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Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 00:00

When Do I Need to See a Podiatrist?

There are 26 bones in the foot along with a complex network of joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles. A doctor who specializes in conditions and ailments that affect these structures, as well as the ankle, are known as podiatrists. Podiatrists can have a variety of focuses, such as surgery, wound care, sports injuries and diabetic conditions. Common issues that they often treat include heel pain (ex. plantar fasciitis or heel spurs), flat feet, sprained ankles, plantar warts, nail conditions (ingrown toenails and fungal nail infections), and corns/calluses. Conditions in the foot that cause severe pain, an inability to bear weight, swelling, numbness, an open sore, or sign of an infection should be looked at by a podiatrist. 

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

Managing Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis, an inflammation of the two tiny sesamoid bones located just beneath the big toe, can cause foot pain in the ball of the foot. A bone scan or MRI, in addition to a physical examination, are typically needed to diagnose this condition. There are various means for managing sesamoiditis. These include immobilizing and resting the affected foot, wearing orthotics, taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain, applying ice to the area, and going to physical therapy. If these management strategies don’t provide adequate relief, corticosteroid injections directly into the foot may help. If you are suffering from foot pain, it's a good idea to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you. 

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM of Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

Corns on Pinky Toes

Corns are small, usually circular areas of dry, thickened, hardened skin. They often occur on or between the toes and are caused by excessive friction and pressure over the affected area. Corns on the pinky toes can be particularly uncomfortable, as the pinkies tend to rub against closed-toe shoes while walking. Treatments for pinky toe corns include soaking the feet and rubbing the area with a pumice stone, wearing medicated pads over the corns, and switching to wider and more comfortable footwear. Your podiatrist can also help by shaving or removing the corns. If you have corns that are bothering you, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist near you.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM of Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as:

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Tuesday, 01 February 2022 00:00

How to Spot Foot Problems in Your Child

Sometimes children experience foot problems but either don’t know it, or don’t know how to explain them. Here are a few ways parents can be aware of actual, or potential, foot concerns. If your child seems unusually tired while running or playing, it may be a sign of flat feet. Sometimes children, especially between the ages of 8 and 14, will opt out of an activity because of heel pain due to inflammation or muscle strain from repetitive stress. Check your child’s toes for ingrown toenails, redness, swelling, blisters, or discoloration on a regular basis. If your child trips or falls a lot, it may indicate a neuromuscular or balance problem. Because children may not bring these conditions to your attention, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as a regular part of your child’s health regime. 

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM of Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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

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