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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Buerger's disease is a vascular condition primarily affecting the feet and hands, characterized by inflammation and clotting of small and medium-sized arteries and veins. It is strongly associated with smoking, with tobacco use being a significant risk factor. Symptoms of Buerger's disease, also termed thromboangiitis obliterans, include pain, numbness, tingling, and discoloration in the affected extremities, worsening with activity and improving with rest. Typically afflicting young to middle-aged individuals, especially heavy smokers, diagnosis involves a medical history review, physical examination, and diagnostic tests such as a Doppler ultrasound or angiography. Treatment focuses on smoking cessation, lifestyle adjustments,  and medications to alleviate symptoms. In severe cases, surgical interventions such as bypass surgery or amputation to improve blood flow and prevent tissue damage may be needed. Early diagnosis and intervention are critical in managing Buerger's disease and reducing the risk of complications. If you are experiencing foot pain as described above, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Recovery from a high ankle sprain sustained while playing volleyball requires patience and proper care. Unlike a low ankle sprain, which affects the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle, a high ankle sprain involves damage to the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula bones above the ankle joint. High ankle sprains often occur due to sudden twisting or rotational movements. If you play volleyball for fun or sport and have injured your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation of the injury and a tailored treatment plan. This may include immobilization with a brace or cast to allow for proper healing, along with recommendations for rest, compression, and elevation. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair torn ligaments. Close monitoring by a podiatrist ensures that the recovery progresses smoothly and helps prevent long-term complications.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Sunday, 31 March 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Maintaining balance and stability is essential for daily activities and overall well-being. Incorporating specific foot stretches into your routine can help strengthen muscles, improve proprioception, and enhance stability. One effective exercise is toe-tapping, where you alternate tapping your toes on the ground while keeping your heels stationary. This movement engages the muscles in your feet and ankles, promoting better balance. Another beneficial exercise is heel-to-toe walking, also known as tandem walking, where you walk in a straight line placing the heel of one foot directly in front of the toes of the opposite foot. This exercise challenges your balance and awareness of your body movement, helping to improve coordination and stability. Practicing single-leg balance exercises, such as standing on one foot for increasing durations, can further enhance stability. By incorporating these foot exercises into your daily routine, you can strengthen your foundation, improve balance, and reduce the risk of falls and injuries, ultimately supporting your overall health and mobility. If you are seeking additional foot stretches to perform, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are looking for.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Springfield Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous one, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Springfield, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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