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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
June 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sports Injuries  

Discover the most common foot and ankle injuries that athletes have to protect against.

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, about 25 percent of athletic injuries affect the foot and ankle. All you have sports injuryto do is picture all the running, jumping and twisting that’s involved in some of the most popular sports like football, basketball, soccer and dance and it’s not hard to imagine how easy it is to injury your feet or ankles. Fortunately, our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz has handled a variety of sports-related injuries and can help you get back on your feet.

Here are some of the most common sports injuries that affect the feet and ankles,

 

Plantar fasciitis

This overuse injury affects the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the soles from the toes to the heel. It’s most common in runners, particularly those who suddenly increase the duration or intensity of a run. If you are dealing with heel pain that radiates to the arches of your feet, plantar fasciitis might be to blame.

What to do: Calf stretching, avoiding high-impact activities, and pain relievers can often ease symptoms until the inflammation goes away. For persistent heel pain or visit Dr. Katz for additional treatment options.

 

Achilles tendonitis

This other common overuse injury affects the Achilles tendon, the largest tendon in the human body. Along with overuse, it is also common for the Achilles tendon to wear down gradually over time, which can lead to problems as we get older. This condition is characterized by heel pain that originates above the heel bone.

What to do: Achilles tendonitis should be treated the same way as plantar fasciitis with rest and at-home care. If pain is severe see a podiatrist right away.

 

Stress fracture

If you participate in certain high-impact activities like gymnastics, basketball or running then you may be prone to developing stress fractures. As you might be able to figure from the name alone, stress fractures occur from repeated stress placed on the foot. Those who don’t properly warm-up or wear the appropriate footwear for their chosen sport are also at an increased risk for stress fractures.

What to do: Rest is key to proper healing. Bracing or wearing supportive footwear can also help take stress off the foot when moving around. Sometimes a doctor may also recommend wearing a protective boot.

 

Ankle sprain

A sudden twist or jerk of the ankle can leave you dealing with a pretty unpleasant ankle sprain. Sprains range from mild to severe. You may experience immediate pain and swelling after twisting your ankle and you might have even heard a popping sound at the moment of injury. These symptoms warrant a trip to see your foot doctor in Madison, WI.

What to do: Minor sprains can be treated with rest, icing, elevation and pain relievers. Moderate sprains may require immobilization and physical therapy.

 

If you are dealing with a sports-related foot or ankle injury in Madison or Stoughton, WI, then it’s time to call Dr. Katz’s office today to schedule an appointment. Getting the care you need right away is important for healthy, active feet.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
May 10, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Neuroma  

Are you dealing with pain, burning, tingling or numbness between your toes or in the ball of the foot? If you said “yes” then you could be dealing with a neuroma, Neuromaa pinched nerve or benign tumor of the nerve that is often found between the third and fourth toes.

The classic symptom of a neuroma is pain, particularly when walking—a factor that leads many people to liken the condition to feeling like a pebble is in their shoe. You may find that the pain eases up whenever you aren’t walking or when you rub the pained area with your hands. While neuromas can happen to anyone, they are most commonly found in women.

Neuroma Causes

While the causes of a neuroma are still not clear, there are factors that can increase the likelihood of developing one, such as:

  • Extremely high arches
  • Flat feet
  • Trauma that leads to nerve damage in the feet
  • Improper footwear (high heels over two-inches tall; pointed toes)
  • Repeated stress placed on the foot

Treating a Neuroma

A neuroma will not go away on its own, so it’s important to see a podiatrist if you are experiencing any of the condition's symptoms. The type of treatment or treatments recommended to you will depend on the severity of the neuroma.

Those with minor neuromas may be able to lessen symptoms by wearing shoes that provide ample room for the toes and offer thick soles that provide more support and cushioning for the toes and balls of the feet. Sometimes a podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to place inside the shoes, as well.

Your podiatrist may also recommend padding or taping the ball of the foot to improve faulty biomechanics and reduce discomfort. While medication will not eliminate the problem, it can temporarily alleviate symptoms. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatories can often briefly reduce pain and swelling, but for those dealing with more severe pain, steroid injections may be necessary to ease symptoms.

Surgery for a Neuroma

Surgery only becomes necessary when conservative treatment options have failed to provide relief, or when the neuroma has progressed enough that conservative care won’t be enough. During surgery, the inflamed nerve is removed through a simple outpatient procedure. Afterward, there is a short recovery period of a couple of weeks before patients are able to move about pain-free once again!

Give us a Call!

If you are dealing with new or worsening foot pain it’s important that you turn to a podiatrist that can help give you the answers you need. Schedule an appointment today.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
April 19, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Ingrown Nails  

Swelling, reddened flesh, shooting pain, and pus are just some of the incredibly uncomfortable symptoms of having an ingrown toenail. Although this condition can sometimes be successfully treated through home remedies, ingrown toenails often progress to the point of infection, a point that then requires professional treatment. Read on to learn what causes this problem, when it’s right to seek medical help, and how our podiatrists can help get your foot back to a healthy state!

The Causes and Symptoms

Before we cover how to treat ingrown toenails, let’s first review the core causes and symptoms that hallmark this condition…

Ingrown toenails initially develop due to a few different factors, including:

  • Cutting the toenail too short
  • Rounding the toenail during grooming
  • Wearing improperly fitting shoes
  • Experiencing toe trauma

If the flesh on the side of the toe has become red, swollen, and tender, you likely have an ingrown toenail. If you have caught this problem while it’s still in its early stages, you can try implementing some of the home remedies listed in the next section. However, if your toe is exhibiting some of the following signs of infection, you should seek professional podiatric help:

  • Pervasive shooting or throbbing toe pain
  • Regular bleeding
  • The presence of a pus-filled blister
  • The skin has started growing over the nail

Home Remedies

As mentioned above, if an ingrown toenail is caught before infection sets in, there are a few different methods that you can practice at home in order to clear up the issue. Some of these include:

  • Around 3 to 4 times a day, submerge your foot into warm water for 15 to 20 minutes. Regularly doing this should reduce swelling and provide pain relief.
  • Following each soaking, use cotton to separate the ingrown toenail from the flesh that it is starting to grow under. This should allow the nail to grow above the skin again.
  • Avoid snug or constraining shoes.

If these actions fail to clear up the problem in 2 to 3 days, you should pursue professional treatment.

Professional Treatments

In the case of a severe or recurring infection, there are a few different procedures that your podiatrist can perform to make your toe healthy again. Depending on the specifics of your ingrown toenail, one of the following treatments may be recommended:

  • Partial Nail Removal: In the case of a severe ingrown toenail, your doctor can numb your toe before physically removing the ingrown portion of the nail.
  • Nail and Tissue Removal: If the same toe is repeatedly experiencing the same ingrown toenail problem, this procedure can be performed to prevent future recurrences. It entails your podiatrist removing a portion of the underlying nail bed, thus preventing the nail from become ingrown again.

Concerned About Your Toe? Give Us a Call!

If your ingrown toenail needs medical attention, call our podiatric office today!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
April 08, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Heel pain  

Heel pain is one of the most common foot and ankle complaints. Everything from wearing inadequate shoes when you exercise to overuse Heel Paininjuries and strains can lead to heel pain and tenderness. There are a number of issues that can result in heel pain, such as plantar fasciitis, bone spurs, or tendinitis. If you experience pain that does not go away on its own in a few days or after a period of rest, it may be sign of inflammation or an injury. Dr. Neal Katz, a podiatrist in Madison, WI, and Stoughton, WI, offers diagnostic and treatment options for a range of foot and ankle issues and injuries.

Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Madison, WI, and Stoughton, WI

One of the main causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. A common condition that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia is the long band of tissue that runs across the length of each foot from the heel bone to the base of the toes. Other possible causes of heel pain include:

  • Bursitis (joint inflammation)
  • Heel/bone spurs
  • Stress fracture
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Arthritis
  • Peripheral neuropathy (also known as "diabetic foot")
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

How is Heel Pain Treated?

Heel pain treatment depends on the severity and underlying cause of the pain. Conservative treatments like rest, icing, pain relievers, and lifestyle modifications are often enough to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Dr. Katz may also recommend supportive footwear and inserts, like orthotics, which help to keep the heels and ankles in alignment for people with pronation issues. Physical therapy is sometimes recommended for soft tissue and joint injuries. In rare cases, surgery may be an option to repair extensive soft tissue or joint damage. See your Madison, WI, and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist if you experience heel pain that lasts for more than a few days or does not clear up with rest.

Find a Podiatrist in Madison, WI, and Stoughton, WI

For more information about heel pain prevention and treatment, contact our Madison, WI, or Stoughton, WI, office today by calling (608) 241-0848 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
March 06, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Is heel pain keeping you down? Pain that occurs following an injury or early in an illness may play a protective role, warning us about the damage we have suffered. SoYour Heel Pain Could Be Plantar Fasciitis what causes heel pain?
 
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which a band of tissue in the sole of the foot becomes inflamed, leading to severe heel pain. The pain can be so bad that it hurts to walk, much less exercise or perform daily activities. If one step causes shooting pain in your heel—especially when you first get out of bed in the morning or stand up after sitting for a long period of time—plantar fasciitis may be to blame. Contact your podiatrist immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment of your pain. 
 

Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis, or heel pain, occurs when the plantar fascia is strained over time beyond its normal extension. This causes the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length, leading to inflammation, pain and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone.
 
Inflammation may become irritated by shoes that lack appropriate support, mainly in the arch area and by the constant irritation associated with an athletic lifestyle. Resting may provide temporary relief, but when you resume walking you may experience a sudden elongation of the fascia band, which stretches and pulls on the heel. As you walk the pain may lessen or even disappear, but that may just be a false sense of relief, as the pain will often return after prolonged rest or extensive walking.  
 
You can take steps now to avoid heel pain, including:
  • Wear shoes that fit well
  • Wear proper shoes for each activity
  • Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
  • Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
  • Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
  • Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
  • Lose excess weight
If pain and other symptoms of inflammation persist, you should limit your normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist immediately.  


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