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By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
April 18, 2018
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A plantar fibroma is a benign nodule that grows on the bottom of the foot that usually appears in adults.  It is typically slow growing and measures less than an inch in size. More invasive, rapid-growing and multiplanar fibromas are considered plantar fibromatosis. Both are benign tumors made up of cells found in ligaments called fibrocytes. Fibromas can also occur in the palmar fascia of the hands – often called trigger finger.

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Symptoms consist of a painful mass on the bottom of the foot, roughly in the middle of the arch. The mass may be painful with pressure or shoe wear.  The cause is unknown but is thought to have a genetic component. Trauma to the foot does not seem to be a factor. Plantar fibromas reside in the deep fascia of the foot between the skin and the first (superficial) layers of muscle. Asymptomatic fibromas may be left untreated, whereas painful fibromas may be treated with an off-loading insole, anti-inflammatory injection, or surgical excision as a last resort.

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By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
April 11, 2018
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As opposed to the tibialis posterior tendon that runs inside the ankle, there are two peroneal tendons that run side-by-side behind the outer ankle bone. The peroneal brevis tendon attaches to the outer part of the fifth metatarsal at the middle of the foot, and the peroneal longus tendon runs under the foot and attaches near the inside of the arch. The main function of the peroneal tendons is to stabilize the foot and ankle and protect them from sprains.

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Peroneal tendon injuries most commonly occur in individuals who participate in sports that involve repetitive ankle motion, and those with higher arches. Tendonitis and tendonosis (degenerative tears) are usually due to overuse, whereas acute tears can be caused by a traumatic event. Subluxation is when one or both tendons have slipped out of their normal position. It can be due to a variation in the shape of the bone or muscle that a person is born with, or it occurs following a trauma (such as an ankle sprain). Damage or injury to the tissues that stabilize the tendons (retinaculum) can lead to chronic tendon subluxation. As in all peroneal tendon injuries, symptoms of a subluxating tendon include: pain, swelling, warmth, and weakness or instability of the ankle. What sets subluxation apart from other peroneal injuries is a snapping feeling of the tendon around the ankle bone. Early treatment of a subluxation is critical, since a tendon that continues to sublux is more likely to tear or rupture.

Radiographs or an MRI may be needed to fully evaluate the ankle. Treatment options depend on the type of peroneal tendon injury that Dr. Mendoza diagnoses: immobilization, anti-inflammatories, RICE, bracing, and surgery to repair the tendon or tendons are all options.

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By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
March 28, 2018
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Have you been experiencing pain, numbness, or tingling in the ball of your foot? Have you had the feeling that your sock is bunched up inside your shoe? Or have you even felt a clicking towards your toes?  You may have a Morton’s Neuroma.

A Morton’s Neuroma is the thickening of the nerve between the third and fourth metatarsals.  It is caused by compression (such as wearing shoes with a tapered toe box) and irritation of the nerve.  This causes the nerve to swell and become irritated.  People with certain foot deformities, such as bunions and hammertoes, are at a higher risk for developing neuromas due to the pressure at the ball of the foot.

Icing, anti-inflammatories, and steroid injections are commonly used to avoid surgically removing the enlarged nerve when possible.  Dr. Mendoza will work with you to develop the best treatment option for your neuroma. Click here or call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment today!

By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
March 21, 2018
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Each foot has five metatarsal bones extending to your toes – they are the long bones in the middle of the foot. There are two main types of fractures that can occur: stress and acute. A stress fracture is a repetitive or an overuse injury. Acute fractures are caused by a sudden injury, like getting stomped on or kicked. Due to its location, the most common bone to fracture suddenly is the fifth metatarsal on the outside of the foot.

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You will usually experience pain and tenderness around the area of the fracture.  There may also be some bruising and swelling – it may be difficult to put weight on the affected foot and movement of your foot may be limited. Immobilization, rest, ice, and anti-inflammatories can help with the pain and swelling.

Dr. Mendoza will analyze your x-rays to see if your mid-foot pain is caused by a metatarsal fracture. Click here or call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment today!

By contactus@nashvillepodiatry.com
March 14, 2018
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An ingrown toenail happens when the outer edge of the toenail digs into the skin as it grows, usually occurring in the big toes. It can be extremely painful, red, swollen, and even start oozing. Ingrown toenails can be caused by improperly trimmed nails, heredity, crowding of toes, or even repeated trauma from everyday activities like running and playing basketball.

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If you are diabetic or have poor circulation, call our office right away.  These conditions can hinder your body’s ability to heal itself, and the problem needs to be corrected before your toe becomes infected.

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