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Monday, 15 April 2019 00:00

If your middle toe is bent in a downward position, you may have a condition that is known as hammertoe. The shape of the toe may resemble a hammer, and wearing shoes may be uncomfortable. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition include corns or calluses that form on top of the toe and pain that is felt when the toe is straightened. Hammertoe may develop as a result of wearing shoes that do not have adequate room in the toe area, causing the toes to be in a cramped position for the majority of the day. Medical conditions such as arthritis or diabetes may be responsible for the formation of hammertoes, in addition to genetic factors. If you believe that you have a hammertoe, schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. 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 Pembroke Pines, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 08 April 2019 00:00

Foot or ankle pain in children should not be ignored or attributed to minor growing pains. When a child has pain that lasts more than a few days, it should be investigated further. Two conditions that are common in children are pediatric flatfoot and Sever’s disease. Flatfoot usually goes unnoticed because it doesn’t cause any serious issues. Although in some cases, children might have trouble participating in sports or appear to have an abnormal gait. If either of these signs becomes apparent, then flat feet might be to blame. Sever’s disease is a condition that only affects children. It is caused by inflammation of the growth plate. The growth plate is not fully protected in children’s feet, because the heel bone has not fully developed. This condition will become worse when the heel experiences repetitive pressure, so sports can be triggering for Sever’s disease. If you think your child may be suffering from any foot or ankle pain, consult with your podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari of VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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Monday, 01 April 2019 00:00

Patients who are overweight may notice they may have chronic foot pain. This may be a result of additional weight the feet must carry, and it may prevent some patients from performing exercises that are typically required to reduce excess weight. Obese patients may feel pain in their ankles, in addition to noticing a difference in their walking pattern. Research has shown it may be helpful to wear socks that are padded, and this may aid in reducing skin injuries on the feet. Obesity may be linked to diabetes and checking your feet daily for cuts or bruises may be beneficial for the overall health of the feet. If you are overweight and are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is advised to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper foot care.

Obesity has become very problematic at this point in time and can have extremely negative effects on the feet. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Obesity and Your Feet

Since your feet are what support your entire weight when standing, any additional weight can result in pain and swelling. Being overweight is one of the main contributors to foot complications.

Problems & Complications

Extra Weight – Even putting on just a few extra pounds could create serious complications for your feet. As your weight increases, your balance and body will shift, creating new stresses on your feet. This uneven weight distribution can cause pain, even while doing the simplest tasks, such as walking.

Diabetes – People who are overweight are at serious risk of developing type-2 diabetes, which has a drastic impact on the health of your feet. As you get older, your diabetes might worsen, which could lead to loss of feeling in your feet, sores, and bruises. You could also become more prone to various infections.

Plantar fasciitis – Pressure and stress that is placed on muscles, joints, and tendons can trigger plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of tissue that forms along the bottom of the foot. 

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

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Monday, 25 March 2019 00:00

Patients who are afflicted with gout are often aware of the intense pain and discomfort it may cause. It is considered to be a form of arthritis, and the pain is caused by severe swelling in the joints of the big toe. It may develop as a result of elevated uric acid levels in the bloodstream, and the types of foods that are eaten may play a significant role in developing gout. Some of these foods may include red meats and shellfish, in addition to excess alcohol and drinks that are high in fructose. Additionally, there may be specific medications that may help to cause gout, including diuretics and low-dose aspirin. Research has shown that obesity may be linked to gout attacks, and it may be helpful to implement healthy dietary changes. If you are suffering from gout, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can customize a treatment program that is correct for you.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Nooshin Zolfaghari from VIP Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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

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