Bunions can be painful and debilitating, making your shoes uncomfortable and sometimes making it difficult to walk. If you suffer from bunions, you should seek medical advice from a podiatrist. Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter are board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham in Needham, MA. They provide diagnosis and treatment of all aspects of podiatry as well as foot and ankle surgery.
What Are Bunions?
A bunion is a hard swelling that forms on the lower joint of the big toe, causing the appendage to press against its neighbor. Bunions can be caused by ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, and stress on the feet. Signs and symptoms of bunions include:
- An inflamed lump at the base of one or both big toes
- Difficulty moving the affected toe
- Swelling and redness around the lower joint of the affected toe
- Pain that comes and goes or persistent pain
- Callouses or corns where the big toe rubs against the next toe
How to Avoid Bunions
Bunions can be avoided if you take care of your feet throughout your life. Bunions develop slowly so it’s a good idea to pay attention to the shape of your feet, so that you can spot the early signs of bunions and talk to a podiatrist.
To prevent bunions, avoid high heels or shoes with narrow, pointed toes. Always wear shoes that are comfortable and don’t put pressure on your feet. Also, performing simple exercises, such as picking up a small object with your toes, can help to strengthen them.
If you suffer from bunions or any other foot condition and you live in the Needham area, call Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at (781) 444-4044 to make an appointment.
Bunions may feel like a sore bump on the side of your foot makes standing and walking a chore. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, your foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter, will take care of that bunion, improving your foot function, appearance, and comfort.
Just what is a bunion?
Hallux valgus is an acquired foot deformity involving the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the big toe. While women and people who carry too much body weight typically develop bunions, most anyone can--even adolescents, reports the American Academy of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Much depends on heredity and on the type of shoes people wear. Narrow, high-heeled shoes exert a lot of pressure on that joint, forcing the big toe toward the second and even the third toe.
Symptoms associated with bunions
Symptoms vary, but here are some common ones:
- Intermittent pain or tenderness
- Burning and numbness
- Friction and redness
- Swollen appearance
- Difficulties with walking and running
- Corns and calluses at the point of friction with the shoe
- Poor range of motion in the toe
Also, your foot doctors see accompanying hammertoes, bursitis, and metatarsalgia as they see numerous patients with bunions in their Needham, MA, office.
After a visual inspection and X-ray imaging of your foot, your podiatrist can diagnose your bunion definitely. Then, Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter can customize a treatment plan for your particular needs. Care may include:
- Over the counter medications for pain (ibuprofen, for example)
- Strapping and padding to re-align and cushion the toe and side of the foot
- Customized orthotics to correct gait problems
- In-office corn and callus removal
- Wearing shoes which are roomy in the toe box
Bunionectomy is surgical removal of the bony bump on the side of foot. The big toe itself is then re-aligned to the proper position.
It will only get worse
The vast majority of bunions worsen over time. So, if you suspect you are developing one of these foot deformities, don't wait. See Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham today. You'll like their compassionate and effective care, and how much better your foot feels after treatment. Call us for an appointment: we have office hours Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Phone (781) 444-4044.
Toenail fungus may seem like a small issue, however, they can often lead to infection and other issues if left untreated. Read on to learn if your fungus issue requires a visit to our Needham, MA, foot doctors, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter.
When should I see a podiatrist for care?
While over-the-counter fungal cream is available at your local drugstore, not everyone finds these treatment options to be effective. For instance, if the fungus has infected the nail bed, medicinal cream won’t able to penetrate the nail to reach all of the infected areas. If you find that nothing has changed after a few weeks of treatment, then it’s time to see a foot doctor at our Needham, MA, office.
The first course of action may be a prescription antifungal medication. Instead of applying this medication topically, we will prescribe an oral medication, which will work systemically to kill the infection. However, treating a fungal infection isn’t always a quick process, as it will still take a few months for the nail to grow out clear even once the infection is gone.
Should I get laser treatment for my toenail fungus?
If you are dealing with a recurring or stubborn fungal infection that isn’t responding to either at-home care or prescription oral medication, then it’s time to consider laser therapy. After all, one session of laser treatment may be all you need to clear the infection!
A painless and non-invasive procedure, this treatment entails that our podiatrist directs a laser over the affected nail, where it will heat up and destroy the fungus while leaving healthy areas of the toe unaffected.
Are you dealing with a recurring or persistent toenail fungal infection in Needham, MA? If so, turn to the foot doctors here at Advanced Podiatry of Needham by dialing (781) 444-4044.
How your podiatrists in Needham, MA, can help with heel pain
Heel pain isn’t just annoying—it can also temporarily disable you and prevent you from enjoying your life. If you are suffering from heel pain, chances are that you are wondering what is causing it and what you can do to treat it. Fortunately, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham offer heel pain treatments to get you on your feet again!
Possible heel pain causes
Heel pain can be caused by wearing unsupportive, narrow shoes. When you carry extra weight or are pregnant, it also puts more stress on your feet which can lead to increased heel pain. You may also be genetically predisposed to heel pain because of flat feet. Diabetes and certain other medical conditions can also lead to this common foot condition.
One of the most common reasons for heel pain is a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Involving the thick band of tissue running across your heel is known as the plantar fascia, plantar fasciitis occurs when this body part becomes inflamed. While the above-listed factors can certainly contribute to plantar fasciitis, you are also at risk if you walk or stand on hard surfaces for extended lengths of time.
Heel pain treatment options
If you are suffering from heel pain, you can try:
- Icing your heel several times each day
- Elevating your feet to take the weight off of them
- Taking anti-inflammatory or pain medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol
For stubborn cases of heel pain, seek out the help of your podiatrist. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham your podiatrist may recommend:
- Night splints, inserts, or orthotics
- Stretching and physical therapy
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Radial Pulse Shockwave Therapy (RSWT)
Give us a call!
Don’t suffer from heel pain—let your podiatrists help by calling Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter at Advanced Podiatry of Needham. Dial (781) 444-4044 today to set up an appointment!
Help is available if you are struggling with ingrown toenails. Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort, pain, and even lead to infection. A podiatrist can examine your nails and recommend possible treatment options. At Advanced Podiatry of Needham, Dr. Michael Mitry and Dr. Christopher Karter are your Needham, MA, podiatrists for the treatment of ingrown toenails.
Causes of Ingrown Toenails
Ingrown toenails can affect any of the nails on the feet, but tend to be most common on the nails of the big toes. The primary cause of an ingrown toenail is the sides of the nail growing too closely to the skin. This causes the nail to press against the skin, which often results in painful swelling and redness. Factors that can cause toenails to grow too closely to the skin include toe or foot injuries, fungal infections, wearing tight fitting socks or shoes, trimming the nails with rounded edges rather than straight across, and heredity.
Prevention and Treatment
It is possible to prevent toenails from growing too closely to the skin and becoming ingrown. One important way to prevent ingrown toenails is to trim the nails straight across rather than rounding the edges. Rounded edges are more likely to end up growing too close to the skin. Another method for preventing ingrown toenails is wearing socks and shoes that fit somewhat loosely on the foot as tight fitting socks and footwear can be too constricting. Finally, keeping the toes and feet clean and infection-free can help prevent ingrown toenails.
Fortunately, there are methods for treating ingrown toenails if they do develop. Your Needham, MA, podiatrists at Advanced Podiatry of Needham can recommend an appropriate treatment method for you if you are struggling with ingrown toenails. Methods for treatment ingrown toenails include:
- Wearing loose-fitting footwear
- Soaking the feet in warm water
- Medications for pain relief
- Antibiotics to treat any infections
- Surgical removal of the toenail
If you are struggling with ingrown toenails, a podiatrist can help. Several options are available for treating ingrown toenails and a podiatrist can provide suggestions for preventing additional problems with ingrown toenails in the future. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mitry or Dr. Karter, podiatrists in Needham, MA, contact Advanced Podiatry of Needham at (781) 444-4044.
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