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Get Rid of Toenail Fungus Pinpointe LaserFoot, New Solution, Treatment Options Milwaukee

Sat, 21 Nov 2009 21:57:41 GMT

How Can I Get Rid of This Ugly Toenail Fungus? A New Solution.

Many remedies are on the market to eliminate the ridiculously offensive condition of toenail fungus. Most of them do not work! There is now a technology available which is fast, pain free and greatly successful.

Toenail fungus, a condition medically known as onychomycosis, is ugly, embarrassing and painful. If you suffer from this condition, it only takes one look at your affected foot, with its yellowed, crumbling toenail, to know you want this to vanish this very instant. You might find some comfort in knowing that you are not the only one who has contracted toenail fungus; podiatrists estimate that six to eight percent of the population has onychomycosis, too. It can occur on both the toenails and fingernails. It's not surprising, then, that many treatment options exist to bring a solution to this disgusting condition. When you are deciding upon the treatment that is right for you, there are certainly many factors to consider: You want a treatment that is simple, speedy and has the highest possible success rate.

With that in mind, here are some popular treatment options for toenail fungus:

Home remedies: There is no scientific evidence to support the efficacy of natural antifungal remedies, garlic, tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract, to name a few.

Topical creams: The ointments that you apply directly to the toenail aren't strong enough to combat this extraordinarily stubborn foot fungus. This applies to over-the-counter creams and prescription-strength ordered by some foot doctors.

Oral antifungal pills: These must be taken for about three months before any change is noticed; even at that, oral medication has a low success rate, and carries a risk of liver toxicity.

PinPointe FootLaser treatment: This ultra-modern procedure eradicates the fungus through the use of a targeted, high-intensity laser beam. This technology is revolutionary in the field of podiatry, and boasts an astounding 88 percent level of success.

As you can see, the treatment of onychomycosis runs the gamut from non-scientific, garden-grown remedies to ones that employ the cutting-edge technology of today. But what's right for you? Now that you have the facts before you, you can review the methods, the success rates and determine which of them best suits your lifestyle and your needs. If you are looking to rid yourself of this condition quickly and definitively, you probably have more questions about PinPointe FootLaser treatment. This is the newest, breakthrough treatment for this toenail fungus condition. Podiatrists say the procedure takes about 30 minutes, and that most patients see results within only one treatment. Best yet, this treatment is completely painless. Be sure to review these options with your medical professional. They will be able to recommend a course of treatment, and can explain to you in greater detail the success story behind the PinPointe FootLaser treatment.

Dr. Chris Milkie, a Milwaukee Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. Dr. Milkie is the author and can provide additional information about the treatment of many foot conditions, including the newest treatment for toenail fiungus by visiting

Gout Pain and Early Symptoms are Easily Treated Milwaukee

Sat, 05 Sep 2009 19:01:26 GMT

Gout is one of the most painful types of arthritis and accounts for 5% of all cases of arthritis. It is characterized by sudden, severe nighttime bouts of redness, warmth, pain and inflammation in one or more joints. Most commonly, the big toe is the initial joint involved, but other joints in the foot, ankle or knees can become involved in recurring attacks.

Gout results from the deposit of Uric Acid crystals in the joint space. Uric acid is the end product caused by the breakdown of purines. Purines are naturally found in the body and are in many foods, especially proteins. Gout can occur if the body provides too much uric acid, doesn't eliminate enough uric acid through the kidneys and bladder, or if too many foods high in purines are consumed. Being overweight is another risk factor for gout.

Gout can occur in many joints of the body, with the big toe being the most common. The top of the foot and the ankle are the other most common locations for gout attacks in the foot. Usually the pain is sudden and severe. The condition itself can be so painful that the weight of a simple bedsheet on the affected area is excrutiating.

It also can cause the deposit of a thick white substance called "tophi". Tophi is essentially a deposit of crystallized uric acid which can become very painful and disfiguring. In severe cases it can cause destruction of the bone and cartilage. Although it may seem harmless when it first appears, this condition must not be ignored; and seeking medical treatment is necessary.

There are many treatments for gout. When an acute attack occurs, strong anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by a doctor is needed. Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol, especially beer, and foods high in purines. It is important to note that purines are found in all protein foods, particularly meat. Foods that are recommended by the American Medication Association for people with gout are: fruits, vegetables, breads, cereal, pastas, fish and carbonated beverages. And best of all, chocolate is "OK" as well.

If you ever experience a severe pain in your foot that starts for no reason, it could be gout. Start by applying ice, take ibuprofen (if tolerated) and elevate the foot. If nothing changes in 12-24 hours, then get an appointment. Seeing a podiatrist for gout is highly recommended because their specialty is in treating conditions involving the foot, ankle and lower leg. Gout pain can be quieted relatively quickly with specific medication.

Treating Gout pain in the early stages in easy, simple and effective. Gout is a form of arthritis which mainly affects the foot, and in particular the big toe.

Dr. Chris Milkie, a Board Certified Wauwatosa Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. He is the first, and only, podiatrist in Wisconsin to offer a Laser procedure, which is the newest and most effective treatment for toenail fungus on the market today. Dr. Chris Milkie is the author and can provide additional information about the treatment of many conditions which affect the feet by visiting his website at

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Heel Pain Can Be Treated Easily If Caught Early Milwaukee

Fri, 04 Sep 2009 13:52:21 GMT

Two million people will experience chronic heel pain this year. Out of those two million people, it is my estimate that not even a quarter of them will seek treatment. Much like foot pain, people tend to consider heel discomfort to be a typical and normal part of life. However, it is crucial that you eliminate this type of thinking from your overall outlook on foot health. Foot pain affects every part of your body, and your accommodation to it can cause serious problems elsewhere. Specifically, pain in the heel is a troublesome condition that can only worsen over time if not treated.

Most heel discomfort is caused by an inflammation of the tendon that attaches to the heel bone. If you experience it the moment you step out of bed in the morning, then this is most likely due to this inflammation. This condition is commonly referred to as a heel spur

Should this pain become severe, it is crucial that you seek medical treatment. However, most times it can be treated simply and cheaply, without medical intervention.

Prevention is the best treatment when it comes to healing your heels. Proper shoes that provide excellent support are ideal. Athletic shoes from trusted brands like New Balance and Brooks are a great choice, as they give you superb arch support and cushioning. Ladies' shoes tend to cause and exacerbate heel pain. High heels provide virtually no support, and trendy ballet flats can cause intense heel discomfort, as they offer absolutely no arch support. Women should avoid these flat shoes, especially if they have flat feet or low arches to begin with.

To treat existing pain in the heel, I suggest that patients approach it as they would any inflammation. Take Ibuprofen, apply ice, and above all else, get plenty of rest. Unfortunately, plenty of people continue to exercise or wear improper shoes when they are already experiencing heel problems. I guarantee that this can only get worse when left untreated, especially if one is continuing to engage in the behaviors that caused their pain in the first place.

If rest and ice doesn't eliminate your heel pain, then it is time to seek medical intervention. Ideally, find a Podiatrist in your area. A Podiatrist is a doctor with extensive training specifically in the medical and surgical treatment of foot and ankle conditions. Your feet will enjoy the professional treatment and attention.

Heel pain can be easily treated if caught early enough, but most people will not seek attention until it is severe, and possible causing problems elsewhere in the body.

Dr. Chris Milkie, a Board Certified Wauwatosa Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. He is the first, and only, podiatrist in Wisconsin to offer a Laser procedure, which is the newest and most effective treatment for toenail fungus on the market today. Dr. Chris Milkie is the author and can provide additional information about the treatment of many conditions which affect the feet by visiting his website

Milwaukee Podiatrist

How to Cure Plantar Warts-Milwaukee

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 21:39:36 GMT

Plantar warts are benign (non-cancerous) growths that occur on the sole (plantar surface), heel or ball of the foot. They are seen frequently in Milwaukee podiatry. Pressure from standing and walking often causes them to grow into deep layers of the skin. Plantar warts are caused by a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV). There are over 100 different kinds of HPV. In some cases, the HPV virus dies within 1 or 2 years, and the warts simply disappear. Other types of HPV viruses can survive for many years and even multiply. Since we do not know which HPV virus a patient has, it is best to treat all warts to protect the risk of spreading.

Warts occur when the virus invades the body through tiny cuts or breaks in the skin on the bottom of the feet. The virus is encountered on contaminated surfaces, such as the tile floor of public locker rooms, showers, hotel rooms and swimming pools. Not everyone who comes in contact with the virus gets infected. The most common age groups to get warts are those under 16 and between 30 and 40.

Plantar warts usually are rough and spongy. Most are gray, brown or yellow with dark pinpoints. Scraping a wart may cause it to bleed because they have many blood vessels. Warts may cause foot pain. Patients often feel a "lump" on the bottom of the foot which can look like a callous or foot blisters. Many patients come in to our foot clinic thinking they have a callous only to find out it is a wart. Left untreated, warts can grow up to 1 inch in circumference and may spread into clusters (called mosaic warts).

There are many different options to treat plantar warts. There are several over-the-counter medications that contain chemicals that can destroy the virus, but they don't work very often. Other treatments options are: having your foot doctor apply strong acid, cold therapy, laser treatment, or cutting them out. There isn't one treatment that is more effective than another; treating warts is usually a trial and error process. The best treatment for warts is to prevent them from invading your feet.

The following may help prevent plantar warts: Avoid walking barefoot whenever possible Change shoes and socks daily Keep feet clean and dry Check children's feet periodically Avoid direct contact with warts on other person's or on other parts of the body If you have a spot on your foot that you are unsure about, it is always best to play it safe and have it evaluated by a podiatrist- although warts are treatable, other skin lesions can be cancerous.

Dr. Chris Milkie, a Board Certified Wauwatosa Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. He is the first, and only, podiatrist in Wisconsin to offer a Laser procedure, which is the newest and most effective treatment for toenail fungus on the market today. Dr. Chris Milkie is the author and can provide additional information about the treatment of many conditions which affect the feet by visiting his Milwaukee podiatry website.

How to Cure Athletes Foot-Milwaukee

Wed, 02 Sep 2009 19:24:01 GMT

How to Treat Athletes Foot

Athlete's foot, medically known as Tinea Pedis, is one of the most common skin diseases of the feet treated at Milwaukee Podiatry. Tinea Pedis occurs between the toes and/or on the bottom of the foot. Many people have what is known as a moccasin distribution. This means that the fungus is on the bottom and sides of the foot. It can be dry and scaly or moist with peeling skin. Many times it will itch and burn, especially between the toes. The fungus lives in warm, dark, moist environments and can be passed by direct contact with people who are carrying it, from clothing and of course, from damp places such as public showers.

A serious side-effect of this condition is that it can lead to a bacterial infection. People with diabetes, poor circulation and the elderly are most susceptible to these infections. If the skin cracks, bacteria can invade the foot, which then leads to an infection. There have been cases of gangrene that get started from a very treatable fungus infection. Neglect is one of the most common reasons why serious infections develop in the first place, because people view it mostly as a nuisance and in some instances do not realize that they have picked it up.

Athlete's foot is usually treated with strong topical antifungal medication. Over the counter topicals such as Lotrimin and Lamisil are sometimes effective. Using a cream is significantly more effective than a spray or a powder. Most people do not treat the condition for a long enough period of time to effectively eradicate this disease. It can take as long as four, and as many as six, weeks to accomplish that. Prescription topical medication is the best treatment. If the condition becomes more serious, then oral antifungal medication may be necessary.

If fungus is also present in the toenails, re-infection of the skin is a very common occurrence. Treatment must be directed at both problems to completely eliminate the fungal disease. To help prevent athlete's feet, or re-infection, follow the tips listed below:

o Always wear something on your feet in public place, especially hotels and showers
o Use a foot powder if your skin is naturally moist
o Moisturize your skin with a cream or lotion if it is naturally dry
o Do not wear shoes without wearing socks
o Spray your shoes with an antifungal foot spray once a week
o Do not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row

Dr. Chris Milkie, a Milwaukee Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. Dr. Milkie can provide additional information about the treatment of many foot conditions, including the newest laser treatment for toenail fungus. For more information about Milwaukee Podiatry

Cure Toenail Fungus Quickly-Milwaukee

Tue, 01 Sep 2009 18:08:57 GMT

What You Need to Know To Cure Your Toenail Fungus Quickly And Easily

Toenail fungus is known medically as onychomycosis, and affects millions of people worldwide. It is estimated that somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of adults and nearly half of adults over 70 years of age are afflicted with toenail fungus. There are many misconceptions about toenail fungus and its treatment. Although it is commonly portrayed to be nothing more than an unsightly condition, this is untrue. Anyone who suffers from it knows that this condition is extremely painful. Furthermore, topical and oral treatments are ineffective and simply do not work. While a select few may experience some relief from oral medication, achieving results can take months, if at all.

An affected toenail appears unusually thickened, yellowed and darkened in color. They can also be cracked and weak. The fungus is able to enter the nail when the nail plate suffers damage, and it then begins its unsightly growth, soon becoming very uncomfortable.

Many things can cause damage to the nail plate. Common injuries, such as accidentally dropping an object on a toe, stubbing it, or someone else stepping on it, as well as participating in physical activities such as running and athletics in ill fitting footwear can cause enough damage to allow the fungus the opportunity to grow. Using cutting equipment which has not been adequately sterilized is another common cause.

Toenail fungus breeds in moist areas. Thus, keeping your feet and shoes as clean and dry as possible is one of the best ways to prevent it. Using an antifungal spray in your shoes is a great prevention method. This fungus can also be picked up in public locker rooms, so be sure to always wear flip-flops or shower shoes.

However, if you have contracted it, the best way to rid yourself of this condition is with the newest technology currently available, laser surgery. Patients enjoy an 80 to 87 percent success rate with laser surgery. Indeed, this technology is undoubtedly the most effective method of treating it. This treatment is completely painless, and only takes thirty minutes. With laser treatment, patients are treated quickly and effectively with no drugs and no anesthesia. A laser light is used to destroy the fungus cells by harmlessly passing through the nail and penetrating the nail plate, where it originates. The procedure allows the new nail to grow in healthy and clear, which normally takes several weeks. Unlike competing medication-driven treatments for toenail fungus, laser surgery presents minimal risk of side effects. It must be administered by a qualified podiatrist.

Dr. Chris Milkie, a Board Certified Wauwatosa Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. He is the first, and only, podiatrist in Wisconsin to offer a Laser procedure, which is the newest and most effective treatment for toenail fungus on the market today. Dr. Chris Milkie is the author and can provide additional information about the treatment of many conditions which affect the feet. For more information about treating toenail fungus, please visit his website

All About Childrens Shoes, Proper Shoe Fit, Toddler Shoes, Milwaukee

Mon, 31 Aug 2009 18:03:55 GMT

All About Children's Shoes: How to Know What to Put on Your Kid's FeetMost children learn to walk at about the time of their first birthday, although some learn months earlier or later. As your child begins to walk, you may have your first questions about what shoes he or she should wear. A growing child will need shoes frequently and more questions will arise.To help you answer these questions and find the proper shoe for your child, here are some suggestions:The FitPay attention to the shoe's proper length, width and depth when fitting your child's shoe. Poorly fitting children's shoes can cause toe problems, ingrown toenails, hammertoes, calluses and bunions. Children's feet grow in spurts and they require new shoes every three to four months. Most early toddlers (under 16 months of age) grow more than one-half a foot size in two months. Toddlers from age 16 to 24 months grow an average of one-half a foot size every three months. The young child, 24 to 36 months old, grows approximately one-half a foot size every four months and children over 3 years of age experience increases of one-half a foot size every four to six months. Seventy percent of kids wear shoes with D and E widths. Most boys wear E width and most girls wear D width. A tie-fastened shoe can accommodate most widths. You should examine the depth of the shoe to make sure the top of the shoe doesn't press on the toes or the toenails. Look for shoes with rounded toe boxes to give the toes more room for movement. Remember, shoes should be comfortable from the start. If new shoes need to be "broken in", it means either they were not properly designed or not properly fitted for your child's foot.The Appropriate Shoe: Pre-walking Shoe.Certain types of shoes are appropriate for your child's age. Babies and crawlers do not need shoes. They only need booties, warm wide socks to keep their feet warm or pre-walking shoes that do not bind their feet. The shoe should be flexible rather than providing a rigid support and it is very important that the shoe be shaped like the child's foot. Your child can go barefoot in a protected environment such as indoors.Toddler Shoes.Shoes for toddlers, age 9 months to 3 years, should allow the foot to breathe since their feet perspire a great amount. Avoid synthetic materials that do not breathe. For children 9 to 18 months, choose a high top shoe that will stay on the foot better than an oxford or a low top tennis shoe. A leather or canvas tie shoe is more secure, will stay on the foot, and will fit fat little feet better. The sole of the shoe should be smooth like the palm of your hand. A smooth sole means less friction so the shoe won't grab the floor, which could cause your child to fall. Choose a lightweight shoe, since children use a lot of energy walking at this age. Toddlers can go barefoot in a protected environment such as indoors.\School-Age Children's Shoes.Style and shoe fit is important for school-age children. At this age, they can choose from a variety of options including athletic shoes, sandals, hiking shoes, etc. Look for reasonably priced, flexible, well-ventilated shoes that allow plenty of room for growth. If you have a great deal of difficulty finding shoes that fit, or if your child develops calluses, sores, or other foot problems, consult your family podiatrist.}For more information about Children's Shoes in Milwaukee, please visit http://www.mayfairfootclinic.comDr. Chris Milkie, a Milwaukee Podiatrist, has treated thousands of foot problems since 1991. Dr. Milkie is the author and can provide additional information about the treatment of many foot conditions, including the newest treatment for toenail fungus, by visiting[...]

What to do about Heel Pain Orthotics Podiatry, Milwaukee

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 16:06:25 GMT

What To Do When Your Heels Do Not Want To Take Another Step

Pain in the heel is one of the most common complaints I see. In fact, according to studies, millions of people suffer with this condition yearly. What makes it so common is that we are an active society, and we put too much stress on our feet. We also need to remember the negative impact of shoe fashion.

The type of heel pain I am referring to is the pain someone would feel on the bottom of the heel. (Pain in the back of the heel is a whole different condition.) Pain on the bottom of the heel usually is present when you first step out of bed. It is also present when you get up after sitting for awhile or after you have been on your feet for awhile. This condition is usually a strain and inflammation of a large tendon that attaches to the heel bone.

The strain can come from overuse, excessive weight, wearing unsupportive shoes, an injury or flat feet. There is a specific foot structure and movement of the foot that predisposes one to this strain. If your arches are flat, you like to go without shoes around the house and you wear mostly flat shoes, you are at high risk for this condition.

Heel pain can happen to all age groups, men and women and whether you sit or stand at work. Of course, some professions such as teachers, nurses and anyone who stands all day, are more prone to this strain. If you stand all day, you wear shoes with little support and you are overweight, your chances of developing heel pain dramatically increase.

Treatment of heel pain can be very easy or quite challenging. It usually is determined by how quickly someone with this problem gets professional treatment from a podiatrist. Unfortunately, the average time it takes for someone to consult a specialist for this condition is three months. If it is treated within one month, most heel pain can be eliminated in one or two visits . Waiting longer than a month to be treated often results in several more visits and modalities needed to stop the pain. In fact, the need for surgery increases the longer one waits to be treated.

There are several things you can do to help prevent heel pain. (1) Wear shoes at home even if it is something like crocs. (2) Keep your weight under control. (3) Wear high quality athletic shoes such as New Balance or Brooks when exercising or standing a lot. (4) Stretch your calf muscles daily. (5) Gradually increase your activity level to avoid overuse strain.

If you experience pain in your heel, or know someone who does, see a podiatrist sooner rather than waiting. Taking action promptly by seeking medical attention may then require only one visit to fix the problem.

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Do You Think Your Shoe Inserts are Helping Your Feet Orthotics Podiatry, Milwaukee

Wed, 05 Aug 2009 14:53:25 GMT

If You Think Your Shoe Inserts Are Helping Your Feet You May Need To Think Again

Unless you have received a diagnosis from a medical professional for a specific type of insoles or arch supports, you may be causing more damage to your feet than you already have. Simple tasks can become even more painful when you have foot pain, and over the counter shoe inserts can increase that if they are chosen incorrectly.

Wearing the wrong type of shoe insert can be detrimental to feet, especially for people with diabetes or arthritis. Additionally, the more rigid the device, the greater chance the patient has of developing complications. Spending more money can get you less. Not all over the counter shoe inserts are effective, regardless of the price. Consulting with a podiatrist before trying products from retail stores helps consumers select a device that treats their ailment, thus saving them time, pain and money. Beware of the build up. Consumers should be wary of products with lofty claims or promises of comfort based solely on size. Without proper diagnosis, even custom made inserts can be inadequate.

Prescription orthotics prescribed by podiatrists are designed specifically for your foot. They are intended to correct common ailments or abnormal walking patterns and aid in alleviating foot pain. These days, retail stores advertising custom made inserts, arch supports and insoles are becoming louder in their claims. Research suggests that many people who wear insoles purchase them in a retail store rather than from a trained health care professional. While all these foot health products tout similar remedies, buyers can benefit from understanding the differences between medically prescribed orthotic devices and over the counter shoe inserts.

The following guidance is offered by podiatrists for consumers purchasing a device to help save their feet, and wallets, from the agony of ineffective or damaging foot care products. First, do not live with foot pain. A podiatrist provides comprehensive care by examining, diagnosing and treating foot pain. Based on the diagnosis, podiatrists often prescribe orthotics for the patient as a conservative approach to many common foot ailments. Only a licensed health care professional can diagnosis and prescribe the appropriate medical treatments. And second, get the prescription that is right for your feet. Prescribed orthotic devices fall into three broad categories: RIGID, which primarily attempt to maintain the foot in the proper functional position; SOFT, which offer minimal support but primarily help absorb shock, increase balance, and take pressure off sore spots; and SEMI RIGID, which provide a combination of functional support and balance while walking or participating in sports. Getting an examination from a competent podiatrist can save you time and money spent on purchasing an incorrect product for you feet and, more importantly, can bring you the comfort you have been seeking.

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Get Rid of Back Pain by Fixing Your Feet Care of Feet, Podiatry, Milwaukee

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:58:21 GMT

Get Rid of the Pain in Your Back By Fixing Your Feet

One of the most incapacitating injuries in the general population in our country is chronic low back pain. The problem is so severe that one-half of all Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year. According to the American Chiropractic Association, chronic low back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. In fact, $50 billion dollars is spent each year on treating low back pain.

Recent research suggests that back pain may be closely linked to poor or improper biomechanics. Many researchers, in fact agree that chronic low back pain may be significantly related to how you walk (gait style), a reason we are shifting our focus to the feet to treat hip and back pain.

Everyone knows that low back pain is a recurrent problem. One predominant reason is because most doctors do not look at the way you walk. One flaw in your gait style can lead to strain on your back. Using custom foot orthotics to change the mechanics of foot function may improve hip extension and create prolonged relief of low back symptoms.

Using foot orthotics to effectively treat hip and low back problems has been studied extensively by podiatrists specializing in this area of foot care. It has been found through computerized in-shoe testing, that a specialized foot orthotic eliminates the flaw that causes strain on the back. Getting the feet to function exactly like they are supposed to allows the hips to extend properly. Normal hip extension, changing the gait as a person walks, eliminates strain on the back.

There are countless cases of custom foot orthotics relieving hip and back pain for the clients of podiatrists. Anyone who suffers from chronic hip or back pain should be sure to consider this solution and be evaluated by a podiatrist to assess their feet and observe their walking patterns. Since your doctor may not consider your feet as the possible cause of the pain, you will have to take it upon yourself to be proactive and see a specialist.

Medications, rest, exercise and losing weight may all be effective in relieving hip and back pain. Unfortunately, they are not a cure in most cases. Eliminating the cause of the pain should be the ultimate goal. Since faulty foot mechanics is often the cause of back pain, using custom foot orthotics can be worth a lifetime of relief from this otherwise chronic condition.

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Pain in the Ball of Your Foot Care of Feet, Podiatry, Shoes Milwaukee

Wed, 22 Jul 2009 14:08:57 GMT

Pain in the Ball of the Foot Could Be Serious

The ball of the foot is one of the most common areas of foot pain. The ball is the entire pad before each toe, covering the full width of the foot, not just the area under the big toe. The pain can have many causes; additionally, this area is subjected to tremendous pressure with every step we take. It's a wonder it holds up so well in spite of the wear and tear it receives.

Outside of an injury, the two most common conditions that affect the ball of the foot are a pinched nerve and an inflamed joint. The most common location of a pinched nerve is between the 3rd and 4th toes, while an inflamed joint usually shows up on the toe next to the big toe.

The symptoms of a pinched nerve (morton's neuroma) consist of aching, sharp pain, burning or numbness. A neuroma occurs when nerve tissue begins to thicken.There are several causes of a pinched nerve, including ill-fitting shoes which put pressure on the ball of the foot; sometimes it indicates a pre-diabetic condition.

An inflamed joint in the ball of the foot is extremely common. Many people describe this pain as a feeling of something bunched up under their foot, like their sock. Generally, an inflamed joint can be attributed to an overload of weight on the ball of the foot. A person with flat feet is most prone to this condition, because flat feet mechanically force more weight on this joint. Runner's often experience this condition from the pushing off motion, as do women who frequently wear high-heeled shoes.

Some of the other common causes of pain in the ball of the foot are wearing shoes with little cushioning, extremely high arches, standing on concrete all day, and wearing away of the protective foot pad. The symptoms are generally all similar, including aching, throbbing, burning, sharpness and numbness.

Most conditions in the ball of the foot can be successfully treated by a podiatrist. Like many other foot problems, if it is left untreated the body will compensate. This can lead to pain elsewhere in the foot and in the body. If you experience pain in the ball of your foot, try wearing quality supportive shoes consistently. Alternatively, inserting a foot cushion designed to cushion the metatarsal pad can also provide relief. If the pain persists the next step is to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to avoid further damage to the foot.

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Save Your Feet From Dreaded Bunions Foot Health, Podiatry, Foot Doctor Milwaukee

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 22:59:55 GMT

Save Your Feet From Dreaded Bunions!

Bunions are a common condition; and as any patient suffering through them knows, they are extremely unsightly and painful. Bunions usually occur on the big toe, but can occasionally occur on the smallest toe. Many people who have them are unclear on exactly what they are. Bunions occur when extra bone forms. This is usually resulting from improperly fitted or too-tight shoes, which is why they usually affect women. However, they can also result from a genetic predisposition.

Bunions can severely impair the quality in the daily life of a person. Besides being highly unattractive, they can create significant pain when one walks or wears non-athletic shoes. The best prevention against bunions is to wear comfortable, athletic shoes that provide their wearer with plenty of room and support. However, most women are not willing to give up their much loved high-heels that easily! If you must wear high-heeled shoes, then it is crucial that you make sure that they provide you with plenty of room. Feet tend to swell slightly when you wear heels over one-half inch, so it is a good idea to always purchase high-heels in a size that is a half-size larger than what you typically wear. This will provide you with the room that your feet need because of the expansion and still have a level of comfort that is appropriate.

It is important to understand that the shape of the shoe dictates the positioning of the toes, toe joints and foot tendons. Most fashion footwear has a tapered toebox, with the tapering beginning at the main joint. This styling pushes the large toe sideways into an unnatural position, crowding itself and the other toes. Wearing shoes of that styling over time creates the condition permanently, until surgery is the best remedy to correct it. Because of this cumulative effect, it is especially important to wear shoes that are designed with the natural shape of the foot in mind, in order to avoid foot pain from this condition.

If you are suffering from bunions, there are some measures that you can take before seeking medical intervention. Switch to wearing comfortable running shoes or open-toed sandals at every opportunity, and try to rest your feet as much as possible by staying off of them. Applying an ice pack and taking aspirin can help to ease the pain and reduce the swelling. A podiatrist is a medical professional who is able to provide cortisone injections, which can be highly effective in reducing swelling and inflammation.

Those experiencing bunions should schedule a consultation with a podiatrist and receive an evaluation of the appropriateness of more serious treatments, such as surgery to remove the excess bone. The severity of your condition needs to be determined and a qualified podiatrist is able to do that. Untreated bunions can have painful and permanent ramifications, so it is crucial that you treat them as soon as possible.

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Foot Pain Stress Fracture, Foot Health, Podiatry, Exercise Milwaukee

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:59:45 GMT

Paying Attention to Foot Pain Pays Off: It Might Be a Stress Fracture

Sometimes pain in your foot is no big deal. Sometimes even minor pain can be a stress fracture, which if untreated can become much more serious. A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone. They often happen from overuse, such as from high impact activities like running, basketball and dancing. It is not uncommon to develop a stress fracture just walking. Most stress fractures occur in the weight bearing bones of the foot and lower leg. The most common sites are the second and third metatarsal bones on top of the foot. The other two parts of the foot are the heel bone and a bone in the midfoot.

Stress fractures usually occur when you increase your high impact activity by frequency (how often you exercise), duration (how long you exercise) or intensity (your level of exertion). In the climate of Midwest United States, this increased activity coincides with warmer weather. The other reason why stress fractures are common in warmer weather is because people tend to wear less supportive foot gear, such as sandals, or wear no shoes at all. Some feet can handle this better than others.

There are several symptoms of stress fractures:

* Pain that develops gradually, increases with weight bearing activity and diminishes with rest

* Pain that becomes more severe and occurs during normal activities

* Swelling on the top of the foot or outside of the ankle

*Tenderness to touch at the site of the fracture

If you suspect a stress fracture in your foot or ankle, stop the activity and rest the foot. Ignoring the pain can lead to a complete break of the bone. Apply ice and elevate the foot. Ibuprofen or Aleve may relieve pain and swelling. Try not to put weight on the foot until you see the doctor.

Stress fractures can be diagnosed by an x-ray or a bone scan. Treatment usually consists of wearing a protective boot and avoiding high impact activities for a few weeks. If you ignore the warning signs of this condition, it may worsen to the point of needing surgery to fix it.

Here are tips to avoid stress fractures:

1. Maintain a healthy diet. Eat calcium and vitamin D rich foods to help build bone strength

2. Do not wear old or worn running shoes

3. Alternate your activities. For example, you can alternate jogging with swimming or biking

4. Start your new sports activities slowly

If you ever think you have the signs and symptoms of a stress fracture, call a podiatrist immediately to schedule an appointment.

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