Tuesday, 16 August 2022 00:00

Hallux rigidus is a condition that typically affects the joint between the first long bone of the foot and the big toe. It is called the metatarsophalangeal joint, or MTP for short. Pressure on the bones, ligaments, and tendons of the MTP joint caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes or standing for long periods of time can result in inflammation. The big toe becomes stiff and painful, making it difficult to walk with a normal gait. A faulty distribution of body weight further aggravates the joint and can lead to the destruction of the cartilage. The big toe will hurt when it is moved up and down and sometimes a bone spur will form on the end of the first metatarsal bone. Alterations to footwear, such as avoiding high heels and wearing shoes with a roomier toe box, can bring some relief, but will not stop the progression of the hallux rigidus. It is wise to treat it early for better results. If the stiffness in the big toe does not go away after a few days, please seek the guidance of a podiatrist, who may prescribe both medication and custom orthotics. In more advanced cases, surgery may be an option. 

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM of SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These 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

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 14 August 2022 00:00

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Although a podiatrist can help you maintain the health of your feet, there are many things that you can do every day to practice proper foot health. For example, people other than those with diabetes might consider incorporating a pumice stone into their foot care routine. However, it is important to know exactly how a pumice stone should and should not be used. Pumice stones can be used on the feet to target and remove dry or dead skin. Most commonly, individuals might use a pumice stone to remove dead skin on the heels and around the toes. To use a pumice stone, soak the feet in warm, soapy water for 10 to 15 minutes. Also be sure to soak the stone, as you do not want to apply a dry stone to the skin. Apply the stone to the target area, using small circular motions, gently applying a small amount of pressure. Importantly, if you apply too much pressure, you might remove too much skin. After application, rinse your skin and the pumice stone then pat your feet dry. You might even finish up the routine by applying a moisturizer to the feet. Contact a podiatrist to see if adding a pumice stone into your daily foot care routine is right for you.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 August 2022 00:00

There are many and varied causes of foot pain, including injury, overuse, or conditions that result in inflammation involving bones, ligaments, and tendons. Arthritis and neuropathy are also common causes of foot pain, as are deformities like bunions and hammertoe. A number of methods are available to combat foot pain. A warm foot bath containing Epsom salt can be soothing to sore muscles after a long day of walking or standing. But if your feet are hot, swollen, and tired, a cool foot bath may be more effective. A simple foot massage with essential oils can also help reduce pain and promote flexibility. Exercise also has been shown to counteract muscle tightness. Of course, footwear is often one of the problems frequently associated with foot pain. Make sure that your shoes fit properly, providing ample toe room and adequate cushioning. Have corns and calluses that cause you to change walking patterns looked at and removed. If you have flat feet, or other foot deformities, custom orthotics may help alleviate pain. For more information on why you have foot pain and what to do about it, please consult a podiatrist.  


 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Stephen Boykins, DPM from SoCal Podiatry, P.C.. 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 Downey and Moreno Valley, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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