November 2023

Types of Hammertoe Surgery

Hammertoe is a condition where the second, third, or fourth toe bends at the joint due to muscle or ligament imbalance, often caused by factors like injury, wearing poor footwear, or arthritis. Surgery can be an option for severe cases causing pain or balance issues, but it may not be suitable for those with poor circulation, increased surgery risks, or infections. Successful treatment depends on the severity of the hammertoe. Options may include tendon transfer, joint resection, or fusion, with the latter two involving cutting tendons and ligaments to straighten the toe. Tendon transfer reroutes tendons to straighten the toe, while joint resection and fusion involve bone alterations and the use of pins or screws. If you have a hammertoe and it is causing discomfort, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss whether surgery is an option for you.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM of Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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An In Depth Look at Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, is a medical procedure aimed at correcting a bunion, a painful and often unsightly deformity that affects the base of the big toe. Bunions develop when the metatarsophalangeal joint, where the big toe connects to the foot, becomes misaligned. This misalignment causes the big toe to lean toward the smaller toes and forces the metatarsal bone to protrude, forming a bony bump on the side of the foot. Bunion surgery is considered when conservative treatments, such as changes in footwear, orthotic devices, and pain management, fail to provide relief. The surgical procedure to address bunions typically involves realigning the metatarsophalangeal joint and removing the bony prominence. Surgeons may use various techniques depending on the severity and type of the bunion. The goal of the surgery is to reduce pain, improve foot function, and correct the deformity. After the surgery, a recovery period is necessary, during which patients are advised to follow post-operative care instructions diligently. Understanding bunion surgery and its potential benefits and risks is vital when considering this procedure to address the discomfort and limitations associated with bunions. If you have a bunion, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if bunion surgery is the correct treatment choice for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM of Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Treatment of Sesamoiditis

There are two sesamoid bones located beneath the big toe which aid its movement. Problems with these sesamoid bones can vary from acute injuries such as turf toe, where the toe excessively bends due to fractures. Pain may also arise from sesamoiditis, an inflammation of the sesamoids, or from arthritis affecting the toe. Symptoms of acute sesamoid issues can manifest as intense pain and difficulty in walking, while chronic conditions may cause persistent pain under the big toe, which can be aggravated by certain shoes or activities, hinting at sesamoiditis. Diagnosis typically involves examining the patient's medical history and symptoms, supported by X-rays or more detailed scans such as an MRI or CT scan. Treatment strategies for sesamoid problems range from wearing supportive footwear and activity modifications. If these measures fail, surgery might be considered, which could include removing the sesamoid bones or repairing them. If you have foot pain of any sort, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose the problem and offer treatment options that can help you return to normal activity levels.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM of Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that results from inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing heel pain, which can sometimes radiate along the arch or sole of the foot. Some individuals may experience periodic, temporary flares of intense heel pain, while others may have persistent, chronic discomfort in their feet. This pain is often most intense in the morning or after extended rest, and it typically eases within 10 minutes of walking or stretching. However, it can worsen toward the end of the day due to prolonged standing or activities, like climbing stairs and intense exercise, which can stress the plantar fascia. Inflammation of the plantar fascia can lead to visible swelling and redness around the heel and arch of the foot. Even when not visually swollen, the affected area can feel tender and puffy when touched. Additionally, the condition can affect the Achilles tendon, leading to pain. Tightness in the plantar fascia also can cause the foot to roll inward while walking, increasing stress and tension on the Achilles tendon. If you believe you may have plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist, a medically trained foot doctor, who is able to help you manage this painful condition.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Kaveh Panahi, DPM from Acacia Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Peoria, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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