Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Achilles tendon injuries can happen to anyone, but certain factors can increase the likelihood. Changes in training schedules or intensity, such as adding more miles to a running routine or incorporating explosive exercises can strain the Achilles tendon. Sudden switching of playing surfaces or footwear can also contribute to Achilles tendon injury risk. Tight or weak calf muscles, excessive pronation, or the rolling inward of the foot, and chronic ankle instability can place additional stress on the tendon. Regularly wearing high heels can shorten the Achilles tendon, making it more susceptible to injury. Excessive training, particularly running on hills, exposes the tendon to repeated micro-traumas. Increasing age reduces blood supply to tendons, making them more prone to injury. People with high-arched feet and certain types of arthritis are at a higher risk of developing Achilles tendinopathy. If you have suffered an Achilles tendon injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and expert treatment.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Judson Siegel, DPM of Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common infection affecting the nails. It is caused by fungi, such as dermatophytes, which thrive in warm, moist environments. Symptoms include thickened, discolored nails that may become brittle or crumbly. The infection often starts as a white or yellow spot under the nail and can spread, leading to nail distortion and possible separation from the nail bed. Causes include frequent exposure to damp conditions, such as sweaty shoes or communal showers. Risk factors include older age, a history of athlete's foot, weakened immune systems, and poor circulation. Preventative measures include keeping feet dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment solutions, which often include prescribed medication.

For more information about treatment, contact Judson Siegel, DPM of Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Apophysitis and osteochondrosis are common causes of pain in growing bones, often affecting children and teenagers. Apophysitis happens when growth plates, the areas where bones grow, become irritated from overuse or stress, sometimes affecting the feet. Osteochondrosis occurs when the bone underneath a joint's cartilage does not get enough blood, leading to pain and inflammation. These conditions usually occur during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, and tendons are rapidly changing. Activities like running, jumping, or participating in sporting activities can put extra stress on these growing areas. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, and tenderness near the affected bone or joint. The pain might worsen with activity and improve with rest. Treatment involves resting the affected area. Stretching and strengthening exercises, guided by a podiatrist, can also help. If your child is suffering from any kind of foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and appropriate treatment.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Pregnancy often comes with side effects like swollen feet, or edema. This common issue is the result of your body retaining more fluid and the growing uterus putting pressure on your veins. To manage swollen feet and ankles, start by reducing sodium intake and increasing potassium with foods like bananas, potatoes, and spinach. Drinking plenty of water may seem counterintuitive, but staying hydrated helps your body release excess fluids. Elevating your feet, especially at the end of the day, can also help to reduce swelling. Gentle exercises, like walking and swimming, help boost circulation, while wearing loose, comfortable clothing avoids restricting blood flow. Consider wearing waist-high compression stockings if you spend a lot of time on your feet. A relaxing foot and leg massage can work wonders for reducing fluid buildup. Additionally, staying cool and avoiding prolonged standing can significantly reduce swelling. If edema persists or becomes severe, it's suggested that you seek medical help from a podiatrist who can evaluate the problem, and suggest further treatment as needed.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Judson Siegel, DPM from Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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