Posts for: March, 2018
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!
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!
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.
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.
Click here or call our office at 615-452-8899 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mendoza today!
A hammertoe is a contracted second, third, fourth, or fifth toe. They usually start out as mild deformities and progressively get worse over time. The abnormal bending can put pressure on the toe when wearing shoes, causing corns or calluses to form. Corns often form on top of the toe where it rubs against the shoe, and calluses may form on the bottom of the toe or the ball of the foot where your weight is transferred to.
Sometimes, hammertoes can be caused by some kind of trauma – like a previously broken toe – or they may be inherited. Because of the progressive nature of hammertoes, they never get better without some sort of intervention. Conservative treatment options include avoiding shoes that crowd the toes, wearing a buttress pad under the contracted toe, and trimming and padding the corns and calluses. Surgery may be needed to relieve the pain if the toe has become rigid. Dr. Mendoza will discuss the options and select a plan tailored to your needs.