painful bumps on your feet are not normal, and we have treatment options to help you. Call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you remain active!
Sesamoiditis is pain that stems from the bottom of the ball of the foot behind the great toe. All of our feet have 2 bones underneath the great toe joint that help give a mechanical advantage to the flexor hallucis brevis tendons to allow us to propulse off of our great toe with a more powerful force. Unfortunately, if those bones are fractured or inflamed, it can be very painful.
The sesamoid bones do not have a very good arterial blood supply, so sometimes when the are fractured, they do not heal appropriately. When they are initially broken or inflammed, immobilization and resting can be helpful. More longtern treatment can include using a custom orthotic to take pressure off of the painful bones. In severe cases, surgical removal of the fractured sesamoid can be necessary to help relieve pain. If you are having foot and ankle pain, call our Colorado Springs foot and ankle surgeon today at 719-488-4664, so we can help you get back to living an active lifestyle!
Ganglion cysts are commonly found on the hands and the feet. They are sometimes painful and sometimes asymptomatic. The cysts originate generally either from a joint or a tendon and contain a fluid that looks a lot like hair gel clinically. The fluid itself typically comes from either joint fluid or tendon fluid called synovial fluid that leaks into an area where it is not meant to be.
In previous generations, people would try to hit them with the Bible or another large book in the house to try to "explode" the cyst to make it go away. Treament we typically perform today includes trying to drain the cyst if it is painful. If it returns after being drained, surgically removal of ganglion cyst is another treatment option. Bumps that develop on your feet and ankles are not normal, and if you think you may be developing this, call our foot and ankle specialist at 719-488-4664, so we can help you!
The American Podiatric Medical Association found that out of all the foot conditions Americans struggle with, heel pain tops the list. It’s a problem that can significantly affect a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities—especially if you’re highly active. If heel pain is affecting your day to day life, find out how a foot and ankle specialist at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO can help.
Causes of Heel Pain
If you examine your daily habits, you may get a clue as to what has caused your heel pain. Here are some of the most common causes:
- Bad unsupportive shoe wear (women who wear high heels are at risk).
- Intense athletic activity that puts pressure on the arch of the foot
- Overpronation (walking in a way that causes the foot to roll inward too much).
- Being overweight or obese (the excess weight puts too much pressure on the feet).
When It Begins to Affect Your Day to Day Life...
Heel pain may come and go, but when it persists throughout your day you have to do something about it. Heel pain can get progressively worse and without treatment, you could begin to develop heel spurs (bony growths on the heel). After a simple exam with your Colorado Springs foot doctor, you might find out that one or two simple changes in your daily routine could give you lasting relief.
Heel Pain Treatment to the Rescue
Let your podiatrist rescue your feet with heel pain treatments. Here are some of the most common solutions that you and your doctor will explore:
- NSAID pain medications.
- Stretching exercises that help heal damaged ligaments.
- Foot wrapping to secure and support the arch.
- Orthotic devices.
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment, also known as ESWT (pulses of energy heal the tissues and ligaments that are causing heel pain).
It’s Time to Get Help with Heel Pain
With help from a doctor at Foot and Ankle Institute of Colorado, you can finally get relief from constant heel pain. Call (719) 488-4664 today to schedule a checkup and examination with Dr. Matthew Hinderland at his office in Colorado Springs, CO.
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