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Posts for category: Foot Care

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 15, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Healthy Feet  

Looking fabulous in your favorite pair of heels does have a price. In fact, shoes that fit poorly or have high heels frequently cause foot problems, including calluses, corns, bunions, and blisters, just to name a few.

All footwear eventually show signs of wear and tear. Inspect the condition of your own shoes. Do they appear stretched out or worn? Then you probably need a new pair. Creasing of the midsole is also a good indication that your shoes have lost their cushion and support.

Maximize Fit, Minimize Discomfort

The following tips can help you avoid purchasing a pair of shoes that may contribute to a long list of foot problems:

  • Try on shoes late in the day, when the feet tend to be a bit larger due to natural swelling
  • Women should opt for low, stable heels
  • Try on both shoes to be sure that they fit comfortably on both feet
  • Choose breathable shoe materials, such as leather, to prevent excessive sweating and blisters
  • Have your feet measured to ensure the best fit
  • Avoid pointy-toed shoes which cause bunions and hammertoes
  • Walk around the store with both shoes on to make sure the fit is comfortable
  • For athletes, choose shoes that are specific to the sport you play
  • Choose the right shoe for your foot type (e.g. if you have flat feet, select shoes with good arch support)

Still not ready to part with your favorite pair of sneakers or trendy heels? Not sure if the shoes you currently wear are right for your feet? A professional podiatrist can evaluate the condition of your feet, and work with you to find the best pair of shoes for you!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: foot pain   Pregnancy  

During pregnancy, it's not uncommon for women to experience an array of aches and pains all over the body. Among these complaints are tired, swollen, achy feet - a common and painful symptom experienced by mothers-to-be during their nine months of pregnancy.

One of the most common foot problems to occur during pregnancy is swelling, or edema, which results from an extra accumulation of blood. The natural weight gain and enlarging uterus puts pressure on the veins that lead to the legs, causing circulation to slow down and increasing fluid retention. The legs and feet may become swollen, making shoes tight, and in some cases causing pain and discomfort. Slight swelling during pregnancy is normal and usually subsides after giving birth. Women should pay close attention to edema symptoms. Swelling to the face or a sudden onset of swelling could be a sign of a more serious condition called preeclampsia and should be reported immediately.

Another troubling foot problem that can occur during pregnancy is over-pronation (flat feet) which is caused when a person's arch flattens out upon weight bearing causing the feet to turn in abnormally. This condition develops when the dense band of tissue in the arch of the foot called the plantar fascia becomes strained and inflamed due to increased flattening of the feet. Over-pronation is common in pregnancy due to the increased weight gain which stresses the feet and flattens the arches. Walking can become very painful, and women may experience increased discomfort and strain on the feet, calves and back.

There are various remedies available to help minimize and alleviate foot pain during pregnancy.

  • Take short breaks during the day and elevate your feet to relieve pressure and swelling.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear shoes that are soft, comfortable and give your feet room to move.
  • Wear seamless socks that do not constrict circulation.
  • Exercise or walk regularly to promote overall health.
  • Stretch legs frequently and avoid crossing your legs when sitting.
  • To prevent arch pain, stretch daily, avoid going barefoot and wear supportive low-heeled shoes.

When foot pain persists, visit your podiatrist. We'll work with you to find the best treatments for your foot pain. Pregnancy and pending motherhood should be a pleasant, enjoyable experience. Understanding the causes of foot pain and learning easy home remedies can help women step more comfortably throughout these special nine months.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
November 02, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

What your foot doctor in Madison, Wisconsin wants you to knowbunions

Your foot hurts and you notice you have a large bump next to your big toe. Chances are, you have a bunion. Bunions are more common among women because women often wear high heels or shoes that are too narrow with not enough room for toes.

Fortunately, there are ways to treat bunions. One of them is surgery. So how do you know if you need bunion surgery? Dr. Neal Katz wants to help answer that question. He has convenient office locations in Madison and Stoughton, Wisconsin to serve your podiatry needs.

When you wear narrow shoes, your toes are crushed. As time goes on, your big toe can push outward, resulting in deformity of bone and increasing pain because the bunion is rubbing against your shoe, causing friction and inflammation.

Non-invasive remedies are often the first option to try before considering surgery. You can:

  • Wear inserts or padding inside your shoes
  • Try taping the bunion to cushion it
  • Change to wider, more supportive shoes

Dr. Katz might also recommend cortisone injections around the bunion. Cortisone helps to reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain. For large, severely painful bunions, surgery might be indicated. You should consider bunion surgery if:

  • Your bunion is causing severe pain that limits wearing shoes or walking
  • Your big toe is chronically swollen and inflamed from the bunion
  • Your bunion is causing stiffness or deformity in your big toe
  • You can’t get pain relief from medications or wearing appropriate shoes

Once you and Dr. Katz have decided on bunion surgery as your best option, there are several surgical options to consider including:

  • Joint fusion of your big toe
  • Straightening your big toe and foot surgically
  • Removing excess or swollen tissue surgically
  • Removing some of the bone to reshape your big toe

Bunion surgery can be a difficult decision, so don’t make it alone. Get help from an expert by calling Dr. Neal Katz, with offices in Madison, and Stoughton, Wisconsin. Call today and help your feet feel better!

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
August 17, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel pain  

Heel pain can make daily activities, such as walking or climbing stairs, more challenging. It can even prevent you from participating in heel painfavorite sports and recreational activities, such as running. There are several possible causes of heel pain. Different treatment options are available to alleviate the discomfort of heel pain, as well as resolve the problem causing the pain. Dr. Neal Katz is your experienced podiatrist for treatment of heel pain in Stoughton and Madison, WI. Dr. Katz can diagnose the cause of your heel pain and recommend the right treatment option.

Causes and Types of Heel Pain

Heel pain can develop from an injury but is typically the result of repeated stress on the heel over time. The heel absorbs a lot of impacts when performing activities such as walking, running or jumping. Further, strenuous activities, such as kickboxing and certain sports, involving high-impact movements can put a lot of stress on the heels. Over time, continual pounding on the heels can aggravate them and lead to the development of persistent pain and discomfort. To determine the cause of your heel pain in Stoughton and Madison, consult a podiatrist, such as Dr. Katz.

Two common types of heel pain many people develop are plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonosis, also referred to as tendonitis. The pain associated with Achilles tendonosis is typically felt behind the heel, whereas the pain and discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis is felt on the bottom of the heel. Plantar fasciitis is also associated with the development of heel spurs, which are calcium deposits that have built up on the bottom of the heels. It can be especially uncomfortable walking with heel spurs.

Treatments for Heel Pain

There are a variety of treatments for heel pain. Some treatments provide relief by targeting the pain and discomfort, while other treatments target the cause and heal the problem. The treatments that are best for you will depend on the type and cause of your heel pain. Treatments for heel pain include stretching, resting the heel, physical therapy and wearing supportive footwear or orthotic foot supports. Treatment can also include such medications as corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs. Surgery is also a possibility in more serious cases.

Whatever the cause of your heel pain, there are treatments that can help. For treatment of heel pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Katz at his Madison or Stoughton, WI location by calling (608) 241-0848.

By Dr. Neal J. Katz DPM
July 03, 2017
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Growing Pains  

If your child has ever complained of not being able to sleep at night due to leg pain, he or she may be experiencing what many people refer to as growing pains. They are common for kids during their growth and development years.

Growing pains are often characterized by a sharp, throbbing pain in the leg muscles, usually occurring during the night and sometimes late afternoon without an apparent cause. While there is no evidence that a child's growth is painful, these pains often occur during an active day of running, jumping or swimming.

Whenever a child is afflicted by episodes of recurrent leg pain, it is always best to have them evaluated. Other more serious foot and leg conditions should be ruled out before a diagnosis of growing pains is made.

Consult with a physician or a podiatrist if aching legs are a chronic complaint, or if the pain is so severe it interferes with the child's daily activities. Persistent pain and other unusual symptoms may indicate a more serious problem. The following symptoms are not due to growing pains and should be evaluated by a doctor:

  • Persistent pain
  • Swelling or redness in one specific area or joint
  • Limping
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Abnormal behavior

There are no treatments or medications available for growing pains, but parents can help ease the pain with simple home remedies.

  • Massage and rub the child's ache until the pain passes
  • Stretch your child's legs throughout the day and before bed
  • Heating pads or warm baths can help soothe sore muscles
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers (always consult with physician first)

While growing pains are commonly seen in young children during the growth and development years, lower extremity pain can also be caused by mechanical misalignments and structural imperfections. A thorough evaluation is crucial in order to determine the exact cause of your child's leg pain. If growing pains are the cause of your child's discomfort, rest assured that the pain is only temporary and will pass with time.



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