If you're one of the people suffering from bunions, Dr. John Cheesebro of Affiliated Foot and Ankle in Plymouth, MN, can offer you some advice.
What is a bunion?
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe, also known as the metatarsophalangeal joint, becoming larger, then you may be forming a bunion. The protrusion of the bunions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.
Here are some things bunions can have an effect on:
- Walking can be an obstacle. The bunion constantly rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness and eventually pain.
- The enlargement moves the toe at an angle where it starts bending in towards the rest of the toes.
- The bunion can also cause the toe to overlap the third toe, which is something referred to as Hallux Valgus.
- If the bunion moves towards the second toe and starts to rotate, this is called Hallus Abducto Valgus.
The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, and corns and calluses
How can you deal with bunions?
- Make sure to wear shoes that have extra padding. The felt material in the padding creates a protective cushion that reduces friction. This will help reduce the amount of friction and inflammation to your skin.
- Removing corns and calluses, if they've formed any, can help alleviate some of the issues experienced due to bunions.
- Your Plymouth doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position.
- To improve and maintain healthy joint mobility and reduce stiffness, your podiatrist may prescribe exercises.
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with your Plymouth, MN, podiatrist, just call (763) 383-8808.
Could that pain in your ankle be caused by a sprain? Podiatrist Dr. John Cheesebro of Affiliated Foot & Ankle in Plymouth, MN, discusses ankle sprains and shares signs of the injury.
What causes ankle sprains?
Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments in your ankle stretch or tear. Ligaments attach two bones together in a joint. The sprains are particularly common in people who participate in sports that involve running or jumping, but can also happen even if you aren't an athlete. For example, your foot may twist or roll under your ankle if you unexpectedly encounter an uneven section of a sidewalk. You may be at increased risk of developing a sprain if you have an imbalance in the muscles or bones of your feet.
What are common ankle sprain signs and symptoms?
Ankle sprains have several noticeable symptoms. The moment your injury occurs, you may experience a jolt of pain. The pain may eventually decrease in intensity, although it will probably worsen when you attempt to walk or stand. Pain can be constant or intermittent.
Soon after your injury, your ankle may begin to swell. Swelling can occur almost instantly in some cases, but may not happen for many hours in others. As your ankle swells, stiffness may increase. Bruising is also common if you've sprained your ankle.
You may have actually heard your ligaments tear when you hurt your ankle. A popping sound at the time of your injury can be a sign of a sprain.
You may be unable to walk or put any weight on your ankle if your ligaments have torn completely. If walking is impossible, call our Plymouth office as soon as possible. Both fractures and severe strains may affect your ability to walk.
How do foot doctors treat ankle sprains?
If your sprain is mild, wrapping your ankle with a compression bandage, applying ice and staying off your feet as much as possible for a few days may help you heal. More severe sprains may require a visit to our office. Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may benefit from a walking boot, crutches or physical therapy to improve the strength of the muscles in your ankle. Surgery may be needed if you've developed an instability in your ankle joint.
We can help you get back on your feet again after an ankle injury. Call Podiatrist Dr. John Cheesebro of Affiliated Foot & Ankle in Plymouth, MN, at (763) 383-8808 to schedule an appointment.
What your podiatrist in Plymouth, wants you to know
If you look down at your toe and it has become dark and swollen, there is a good chance you have an ingrown toenail. An ingrown toenail happens when your toenail curves under and begins to grow into the toe skin around it. There are ways to prevent and care for an ingrown toenail and Dr. John Cheesebro at Affiliated Foot and Ankle in Plymouth, MN, wants to share these with you.
There are some common signs and symptoms of an ingrown toenail that you can look out for including:
- A pounding pressure and pain in your toe
- Skin that is dark, red, swollen or looks bruised
- Pus draining from around your toenail
You may be at greater risk for an ingrown toenail if you:
- Have toenails that curve under
- Wear shoes that are too narrow with not enough toe room
- Wear shoes that put pressure against your toenails
- Cut your toenails too short and round the edges
- Have toe fungus or other toe issues
- Have bad foot structure
If you follow a few simple steps, you can do a lot to prevent a painful ingrown toenail. Remember to:
- Wear shoes with a wide toe space to accommodate your toes comfortably
- Cut your toenails straight across and not too short
- Inspect and wash your feet daily and apply antifungal cream if you are prone to toe fungus
If you think you have an ingrown toenail, you can try these home therapies to help:
- Soak your toe in warm water several times during the day
- Thread dental floss under your toenail to try and separate it from the skin
- Apply over-the-counter antibiotic cream to your toe and bandage it
- Wear sandals or open-toe shoes to help your toe heal
If you have a severely painful ingrown toenail that doesn’t respond to home treatments, it’s time to see your podiatrist at Affiliated Foot and Ankle. Professional treatments include shaving the toenail to decrease pressure, elevating and separating the toenail from your skin, or removing the toenail to help a new, healthy toenail grow.
You don’t have to live with the pain and inconvenience of an ingrown toenail when help is just a phone call away. For more information about ingrown toenails and other foot and ankle treatments, call Dr. Cheesebro at Affiliated Foot and Ankle in Plymouth, MN, today!
Ouch! If stepping out of bed in the morning causes you to experience a dull ache or stabbing pain in your heels, you need to make an appointment with your Plymouth, MN, podiatrist. At Affiliated Foot and Ankle, Dr. John Cheesebro sees many patients who are experiencing heel pain. He explains the common causes and treatments for heel pain here.
Why do I have heel pain?
Two conditions stand out as the primary causes of heel pain: Achilles tendinitis and plantar fasciitis. Both are associated with the inflammation of bands of connective tissue within the foot's structure. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the ball of the foot to the heel. This ligament can experience problems attributed to long periods of standing or a sudden increase in exercise. Many patients with plantar fasciitis-related heel pain describe it as a bruised or aching feeling, especially when standing after long periods of rest. Achilles tendinitis is another overuse injury of the Achilles tendon, which is located at the back of the heel. This pain is often described as a burning sensation or stiffness. Severe pain could indicate a tearing or rupture of the tendon.
How is heel pain treated?
To diagnose your heel pain, your Plymouth podiatrist starts with careful evaluation, both of your foot and of your medical history. This can help determine where the heel pain originated and how to treat it most effectively. For many patients, rest, analgesic medication and specialized shoe inserts can help restore function to the affected area, cutting back or eliminating heel pain. For some, physical therapy may be necessary. A few cases will not respond to conservative methods of treatment and surgery may be required for relief.
These are only two causes of heel pain; yours may be caused by something else, including arthritis or a fracture. If you've been dealing with heel pain, your Plymouth, MN, podiatrist, Dr. John Cheesebro, is here to help. Contact Affiliated Foot and Ankle to make an appointment today!
If you have ever seen a baby’s foot up close, you may have noticed that it is flat. Everyone is born with flat feet and develops arches as they grow. However, some people never develop these arches, or suffer from fallen arches later in life, resulting in a condition known as flat feet. Learn more about flat feet with Dr. John Cheesebro at Affiliated Foot and Ankle in Plymouth, MN.
What are flat feet?
Flat feet occur when the arch of the foot fails to develop or falls due to everyday wear and tear later on in life. This condition happens due to the tendons in the foot which form its arch malfunctioning and not coming together correctly. Those who are obese, older, diabetic or pregnant are more susceptible to flat feet.
What are the pitfalls of having flat feet?
Flat feet normally do not cause discomfort, but can eventually cause foot pain, tired feet, swelling and leg and back pain. The arches of the feet act as a kind of shock absorber as we walk, cushioning feet from the body’s weight. If the arch does not exist, the shock from the body’s weight goes to the lower back, causing back problems.
Do I have flat feet?
If you are unsure whether or not you suffer from flat feet, there is a simple test you can do at home in just a few minutes. Wet the feet and walk onto a solid surface which will show the contrast between the water and the surface, such as concrete. If you see the outline of the entire foot, including the inner portion where the arch should be, you have flat feet.
Flat Feet Treatments in Plymouth, MN
While most cases of flat feet do not require treatment, if you experience pain in the foot, back or legs in addition to having this condition, you should see your podiatrist for an examination. Physical therapy, stretches, pain-relieving medications and icing the foot may help relieve your symptoms. Additionally, your doctor may prescribe customized orthotics worn inside the shoe or corticosteroid injections. Very severe cases may require a surgical procedure.
For more information on flat feet, please contact Dr. Cheesebro at Affiliated Foot and Ankle in Plymouth, MN. Call (763) 383-8808 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Cheesebro today!
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