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Monday, 25 January 2021 00:00

Achilles tendon ruptures happen when the tendon on the back of the ankle is torn. They primarily occur during activities such as tennis and basketball, which involve pushing off of the ground or sprinting. While the Achilles tendon can tear and may be injured at any age, it most commonly occurs in patients who are in their 30s and 40s. Those who have poor flexibility, an inactive lifestyle, or who only occasionally work out are also at risk for ruptures. Ruptures are often indicated by sudden pain, a sense of being kicked in the back of the leg, a “popping” feeling, and weakness in the heel. Patients who have ruptured their Achilles tendon should consult with a podiatrist for treatment options. Surgery may be necessary to fix the tendon, but time, a cast, and physical therapy may also be used as treatment. 

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact John Baker, DPM of John Baker, DPM. 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 office located in Spring Hill and Homosassa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 18 January 2021 00:00

A Morton’s neuroma is usually indicated by symptoms that target a pinched nerve between the third and fourth toes. The pain from this ailment is located in the ball of the foot, and it may cause difficulty in walking. Morton’s neuroma may develop due to wearing shoes that do not have enough room for the toes to move freely in or medical conditions consisting of flat feet or high arches. Many people choose to have an MRI performed, which can effectively diagnose Morton’s neuroma. Mild relief may be found when flat shoes are worn that can provide adequate room, and many styles have the cushioning that is needed to help accomplish daily activities. If you have pain in this part of your foot, please consult with a podiatrist who can treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact John Baker, DPM of John Baker, DPM. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Our office located in Spring Hill and Homosassa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 11 January 2021 00:00

A common sign of a broken toe is noticeable bruising, which usually coincides with pain and discomfort. Additionally, if the fracture is severe, the bone may protrude from the skin. A broken toe may be the result of trauma, such as a heavy object falling on it or stubbing it against a piece of furniture. After a diagnosis is determined, which generally consists of having an X-ray taken and the affected toe examined, proper treatment can begin. A common method for healing a broken toe is referred to as buddy taping. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. This is an effective method for providing the necessary stability as the healing process occurs. If the break is severe or broken in multiple spots, surgery may be necessary for proper healing. If you think your toe may be broken or you would like more information about various treatment options, please speak with a podiatrist today.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact John Baker, DPM from John Baker, DPM. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Our office located in Spring Hill and Homosassa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 January 2021 00:00

The inside of the foot refers to the inner edge of the foot, along the side of the big toe. Pain in this area can be indicative of various foot conditions. Pain on the inside of the foot near the big toe may be caused by a bunion, a bony growth located at the base of the big toe joint. Pain along the inside arch of the foot may be due to a strain of the abductor hallucis muscle, which can be caused by a walking pattern in which the foot rolls inward too much. Pain in the middle of the foot could be due to a stress fracture of the navicular bone. If you are experiencing pain on the inside of your foot, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat your condition. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with John Baker, DPM from John Baker, DPM. 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 office located in Spring Hill and Homosassa, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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