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May 09, 2017
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You use your feet every day: getting to and from work, doing errands or chores, and essentially doing every other activity that isn't sleeping or sitting. It's a big deal when you have significant foot pain. Understanding the primary causes of foot pain, as well as ways to treat and prevent foot pain, is the best thing you can do to maximize your quality of life.

The following information will help you better understand the causes of foot pain, how to prevent it and how to treat it once it occurs:

Frequent causes of foot pain

The foot is one of the most complicated parts of your body, and about a quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet. This means there are numerous factors that could cause foot pain. Some of the most common include:

Bone spurs - These growths can occur on any of the bones in your feet or ankles. They can cause significant discomfort and pain if left untreated.

Corns and calluses – Overdevelopment of skin at pressure points that leads to pain on the bottom of the feet. Usually they are not a problem, but sometimes they build up pressure that leads to pain on the bottom of feet.

Warts, ingrown toenails and fungus - Due to the dark, cramped, moist and poorly ventilated conditions that feet are usually in most of the day, developing any of these conditions is unsurprising and common.

Tendinitis - Inflammation in the foot or ankle can lead to significant discomfort and pain. With dozens of tendons in your feet, the chances of one of them becoming inflamed at some point is somewhat high.

Broken bones - If you've broken a bone, you probably know it. Broken bones are extremely painful and require immediate medical assistance.

Typical treatments for foot pain

Foot pain is treated in various ways, depending on the type and severity of the condition. Bone spurs, corns, calluses, warts, fungus and ingrown toenails can be treated by removing them from the foot, oftentimes requiring local anesthesia. The problem is actually treated, versus simply being masked or covered up. However, the downside is it can be painful and lead to temporarily restricted movement, and individuals susceptible to these conditions are likely to get them again.

Conditions like tendinitis typically require a combination of strapping, physical therapy and medication.

Preventative measures for foot pain

Significantly reduce the risk of foot pain by taking preventative measures. These include keeping feet clean and moisturized, wearing socks and clean shoes, and regularly looking at your feet for cuts, sores and cracks. Stretches are another great way to minimize the risk of inflammation-related problems.

To learn more about treating and preventing foot pain, simply contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman.


Sources:

  • http://www.healthcommunities.com/foot-anatomy/foot-anatomy-overview.shtml
  • http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/where-it-hurts/foot-heel-and-toe-pain/foot-heel-and-toe-care/prevent-foot-problems.php
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April 07, 2017
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Almost a quarter of the body's bones are located in the feet, along with dozens of joints and hundreds of muscles, ligaments and tendons. A little foot and heel pain and discomfort is normal from time to time, but you should consult with a podiatrist for symptoms like ongoing pain or signs of an infection.

Common Foot Problems and Treatment Options

Bunions (hallux valgus) - A bunion is a bony protrusion on the side of the foot at the base of the big toe, which results from pressure, inflammation or a deformity of the metatarsophalangeal joint. They tend to be more common in women, but anyone can develop a bunion. The causes vary from foot anatomy (people with flat feet or low arches are more susceptible) to wearing tight, narrow shoes for long periods of time.

Conservative treatments like padding and splinting, medication and switching to supportive shoes are the most common. Surgery to realign the bones and repair damaged connective tissue may be prescribed in rare cases if conservative treatments don't work and your mobility is affected.

Corns and calluses - Corns and calluses are caused by skin that becomes thick and hardened from repeated friction from shoes (calluses) or pressure on the skin from a piece of bone (corns). Soaking and removing the hardened skin with a pumice at home is the most common treatment. People with diabetes should always seek treatment from a foot and ankle specialist to avoid complications. Wearing comfortable, well-fitting shoes helps to prevent corns and calluses.

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs - Strain or inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament is the most common source of heel pain. Heel spurs are caused by calcium deposits and often occur with plantar fasciitis. Most cases can be treated conservatively with stretching and physical therapy, supportive devices, rest or medication.

Claw toes and mallet toes are deformities in a joint that cause the toe to protrude or bend. Mallet toes are caused by the joint closest to the toenail, while a claw (hammer) toe is caused by an injury to the middle joint. Supportive shoes and orthotics for proper alignment are most common treatments. Surgery is reserved for severe cases.

Ingrown toenails (onychocryptosis) - Results when the corner of the toenail digs into the flesh, causing pain, redness and possible infection. They can usually be treated at home with self-care or removed by a podiatrist.

Find a Podiatrist in Blue Springs or Overland Park

If you are experiencing persistent pain or other symptoms of a foot or ankle injury, contact us by calling 913-381-5515 in Overland Park, or 816-228-9393 in Blue Springs to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fleishman today.

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March 30, 2017
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One condition that might not be on your mind until you experience it is fungal nails. Unfortunately, once you get fungus in this area, it can be hard to get rid of the problem, so preventing it is key. Dr. Sheldon Fleishman, foot doctor in Kansas City, MO, offers these tips on how you can prevent fungus and keep your nails healthy.

1. Keep Your Nails Dry

The first thing to know is that fungus tends to gravitate toward warm, dark, wet places, so keeping your nails dry is the best defense against fungus. Anytime you wear gloves on your hands or shoes on your feet, make sure they're breathable. If they get wet, take them off and dry your nails as soon as possible.

2. Be Careful When You Clip Your Nails

It's important that you cut your nails straight across. This way you're not giving fungus an easy opening to get to the nail bed underneath. This is also why you should avoid chewing your fingernails.

3. Don't Go Barefoot

Avoid walking barefoot in public areas that are known for causing nail fungus. These include public swimming pools, bathrooms and locker rooms. Make sure you bring some sandals or flip flops to wear in these public places.

4. Get the Right Shoes

Make sure your shoes fit you correctly. If they're touching your nails, they're too small. And be sure to have more than one pair of shoes so you can alternate if one pair gets wet.

5. Keep Your Nails Clean

One of the best ways to avoid fungus on your toenails is to wash your feet every day. You should also keep any place your feet touch clean and disinfected, including your shoes, socks and your shower.

6. Choose Nail Salons Wisely

Some people end up with nail fungus after getting a manicure or pedicure from a dirty salon that does not use safe and clean procedures. Make sure the salon you choose uses fresh, clean tools for every customer and has up-to-date health inspection documents.

If you end up with nail fungus despite these tips, you can buy over-the-counter treatments at most drugstores in Kansas City, MO. If these don't work for you, though, your next line of defense is a visit to Dr. Sheldon Fleishman, a Kansas City podiatrist who cares. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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February 23, 2017
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Dr Sheldon Fleishman Podiatrist Blue Springs, MO Your feet and HeartDid you know that certain foot and leg problems can be early signs of an underlying medical problem?  Diabetes, arterial diseases, and heart disease are just a few serious health conditions that our feet can warn us about and take precaution to seek medical attention. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death among Americans, and more specifically is the #1 killer of women.  Since February is American Heart Month, let’s take a look at a few ways your feet may indicate you need to check your heart.

Lack of Hair on Toes and Feet

Many people would jump at the chance to permanently get rid of the hair on their feet, but if you experience foot hair loss without shaving or Nair, it could be a sign of peripheral artery disease (PAD). This condition occurs when plaque builds up in your leg arteries and decreases circulation. Your toes could also turn purple due to this medical condition.

Cold or Pale Feet

If you experience cold or pale feet, especially when occurring in only one foot, this could be another sign of PAD. The lack of blood flow to the affected limb can make it difficult for your feet to stay warm. Since PAD can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and amputations, this is certainly not a "wait and see" type of symptom.

Red Streaks Visible Under Toenails

Red streaks under the toenails could be what is known as splinter hemorrhages. Small blood clots under your nails cause these visible red lines, and this could indicate that you have a heart infection. If you recognize these small lines and haven't recently sustained an injury to the toes that could explain the burst capillaries, you should seek out medical attention. If left untreated, this infection can lead to heart failure.

Foot Swelling

Swollen feet can be caused by anything from being pregnant to traveling long distances in confined spaces. Unfortunately, it could also be a symptom of heart failure. The presence of this symptom means something is causing your heart to not pump blood as it's supposed to. Around 5 million Americans suffer from congestive heart failure, so don't fall for the inaccurate assumption that this is a rare condition you wouldn't typically encounter.

If you or someone you know experiences any of the above foot problems, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation. Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Office Locations:

Blue Springs, MO (816)-228-9393

Overland Park, KS (913)-381-5515

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January 30, 2017
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Ingrown toenails are often described as being painful and annoying.  A common condition that can occur when the toenail grows penetrating the skin or the surrounding skin grows over the edges of the toenail. As the nail continues to grow into the skin there's likely to be some swelling, redness, and pain.

People may develop an ingrown toenail for many different reasons, but the good thing is they can be prevented. If you have an ingrown toenail it’s important that you wash your feet regularly and wear clean socks to help prevent infection.  Whether you have experience with ingrown toenails or not, it’s good to know they can be prevented. Here are few ways you can prevent and care for an ingrown toenail.

4 Prevent and Care Tips for Ingrown Toenails

 

1. Wear the Right Footwear

Repeated pressure on the toes is one cause of ingrown toenails. Avoid such pressure by wearing shoes and socks that give your toes plenty of room. Sandals and shoes made of soft fabrics with a wide toe are ideal.

2. Avoid Trauma to Feet

Activities that cause you to repeatedly stub, jam or stand on your toes can lead to nail trauma. Running, soccer and ballet in particular place a great deal of stress on toenails, causing them to become ingrown.

3. Trim Your Toenails Straight Across

Cut your toenails straight across and not too short. Leave the toenails a little longer at the corners. This helps the nail grow over the skin. If you have diabetes or peripheral artery disease, consider getting help cutting your toenails.

4. Reduce Inflammation

Find ways to treat swollen toes that correspond with the reason that the toe is swelling. Many different types of issues can cause a toe to swell and lead to an ingrown toenail. If your toe is swelling because you have injured it, elevate it and apply an ice compress. If your toe is swelling because of your diet, consult your doctor about eating foods that are low in sodium.

For more information on how to prevent ingrown toenails or receive treatment, contact Dr. Sheldon Fleishman for a consultation. Call to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Office Locations:

Blue Springs, MO (816)-228-9393

Overland Park, KS (913) 381-5515





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