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Suffering from this type of pain? You may have the foot condition known as Morton's neuroma. Morton's neuroma may develop as a result of ill-fitting footwear and existing foot deformities. We can help.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

What Is Hyperhidrosis of the Feet?

Hyperhidrosis of the feet, a condition characterized by excessive sweating, can significantly impact daily life. Primary hyperhidrosis occurs without an underlying medical condition and often affects multiple areas, including the feet. Secondary hyperhidrosis stems from medical issues like hormonal imbalances or neurological disorders and may also affect the feet. Complications of hyperhidrosis include discomfort, odor, and an increased risk of skin infections like athlete's foot. Diagnosis typically involves a medical history review and physical examination. In some cases, tests like the starch-iodine test or the gravimetric test may be used to measure sweat production. Treatment options range from conservative measures to more invasive interventions. These include topical antiperspirants, iontophoresis, or using electrical currents to reduce sweat production. Additionally, oral medications like anticholinergics, botulinum toxin injections, and in severe cases, surgical procedures such as sympathectomy may be used to control hyperhidrosis. Tailored treatment plans depend on the severity of symptoms and individual patient preferences. If you have excessive sweating of the feet, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Charles Perry, DPM of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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

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Tuesday, 19 March 2024 00:00

Corns on the Toes

Corns are hardened layers of skin that emerge on the toes as a protective response to repeated friction or pressure. They often stem from ill-fitting footwear or an underlying foot deformity, such as hammertoes. When shoes that are too loose or tight force the foot into an unnatural position, certain areas rub against the shoe with each step. Over time, this constant pressure and friction encourages the skin to thicken and form a corn as a defensive measure. Typically forming on the tops and sides of toes or between them, corns can be either hard, appearing on bony areas where the skin is thin, or soft, developing in moist areas like between the toes. While corns are essentially benign, they signal a problem with foot mechanics or footwear, and they can become painful and lead to discomfort. If you have corns on the toes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist, who can help you pinpoint the source of the problem and offer corrective treatments. 

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Charles Perry, DPM of Ohio. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 12 March 2024 00:00

Treatment of Clubfoot

Clubfoot is a congenital deformity characterized by the foot twisting downward and inward, which poses challenges to walking. Clubfoot cannot be prevented. However, it can be effectively addressed through the Ponseti method, which is a cost-effective treatment. The exact cause of clubfoot remains unknown, but in some cases, there are misconceptions that it is due to something the parent did wrong. For example, sometimes mothers are wrongly blamed for the condition, and clubfoot becomes associated with factors like undisclosed sins, curses, or physical strain. These misconceptions underscore the importance of advocacy, educating communities that clubfoot is not preventable through parental behavior. Ultimately, while the causes of clubfoot may remain unclear, its treatment options offer hope and relief for affected individuals. If your child is born with clubfoot, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to get whatever treatment is deemed necessary underway.

Congenital foot problems require immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Charles Perry, DPM of Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Congenital foot problems are deformities affecting the feet, toes, and/or ankles that children are born with. Some of these conditions have a genetic cause while others just happen. Some specific foot ailments that children may be born with include clubfeet, polydactyly/macrodactyly, and cleft foot. There are several other foot anomalies that can occur congenitally. What all of these conditions have in common is that a child may experience difficulty walking or performing everyday activities, as well as trouble finding footwear that fits their foot deformity. Some of these conditions are more serious than others. Consulting with a podiatrist as early as possible will help in properly diagnosing a child’s foot condition while getting the necessary treatment underway.

What are Causes of Congenital Foot Problem?

A congenital foot problem is one that happens to a child at birth. These conditions can be caused by a genetic predisposition, developmental or positional abnormalities during gestation, or with no known cause.

What are Symptoms of Congenital Foot Problems?

Symptoms vary by the congenital condition. Symptoms may consist of the following:

  • Clubfoot, where tendons are shortened, bones are shaped differently, and the Achilles tendon is tight, causing the foot to point in and down. It is also possible for the soles of the feet to face each other.
  • Polydactyly, which usually consists of a nubbin or small lump of tissue without a bone, a toe that is partially formed but has no joints, or an extra toe.
  • Vertical talus, where the talus bone forms in the wrong position causing other bones in the foot to line up improperly, the front of the foot to point up, and the bottom of the foot to stiffen, with no arch, and to curve out.
  • Tarsal coalition, when there is an abnormal connection of two or more bones in the foot leading to severe, rigid flatfoot.
  • Cleft foot, where there are missing toes, a V-shaped cleft, and other anatomical differences.
  • Macrodactyly, when the toes are abnormally large due to overgrowth of the underlying bone or soft tissue.

Treatment and Prevention

While there is nothing one can do to prevent congenital foot problems, raising awareness and receiving neonatal screenings are important. Early detection by taking your child to a podiatrist leads to the best outcome possible.

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

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Ankle Fractures

A fractured bone occurs when external force exceeds bone strength, resulting in pain, limited function, and potential bleeding. Bones are composed of calcium reinforced connective tissue with bone marrow producing blood cells. Bones support the body, aid movement, and shield internal organs. Fracture severity varies based on force, bone involved, age, and health. Common fractures include ankle fractures, more prevalent among older adults. Causes include accidents and conditions like osteoporosis. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and deformity. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible to ensure proper healing and regain optimal function.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Charles Perry, DPM from Ohio. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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