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By Family Foot Care
July 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What is a Bunion?

A bunion is described as a bump on the side of the big toe. The bump actually reflects a change in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight. This throws the bones out of alignment, creating the bunion’s bump. Bunions are a progressive disorder and will usually get worse over time.

What causes a Bunion?

Bunions are most often caused by an inherited faulty mechanical structure of the foot. It is not the bunion itself that is inherited but certain foot types that make a person prone to developing a bunion. Wearing shoes with a narrow toe box will sometimes make the deformity get progressive worse

What are symptoms of a Bunion?

Symptoms at the site of the bunion include pain or soreness, inflammation and redness, skin irritation, a burning sensation at the bunion site and possible numbness,

What are surgical treatments for a Bunion?

The surgical techniques below may be a choice to correct a bunion deformity.

Head Chevron osteotomy:

The first metatarsal bone is cut. Its head is moved closer to the second metatarsal bone. A screw or pin can be used to hold the first metatarsal bone in position. The bony bump is also removed. To protect your foot, a surgical shoe or boot is worn for a few weeks.

Base Osteotomy:

With this procedure, a wedge of bone is removed from the first metatarsal bone, farther back than in the head chevron osteotomy. The bony bump is also removed. To heal correctly, your foot may be placed in the cast or cast boot. You may be asked not to bear weight on the surgery foot for a few weeks.

Fusion or removal of part of the joint: 

This is typically done if there is arthritis that has damaged the joint itself.


By Family Foot Care
November 02, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Arthritis  

Arthritis in the Foot

Degenerative arthritis is a condition that slowly wears away joints (the link where bones meet and move). In the beginning, you may notice that the affected joint seems stiff. It may even ache. As the joint lining (cartilage) breaks down, the bones rub against each other, causing pain and swelling. Over time, bone spurs (small pieces of rough or splinter bone) develop, and the joint's range of motion becomes limited. But the movement doesn't have to cause pain. The effects of arthritis can be reduced. 

The Big-Toe Joint

When arthritis affects your big toe, your foot hurts when it pushes off the ground. Arthritis often appears in the big-toe joint along with a bunion (a bony bump at the side of the joint) or a bone spur on top of the joint.

Other Joints

When arthritis affects the rear or midfoot joints, you feel pain when you put weight on your foot. Arthritis may affect the joint where the ankle and foot meet. It may also affect other joints nearby.

If you are experiencing foot pain due to arthritis, schedule an appointment at our office. At Family Foot Care, we will carefully examine your feet and evaluate your symptoms to better understand your condition.

By Family Foot Care
June 09, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Untagged

An ingrown toenail occurs when the nail curves sideways into the skin alongside the nail. This can cause pain, especially when wearing tight shoes. It can also lead to an infection with redness and swelling.

The side of the nail will need to be removed in order to stop the pain and release any infection present. If there is a lot of redness and swelling, then an antibotic may also be used. The redness and pain should begin to go away within 48 hours. It will take about two weeks for the exposed nail bed to become dry and all the swelling to go down.

If only the side of the nail was removed it will begin to grow back in a few months. To prevent recurrence, that side of the nail bed may be treated with a strong chemical to prevent the nail from regrowing.



By Family Foot Care
May 22, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Untagged

Degenerative joint disease (arthritis) often occurs in the joint of a big toe. This bone growth may cause pain and stiffness in the joint. Left untreated, arthritis can break down the cartilage and destroy the joint. Your treatment options depend on how damaged your joint is. There are many non-surgical treatments, but if these are not helpful, surgery may be considered. 

By Family Foot Care
May 05, 2015
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic  

Diabetic Foot CarePeople with diabetes are prone to foot problems, often developing from a combination of poor circulation and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves in the legs and feet diminishes skin sensation, making it difficult to detect or notice pain or temperature changes. A minor sore or scrape on your foot may get infected simply because you don't know it is there. A decrease in blood flow makes it difficult for these injuries to heal. And when a wound isn't healing, it's at risk for infection. Left untreated, minor foot injuries can result in ulceration and even amputation.

Foot Care for Diabetics

Simple daily foot care can help prevent serious health problems associated with diabetes.

At Family Foot Care, we recommend the following tips for keeping your feet healthy and preventing foot complications:

  • Wash feet daily. Keep feet clean with mild soap and lukewarm water, and dry thoroughly.
  • Moisturize. Moisturize daily to keep dry skin from cracking, and avoid putting lotion between your toes as this may cause infection.
  • Trim your toenails carefully. Cut straight across, avoiding the corners; visit our office for assistance
  • Never treat corns or calluses on your own. Visit your podiatrist for treatment.
  • Protect your feet from hot and cold.
  • Keep the blood flowing in your feet and legs. Elevate your feet when sitting; don't sit cross-legged; and stay active.
  • Inspect your feet every day. Check your feet for cuts, redness, swelling and nail problems. Contact Family Foot Care if you notice anything unusual- even the slightest change.
  • Avoid Smoking. Smoking restricts blood flow in the feet
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes and never walk barefoot
  • Visit Family Foot Care for regular exams. Seeing a podiatrist regularly can help prevent diabetic foot problems.

At Family Foot Care, we understand that living with diabetes can be challenging. Let's discuss simple ways you can reduce your risk of foot injuries. We'll work with you to create a treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and gets you back on your feet so you can enjoy the things you love. Remember to inspect your feet every day. If you detect an injury- no matter how small- come in for an exam right away.