Discover the most common conditions that affect your aging feet and what you can do about it.
Our feet are always working hard for us everyday. Of course, as we get older we start to notice changes in the way our bodies function. Some seemingly easy tasks are now a bit harder. Some days you may feel stiff, sore or more tired than others. While it’s normal to not always have good days, it’s important that if you are dealing with any of these foot problems that you turn to our Gresham, OR, podiatrists, Dr. Derek McCammon and Dr. Grayden King, for care and helpful advice.
Some of the most common geriatric foot problems we see include:
This is a fairly common foot deformity that occurs thanks to a combination of both genetics and poor footwear over the years. While bunions can occur in just about any joint in the foot, it most often affects the joint at the base of the big toe. If this joint juts out from the foot and sometimes causes you pain and swelling then you may have a bunion.
Luckily, our Gresham foot doctors can provide you with simple, at-home measures to prevent the deformity from getting worse. Very rarely is surgery needed to correct the issue.
This is another deformity that affects the shape and structure of your toes. It most often plagues the middle joint of the small toes, causing the affected toes to bend downward. Hammertoes often resemble a claw. If caught soon enough we can provide you with conservative treatment options to prevent the joint from losing its flexibility and to reduce symptoms.
Corns and Calluses
The structure and shape of our feet often change over the years. This, coupled with shoes that don’t fit properly and a lack of natural moisture within the skin, can lead to painful corns and calluses on the feet and toes.
In healthy individuals, corns and calluses can be prevented by wearing footwear that won’t put pressure on the toes and gives toes room to move around and by applying protective non-medicated padding to areas that are prone to developing corns and calluses.
It’s fairly common for elderly patients to experience some form of arthritis, particularly in the feet and hands. The condition can cause weakness, swelling and joint pain in the feet. Arthritis medication is one of the best ways to manage this chronic condition, but we can also provide handy tips for easing painful arthritis symptoms in your feet.
Heel pain is quite often the result of plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, which can usually be treated with simple at-home measures to speed up healing and reduce inflammation. Of course, chronic heel pain may require more advanced and aggressive options like shockwave therapy, ultrasound therapy or corticosteroid injections.
Do you have questions about the symptoms you are experiencing? Do you want to find out more about the foot care services we offer in Gresham, OR? Then call Gresham Podiatry Center today.
What your Gresham, OR, podiatrist can do for you
A quarter of the bones in our body reside in our feet. Several foot issues may need operative treatment, however many fractures, like a broken toe causing pain, may heal without you needing to operate.
In order to better understand what your options are when it comes to foot fractures, your Gresham doctor has broken down the types of foot fractures people suffer from:
Stress fractures: Stress fractures are small cracks in the surface of the bone. They usually occur in your forefoot, the area extending from your toes until the middle of your foot. How do stress fractures occur? Well, they are a result of several things, such as sudden increase in exercise, poor training methods.
General bone fractures: General fractures are called bone fractures because they extend through the bones. There are two types of general bone fractures: Closed fracture, which is when the bone doesn't break through the skin, and open fracture, when the boned does break through the skin.
What may be the cause? They may be a result of trauma, like thinking it's good idea to kick a bowling ball.
Other types of fractures:
- The fifth metatarsal, pinky toe, may be affected by various fractures.
- Jones fracture, a serious injury in the same area, occurs close to the base of the bone and impacts blood supply, resulting in longer healing times or making surgery a requirement.
Symptoms of foot fractures include:
- Sometimes bruising
The welfare of your feet and overall health is crucial. If you or a loved one are suffering from these symptoms, you should visit your podiatrist right away. Don't wait until the fracture has caused more damage. Your health is a priority.
Call the Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR at (503) 667-6600. Call to make an appointment or ask in regards to any concerns you may have.
A podiatrist can successfully treat a variety of different foot issues. From hammertoes to foot infections or fractures, Dr. Derek McCammon ing in Gresham, Oregon, can examine each patient and determine the right course of action for each particular situation.
Different Types of Foot Problems
Fractures can occur when an injury occurs to the bones of the forefoot. Whether stress fractures or general fractures, these injuries typically occur because of trauma, twisting or from dropping a heavy object on the foot itself. Often times these injuries do not heal without surgery. The ankle, toes and tendons or muscles can also be affected with this type of injury.
Hammertoes are another foot issue that a professional podiatrist can treat. This is a deformity of the second, third or fourth toes. The toe is bent at the middle joint. If this is left untreated, it can become inflexible and may require surgery in the future. Corns or calluses on top of the joint are common with those with hammertoes. Pain is often felt while wearing shoes. Hammertoes generally are caused by muscle imbalance or wearing shoes that don’t fit right. Treatment for hammertoes involves toe exercises or straps, cushions or pads to relieve any symptoms felt by the patient.
Athlete’s foot is caused by fungus and can lead to itching, scaling or blistering of the soles. It is highly contagious and can be spread from person to person or just walking barefoot where the floor is contaminated. It is treated by a podiatrist with antifungal medications.
When it comes to treating athlete’s foot, hammertoes, or fractures in Gresham, Oregon, Dr. McCammon and Dr. King can help. To schedule an appointment at their office call 503-667-6600.
What your podiatrists in Gresham want you to know
If your feet look red and scaly, and they itch uncontrollably, there is a good chance you have athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus which invades your feet and starts growing on the surface of your skin. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent athlete’s foot and effective treatments for the annoying skin condition. Your podiatrists at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR want to share what you need to know about athlete’s foot.
You may have athlete’s foot if you experience:
- A red, scaly rash
- A rash in between your toes
- Itching which gets worse after you remove your socks and shoes
- Blisters or ulcers on the skin of your feet
You can get athlete’s foot from surfaces in warm, moist places like public showers, changing rooms and gyms. You can also acquire athlete’s foot from wearing sweat-dampened socks and closed shoes.
Men are more likely to suffer from athlete’s foot, but there are several ways to prevent getting the condition. Remember to:
- Wear sandals or flip-flops when you go into public showers, pools, locker rooms or saunas
- Avoid sharing sheets, mats, socks, shoes and other items with someone who has athlete’s foot
- Avoid wearing damp socks or tight, closed shoes
If you do get athlete’s foot, you can try and treat it yourself by:
- Using an antibacterial soap to wash your feet
- Keeping your feet dry and applying an antifungal cream
- Changing your socks regularly
If your athlete’s foot doesn’t resolve on its own, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Prescription strength foot cream or lotion
- Prescription antifungal oral medication
If your athlete’s foot goes untreated, you can spread the condition to other parts of your body, so remember not to pick or scratch the rash because it can travel under your fingernails and infect your hands. Your hands can then infect other body parts. Athlete’s foot can also travel on towels and bedding, giving you a generalized, itchy, red rash.
You can prevent the spread of athlete’s foot by getting prompt, effective treatment from your podiatrists in Gresham. To find out more about athlete’s foot and other foot conditions, call your podiatrists at Gresham Podiatry Center in Gresham, OR today!
Hammertoe is a condition associated with the toe being bent at the middle joint, which gives it a hammer-shaped appearance. This condition usually affects the second, third or fourth toes of the foot. Untreated hammertoe can lead to the development of corns and calluses on the toes, as well as inflexibility and pain or discomfort. In Gresham, OR, hammertoes are treated by Dr. Derek McCammon at Gresham Podiatry Center.
Causes of Hammertoe
Hammertoe occurs when the middle joint of the toes becomes dislocated, causing it to remain in a bent position resembling the shape of a hammer. There are several possible causes of hammertoe. Possible causes include:
- Wearing shoes that do not fit properly
- Having an extremely high arch
- Sustaining severe toe injuries
- Having tightened tendons and ligaments in the foot
- Developing arthritis in the foot
Treatments for Hammertoe
Several possible treatments are available for hammertoe. One option is wearing comfortable footwear with sufficient room in the toe box so the toes are not squished together. Cushioned inserts and corn pads can also help alleviate discomfort from corns or calluses that have developed. Various stretching exercises can also help alleviate discomfort by improving flexibility and movement in the toes. In more severe cases, foot surgery is an option.
Surgery for hammertoe can correct the bend at the middle joint and allow the toe to return to its normal position. There are several possible surgical procedures to correct hammertoes. The surgery that is right for you will depend on whether you have flexible or fixed hammertoe. Whatever your specific condition, the end result will be a straightening of the affected toes. In Gresham, OR, most hammertoe surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures so you can return home the same day.
Hammertoe can be uncomfortable, but relief is possible. Treatments such as stretching therapy, better-fitting shoes or even surgery can alleviate the discomfort of hammertoe and correct the condition. For treatment of hammertoes in Gresham, OR, schedule an appointment with Dr. McCammon or Dr. King by calling Gresham Podiatry Center at (503) 667-6600.
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