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Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00

The Definition of Cuboid Syndrome

The cuboid bone is located on the outer edge of the foot. The function of this small bone is to connect the foot to the ankle, in addition to providing stability. An injury may cause this area to become inflamed, which may result in torn joints or ligaments. When this occurs, cuboid syndrome may develop, which can produce pain and discomfort on the outside of the foot. The type of injuries that can cause this condition to occur can consist of suddenly twisting the ankle, or participating in sporting activities that include running or jumping. Additionally, existing medical conditions such as flat feet may play a significant role in developing cuboid syndrome. Moderate relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated, and the feet and legs are properly stretched to help avoid further injury. If you are afflicted with cuboid syndrome, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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

 

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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Poor circulation may occur when there is an insufficient amount of blood flow to a particular region of the body, commonly affecting the feet. Patients with poor circulation have noticed symptoms including numbness, muscle cramps, and throbbing or tingling pains. Poor circulation may also be an indicator for possible nerve damage. One of the more serious symptoms caused by poor circulation is a loss of feeling in the feet. This can be incredibly dangerous, especially if you have developed a harmful foot condition and can not feel the symptoms that would lead you to seek help and get care. To help improve poor circulation, it’s recommended that you increase your mobility and practice a more active lifestyle. Elevating the feet is another tip to help improve poor circulation, as it makes it easier for your body to pump blood away from the feet and back up to the heart. Making sure you stay hydrated throughout the day, managing your blood sugar levels, and implementing more foods that are rich in iron into your diet, may all help to improve circulation as well. For more advice on how to improve poor circulation, we recommend you speak with a podiatrist for professional care.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Peter C. Smith of Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Monday, 13 January 2020 00:00

Protecting the Feet During the Work Day

There are many people who have jobs that include standing for the majority of the day. This can cause pain and discomfort in the feet, and it is not uncommon to feel muscle weakness at the end of the day. Research has indicated that there are methods that can be implemented which may help to reduce soreness in the feet. These can include wearing shoes that fit correctly, and practicing strength training exercises. It is helpful to choose shoes that have maximum support, and many patients find it beneficial to wear insoles that can provide additional cushioning. Stretching before and after the work day may help to reduce the feeling of tired feet. When the feet are pointed and flexed, the arch may become stronger. If you would like more information about how to protect your feet during the work day, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Peter C. Smith from Lancaster Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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