Wednesday, 10 April 2024 00:00

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

Plantar fibroma is a condition where a benign lump forms within the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. This lump is made up of connective tissue and is usually located in the arch of the foot. It can cause discomfort or pain as pressure is applied to the area, especially when standing or walking. Diagnosing a plantar fibroma typically involves a physical examination from a podiatrist, or foot doctor. The podiatrist may feel the lump in the foot's arch and might confirm the diagnosis through imaging tests, such as ultrasound or MRI. These tests help to visualize the fibroma's size and exact location within the plantar fascia to ensure it is not something else. Early diagnosis and treatment are important to manage symptoms and prevent the fibroma from worsening. If you have a lump in the arch of the foot, it is suggested that you promptly schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for diagnosis. 

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. David Ungar of Personal Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Properly fitting shoes help you maintain foot health and avoid a range of foot conditions, including bunions, calluses, and plantar fasciitis. To ensure that your shoes fit correctly, start by shopping in the late afternoon or evening, as feet tend to swell throughout the day. This will help you find a size that accommodates your feet when they are at their largest. Make sure to have both feet measured, as it is common for one foot to be slightly larger than the other. Choose the size that fits the larger foot comfortably. There should be about a thumb's width of space between the end of your longest toe and the front of the shoe to allow for movement and expansion as you walk. The shoe should fit snugly around the heel and midfoot, without being too tight. This will prevent slippage that could lead to blisters or calluses. Choose shoes with a wide toe box that allows your toes to spread naturally without constriction. Also, consider the shoe's material and arch support, especially if you have specific foot conditions or needs. Podiatrists can provide suggestions for the best shoes for your feet, especially if you are suffering from particular foot conditions. It is suggested that you discuss this topic with a podiatrist to reduce the risk of developing foot problems and enhance your overall foot comfort and health.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. David Ungar from Personal Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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

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Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Flat feet, or pes planus, is a condition where the arches of the feet collapse, resulting in the entire sole of the foot being in contact with the ground. This can lead to various issues such as foot pain, arch strain, heel pain, and even knee, hip, and lower back problems due to altered biomechanics. Custom-made orthotics are often prescribed as a solution for flat feet. These orthotic devices are tailored to the individual's foot structure and biomechanics, providing support and alignment to address the underlying causes of flat feet. There are different types of orthotics available, including rigid orthotics that offer maximum support and control, semi-rigid orthotics that provide a balance between support and flexibility, and soft orthotics that offer cushioning and shock absorption. By correcting foot alignment and redistributing pressure, custom orthotics can alleviate symptoms associated with flat feet, improve foot function, and prevent or minimize the risk of further complications. If you have flat feet and they are interfering with your quality of life, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if orthotics can help provide correction and relief.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact Dr. David Ungar from Personal Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Farmington, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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