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By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
March 05, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain  

Foot pain. Where did it come from all of a sudden, and why won't it go away? Your Sparks, NV, podiatrists, Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. foot painBruce Ford, understand your discomfort, and they can help. Often called metatarsalgia, this persistent shooting pain on the ball of the foot requires accurate diagnosis and well-thought-out care. At the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada, you'll receive premiere podiatric services that soothe those painful feet and help you get on with life.

What is metatarsalgia?

According to the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine, metatarsalgia is a cluster of symptoms affecting the ball of the foot at the metatarsal heads of the second, third and fourth toes. The metatarsal bones are the foot bones which extend from the heel to the base of the toes.

The symptoms of this metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, sudden pain
  • Inability to flex the toes, or pain on flexing
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Inflammation and swelling
  • Compensatory gait problems (the patient walks differently to avoid pain)

Metatarsalgia often feels as though the individual is stepping on small stones while walking barefoot. Unfortunately, the condition is persistent and usually develops because the foot is trying to avoid something that is chronically uncomfortable.

Causes range from obesity, poorly fitting shoes, the presence of bunions or arthritis, high arches, stress fractures (from running or other sports), and common toe deformities such as hammer or claw toes.

Treatments

Your podiatrists in Sparks see numerous patients who suffer from metatarsalgia. Each receives a complete podiatric examination, gait analysis, and X-ray imaging. The doctors key in the individual's symptoms, trying to understand what causes the shooting pain, where it's located, when it starts, and what may relieve it.

Most often, Dr. Doxey and Dr. Ford use conservative treatments to relieve the discomforts of metatarsalgia. Although both podiatrists are highly qualified foot surgeons, surgery is not necessarily the path to pain relief and recovery of function. Conservative measures usually suffice, and they may include:

  • Losing weight to relieve excess pressure on the ball of the foot and to avoid compensatory gait patterns
  • Changing shoes to something more supportive and with ample room in the toes
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shoe padding under the ball of the foot
  • Custom-made shoe orthotics to relieve pressure and correct how the person walks
  • Rest, ice, and elevation
  • Exercises aimed at increasing strength, flexibility, and function

With very severe cases of bunions, hammertoes or claw toes, surgical correction of the deformities may help alleviate metatarsalgia.

Get moving

If your feet hurt, you can get relief. Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada for a consultation with Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford in Sparks, NV. Expertise and kindness are hallmarks of their practice. Call (775) 331-1919.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
August 17, 2017
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain  

You have foot pain in Sparks, NV, that just doesn't seem to go away. When you walk or when you stand for long periods of time, the ball of foot painyour foot aches. Dr. Douglas Doxey and Dr. L. Bruce Ford of the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada often see people that feel very uncomfortable with a chronic and easily treated condition called metatarsalgia. With their experience, expertise, and advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford can tell you what's going on in your feet and how to manage or eliminate it.

Where are the metatarsal bones?

There are five of them, and they extend from the heel of your foot to your toes. When the tops of these bones become inflamed due to repeated stress (playing tennis, for instance), arthritic changes or just wearing shoes that are too narrow and tight, metatarsalgia results.

Frequently, the discomfort of metatarsalgia centers on the metatarsal heads (the tops of the bones) near the second, third and fourth toe combined. Also common is foot pain which originates in the ball of the foot at the first, or big, toe. Location and description of symptoms help your podiatrist make an accurate diagnosis.

What can you do?

Treatment of foot pain associated with the metatarsal bones may be easier to treat that you may think. Dr. Doxey or Dr. Ford may key in on how much you stand on your feet during the day, what sporting activities you engage in and what kind of shoes you typically wear. Frankly, just resting, elevating and even icing your feet after use (or overuse) helps reduce the swelling associated with this kind of foot pain.

Another simple intervention paying attention to your shoes. If you are a woman, are you wearing narrow-toed shoes? Are you frequently in high heels? If so, consider wearing shoes with a wider toe box so your feet are not so cramped.

Also, the American Podiatric Medical Association recommends wearing shoes with heels no higher than two inches. The lower the heel is and the more supportive the shoe is, the better your feet will feel. Furthermore, change your shoes often, and purchase new ones when current pairs are showing wear.

Finally, your podiatrist may recommend custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts, to keep the pressure off your metatarsal bones. Soft padding may accomplish the same thing, but it's important to engage the help of your foot doctor to understand what will work best.

Get on your feet!

Don't let foot pain stop you from having an active lifestyle. Contact the Foot & Ankle Institute of Nevada to find out what's wrong and correct it. Call the office in Sparks, NV, today for your personal consultation: (775) 331-1919.

By The Ford Center for Foot Surgery
December 23, 2016
Category: Podiatry

According to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, nearly 20 percent of all Americans have at least one major foot problem each plantar fasciitisyear. Symptoms of foot problems include pain, discomfort, deformity and problems walking or standing for extended periods of time. One common condition that podiatrists treat that may include all of these symptoms is called plantar fasciitis—it causes intense heel pain. Learn more about plantar fasciitis and how it can be treated at the Foot & Ankle Institute Of Nevada in Sparks, NV.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis, sometimes called “heel spur syndrome,” is a foot problem that causes pain along the bottom of the foot and leading up to the heel. The plantar fascia tissue connects the toes to the heel bone and can become irritated, stretched and inflamed. Patients who have flat feet are most likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis because they don't have a healthy arch. Lack of an arch puts a strain on the ligaments of the feet.

Treating this Foot Condition
Your Sparks podiatrist can treat your plantar fasciitis in a few different ways. The best treatment depends on the severity of the condition:

  • anti-inflammatory medication
  • ice therapy
  • foot exercises and regular physical therapy
  • orthotics to support and promote arches in the feet
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

Foot Care Tips
There are ways that you can stop foot conditions like plantar fasciitis from developing in the first place. Here are a few important tips:

  • Avoid wearing cheap and flimsy shoes, like flip flops—especially when walking long distances.
  • If you're an athlete or work at a job that requires you to be on your feet a lot, wear orthopedic shoes or ask your podiatrist about custom orthotics.
  • Be more aware of the way that you're walking. Ensure that your feet are pointed straight forward and hitting the ground at the proper place (heel first then rolling forward onto the ball of the foot).

Help for Plantar Fasciitis Patients
A podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Institute Of Nevada in Sparks, NV can help you get relief from plantar fasciitis. Call the office today at (775) 331-1919.

By Foot & Ankle Institue of Nevada
December 22, 2014
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Pain   Heel Pain  

arch painSparks, NV—Your feet and ankles are an overlooked, but immensely important part of your body. You don’t have to break a bone to know how devastating it can be when you’re experiencing the kind of foot and ankle pain that makes it difficult just to get up and walk around. Ankle sprains, Achilles tendon disorders, and arthritis are some of the most common sources of ankle pain. Though these conditions are all common, it doesn’t mean they should be ignored. No amount of pain in the ankles is normal, so call your podiatrist if you experience any of the following symptoms or other types of ankle pain.

1. Taking a step sends a dull ache through your ankle.

This is usually indicative of an ankle sprain. Torn or stretched ligaments that connect the foot and ankle bones—otherwise known as an ankle sprain—are the leading cause of ankle pain in the world. In fact, according to one source, nearly eighty-five percent of all ankle injuries are sprains, and spraining your ankle can drastically increase your chances of re-injury in the future. Let your podiatrist aid your recovery. He/she can give you tips on how to keep your risk of re-injury as low as possible.

2. Bending your ankle is difficult.

Your feet and ankles are flexible by nature. Any discomfort you experience when bending your ankle or taking a strep shouldn’t be disregarded. It could indicate the presence of arthritis in your ankle or an Achilles tendon disorder. Make sure to contact your podiatrist if this symptom persists for more than two days in a row.

3. You experience sharp pain in the back of your ankle.

The back of your ankle is also the location of your Achilles tendon. Overuse of this tendon can often lead to tendonitis, and can be very painful if left untreated. See your podiatrist to learn about recommended therapeutic techniques, medication, or even surgery.

To learn more about foot and ankle surgery in the Sparks, NV area, call (775) 331-1919 today!