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By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
February 14, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunions  

Is there a knob  on the side of your big toe? Is it hard and bony? If that's the case, you may have a bunion and your Madison and BunionStoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz can help.

More About Bunions

Bunions are a bone deformity that affects your metatarsophalangeal joint. They affect your walking because of friction and pressure that makes it painful to walk.

If you start to notice the joint of your big toe becoming larger, then you may be suffering from a bunion. Bunion protrusions can be very painful and other issues such as flat feet, foot injuries and neuromuscular problems may contribute to their formation.

Causes of Bunions

The problem with bunions is that they can cause the formation of other toe deformities, such as hammertoes, bursitis, corns and calluses.

Bunions are usually formed because of tight, narrow shoes and high heels, occupational foot stress, genetics  and  certain foot types, foot trauma, or injury and rheumatoid arthritis.

Bunion Treatments

Your Madison and Stoughton doctor may recommend an orthotic device designed to keep your toe in the proper position. If your doctor needs to take a more invasive approach, they may do the following:

  • Straightening your foot and big toe
  • Remove swollen tissue around the joint
  • Fuse your big toe joints together
  • Remove some bone in the big toe

Before resorting to surgery, there are conservative methods to help treat bunions, such as:

  • Taping foot to support bunion and cushioning it
  • Changing to wide, supportive shoes, or sandals, instead of tight, narrow shoes
  • Orthotic device (over-the-counter and/or custom made)
  • Certain exercises that help prevent stiffness, or arthritis
  • Splints for nighttime wear
  • Wearing shoe inserts, or padding to cushion bunion and reduce friction

Bunions are painful. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, just call your Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz today!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
February 07, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints a podiatrist hears about from patients. If you are dealing with heel pain above the heel bone then you could be dealing with Achilles Tendonitis, a result of overuse. The Achilles tendon is the longest tendon in the body and it serves to connect the muscles of the calf with the lower leg and heel bone.

While Achilles Tendonitis tends to occur most often in runners, this condition can still occur in athletes that play certain sports such as soccer or tennis. Unfortunately, this tendon does weaken as we get older, which makes at an increased risk for developing this overuse injury as we age.

 

What are the symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

The most obvious symptom of Achilles Tendonitis is pain above the heel bone. When the pain first appears it’s usually pretty mild and you may only notice it after running; however, over time you may notice that the pain gets worse after certain exercises. Along with pain you may also experience stiffness or tenderness in the heel, especially in the morning or after long periods of sitting.

 

When should I see a podiatrist?

If this is the first time that you’ve ever experienced heel pain then it’s a good idea to turn to a foot doctor who can determine whether Achilles Tendonitis is causing your symptoms or whether it’s something else. If you’re experiencing chronic heel pain around the Achilles tendon it’s also a good time to see a doctor. If the pain is severe or you are unable to put weight on your foot it’s possible that you might be dealing with a ruptured tendon, which requires immediate attention.

 

How do you treat Achilles Tendonitis?

In most cases, Achilles Tendonitis can be treated with simple self-care options. Unless symptoms are severe you may be able to treat your heel pain by:

  • Taking over-the-counter pain medications
  • Avoiding high-impact activities or activities that exacerbate symptoms
  • Elevating the foot to reduce swelling
  • Performing stretching exercises or undergoing physical therapy
  • Icing the heel
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Replacing worn-out shoes, especially running shoes

Surgery is only necessary if your symptoms aren’t responding to any other nonsurgical treatment options after several months or if the tendon is torn.

 

If you think your heel pain could be the result of Achilles Tendonitis then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist can provide you with a variety of treatment options, from simple lifestyle modifications to custom orthotics.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
December 07, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Sesamoid   Sesamoiditis  

What is Sesamoiditis?

Sesamoids are small bones that are only connected to tendons or surrounded in muscle. This only appears in a few places in the body, one of which is the foot. Two very tiny sesamoids are found in the underside of the foot near the big toe. One is on the outer side of the foot and the other bone is close to the middle of the foot. This structure provides a smooth surface for the tendons to slide over, which helps the tendons move muscles. They help with weight bearing and also help to elevate the bones of the big toe. So now that you know what sesamoids are, you might be wondering what sesamoiditis is and what its symptoms are.

Sesamoiditis

Just like any other bone, sesamoids can unfortunately fracture. The tendons surrounding the sesamoids may also become irritated or inflamed and this is what sesamoiditis is. Sesamoiditis is also a form of tendonitis and is a common condition among ballerinas, runners, and baseball catchers due to the pressure that is constantly placed on their feet.

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis

Symptoms of Sesamoiditis may include:

  • Pain under the big toe or ball of the foot
  • Swelling and/or bruising
  • Difficulty in bending and straightening the big toe

Treating Sesamoiditis

Treatments include:

  • Resting and stopping any activity that could be causing pain and inflammation
  • Anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen and aspirin only after consulting your physician
  • Icing the sole of the foot
  • Wearing soft-soled and low-heeled shoes
  • Cushioning inserts in the shoes

If symptoms persist after treatments, you may need to wear a removable brace for 4-6 weeks to help the bones heal. Call your podiatrist today to ask any questions about sesamoiditis and get on your way to pain-free feet once again!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 13, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Bunion  

At the Stoughton and Madison, WI offices of Dr. Neal Katz, bunion deformities are among the most treated foot conditions. Bunions are more than just unsightly and embarrassing in appearance, they can also disrupt your comfort, lifestyle, and ability to walk or run. Explore the causes, symptoms, and treatments that your foot doctor will use when dealing with a mild to severe case of bunions.

Bunion TreatmentBunion Causes
If you have a severe case of bunions, there is a good chance that they formed due to wearing shoes that are not ideal for your foot shape. One common example is wearing high-heeled shoes that crunch the toes together and put undue pressure on the whole foot. Bunions usually appear in pairs, which indicates that the problem is related to shoewear. Other risk factors include flat feet, past foot injuries, and feet that have been affected by overpronation (incorrect walking). They are more common in patients who have a genetic history of foot deformities.

Bunion Symptoms
The first symptom you’ll notice when you have a case of bunions is the gradual formation of a bump on the inside of your foot. The bump is located near the arch of the foot and may look red or swollen—especially after removing your shoes. It is the bone at the base of your big toe pressing outward. In some cases, patients do not experience pain with bunions, but in severe cases, the joints can become inflamed and painful. Uncomfortable calluses may start to form on the foot.

Bunion Treatments
In the early stages of this foot condition, bunions are easier for your Stoughton and Madison podiatrist to treat using conservative therapies. The goal is to realign the joint and give the foot a chance to straighten out over time. In some cases, simply giving the feet some rest from their daily duties can significantly reduce the symptoms of a bunion. Other treatments include footwear changes, orthotics, corn or callus removal, and night splints. Surgery is an option if the bone, joints, and ligaments need to be repaired and manually adjusted to a more favorable position.

Is a Bunion-Free Life Possible?
Yes, it’s possible to get rid of your embarrassing bunion condition -- to have feet that look and feel normal. Call (608) 241-0848 today to schedule a foot exam with Dr. Neal Katz at one of his conveniently located offices in Stoughton or Madison, WI.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
October 22, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Warts  

What Causes Warts?

Got foot warts? Nearly everyone will have a wart at some point in their lives. Warts are typically small, hard skin growths caused by an infection with humanpallilloma virus. Foot warts are treatable. Foot warts are among the most common dermatologic conditions podiatrists treat. Read on to learn about the causes of warts.

An HPV Infection

Common warts are caused by by an HPV infection. Over 100 types of HPV exist. Certain types of HPV infection cause cervical cancer. Some types of HPV infection cause foot warts, while others cause warts that appear on the face, neck, or hands. Of the 100 types of HPV, about 60 cause common warts on areas such as the hands or feet.

Skin-To-Skin Contact

Wart viruses are contagious. You can get foot warts from skin-to-skin contact with people who have warts. However, not all HPV strains are highly contagious. You can get the wart virus by touching an object that another person's wart touched, such as clothing, towels, shoes, or exercise equipment.


Breaks in Your Skin

HPV infects the top layer of skin and usually enters the body in an area of damaged or cut skin. Cuts from shaving can provide an avenue for infection. Getting a scrape can also bring on common warts. Foot warts are very common in swimmers whose feet are scratched by rough pool surfaces.

A Weak Immune System

In most cases, your immune system defeats an HPV infection before it creates a wart. Someone with a weakened immune system is more vulnerable and therefore more likely to develop warts. Immune systems can be weakened by HIV or by immunosuppressant drugs used after organ transplants.


If you want to get rid of foot warts, see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Many types of effective wart treatments are available. They include salicylic acid, cantharidin, cryotherapy, laser treatment, and surgery. Your podiatrist can help you get rid of foot warts once and for all!



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