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Posts for category: Common Foot Conditions, Sport Injuries

By Clark Podiatry Center
August 24, 2017
Tags: turf toe   toe pain  

It doesn’t only affect people who play sports on turfs. While they do affect those that play football and soccer, it’s an injury that can affect anyone that may incur impact on the big toe. Turf toe occurs when there is a hyperextension of the ligaments around the big toe joint. When the big toe joint is stretched while the heel is lifted off the ground, right as soon as running begins, the tissues can be torn or ruptured. 

Turf toe causes symptoms of pain, tenderness, and swelling at the big toe joint. Because there are many other possible injuries regarding the big toe joint, it’s possible the injury can be mistaken for other issues. The pain can also go away or be ignored, and the athlete can keep going on the injury, making it worse later.


Here’s how you can tackle turf toe:

  • At first sign of injury to the big toe joint, start with the RICE method of treatment. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can help with pain-relief and swelling reduction.
  • Use better or alternative equipment or practice sports on a better surface, like actual grass. However, playing on an injury can make it worse, so be sure to rest up. 
  • If pain persists, you may be able to take NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and inflammation. Be sure to follow the directions on the package.
  • Depending on the severity of the injury, our podiatrist may prescribe a walking boot or cast, taping, and rest for 2 weeks or more. Physical therapy may be required if the rest period is long to stretch and strengthen the toe joint.
  • For severe injuries, surgical treatment may be required to repair the soft tissues. This is a last resort and not a common treatment.

If you or a family member has a big toe joint injury, and experience recurring and consistent pain, come see our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Brandon Macy. Make an appointment today to have your feet assessed and treated with care. We are located in Clark, NJ and serve patients in all of Union County! We keep you walking! 

 
By Clark Podiatry Center
March 03, 2016
Tags: heel pain  

If you have a stabbing pain on the bottom of your heel that hits you when you first get out of bed in the morning, you may have plantar fasciitis. The pain may gradually subside as you begin to move about, but can strike again after you've been sitting for a while.

The plantar fascia is a thick tissue running along the bottom of your foot that connects your toes to your heel bone. Small tears in the tissue from excessive stress can cause it to become irritated or inflamed. Overpronation, or when your foot rolls inward while walking, is a common cause of plantar fasciitis. It can also affect runners and those carrying excess weight, as well as anyone wearing shoes without enough support or individuals who stand for long periods on hard surfaces.

Get Help for Your Heel Pain

Without proper treatment plantar fasciitis can develop into chronic heel pain. You may also experience knee, back or hip problems if your gait changes as your body tries to deal with the pain.

Please contact us at Clark Podiatry Center if you have persistent heel pain. We will give your feet a careful examination and take x-rays to rule out other problems like a stress fracture.

With a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, we begin with conservative treatments. These include:

  • Resting and applying ice to the heel to relieve inflammation.
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or naproxen.
  • Gently stretching the Achilles tendon area, foot and calf to ease tightness.
  • Stretching the arch and calf at night by wearing a splint to bed.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Steroid injections for pain relief.

Custom-fitted orthotics can relieve the stress on the plantar fascia as well as correct for an abnormal walking pattern.

New Technology To Heal Plantar Fasciitis

For persistent problems, we use Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy - also known as ESWT - to reduce inflammation and relieve heel pain. This pain-free technology uses shock waves that actually stimulate your body's healing response. Your body grows new tissue to replace the damaged area.

ESWT treatments are non-invasive and naturally numb the area to reduce pain.

For more information, read our blog on What is Shockwave Therapy?

Don't Suffer from Persistent Heel Pain

Dr. Brandon Macy, board certified podiatrist has extensive experience in resolving heel pain in his patients. Please call our Clark office at 732-382-3470 or use the contact information at the website to schedule an appointment. We can find a solution that works on your plantar fasciitis so come in to our office soon!



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