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Earlier this year Justin Bieber broke his foot while playing soccer with staff and guests at the Parrot Cay private island and resort in Turks and Caicos. Many game viewers took to social media to show fans how well he was playing when the unfortunate occurred. Bieber also posted his own photos to Instagram and Twitter to show the bruised side of his left foot where the injury was sustained. Bieber was quickly sidelined where he was treated by a professional at the resort. Although injured and on crutches, the 20 year-old artists was still dedicated enough to stop and take photos with a few excited fans.

A broken foot requires immediate attention and treatment. If you suspect you have broken your foot, see Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will examine your injury and provide you with quality treatment.

Identifying and Dealing with a Broken Foot

When bones in the foot are bent, stretched, or crushed in an unnatural way, they can sometimes break or fracture. Doctors can often determine how the break occurred based on its severity and location.

There are many common symptoms of a broken foot to look out for. Those who experience significant trauma to the feet should check for:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue (foot)
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

If one or more of these symptoms persist, one should have x-rays taken by a medical professional. Cold or numb feet, blueness of the skin, cuts, and deformities can be indications of a foot that is very badly broken. It’s advised to see a doctor right away if these conditions are observed.

Care for a broken foot depends on the type and severity of the injury. Often times aids likes crutches, casts, and splints will be administered. Surgery is also a possibility, although this is reserved for very bad cases. One can also apply ice and keep the foot elevated to reduce swelling. Rest is important during the recovery stage so that the break doesn’t become any more aggravated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Metairie and New Orleans, LO. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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According to the Running Doc, Michigan State University recently conducted a study of children that specialize in one sport year. The study suggested that these children are more susceptible to injuries such as Sever’s disease. Sever’s disease occurs when there is an injury to the growth area of the heel bone that has not matured and is forced to develop in two parts. Sever’s disease can lead to foot problems into adulthood if not addressed properly. The study also found that although millions of children partake in sports each year, more than half tend to quit due to specialization. Playing one sport year round may cause additional pressure making the activity less fun and recreational.  

Growing children are prone to acquiring Sever’s disease. If your child is suffering from heel pain, see Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Toe gait- develops in which the child must change the way they walk to avoid placing weight on the heel. This can lead to other problems as well in the future.

Symptoms

Acute pain – pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

For more information about Sever’s Disease, follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Metairie and New Orleans, LA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Glamour Magazine partnered with Australian Podiatrist, Dr. Phillip Vasyli, to discover the best way to avoid blisters on the feet while wearing new and stylish shoes. He initially stated that making sure the shoe fits properly and breaking them in before wearing them in public or at work are typically good starter points in avoiding blisters. “Checking your feet every day for signs of redness across the toes and heel is a key element in early detection and blister prevention,” stated Vasyli. Many women will see or feel a blister start to arise, ignore it, and will go through their day to find torn skin and potentially damaged shoes later. Vasyli wants readers to pay attention to their feet early on to avoid this. Some companies also make wax based anti-friction sticks to reduce the possibility of a blistery foot.

Blisters on the feet can be very uncomfortable and can cause plenty of problems if left untreated. If you sustained blisters on your feet, see podiatrist Dr. Edward Lang of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Dr. Lang can treat your foot and ankle needs.  

 

Blisters on the Feet

When tight or ill-fitting footwear is worn, many times a foot blister may develop. Blisters can even develop by constant rubbing from the shoe, often times leading to pain.

What is a Foot Blister?

A foot blister is a small pocket that is filled with fluid, forming on the upper most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid, and may lead to drainage of blood or pus if the area has become infected.

How do they Form?

Blisters of the feet are almost always the result of shoe rubbing and constant friction of the skin and material. Long periods of walking in shoes, sandals, or boots which don’t fit properly can result in a blister. Those who often have moisture or humidity in the feet are prone to blister formation easily.

For more information regarding the prevention and treatment of blisters on the feet, follow the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metairie and New Orleans, LO. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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A recent study conducted at the University of Nottingham found that trimming nails too often may actually lead to certain nail problems including ingrown toenails. After examining how the nails stick to the nail bed and grow forward, researchers found that cutting the nails daily puts a certain force on the nail that can make nails grow too slow or too fast as well as causing additional problems.

Lead study author, Cynthia Rauch, also used the research to find ways to avoid ingrown nail problems. She states, “Looking at our results, we suggest that nail beauty fanatics who trim their nails on a daily basis opt for straight or parabolic edges, as otherwise they may amplify the imbalance of stresses which could lead to a number of serious conditions.”

Ingrown toenails are terribly uncomfortable, and in the worst cases surgery might be required to get rid of them. If you think you have an ingrown toenail, consult with one of our podiatrists of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will confirm your diagnosis and do everything she can to treat your problem.

Ingrown Toenails Causes

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

There are a number of risk factors for ingrown toenails. Some include cutting your nails too short, participating in strenuous sports, diabetes, obesity, and fungal infection. Some are genetically predisposed to ingrown nails, although wearing ill-fitting or damp shoes can exacerbate the problem.

Treatment

There are a number of steps you can take to treat ingrown nails:

-Let your toenails grow out

-Soak the toes in hot water with antibiotic soap or Epsom salts

-Placing a piece of cotton under the affected nail may allow the toe to grow up instead of into the nail bed

-Rest with your feet up

If however, your pain is severe, or you see red streaks running up your leg, you should see a podiatrist. Your podiatrist may make a small incision and remove part of the toe nail to relieve the pressure. A local anesthetic may be used to lessen the discomfort of the operation.  Topical medication may also be prescribed to prevent the regrowth of the problem nail.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of our offices located in Metairie and New Orleans, LA. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technologies to meet all your needs.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that causes pain, swelling, and joint stiffness in the feet. Unfortunately there is no cure for arthritis, but there are many natural remedies available to ease or reduce the symptoms. Tai Chi and meditation can help reduce stress which can then aid in reducing arthritic flare ups. The two activities can also help individuals with the disorder how to manage the pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Fish oil and peppermint oil can be used to sooth and heal the joints. Going outside in sunlight for fifteen minutes a day or taking a Vitamin D supplement has been known to reduce chronic bone pain caused by arthritis. Turmeric, ginger, and pineapples can be used to reduce the swelling of the joints. Chronic flare up sufferers should avoid consuming fried foods, alcohol, and heavily processed foods since they contain chemicals that can create inflammation.

Characterized by stiffness and lack of mobility, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a painful condition that needs medical attention.  For treatment options, see one of our podiatrists of New Orleans Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can take care of any foot conditions and determine a treatment plan that is right for you.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

- Swelling & pain in the feet

- Stiffness in the feet

- Pain on the ball or sole of feet

- Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

For more information about rheumatoid arthritis please follow the link below.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in Metairie and New Orleans, LA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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