Podiatry Blog

Posts for: August, 2021

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 30, 2021
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Cavus Foot  
High Arches in ChildrenWhen babies are born they are born with flat feet. Typically the arches of the feet don’t develop until children are 3-4 years old; however, sometimes the arches of the feet develop higher than they should, which can cause the feet to flex. This is known as cavus foot and this problem typically occurs within the first 10 years of a child’s life. Since this condition can impact mobility you must see a podiatrist if this is something you think your child might be dealing with.

The Problem with Cavus Foot

Cavus foot needs to be addressed right away by a podiatrist, as this condition can lead to a variety of issues for your child. Cavus foot is more likely to lead to imbalances within the feet, which in turn can also impact the function of the ankle, legs, hips, and even lower back. Children and teens with cavus foot may be more likely to deal with aches, pains, and strains within the feet, ankles, legs, and hips. This condition can also lead to metatarsalgia, Achilles tendonitis, and chronic ankle sprains.

Causes of Cavus Foot

In many cases, a muscle or nerve disorder that impacts how the muscles function causes cavus foot. This leads to imbalances that cause the distinctive high arches of this condition. Of course, other conditions such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida can also increase the chances of developing cavus foot.

Treating Cavus Foot

You must be watching your little ones as they start to walk to see if you notice any differences in how they move. Catching these issues early offers your child the best chance at improved mobility and less risk for developing foot problems later on. Your podiatrist may work together with a neurologist to pinpoint whether a nerve disorder could be the underlying cause.

Once your foot specialist determines the root cause of your child’s cavus foot then they can map out a customized treatment plan. Milder cases may benefit from more conservative treatment options such as custom orthotics and arch supports; however, surgery is often necessary to correct this problem.

Any issues with mobility, particularly in children, should be addressed and assessed as quickly as possible. Turn to a podiatrist that also specializes in providing pediatric podiatry to children and teens, as they will be able to provide the most thorough treatment plan for your little one.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 18, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Morton’s Neuroma  
Mortons NeuromaAre you experiencing a sharp, burning pain between your toes that gets worse when walking or standing? Do you notice tingling or numbness in the toes, or pain and swelling on the soles of the feet? If so, you could be dealing with a condition known as Morton’s neuroma that causes thickening of the nerves between the toes. If you suspect that you might have Morton’s neuroma, a podiatrist will be the ideal doctor to turn to for treatment.

Are neuromas dangerous?

It’s important not to confuse a neuroma with Morton’s neuroma. A neuroma is a benign growth that develops on the nerves; however, Morton’s neuroma is not a growth; it’s simply inflammation and swelling of the tissue around the nerves that lie between the toes (often between the third and fourth toes).

What causes Morton’s neuroma?

Any kind of intense pressure or compression placed on these toes can lead to inflammation of the tissue around the nerves. Some people are more at risk for developing Morton’s neuroma. Risk factors include:
  • Playing certain sports such as running or tennis, which puts pressure on the balls of the feet
  • Wearing high heels with a heel that’s more than 2 inches tall
  • Wearing narrow shoes or shoes with pointed toes
  • Certain foot conditions such as bunions or hammertoes
  • Flat feet or high arches (or other congenital foot problems)
What are the signs of Morton’s neuroma?

Since this condition involves inflamed tissue, you won’t notice a growth or bump in the area; however, you may simply experience pain that is gradual and minor at first and is alleviated by not wearing shoes. Symptoms often get worse with time and result in:
  • Swelling between the toes
  • A sharp burning pain between the toes that gets worse with activity
  • Tingling or numbness in the foot
  • Feeling like there is a pebble or stone in your shoe (often at the balls of the feet)
  • Pain that’s intensified by standing on your tiptoes or wearing high heels or pointed-toe shoes
How is this foot problem treated?

Most people can alleviate their symptoms through simple lifestyle modifications including:
  • Icing
  • Rest
  • Massaging your feet
  • Shoe pads
  • Custom shoe inserts (that a podiatrist can craft just for you)
  • Supportive footwear that offers shock-absorption
  • Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Steroid injections
  • Local anesthetic injections
Any persistent or severe foot pain or swelling, along with numbness or tingling, should be addressed right away by a podiatrist. There are many conditions, some serious, that can cause a lot of these same symptoms and a podiatrist will be able to provide an immediate and accurate diagnosis for your symptoms.

By Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists
August 03, 2021
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Custom Orthotics   Orthotics  

Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists is here for all your foot care needs. Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons fit patients with custom orthotics in Bellefontaine, OH, and Springfield, OH, to help align the bones in your foot and relieve pain while you walk. Keep reading about custom orthotics and come see us to be fit with your own!

What are custom orthotics?

Custom orthotics are devices made from a mold of your foot and worn in the shoes, either for extra support or protection for the foot. They vary in size and shape depending on the foot condition they are for but fall under three main types.

Rigid orthotics are made from a firm material and designed to control the motion of your two major foot joints. Semi-rigid orthotics are made of layers of soft material reinforced with rigid material, and these are used to promote proper balance as you move around. Soft orthotics are made of soft material that is used to cushion the feet, absorb shock, and improve balance for the patient.

When you get custom orthotics in Bellefontaine, OH, or Springfield, OH, they are made from a mold after a podiatrist takes a cast or image of your foot. You will be fitted with orthotics designed to control the movement of the bones in your foot and accommodate any biomechanical foot issue you have.

How can custom orthotics help?

Orthotics can be prescribed to help treat all kinds of foot ailments, or correct how you stand, walk, or run. Custom orthotics are often recommended for patients with:

  • Foot pain
  • Flat feet
  • Diabetes
  • Bunions
  • Bursitis or arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Neuropathy

Patients with any of these conditions can benefit from custom orthotics for their shoes. Custom orthotics should increase your comfort level, improve balance, and reduce any pain in your feet.

Complete Foot & Ankle Specialists offers custom orthotics for patients in the Bellefontaine, Springfield, and London, OH area. Dr. Eric Anderson, Dr. Richard Jennings, and Dr. Melitta Simmons prescribe custom orthotics to relieve pain and treat your feet! Contact us for an appointment in Bellefontaine at (937) 599-3668 and in Springfield at (937) 322-3346.