Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Common Symptoms of a Broken Toe

The majority of people experience immediate symptoms when they break a toe. There is often bruising, swelling, and it can be difficult to walk. It can happen for various reasons, including a heavy object dropping on it, or if it stubbed into a piece of furniture. Additionally, falling may cause a toe to break, and people who have osteoporosis may be more susceptible to sustaining this type of injury. If the toe is severely broken, a protruding bone from the toe may cause it to look deformed. This type of fracture requires prompt medical attention, and surgery may be necessary to heal and restore the toe to its normal position. A diagnosis generally consists of having an X-ray taken, and this can help to determine the severity of the fracture. Mildly broken toes can be treated by using the buddy taping method. This is done by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it. If you have broken your toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment option that is right for you.

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

What Is a Blister?

Anyone who has encountered a blister on their foot is aware of the discomfort and inconvenience it can cause. A blister is defined as a small area of fluid that forms over skin that has become damaged for various reasons. A blister is the body’s natural response to healing raw skin, and it is successful in protecting the affected area until new skin has formed. A blister on the foot can be caused by excess friction, which may happen from the shoes and socks that are worn. They may be too tight and not fit well, causing the skin to endure unwanted pressure. A blister will gradually drain when the new skin has grown, and it is beneficial to refrain from popping it. If this happens, an infection may occur, and the condition may worsen. Many people choose to wear a bandage over the blister that can protect it while completing daily activities. If you develop blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you effective preventive techniques.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

The Feet and Falling

Falls are serious. They are the second cause of unintentional injuries leading to death in the world. They can also cause permanent disability. As might be expected, seniors, especially women, incur the greatest number of falls. Aging people are less steady on their feet, and have other physical, cognitive, and sensory age-related changes that can make falling a more likely occurrence. Falls among those in this population can greatly interfere with mobility, quality of life, and independence. Additionally, many environments are not age friendly. Implementation of effective fall prevention strategies among seniors can save heartache in their limited years. These strategies can include having regular physical and eye examinations which can monitor existing medications and eyeglasses. It can also help to participate in an exercise program to maintain strength and stability, in addition to keeping households and outer doorways well lit. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist regularly for examinations and other tips on preventing falls

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Associates of Maine. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Brunswick, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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