Posts for: January, 2018
Cavus foot is a condition in which the foot has a very high arch. Because of this high arch, an excessive amount of weight is placed on the ball and heel of the foot. This condition can lead to a variety of symptoms such as instability of the foot, calluses on the ball and heel of the foot, hammertoes, pain in the ball of the foot, pain in the bottom of the heel, and Achilles pain. Cavus foot can be caused by an inherited abnormality or medical condition such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, polio, muscular dystrophy, or stroke.
Callous trimming may alleviate the pain, custom orthotic devices may be beneficial by providing stability to the foot, or surgery may be needed if Achilles pain begins to limit your everyday activities.
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Bunions, also called hallux valgus, are bony bumps on the side of the big toe. They are caused by the hallux (the big toe) leaning towards the second toe instead of pointing straight ahead. This leaning throws the bones out of alignment and produces the bunion’s “bump”. It is a progressive disorder with symptoms usually appearing at later stages – although some people never experience the symptoms!
Athlete’s foot, also called tinea pedis, is a skin disease caused by a fungus, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks the feet because shoes create a warm, dark, and humid environment which encourages fungus growth. Not all fungus conditions are athlete’s foot; other conditions that may mimic athlete’s foot include eczema and psoriasis.
The warmth and dampness of areas around swimming pools, showers, and locker rooms are also breeding grounds for fungi. Because the infection was common among athletes who used these facilities frequently, the term “athlete’s foot” became popular.
Signs of athlete’s foot include: dry skin, itching, burning, scaling, inflammation, and blisters. It may occur acutely or chronically, and it may spread to the soles of the feet and to the toenails with more severe cases taking on a moccasin-type infection – covering the toes, soles, and sides of the feet. Oral and topical antifungal medications are commonly used to treat tinea pedis. If you are presenting with some of these symptoms, Dr. Mendoza will be able to determine if a fungus is the cause of the problem and develop the best treatment plan for you.
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