NYC Podiatrist Discuss the Most Common Foot Problems

Posted by on Friday, November 16th, 2018

The majority of Americans suffer from some type of foot pain, ranging from blisters to ulcers. Most problems are easily treated by podiatrists through conservative measures, but there are some troubles only corrected through surgery. No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems: debilitating bunions, hammertoes, and neuromas.

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No one wants to undergo an operation, but quality of life can be so much better for people with three of the most common foot problems. [Image Source: Unsplash user Julie Johnson]

Morton’s Neuroma Surgery Alternatives; NYC Podiatrist Discuss Options

Posted by on Friday, October 12th, 2018

For Morton’s Neuroma sufferers, the pain feels like “a knife twisting in the ball of the foot.” This compression and aggravation of the nerve rarely goes away on its own without seeking some sort of care. Most patients wouldn’t think twice about having surgery if it promised to stop the agony. From a podiatrist’s standpoint, though, there are risks involved with major surgery. Modern procedures have high success rates and the potential for patients to be completely pain-free after recovery. However, there is still a chance that nerve damage could result, causing tingling or permanent numbness in portions of the foot. Sometimes the original pain resurfaces years later. Surgery carries the risk of infection or delayed wound healing, so it’s prudent to explore Morton’s Neuroma surgery alternatives first.

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Nerve pain in the ball of the foot can be agonizing if left untreated, but 80% of patients do not need Morton’s Neuroma surgery. [Image Source: AAOS.org]

Regenerative Medicine Offers Alternative for Neuroma Pain Treatment

Posted by on Friday, September 14th, 2018

Neuromas of the foot are caused by chronic inflammation and thickening of the nerve in the ball of the foot, characterized by sharp, stabbing pain around the second, third, and fourth toes. Individuals often assume this pain will simply go away on its own with rest or come into the office asking us to “cure” them. Unfortunately, neuromas are stubborn little buggers that are not so easily done away with. The good news is that most people can find neuroma pain treatment without surgery. While there’s no shortage of at-home treatments for neuromas, many patients seek professional care because they expect real, dramatic results that they’re simply not getting on their own. Regenerative medicine is one of the tools we have at The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine to bring you to wellness quickly and efficiently.

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A neuroma can become a chronic problem. Find out how regenerative medicine is helping patients avoid surgery. [Image Source: Shutterstock]

Best Home Treatments For Foot Neuromas

Posted by on Monday, October 16th, 2017

Neuromas of the foot, also called Morton’s neuroma, are caused by chronic inflammation and the thickening of the nerve in the ball of the foot. The main symptoms are sharp, stabbing pain just under the second, third, and fourth toes. Morton’s neuroma will not go away on its own, and it is not “curable.” As painful as neuromas may be, the good news is that only two in 10 patients will need surgery to manage the symptoms. In fact, you can often manage the pain caused by this condition by following a simple home treatment for foot neuromas.

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In most cases, Morton’s neuroma can be treated at home. Image Source: Flickr user Esther Max.

5 New Guidelines From The AOFAS, The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society

Posted by on Monday, August 17th, 2015

The latest series of guidelines to come down the pipeline from the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society urge caution and restraint in treating a number of conditions.1http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf Podiatrists may be too quick to offer prescriptions or therapies, telling patients what they want to hear — rather than judiciously recommending treatments based on symptoms and trying the most conservative options first. While this may be frustrating to patients — especially ones who have recently switched foot doctors — sometimes less is best in this industry. Here’s what the society recently had to say about everything from bunions and flat feet to plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuromas.

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The AOFAS now recommends placing weight on the foot during x-rays. | Image source: Flickr CC user ElizaIO

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1. http://www.aofas.org/medical-community/health-policy/Documents/Choosing_Wisely_FINAL_9.5.14.pdf

Pain in the Ball of the Foot? Could Be Morton’s Neuroma.

Posted by on Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Some people say Morton’s neuroma feels like they are walking on a marble lodged in the ball of the foot. They say that sharp pain radiates from the ball of the foot out to the third and fourth toes, similar to the sensation of hitting the elbow’s funny bone. Often times, Mortons neuroma causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot and a stinging or numbness in the toes. This is one of the conditions we treat at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.