Neuropathy is a compilation of different medical conditions that includes the autonomic, motor and sensory nerves. It can cause a loss of feeling or numbness in the foot. Even though this condition sounds dangerous so far, the threat is amplified when driving since an individual with neuropathy may not be able to feel the gas and brake pedals. This can make driving very perilous since a person with this condition may not be able to brake abruptly, speed up appropriately, and may even have a delayed response. For these reasons, it is imperative that someone with this condition has a car that has hand control options so that he or she has full control.
Neuropathy can be brought about by physical trauma including accidents or sudden falls. Moreover, alcohol is also known to have a harmful effect on the nerves of the foot, which can increase the likelihood of this condition. Those with this condition can feel throbbing pain, burning, numbness, lessened coordination, and muscle fatigue.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Use of physical therapy to help with nerve pain.
- Use of medications to reduce pain.
- Electronic nerve stimulation to dull the stimulation of overactive nerves, thereby reducing pain.
- Use of casts and splints for support and reduction of pain.
- Surgical procedures to remove the offending nerve to make sure that it can no longer cause significant pain.
Neuropathy can be a dangerous condition when coupled with essential activities such as driving. Please contact us for treatment to prevent lasting consequences. Here at the Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (The South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can provide the necessary treatment to reduce the effects of your neuropathy so that your daily life can be made safer. Make an appointment with our offices by calling (855) 348-3338 and take a look at our Patient Education library for more helpful information.
Flat Feet is a foot condition that causes the foot’s arch to fall down in a manner that results in a large area of the arch coming into contact with the ground while walking. Babies appear to have flat feet because of the extra fat pads on their feet, which usually diminishes as their feet develop. It can, however, remain present for some or develop at an older age.
Factors that increase the likelihood of developing this condition include being overweight, sustaining trauma to the foot and ankle, arthritis, health conditions such as diabetes and old age. When this condition is not treated in a timely fashion, long-lasting ankle instability and posture issues can result since the feet assist with standing up straight and allowing mobility while walking or running. When flat feet develop, the body can sustain injuries from poor posture from misalignment.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Physical therapy that focuses on aligning the body by managing the way feet are used during routine movements.
- Utilizing orthotics to help support the arch. These can be custom fitted to ensure the best possible results.
- Getting plenty of rest to allow for the foot to heal from improper impact with the ground.
- Wearing the correct footwear that focuses on comfort rather than fashion. Shoes should have wide toe boxes and arch support built in. Refrain from wearing shoes that are narrow or rigid. High heels are especially troublesome due to their shape and negative impact on the foot’s position while wearing them.
This condition can cause far-reaching negative effects by negatively impacting posture. Please contact our podiatry practice now for targeted and proven treatment. Here at the Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, will provide you with the latest techniques for tackling your flat feet. Please take the time to make an appointment today by calling our office at (855) 348-3338 and check out our Patient Education section for further information about foot and ankle conditions.
Blisters can be caused for a number of reasons and are generally itchy, contained with liquid, and are painful. One such cause for blisters is dyshidrotic eczema, which is also referred to as dyshidrosis. This condition causes blisters to develop on the foot’s soles that can last up to a month. Blisters caused by dyshidrosis can be due to allergies or stress, which is a big factor in many health concerns. This condition also has a higher chance of occurring if the feet are frequently wet or are exposed to metal salts. These blisters can be large, cause significant discomfort, result in flaking of the skin on the feet, and produce cracked areas. The blisters may begin to dry after three weeks and should be treated quickly to avoid large amounts of pain.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- The use of corticosteroid creams or injections, depending on the severity of the condition, applied on the blisters.
- Use of UV light therapy to shrink the blister.
- Drainage of fluid from blisters.
- Use of antihistamines.
- Refraining from scratching the blisters as it can cause open wounds, greater pain, and lead to longer-than-average healing time.
- Minimizing water exposure.
- Refraining from using body lotions that have perfumes or scents on the blisters.
Although this condition can be treated and removed completely, it can also recur since it’s not known what causes dyshidrotic eczema. Please contact us now to learn more about this condition and what you can do to prevent it from occurring. Here at the Foot Care Specialists, PC, located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West) in Massachusetts, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, has the training and experience to provide your feet with the best available methods to control your blisters and eczema with optimal results. So, take this opportunity to make an appointment today by calling our office at (855) 348-3338 and don’t forget to review our Patient Education library for more information about foot and ankle conditions.
Fungal nail care is imperative for infections that can be difficult to treat since aggressive treatment is paramount to maintaining the best nail health possible. The type of treatment used will be dependent on the harshness of the condition and the type of fungal infection. Fungal infections of the nails can be contagious and are usually acquired from shared showers, locker rooms, or public swimming facilities since these areas have moist, warm and dark conditions that allow fungi to grow easily. Those individuals with other health conditions such as diabetes will be more susceptible to this condition.
Treatment for fungal toenails include:
- Utilizing antifungal medications to destroy an infection. These can be taken orally for quicker results.
- Use of medicated nail polish or cream for up to a year to eventually work through the nail and reach the fungus causing the infection.
- The toenail may be removed temporarily to apply the medication so as to kill the fungus at its source.
- Another form of treatment for fungal toenails is laser treatment, which is a non-invasive procedure that works in a quick manner. A laser beam is focused on the toenail and can penetrate it to reach and kill the fungus residing underneath the nail. This form of treatment can be highly successful without damaging the nail. Our podiatry office offers the latest laser treatment methods to help eliminate fungal infections and prevent them from coming back in the future.
- When the infection produces significant pain that does not subside with the use of long-term medications or laser treatment, the nail may have to be permanently removed.
Fungal nail care is an important practice that can extend the longevity of toenails and prevent unnecessary complications. Please contact Foot Care Specialists, PC to start getting the treatment your toenails require. Our podiatry practice is located in Quincy (The South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts, where our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, will use all available treatment methods to combat fungus attacking your toenails. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (855) 348-3338 and check out our Patient Education section for further information.
Sesamoiditis affects the forefoot and causes discomfort underneath the big toe joint. This condition is common with runners or ballet dancers. The sesamoids of the foot are located on the outside, near the middle of the foot and are not connected to other bones. They act as pulleys in that they provide a smooth surface for the tendons to slide on; thereby assisting tendons in communicating muscle energy, helping to bear weight, and supporting the movements of the big toe. Pain is caused by fracturing the sesamoids or by swelling in the neighboring tendons. Therefore, sesamoiditis is another type of tendinitis. Symptoms of this condition include inflammation and trouble bending or straightening the big toe.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Utilizing painkillers such as ibuprofen to manage discomfort caused by this condition.
- Getting plenty of rest to allow for the injury to heal.
- Using ice at the sole of the foot to reduce inflammation.
- Using shoes that have cushioned soles and that do not have high heels.
- Utilizing padding to cushion pressure applied to the foot.
- After this injury has occurred, the injured foot may return to its routine if done so slowly. Refrain from bearing a large amount of weight on the ball of the foot during recovery.
- Taping the big toe in a position where it is minimally bent downwards is also helpful.
- Steroid injections may be required to reduce swelling if the above referenced conservative methods are not successful in doing so.
Sesamoiditis can cause substantial aching in and around the big toe when not carefully managed. We recommend that you contact our expert podiatrists at Foot Care Specialists, PC if you are experiencing pain from this condition. Located in Quincy (South Shore, Boston, Metro West area) and Dedham (Boston, Metro West), Massachusetts, our podiatrist, Dr. Marshall L. Lukoff, can help provide you with the most efficient method of treatment tailored to your specific feet. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at (855) 348-3338 and don’t forget to look at our Patient Education library for additional helpful information about maintaining your optimal foot and ankle health.
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