Achilles Tendinitis

A common injury to individuals who play recreational sports is a pain behind the heel, Achilles Tendonitis. Do you suffer from pain in the heel when you first step out of bed? AT usually occurs when someone is overusing this tendon while exercising or using incorrect form while playing a sport along with a lack of flexibility.

You may be able to ease your pain by resting the tendon and icing the area 15 minutes three to four times a day. However, if the pain in your heel does not go away after a week, it is definitely time to visit your friends at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist by calling 901-309-7700.

Don’t forget the addition of Drs. Butterfield and Coleman to help meet the needs of our patients. Appointments are available immediately at our S. Rex Road/East Memphis office.

Take The Hammer Out Of Your Toe

Hammertoe is a common toe condition where there is bending in any of the little toes causing a claw-like position of the toe. The abnormal bending can cause pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing problems to develop such as pain, corns, and calluses. The hammertoe can cause pain even without corns or calluses because the joint of the toe is dislocated.

If the hammertoe is diagnosed in the early stages, it can be corrected with simple conservative measures. If left untreated, the toe can become repairable only by surgery.

Hammertoes will not go away by themselves. The condition will only get worse with time. Your treatment will depend on the severity of the condition.

Signs that may indicate the early signs of Hammertoe:
• Difficulty or painful motion of a toe joint which is further irritated by wearing shoes.
• Redness or swelling at a toe joint.
• Corns and calluses developing caused by constant friction against the shoe.

Symptoms may be reduced with a simple modification of footwear or other non-surgical treatments, such as padding to shield corns and calluses, trimming the corns or calluses or orthotic inserts for your shoes.

Make an appointment today with Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist to take the hammer out of your toe! Call us at 901-309-7700 or request an appointment online.

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Bunions

Do you suffer from pain caused by a bunion? Are you embarrassed to wear sandals?

Many people suffer from a common foot deformity, bunions. Many believe they have to live with the discomfort, but there are treatment options available.

Bunions are described as a bump on the side of the foot. Bunions are actually a change in the framework of the foot causing the big toe to lean toward the second toe.  Over time, the foot can become quite deformed, painful and make it hard to wear shoes.

You can have your bunion corrected by Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists! For happy, bunion-free feet, make an appointment today by calling 901-309-7700 or online.

Charcot Foot

Physicians at Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialists collaborate with local medical manufacturers to reconstruct their patient’s Charcot foot by using an external fixator. This surgery will help prevent further infection, pain, difficulty walking and ultimately limb loss.

Charcot is a sudden softening of the bones and collapsing of the joints of the feet. This occurs from trauma or prolonged walking and causes major difficulty with everyday life. Charcot is caused by neuropathy (severe nerve damage), which results in decreased sensation and an inability to feel temperature, pain, or trauma to the foot.

The symptoms of Charcot are acute warmth, redness, swelling, and pain in the foot. If you or someone you know may have any of these symptoms, please call Mid-South Foot and Ankle Specialist for a consultation at 901-309-7700.

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Ingrown Toenails

What causes them?
Ingrown toenails are most common in the big toe, and occur most often from poor-fitting footwear. This is because tight shoes can put pressure on the nail, and force them to grow downwards instead of growing outwards.

They can also occur from direct trauma, such as in dropping a heavy object on your toe. Some people are more prone to getting ingrown toenails simply because their nails tend to grow in curved.

How can they be prevented?
One of the best ways you can prevent ingrown toenails is cut your toenails straight across, without rounding out the corners. When cutting your toenails, it is important to make sure that you do not cut your toenails too short, as this can also increase the chance of developing an ingrown toenail.

Wearing appropriate-fitting shoes, like those with a wide toe box, will also help prevent ingrown toenails by preventing the deforming pressure on the nails that can lead to ingrown toenails.

What are the signs and symptoms?
Most patients with ingrown toenails report pain on the sides of the toenail where it digs into the skin. This may be accompanied by swelling, redness, and discharge if infected.

How are they treated?
Treatment for ingrown toenails depends on its severity. For some patients, simply removing a portion of the offending nail will solve the problem. This must be done correctly, however, or it will likely come back. For this reason, when toenails are ingrown it is best to leave this to a professional. For more severe cases, more of the nail might have to be removed and a chemical can be used to make sure that portion of nail will not grow back.

If left untreated, ingrown toenails will usually not resolve on their own, and can lead to infection; for this reason, if you think you might have an ingrown toenail, make an appointment with MSFAS.

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!