Posts for: June, 2016
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.
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!
The tarsal tunnel is a narrow space that lies on the inside of the ankle next to the ankle bones. The tunnel is covered by the flexor retinaculum, a thick ligament that protects and maintains the structures contained within the tunnel (arteries, veins, tendons, and nerves). One of these structures is the posterior tibial nerve, which is the focus of tarsal tunnel syndrome. This syndrome is similar to carpal tunnel syndrome, which occurs in the wrist. Both disorders arise from a compression of a nerve in a confined space. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a compression on the posterior tibial nerve that produces symptoms (tingling, burning, numbness, or pain) anywhere along the path of the nerve.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is caused by anything that produces compression on the posterior tibial nerve, such as:
Having flat feet
An enlarged or abnormal structure within the tarsal tunnel (i.e. varicose vein, ganglion cyst, swollen tendon, or arthritic bone spur)
An ankle sprain that produces swelling near the tunnel
There are a variety of treatment options available, often used on combination, to treat tarsal tunnel syndrome: rest, ice, elevate, and compress, anti-inflammatory medications, immobilization, injection therapy, supportive shoes or custom orthotic devices to maintain the arch and limit excessive motion of the foot, and as a last resort surgery.
Call our office at 615-452-8899 or click here to schedule your appointment to have Dr. Mendoza develop the best treatment plan for your tarsal tunnel syndrome!
Do you have stubborn warts on the sole of your feet that won’t go away with any over-the-counter preparation?
Warts that appear on the sole of the foot are called plantar warts, and are caused by a virus that can invade the skin through small and sometimes invisible cuts and abrasions. The virus thrives in warm, moist environments – making infection a common occurrence in communal locker rooms and pools. If left untreated, they can grow in circumference and can spread into clusters of several warts.
Although most warts are harmless, some can be painful depending on their location. Warts on the bottom of the foot can be more difficult to treat because many topical preparations are unable to penetrate the thick skin of the foot. Dr. Mendoza can remove the warts by a simple surgical procedure that is performed in the office under local anesthesia. Don’t put up with your plantar warts any longer, schedule your appointment today by clicking here or calling our office at 615-452-8899!