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By Dr. Orman
May 15, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Neuroma  

Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, a pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.

The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.

Neuroma Causes

While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:

  • Extremely high arches
  • Flat feet
  • Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
  • Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
  • Repeated stress placed on the foot

Treating a Neuroma

A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.

Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.

Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.

Surgery for a Neuroma

Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!

Give us a Call!

If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.

By Dr. Orman
April 25, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: hammertoes  

How your podiatrist in Baltimore, MD, can help your feet!

If you often wear shoes that cramp your toes, you are well in danger of developing a hammertoe. This condition occurs when the muscles Hammertoesand tendons in your toe lose their abilities to relax, thus causing your toe to be permanently bent and you unable to straighten it.

Luckily, your podiatrist can help if you are struggling with this condition. Read on to learn how Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD, can offer specialized treatment for your hammertoes!

 

More about hammertoes

There are a few reasons why you might develop a hammertoe, including:

  • Bunion pressure
  • A traumatic injury to your toe
  • Muscle or tendon imbalances in your feet
  • Wearing shoes without enough room for your toes
  • High arches, which can cause your feet to press forward
  • Degenerative joint conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

 

There are some simple tips you can try if you think you might be developing a hammertoe. Remember to:

  • Wear open shoes or sandals
  • Wear wider shoes so your toes have plenty of room
  • Stretch each toe with your fingers every day
  • Exercise your toes by trying to pick up items from the floor
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Place pads or cushions in your shoes to support your toes and feet

 

Sometimes, home remedies like those listed above are not enough to relieve hammertoe pain. Don’t worry! Your podiatrist can help by recommending these effective treatments:

  • Custom orthotics or footwear designed to correct a muscle/tendon imbalance
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling and pain
  • Splints and other methods to straighten and realign your toe
  • Cortisone injections to reduce swelling
  • Surgical treatment for severe cases of hammertoe

 

Need relief? Give us a call!

Having a hammertoe can make it difficult to even stand or walk without pain. Get rid of the pain of hammertoes by calling Dr. Edward Orman at Honeygo Podiatry in Baltimore, MD! For the Perry Hall office, dial (410) 529-4141, and for the Fallston office, dial (410) 877-3369

By Dr. Orman
April 17, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Heel Pain  

Have you been wondering why you have heel pain? Injuries, inflammation, and even the shoes you wear can cause your uncomfortable Heel-Painsymptoms. Your Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, podiatrist, Dr. Edward Orman, diagnoses and treats heel pain and other foot and ankle conditions at Honeygo Podiatry.

Stone Bruise

You don't have to actually step on a rock to get a stone bruise. Stepping on any hard object can cause a painful minor injury to the fat pad under your heel. A stone bruise can also occur if you work out in shoes that don't offer enough padding.

As you age, the layer of fat under your heel thins, making it more susceptible to bruising. If you experience stone bruises often or your bruise doesn't improve in a week or two, call Honeygo Podiatry for an appointment in either the Perry Hall or Fallston location. We may recommend heel cups or orthotics. for these prescription shoe inserts provide extra cushioning and support for your feet.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs due to inflammation of the tough band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. If you have the condition, you may notice that your pain is worse first thing in the morning or after you've been sitting. Plantar fasciitis pain may be mild at first but can grow more intense over several weeks or months.

You may be more likely to develop the condition if you have flat feet or high arches, spend long hours on your feet, are overweight, or don't wear supportive shoes.

Treatment options for plantar fasciitis may include anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Dr. Orman may also recommend physical therapy, a removable walking cast, night splints to stretch the fascia, or padding and strapping to cushion your foot and relieve strain.

Pain Caused By Shoes

Sometimes, eliminating heel pain is as simple as changing your shoes. If your shoes are too tight in the heels or don't provide enough cushioning, swapping them for another pair can provide relief.

Does your pain only occur when you wear high heels? Over time, frequent high heel wear can shorten your Achilles tendon, the thin tendon that runs along the back of your heel. Stretching exercises can be helpful, but in some cases, surgery to lengthen the tendon may be needed.

Are you ready to find out what's causing your heel pain? Call the Perry Hall, MD, office at (410) 529-4141 or the Fallston, MD, office at (410) 877-3369 to schedule an appointment at Honeygo Podiatry with Dr. Orman today!

By Dr. Orman
March 20, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Tags: Foot Injuries  

An unexpected fall or twist can result in an injury of the foot or ankle, such as a sprain or strain. Immediate first aid can help prevent complications, reduce pain and improve recovery.

Rest, ice, compression and elevation--commonly referred to as R.I.C.E.--is the first and best treatment for minor injuries. The following tips can aid in the early treatment of common foot and ankle injuries to help reduce swelling and control the inflammatory process during the initial phase of injury.

Rest: Whether you have a strain or a sprain, rest from any physical activity is essential to protecting your injured ligaments, tendons or muscles from further damage while your body starts the repair process.  Avoid putting weight on the injured foot or ankle as much as possible. In some cases, complete immobilization may be required.

Ice: Gently ice your foot or ankle with ice wrapped in a towel in a 20-minute-on, 40-minute-off cycle for the first few days post-injury. Ice is excellent at reducing inflammation and pain. 

Compression: Applying some type of compressive wrap or bandage to an injured area can greatly reduce the amount of initial swelling.

Elevation: Prop your foot up while lying down or sitting so that it is higher than or equal to the level of the heart.

After a few days of R.I.C.E., many acute injuries will begin to heal. If pain or swelling does not subside after a few days, or if you are unsure of the severity of your injury, make an appointment with your podiatrist. A skilled podiatrist can properly diagnose your injury and recommend the best course of treatment.

By Dr. Orman
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Issues
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  


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