Nervous About Your Neuromas?

If you’re experiencing foot pain, you may be wondering what could be causing it. Many conditions affect the feet, and one such condition is known as a neuroma. Today, Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information to relieve your anxiety.

A neuroma is a disorder of the nerves that can result in a great deal of pain. Sometimes referred to as a pinched nerve, it is actually a nerve growth or tumor many of which are benign (noncancerous).

What Are the Symptoms of a Neuroma?

The most common symptom of a neuroma is foot pain that is usually felt at the location of the neuroma, which is most often between the toes. These tumors can also cause tingling in the ball of the foot, a burning feeling, or even numbness in the foot.

Walking is often particularly painful for people who are suffering from a neuroma. At the first onset of pain, the person often assumes that they have a pebble in their shoe, as the growth can cause inflammation in the foot.

What Causes a Neuroma?

There is no one identified cause of a neuroma; however, there are some possible ones to consider. For instance, trauma to the nerve in the foot can cause inflammation and irregularities in the anatomy of the foot – such as flat feet or extra bones – can also cause a neuroma. They can also be the result of stress injuries from high-impact activities, many hours on your feet at work, or wearing poorly-fitting footwear.

Can a Neuroma Be Treated at Home?

If you suspect that you are suffering from a neuroma, you can try certain therapies at home to lessen your discomfort. Ice massages may reduce pain and swelling in the foot. Rub or massage ice on the ball of the foot and in between the toes for immediate relief.

Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can also diminish your discomfort. Orthotics can redistribute the pressure on your foot when you are walking or standing to put less pressure on the neuroma and reduce irritation and pain.

What Medical Treatments Are Available?

In addition to home remedies, a number of medical treatments can also help relieve the discomfort from a neuroma. For example, corticosteroid shots are used to decrease inflammation in the affected area and reduce pain.

There are two surgical procedures that can also provide relief from a neuroma. With the decompression technique, your podiatrist will take out the ligament that is applying pressure to the affected nerve. Another option is to remove the nerve entirely, but doctors typically leave this as a last resort because it can result in numbness that is permanent.

Now that you know these facts about neuromas, it’s time you receive the care you need to finally eliminate your foot pain. Call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists today at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation so we can work together to relieve your pain and your anxiety!

Is Your Child Experiencing Any of These Common Foot Conditions?

Similar to adults, children can suffer an assortment of problems with their feet and ankles. Many of these problems, such as flat feet, are hereditary, while problems such as heel pain are usually caused by an injury.  Today Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is sharing information regarding the three most common childhood foot ailments.

Because your child’s tendons and bones grow so rapidly, many symptoms related to foot and ankle problems can go undetected. For this reason, it is important that parents are attentive to even the most subtle symptoms. Comprehensive, routine exams of your child’s feet by a podiatrist may reveal a condition or defect and help minimalize problems later in life.

The Most Common Childhood Foot Problems

Children can face a variety of foot issues, many of which disappear as the child’s feet develop. Following are some of the most common problems:

Plantar Warts: These are common particularly during warmer months when children are more likely to be barefoot. Developing on the bottom of the feet, they are caused by a virus, most often in public areas such as locker rooms or pools.  They can be quite uncomfortable because it feels like they are walking on a small pebble or stone; however, it is also treatable and highly avoidable.

Ankle Sprains: These are quite common with active children, especially those who take part in sports. Ankle sprains occur when the ligaments that support the ankle are torn or stretched. With proper treatment, mild sprains can be healed, but severe tearing may require more extensive care. As a rule, rest, ice, compress and elevate (RICE) the child’s ankle immediately.

Ingrown Toenails: These occur when one or both side areas of the toenail start to break through and grow into the soft skin of the toe, leading to infection and painful irritation. Common causes include poorly-fitting footwear, injuries to the toe or improper nail trimming. If identified promptly, a child’s ingrown toenail can be treated with home remedies, but if the pain continues or worsens, treatment by a podiatrist will be needed to remove the infection.

If you notice that your child is constantly rubbing their feet, tripping often, limping or constantly complaining of foot pain, call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 today to schedule a consultation. Early attention and treatment are important when identifying many issues.

The Top 5 Worst Foot Habits

Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists is passionate about sharing preventative healthcare tips to help patients decrease the likelihood of foot and ankle conditions. Today, he’s sharing information regarding the five worst foot habits that can affect your foot health.

Bad Habit #1: Wearing Shoes Without Socks

Doing this can turn your feet – and even your shoes – into a breeding ground for fungus. Fungal foot infections flourish in dark, moist areas, and without the protection of socks, you could be triggering fungal foot infections. Even after your fungal infection has been treated, the fungus can still remain in your shoes. So wear socks – your feet will thank you for it.

Bad Habit #2: Wearing Flip-Flops and Heels on a Regular Basis

While wearing heels for a special event won’t hurt your feet, wearing them regularly can instigate a number of foot problems. Heels that have higher heels can damage the arches of the foot and will often cause a bunion to form, which in some cases may require surgery. Save the flip-flops for the beach and the locker room shower. They provide no support and raise the risk of heel spurs, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and ankle sprains.

Bad Habit #3: Not Replacing Running Shoes

Holding onto your favorite running shoes for too long can lead to diminished arch support during exercise, thereby elevating the odds of suffering ankle, knee and foot injuries. Many podiatrists recommend replacing your running shoes every four months or 300 miles, depending on how often you run. While this might sound expensive, it’s much more affordable than surgery.

Bad Habit #4: Not Resting Your Feet

Staying on your feet for lengthy periods can increase the risk of ankle, foot, knee, and lower back problems. In every aspect of life, it’s important to give yourself time to recover, and this is especially true for your feet. Your feet absorb a lot of the impact of everyday life, so by relieving some of the stress on your feet, you’re alleviating it across your entire spine.

Bad Habit #5: Running in Bare Feet

People who run barefoot or with barefoot running shoes should perform strength training on their feet to ensure that they are ready for the change in running style and posture. If you’ve spent years running in supportive shoes, have a history of ankle injuries, or have weak or flat arches, changing your running style suddenly could put you at a higher risk for a running injury, or worsen your current weaknesses.

If you want to learn more ways to keep your feet healthy – or are experiencing any problems with your feet or ankles – call the office of Dr. Hubert Lee of CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists at (425) 455-0936 to schedule a consultation.