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Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Causes and Symptoms of Toe Infections

Toe infections can be an unwelcome disruption, especially for those who spend much of their time on their feet. These toe infections often start small but can quickly escalate, making it essential to recognize the symptoms early and seek appropriate treatment. Common signs of a toe infection include pain, redness, swelling, oozing, a bad smell, and a sensation of heat surrounding the affected area. Factors leading to toe infections can include injuries, underlying medical conditions like diabetes, and microorganisms including bacteria and fungi. Ingrown toenails, often caused by wearing tight footwear or improper nail trimming, can also become infected. A yeast and bacterial infection around the toenail results in redness, tenderness, and pus-filled blisters. Athlete’s foot thrives in moist environments and can spread from the toes to other parts of the feet. Preventing toe infections involves good hygiene, wearing properly fitting shoes, and regularly inspecting your feet, especially if you have diabetes. If you believe your toe has become infected, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist for an exam and treatment.

Toe pain is common and can have a variety of causes. Causes can range from a broken toe to an ingrown toenail. Many types of toe pain can be corrected, but any toe pain that inhibits your activities for an extended period should be discussed with a chiropodist. If you suffer from toe pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your feet.

Common Causes of Toe Pain 

  • Trauma or fracture
  • Cuts, sores, or bruises
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Gout
  • Turf Toe
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Blisters
  • Corns
  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Plantar warts
  • Athlete’s Foot

Symptoms of Toe Pain

  • Toe deformity
  • Burning
  • Numbness
  • Toenail deformity
  • Wart or ulcer
  • Swelling
  • Redness

When to See a Chiropodist

  • Bleeding or severe swelling
  • Trauma, such as a broken bone
  • Discoloration or extreme swelling
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Persistent pain
  • Wounds that won’t heal

Diagnosis of Toe Pain

A chiropodist can conduct a thorough examination of the painful toe or toes in order to determine the best course of treatment. The exam may include assessing the tenderness of the area, taking an X-ray or other diagnostic test, or assessing your gait and range of motion. A discussion of what led to the advanced pain issue may follow. Included will likely be a health history, as well as a list of medications you are taking and other previous injuries you may have sustained.

Treatment for Toe Pain

With such a wide range of possible causes for toe pain, treatment can be varied in scope and length. Sometimes, the chiropodist will recommend lifestyle and activity changes. In cases of trauma or other injuries, X-rays or imaging tests will likely be used to determine the severity of the problem, particularly if any bones have been broken. Treatment may also include injections of pain-relief medication or anti-inflammatory drugs. Certain injuries will require the splinting, bracing, or wrapping of injured toes. Orthotics or special shoes may be prescribed in cases of bone deformities and gait issues. Removal of warts, calluses, and corns may be needed. In other cases, such as with patients who have diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, ongoing treatment may be required to avoid more serious problems. 

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Metatarsalgia is the medical term for pain in the ball of the foot, a condition that can be quite debilitating. This pain is often caused by excessive physical activity, wearing improper footwear, foot deformities, and medical conditions like arthritis or diabetes. Athletes and those who engage in high-impact sports are particularly at risk due to the repetitive stress placed on the metatarsal area. Wearing shoes that lack adequate arch support or cushioning can increase the pain. Relief methods include resting the foot and pain relievers to reduce inflammation. Switching to properly fitted shoes with good arch support and cushioning can significantly alleviate discomfort. Orthotic shoe inserts can help redistribute pressure away from the metatarsal bones. If you have pain in this or any area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult a chiropodist who can effectively diagnose the problem and offer treatment solutions. 

Foot pain is a common problem treated by chiropodists. If you have foot pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

When you are experiencing foot pain, it’s important to note the type of pain and its location, as this can help determine a diagnosis. 

Pain in the top of the foot may be caused by:

  • Stress fractures

  • Sinus tarsi syndrome

  • Extensor tendonitis

  • Tibialis anterior tendonitis

  • Gout

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Ganglion cysts

Pain in the bottom of the foot may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Foot cramps

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome

  • Plantar fibromatosis

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Flat feet

Pain on the side of the foot may be caused by:

  • Ankle sprain

  • Cuboid syndrome

  • Peroneal tendonitis

  • Stress fractures

  • Bunions

  • Corns or calluses

  • Posterior tibial tendonitis

Heel pain may be caused by:

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Bone spurs

  • Heel fractures

  • Retrocalcaneal bursitis

  • Sever’s disease 

Pain in the toes may be caused by:

  • Gout

  • Hammertoe

  • Turf toe 

  • Bunions

  • Ingrown toenails

  • Blisters 

  • Arthritis

These and many more conditions can be treated by a chiropodist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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