Bunions

What Is a Bunion?
Another area for the specialists in podiatric orthopedics is a treatment for a bunion - an enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe—the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint—that forms when the bone or tissue at the big toe joint moves out of place. The toe is forced to bend toward the others, causing an often painful lump of bone on the foot. Because this joint carries a lot of the body’s weight while walking, bunions can cause extreme pain if left untreated. The MTP joint itself may become stiff and sore, making even the wearing of shoes difficult or impossible. A bunion—from the Latin “bunio,” meaning enlargement—can also occur on the outside of the foot along the little toe, where it is called a “bunionette” or “tailor’s bunion.

Smelly Feet

What Is Plantar Fibromatosis?
Smelly feet can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. Fortunately, treatment options are available.  A foot doctor can provide treatment, but before making an appointment, consider the cause and prevention.

Causes
Feet can smell as they sweat and it traps inside footwear. Sweat interacts with bacteria to cause the smell. Feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body.  Footwear prevents the sweat from evaporating. The bacteria produces acid and causes odor.

A number of conditions can increase the chance for smelly feet, such as a stress, certain drugs, and hormonal changes.

Hammertoes

What is a Hammer Toe?
A hammer toe is a podiatric orthopedic condition that is a contracture, or bending, of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal interphalangeal joint. This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Any toe can be involved, but the condition usually affects the second through fifth toes, known as the lesser digits. Hammer toes are more common in females than males.

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Athlete’s Foot

What is Athletes Foot?
Could you have itchy athletes foot?  This is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes.  Shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth.  The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term "athletes foot" became popular.  Not all fungus conditions are athletes foot. Other conditions, such as disturbances of the sweat mechanism, reaction to dyes or adhesives in shoes, eczema, and psoriasis, may mimic athletes foot.

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Fungal Nails

What is a Fungal Nail Infection? 
This active infection lives deep under the nail, causing thick, flaky, brittle and sometimes discolored nails.  The fungus starts as a micro-organism which settles and multiplies.  It can lead to more serious complications for people with diabetes or conditions that weaken the body's ability to fight infections.  It may spread to other nails and will not go away on its own.  It may worsen if left untreated.  ​​

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Hammertoes

What is a Hammer Toe?
A hammer toe is a podiatric orthopedic condition that is a contracture, or bending, of the toe at the first joint of the digit, called the proximal interphalangeal joint. This bending causes the toe to appear like an upside-down V when looked at from the side. Any toe can be involved, but the condition usually affects the second through fifth toes, known as the lesser digits. Hammer toes are more common in females than males.​​

Plantar Fibromatosis  

What Is Plantar Fibromatosis?
It is a fibrotic tissue disorder or wound healing disorder, which is non-cancerous and is characterized by the presence of excess collagen or fibrotic tissue. The most common symptoms of are firm nodular masses that can be felt just under the skin on the bottom of the foot and pain when standing or walking. Unlike the related condition Peyronie's disease, plantar fibromatosis nodules are not known to resolve on their own. Studies indicate that this condition is diagnosed most often in the middle-aged and elderly population, although it can affect people of all ages. It has been found that the incidence may be as high as 25% in the middle-aged and elderly population and that the condition affects men approximately 10 times more often than women**. Caucasians of northern European descents tend to be affected more than other ethic groups

Heel Pain

The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones in the human foot, which also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. Like all bones, it is subject to outside influences that can affect its integrity and its ability to keep us on our feet. Heel pain, sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel.

Causes

Heel pain has many causes. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear (such as flimsy flip-flops); or being overweight

Tendonitis

What is Tendonitis?  

Hawaii Foot Doctor Robert LaReaux, DPM and member of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) shares this from the National Association:

Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendons are thick cords of tissue that connect muscles to bone. 

Achilles tendinitis, or an inflammation of the Achilles tendon, is one of the most common causes of foot or ankle pain. Other types of foot/ankle tendinitis include posterior tibial tendinitis and peroneal tendinitis.

Causes
Tendinitis can result from an injury or over-use. Improper stretching prior to exertion or incorrect form during physical activity can also contribute to the development of tendinitis. Some people, including those with “flat feet,” tight tendons or arthritis, are particularly prone to tendinitis.

Arthritis

Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints. A joint is the area where two bones meet such as ankles and throughout the foot. There are over 100 different types of arthritis.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage normally protects a joint, allowing it to move smoothly. Cartilage also absorbs shock when pressure is placed on the joint, such as when you walk. Without the normal amount of cartilage, the bones rub together, causing pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.

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Diabetic Neuropathy

What is the best Foot Care Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy is a condition in which the nerves of the feet, legs and/or hands do not function properly due to sustained high blood glucose levels. Common symptoms include tingling, numbness, sharp pains or burning pains to the affected parts of the body.  Diabetics are often thiamine (vitamin B1) deficient. Thiamine deficiency is a well known cause of peripheral neuropathy. Nutritional Management of Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy with Neuremedy is often highly successful in reducing the symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

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Gout 

Q:  I have gout and have heard that alcohol and some foods can aggravate the condition. Can you tell me which fruits, vegetables, meats or seafoods I should eat - or avoid? Is there any type of alcohol - wine, beer, spirits - that is better or worse for me than the others?

A:
 Because dietary management of gout is so restrictive and of limited benefit, medication is the best way to treat gout. In addition to medications that treat the inflammation and other symptoms that occur during a gout attack, medications exist that can treat the underlying metabolic condition of hyperuricemia - too much uric acid in the blood. Hyperuricemia can occur either when the body produces too much uric acid or when the body does not excrete enough uric acid. Drugs exist to treat both causes of hyperuricemia.

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