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Posts for: September, 2019

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
September 23, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Metatarsalgia  

Heel PainMetatarsalgia denotes a common foot condition characterized by pain and inflammation of the joints and bones of the ball of the foot - the area just before the toes, also called the metatarsal region.

Symptoms of metatarsalgia can develop suddenly, especially after an increase in exercise or high-impact activities, but normally the problems develop over time. Common symptoms of metatarsalgia include:

  • Sharp, aching or burning pain in the ball of your foot - the part of the sole just behind the toes
  • Pain that intensifies when you stand, walk or run
  • Pain that radiates from the balls of the feet into the toes
  • Numbness or tingling in the toes
  • A feeling in your feet as if you are walking with a pebble in your shoe
  • Pain that increases when walking barefoot

Sometimes a single factor can trigger metatarsalgia. More often, multiple factors contribute to the pain, including:

  • Over-training or Over-activity. Extensive training and high-impact sports, especially running, places an abnormal amount of stress on the balls of the feet, causing irritation, inflammation and pain.
  • Other foot disorders. High arches, hammertoes, bunions, stress fractures and Morton's neuroma can all trigger metatarsalgia symptoms.
  • Poor-fitting footwear. High heels, narrow-toed shoes and shoes without adequate padding can all contribute to metatarsal problems.
  • Excess weight. Extra weight places excess pressure on your metatarsals.
  • Aging. The fat pads on the metatarsals thin out as a person ages, diminishing the ability of the metatarsal bones to protect themselves.

Although generally not serious, metatarsalgia can disrupt your day to day activities, and when left untreated can lead to additional pain in your unaffected foot, back or hips. Treatment to eliminate metatarsalgia symptoms can be as simple as resting, icing the affected area and wearing proper-fitting shoes to significantly reduce swelling and ease pain.

When conservative treatments aren't effective and pain persists, visit our practice for a full exam and a proper diagnosis. In most cases, metatarsalgia can be treated non-surgically. An experienced podiatrist may prescribe specially-designed orthotics or shock-absorbing insoles and arch supports to prevent and minimize future problems with metatarsalgia.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
September 13, 2019
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Foot Odor  

The feet have more sweat glands than any other part of the body, which means they have the ability to sweat profusely. With your feet encased in your shoes all day and the sweat unable to evaporate, bacteria will begin to grow rapidly. Bacteria then begins to break down the sweat, generating an unpleasant odor. Other factors can contribute to increased perspiration, including anxiety, hormonal changes, medications and various skin conditions.

Foot odor is a common problem, especially among those who perspire excessively, but it can be both embarrassing and physically uncomfortable. If you suffer from foot odor, rest assured that simple lifestyle changes and improved personal hygiene can help reduce and eliminate the smell.

Easy Ways to Eliminate Foot Odor

Since most foot odor is caused from excess sweat and the growth of odor-causing bacteria, it's relatively easy to control and reduce foot odor on your own. Start by taking the following preventative steps:

  • Keep your feet clean by washing them with an antibacterial soap on a regular basis to minimize bacteria.
  • Keep feet dry as moisture enables the growth of bacteria.
  • Alternate shoes and avoid wearing the same pair for multiple days in a row.
  • Choose open shoes such as sandals when possible, allowing air onto the feet which evaporates sweat and slows the growth of bacteria.
  • Wear cotton socks which wick away moisture and absorb perspiration.
  • Apply foot sprays and powders to the feet. Ask your podiatrist for recommended products.
  • Disinfect, wash and discard foul smelling shoes as necessary.

The causes of foot odor are typically not harmful to your health, but do create an environment for the growth of fungus and bacteria. It's not unusual for infections such as toenail fungus and athlete's foot to develop as a result.

When improving your foot hygiene doesn't help reduce the smell, you may need to visit your podiatrist, as persistent foot odor can indicate an infection or a severe case of hereditary sweating. In these cases, a prescription ointment may be required to treat the problem. Visit our office, and we'll work with you to determine the cause and most effective treatment for your condition!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
September 12, 2019
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: Athlete’s Foot  

Find out how to treat this common fungal infection of the foot.

While athlete’s foot isn’t serious it can certainly be uncomfortable and rather persistent. This fungal infection, also referred to as tinea Foot Funguspedis, is the result of a fungus that thrives in warm, moist environments. As you might imagine, this fungus can also thrive well on the feet, particularly between the toes. Find out the signs and symptoms of athlete’s foot, how to treat the infection and when you should turn to our Madison and Stoughton, WI, podiatrist Dr. Neal Katz for treatment.

Is it athlete’s foot?

If you are noticing a scaly rash on your feet that stings, burns or itches then you could very possibly be dealing with athlete’s foot. You may also notice blisters or ulcers within the rash. Itching may also get worse after removing shoes and socks. While this infection can develop anywhere on the foot it’s most commonly found between the toes.

This fungal infection is highly contagious; therefore, not only can you spread this infection to others by sharing towels or clothing, you can also catch this infection from other infected individuals.

How can I treat athlete’s foot?

Most people turn to over-the-counter fungal treatments before turning to our foot doctor for treatment. If you are a healthy individual then you can get away with treating the problem on your own. Those with diabetes or a compromised immune system should see their podiatrist right away and shouldn’t try to treat the problem alone. Furthermore, if you have a rash on your foot that doesn’t respond to at-home care you should also see your doctor.

There are over-the-counter creams that can effectively treat athlete’s foot and you won’t need a prescription for this medication. You can simply find it at your local drugstore. Make sure to follow the instructions to guarantee that you are using it properly and that you don’t go off the medication before you are supposed to, which can cause the infection to return.

There are also athlete’s foot powders that not only help with treating the infection but also can help stave off future infections. After all, athlete’s foot loves moist places. By using an over-the-counter foot powder, you can wick away moisture and sweat to make your feet a less hospitable environment for fungus.

Also, no matter what you do, it’s important that you never forget to wear sandals or protective shoes in locker rooms, gyms and communal showers. This is one of the best ways to protect yourself against any fungus that may be living on the floors or carpet of these rather damp and warm environments.

If you are dealing with persistent athlete’s foot, heel pain, plantar warts or other foot problems our podiatry team can help. We have two offices in Madison, WI, and one office in Stoughton, WI. Call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.


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