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Kick your foot ailments to the curb

Ignoring your foot problems can eventually lead to greater overall health problems. Dr. Steven Meinhold can identify and fix them before they lead to more serious issues.

 

 

Common foot problems

Bunions
A bunion is an enlargement of the joint in the first toe, which causes the bones in the joint to become misaligned. Genetics and improper footwear are both factors in the development of bunions. Once this condition starts, it tends to worsen over time. If left untreated, the big toe will begin to point inward and a bulge will develop on the side of the foot, resulting in pain and disfiguration.

Bunions can also lead to calluses, ingrown toenails, hammertoes and improper walking biomechanics. You do not have to suffer the pain and embarrassment of unsightly bunions. Even simple treatments, such as special shoes, custom orthotics (arch supports) and padding may help relieve the discomfort of bunions.

If surgery is necessary, an x-ray and exam can determine if you are a candidate for a state-of-the-art procedure. The procedure corrects bunions with minimal invasion and recovery time. Dr. Meinhold is among the few doctors that perform this innovative procedure which minimizes discomfort and recovery time. Many patients are back at work in only a few days and most insurance plans cover the procedure.

Heel Pain
Heel pain is one of the most common but painful problems seen in a podiatrist's office. It is usually due to excessive pulling on a major supportive ligament in the heel called the plantar fascia.

The symptoms are most often described as pain and stiffness in the heel with the first step in the morning. The pain may improve after a few minutes but usually returns as the day progresses or after sitting for an extended period of time. The condition is known as plantar fasciitis, but is also referred to as heel spur syndrome, stone bruise or heel bruise.

As we age, the plantar fascia can loose its elasticity. It can start to pull at the heel and cause inflammation around the nerve and bursa (a fluid filled sac). The pain comes from the irritable nerve and bursa by the Plantar Fascia strain. Over time a heel spur may develop due to constant tugging of the Plantar Fascia on the heel bone.

Corns & Calluses
Corns and calluses are your body's response to friction or pressure against the skin. If your corns or calluses are mild, reducing the friction may help. Different shoes, moleskin or soft pads may be all the treatment you need. In more severe cases, wearing orthotics or visiting Dr. Meinhold for routine trimming may be necessary.

Hammertoes
Dr. Meinhold can treat hammer toe. In mild cases, a shoe change may correct the problem or prevent the condition from worsening. Sometimes the toes are straightened for a period of time using a splint. In more severe cases; surgery may be required. If the joint is flexible, surgery may involve severing a tight tendon to allow the toe to relax. If the joint is rigid, a piece of bone may be removed, or in severe cases, the joint may be fused, so the toe is straightened. Most surgeries are out-patient and in many cases, you will be able to stand on the foot before leaving.

Nail Problems
There are many nail conditions that can be treated by Dr. Meinhold from ingrown nails to fungal infection. Some of these conditions can be treated conservatively with medication or routine care while others require partial or total removal of the nail. Any discoloration or infection on or around the toenails should be evaluated.

Morton's Neuroma
is an enlarged benign growth of nerve tissue between the toe bones. It is caused when the bones press together and irritate a nerve. The symptoms usually start slowly and gradually get worse. These symptoms can be a sharp, burning pain, tingling or numbness or a feeling that you have something in your shoe or your sock is wrinkled. Treatments range from conservative to surgical, Dr. Meinhold can evaluate the condition and discuss options that suit you.

Other Foot Ailments
There are many other conditions of the feet Dr. Meinhold can treat. If you have foot pain, numbness, discoloration, are diabetic or have any concerns with your feet, contact our office for an appointment!

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If you're experiencing any of these foot problems, call today or visit 11334 Elm Street.

402-315-3338

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