Posts for category: Foot and Ankle Injury
Dr. Edward Orman has experience dealing with bunions, which is why he provides his Baltimore patients with state-of-the-art care at his Perry Hall and Fallston, MD, offices.
More About Bunions
If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may have a bunion. The protrusion of the bunions can be very painful and cause other issues. The medical term for bunion is hallux abductovalgus or HAV deformity.
Effect of Bunions on Feet:
The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, arthritis, corns, and calluses.
Some other issues include:
- Walking can be an obstacle because it rubs against your shoes causing friction, pressure, redness, and, eventually, pain.
- as the big toe moves towards the 2nd toe, it can cause a hammertoe and the 2nd toe may eventually overlap the big toe. What is called a crossover toe.
Causes of Bunions
There are several reasons people end up forming a bunion. Here are a few:
- Flat feet
- Foot injuries
- Genetic issues
- Neuromuscular problems
- Faulty foot structure
Your Baltimore podiatrist can help relieve your bunion pain using several techniques and methods:
- Providing you with protective padding, usually felt material, to eliminate friction and alleviate inflammation of skin and shoes
- Removing any developed corns and calluses
- Prescribing orthotic devices help support joints and position the foot to help you walk more easily.
- Teaching you special exercises that help prevent stiffness or arthritis
- Providing splints at night to align your toe and joint
- Recommending shoes designed to accommodate bunions.
- Performing a bunionectomy, which is a surgical procedure
Bunions are painful to deal with. If you live in the Baltimore area and have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your podiatrist Dr. Edward Orman, at Honeygo Podiatry servicing the Baltimore Metro area. If surgical correction is desired, Dr. Orman is the first physician in the Baltimore Metro area performing a state of the art procedure called Lapiplasty. Which corrects the deformity in 3 planes to limit the risk of recurrence.
Any fracture to the foot or ankle should be taken seriously, but a Lisfranc fracture is particularly concerning for podiatrists. Because the fracture happens at the center of the foot where there are many connections, without prompt treatment this problem can significantly reduce your ability to walk or participate in athletic activities. The worse the fracture gets, the harder it is to treat. Learn more about Lisfranc fractures to see if this might be the foot problem you're experiencing.
What Is a Lisfranc Fracture?
When the bones at the center of the foot become fractured, broken or shift out of place it is called a Lisfranc injury. The ligaments that hold the bones together and cartilage at joints can also tear. This can happen when a heavy object falls on the foot, the patient has a bad fall or the foot twists unnaturally. Athletes, like soccer and football players, may be at risk for Lisfranc fractures.
Why It’s a Concern
A Lisfranc fracture is a major concern for podiatrists because if it is allowed to go untreated for an extended period of time it can lead to a disability of the foot. It often causes the bottom of the foot to swell, bruise and become darkly discolored (a telltale sign of a Lisfranc fracture). It can also be a very painful condition that is difficult to ignore.
Lisfranc Fracture Treatments
Your foot doctor will take X-rays to confirm that you have a Lisfranc injury. If so, conservative treatments may be implemented first, including wearing a removable cast or an orthotic device that will train your bones and joints into a position for healing. In a severe case where there’s a clear fracture or severe subluxation of the bones, you may have to have foot surgery. Two common surgical solutions are fusion (healing the bones together) and internal fixation (involves the use of screws and other devices to repair the foot).
Talk to a Podiatrist
The earlier you seek treatment for a Lisfranc fracture, the better for your long-term foot health. Your podiatrist will discuss your options and come up with an ideal plan for fixing the problem. Call a foot doctor today to schedule an exam and get an official diagnosis.