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By Thomas Neuman D.P.M
June 26, 2017
Category: Foot Care

Could your foot problems be due to a bunion? Help is on the way!

A bunion is a fairly common foot ailment; however, just because you have one doesn’t mean that you have to just put up with the pain and discomfort. Learn more about this condition and how your Northridge, CA  podiatrist may be able to help provide the relief you’ve been looking for.

What is a bunion?Bunions

A bunion is a bony bump that originates at a toe’s joint. While any toe can be affected, bunions are most often found at the base of the big toe.

What are the symptoms?

The most common symptoms of a bunion are:

 

  • A large, hard protrusion at the base of the big toe
  • Localized pain and swelling
  • Soreness and redness around the affected toe
  • Difficulty moving the big toe
 
If you are experiencing chronic foot pain, decreased mobility and a visible bump on the joint of the big toe, then it’s time you visited your foot doctor for proper care.

 

What causes a bunion to form?

A bunion forms when weight isn’t distributed evenly on the joints of the feet. Over time this causes the joint to become unstable and form a hard lump. A bunion may be the result of a congenital foot deformity, a past injury or arthritis. There is also a debate as to whether wearing tight, high-heeled shoes could also cause a bunion to form.

What treatment options are available to me?

There are many conservative options that you can try to help alleviate your bunion symptoms. Some of the most common options include:

 

  • Wearing shoe inserts or custom orthotics (which your podiatrist can prescribe for you)
  • Only wearing shoes that fit comfortably and give your toes room to move
  • Splinting or taping the foot so it’s in the proper position
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like Tylenol or Aleve
  • Taking prescription medication or cortisone injections may also reduce pain and swelling, particularly if symptoms are more severe
  • Applying a wrapped ice pack to the bunion to reduce swelling and discomfort

Can a bunion be removed?

While the treatment options above are designed to reduce and even eliminate the pain you are experiencing, they are not designed to remove or get rid of the bunion. The only way to truly get rid of a bunion is to have it surgically removed, and surgery is not often recommended until you have exhausted all other treatment options and still haven’t experienced any relief.

Will a bunion get worse if left untreated?

Bunions are known to increase over time, but it will be hard to predict when a bunion will get larger. When you come in to see your foot doctor we may be able to determine just how large your bunion may become over time.

Contact your Northridge, CA Podiatrist

A bunion doesn’t have to rule your life. Turn to your Northridge, CA  podiatrist to find the answers you need to treat your bunion symptoms effectively.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M.
March 09, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Orthotics  

Learn more about orthotics and how they could improve your foot health.

Are you dealing with foot pain or other problems that are affecting your daily life? Do you find discomfort just walking or moving orthoticsthroughout the day? Then it’s time you talked to your Northridge and Lancaster, CA podiatrist about ways to reduce your issues. One way may be through wearing custom orthotics.

What are orthotics?

These devices that created by your Northridge and Lancaster foot doctor to change how your foot functions and to support and treat various foot problems that cause issues such as pain or problems when moving.

While orthotics can be purchased over the counter at your local drugstore these often don’t provide the unique care and support needed to meet every patient’s individual needs. That’s why it’s so important to consider getting custom orthotics.

What are the different kinds of orthotics available in Northridge and Lancaster?

There are two different kinds of orthotics to choose from: functional and accommodative.

Function orthotics are used to correct faulty biomechanics in the feet. This orthotics can be great for correcting pronation and taking some pressure and shock absorption off certain areas of the feet while walking or exercising. It’s also great for preventing repetitive use injuries from affecting your foot and correcting common foot deformities.

Accommodative orthotics are often made from a softer material and used to fix minor pain and other foot problems. It can also be a great option for correcting foot issues in children.

Who should consider getting orthotics?

People of all ages from children to the elderly can benefit from orthotics. They are a great way to alleviate common ailments and symptoms. You can even liken orthotics to eyeglasses as both correct physical dysfunctions.

Common issues that can be corrected with orthotics include:

  • Bunions
  • Chronic heel, knee or back pain
  • Flatfeet
  • Arthritis
  • Foot deformities
  • Shin pain

If you are dealing with foot pain this is your body trying to warn you that there is an issue. Don’t ignore it! Call our Lancaster and Northridge, CA podiatric office. Turn to Complete Foot & Ankle Care to provide you with everything from custom orthotics to neuropathy treatments.

By Thomas Neuman D.P.M.
February 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Hammertoes  
What is Hammertoe and What Can I Do about It? Causes and treatment of hammertoe. 
 

You may have heard about hammertoe, and just thinking about it makes your feet hurt. You might wonder if you have one because you're getting an odd pain in your toe and it won’t go away. To find out if you have hammertoe, you need to talk with a podiatrist like Dr. HammertoeThomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care with offices in Northridge and Lancaster, CA.

What is Hammertoe?

Hammertoe gets its name from a deformity of your second, third or fourth toe in which your toe is bent at its middle joint making your it resemble a hammer. Hammertoe can be caused from poorly fitting shoes or an imbalance in your tendons and muscles. When you bend your toes, if your tendons and muscles aren’t working the way they should, your toe may be held in the wrong position long enough for them to tighten to the point they can’t stretch out.

Common signs you may have a hammertoe are calluses or corns appearing at the top of the middle joint on your toe. These growths rub against the inside of your shoes, making it very difficult for you to find shoes you can tolerate. You may also have redness and swelling.

What Can I Do?

According to the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, there are some things you can do at home to prevent and treat hammertoe, including:

  • Finding shoes that have enough room at the front and don’t crowd or bend your toes; wearing sandals is often more comfortable than closed shoes.
  • Doing toe exercises like stretching each of your toes with your fingers or picking things up from the floor with your toes
  • Using corn or callus pads or cushions
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen

If you have tried home remedies but you are still plagued with the pain of hammertoe, you should see Dr. Neuman, your podiatrist in the neighborhood. He may suggest:

  • Corticosteroid injections to relieve pain and inflammation
  • Custom-made orthotics to place in your shoes to affect any tendon or muscle imbalance
  • Splinting your toe to try and realign and straighten it
 

More advanced cases, in which your toe is rigid and painful and won’t respond to conservative therapies, may require surgery to correct the deformed toe. If you think you have hammertoe, call Dr. Thomas Neuman at Complete Foot and Ankle Care, in Northridge and Lancaster, CA for a consultation. Don’t suffer from hammertoe when relief is a phone call away!

By Thomas Neuman, D.P.M.
December 01, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  
Don’t let heel pain bench you. Get back to a pain-free life with these treatments.
 

You may not have heard about plantar fasciitis before but it could just be the condition that is causing your heel pain. If your Northridge, heel pain CA podiatrist Dr. Thomas Neuman has told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis-related heel pain find out how to best handle your condition.

First Course of Action

There are a variety of treatment options available to you and you’ll be happy to hear that they are more conservative and less invasive than other options. These are usually the first methods we use to reduce foot pain and inflammation and many patients find the relief they need through these measures alone:

  • Take time to rest. While this doesn’t mean you have to be on bed rest, try to limit any activities or exercises that could place too much pressure on your feet. Talk to your foot doctor in Northridge about other physical activities that you could do that won’t exacerbate your condition.
  • Take over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen, which can reduce both discomfort and inflammation. If you prefer to avoid medications as much as possible, then you can also ice your foot several times a day for up to 20 minutes at a time. Icing your foot can also go a long way to reduce swelling.
  • Opt for shoes that only provide the best support and shock absorption. Talk to your Northridge, CA podiatrist about whether arch support or custom-made orthotics could help.
  • Put on supportive shoes once you get up in the morning. Wearing only socks or going barefoot can make heel pain worse.
  • Perform certain exercises multiple times a day that stretch the calf and toes. We would be happy to tell you which exercises will help to strengthen your muscles and possibly prevent problems in the future.
  • We may also recommend wearing a night splint while asleep or wearing a cast during the day, which can help the foot heal while also making it possible for you to continue with your daily activities.

Other Options for Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Sometimes physical therapy will also be recommended, particularly to stretch out and strengthen the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, two main sources of heel pain.

If conservative treatment options don’t treat symptoms after several weeks then corticosteroid injections may be the next step to alleviate your pain temporarily until the inflamed ligaments heal. For those dealing with heel pain for up to a year without experiencing relief, the next step may be surgery. Surgery is only advised for those with severe and stubborn cases of plantar fasciitis.

Don’t let heel pain get the better of you. Turn to your Northridge, CA foot doctor Dr. Neuman for the care your feet deserve.

By Thomas Neuman, D.P.M.
September 11, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Surgery  

Discover the telltale signs that it’s time you opted for foot surgery in Lancaster.

While most foot problems aren’t more than a temporary nuisance, there are still many Americans who deal with chronic conditions and Foot and Ankle Surgerysymptoms. If you are one of them then you’ve probably tried just about every treatment imaginable to manage your symptoms. The main goal of your Lancaster podiatrist, Dr. Thomas Neuman is to find the best and easiest ways to treat you condition. Find out what problems will most likely constitute needing foot surgery.

No treatment seems to help

It doesn’t matter what condition you are currently dealing with (whether congenital or acquired); if you aren’t experiencing relief from any of the non-surgical treatments your Lancaster podiatrist has offered, then we may need to take a step back and weigh the pros and cons of surgery.

You have a torn or ruptured tendon

While minor issues like sprains and small tears will heal on their own with time, a serious tear or rupture will not. When a tendon ruptures or tears it no longer connects the muscle to the bone, which causes the foot and ankle to not work properly. When this happens, the best course of action is usually surgery to repair the tendon.

You have a foot deformity

Foot deformities like bunions can not only cause you serious pain, but can also affect your everyday activities. When even walking and performing regular tasks has you grabbing your foot in pain, then it’s time to consider seeing your Lancaster foot doctor about surgery. Bunions and other deformities won’t go away on their own. While there are other more conservative ways to treat the symptoms the only way to truly eliminate your condition is with surgery.

You’ve been diagnosed with arthritis

One study found that over 85 percent of those with rheumatoid arthritis have painful feet and ankles at some point in their lives. Arthritis is a chronic, painful illness that can be challenging to treat. If you haven’t found relief from other treatment options then foot surgery may be the next best treatment. Those with rigid deformity, arthritis of the joint or subtalar joint instability can greatly benefit from surgery.

Is a foot problem affecting your daily life? Then put a stop to it once and for all when you turn to Thomas Neuman, D.P.M. Call us today to schedule an appointment.





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