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Tuesday, 26 July 2022 00:00

How Maffucci Syndrome Affects the Feet

There are several troublesome rare diseases that can negatively impact the health of your feet. Although these conditions can be extremely rare, it is important for you to familiarize yourself with these afflictions in case you ever have to identify one of these conditions in yourself or a loved one. One rare condition that negatively impacts the feet is known as Maffucci syndrome, which has only impacted a total of 200 reported patients since its discovery. This syndrome produces a number of abnormalities in the skeleton that can manifest themselves in the feet. For example, people with Maffucci syndrome can experience enchondromas, which are cartilage tumors throughout the bones in their feet. Endochromas caused by Maffucci syndrome can also appear in the hands, ribs, and skull. Individuals suffering from Maffucci syndrome usually also experience some kind of abnormality in the skin. Namely, it is common for individuals to see hemangiomas, or clumps of blood vessels, throughout the skin and possibly on the feet. Maffucci syndrome undoubtedly is a rare condition, but you should be on the lookout for these symptoms. If you are experiencing the above symptoms, or would like to gather more information, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist.

Some foot conditions may require additional professional care. If you have any concerns, contact the podiatrists of Elite Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Rare Foot Conditions

The majority of foot conditions are common and can be treated by a podiatrist.  Standard diagnostic procedures are generally used to identify specific conditions and treatment can be rendered. A podiatrist also treats rare foot conditions which can be difficult to diagnose and may need extra attention and care. 

There are many rare foot conditions that can affect children. Some of these can include:

  • Freiberg’s disease
  • Kohler’s disease
  • Maffucci syndrome

Freiberg’s disease - This can be seen as a deterioration and flattening of a metatarsal bone that exists in the ball of the foot. It typically affects pre-teen and teenage girls, but can affect anyone at any age. Symptoms that can accompany this can be swelling, stiffness, and the patient may limp. 

Kohler’s disease - This often targets the bone in the arch of the foot and affects younger boys. It can lead to an interruption of the blood supply which ultimately can lead to bone deterioration. The patient may limp or experience tenderness, swelling, and redness.

Maffucci syndrome - This affects the long bones in a child’s foot leading to the development of abnormal bone lesions. They are benign growths and typically develop in early childhood and the bones may be susceptible to breaking. 

A podiatrist can properly diagnose and treat all types of rare foot conditions. If your child is affected by any of these symptoms or conditions, please don’t hesitate to call our office so the correct treatment method can begin.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.
 

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Tuesday, 19 July 2022 00:00

Do I Have a Heel Spur?

A common reason that people can have heel pain may be related to heel spurs. It is defined as a calcium deposit that develops on the bottom of the heel, and sometimes causes severe pain and discomfort. The band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot is known as the plantar fascia. This helps the foot to withstand daily walking and standing, in addition to supporting the arch of the foot. If it is stretched beyond its limitations from overuse, the body may naturally respond by building extra bone, which is known as a heel spur. Contributing factors that may lead to this condition include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, obesity, and advanced age. Common symptoms of a heel spur are pain in the bottom of the heel that can worsen while walking or running, and feeling a bump when the heel is touched. Mild relief may come from resting the affected foot as often as possible, and it can help to temporarily cut back on exercise as the foot heals. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested to consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat heel spurs.


 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact the podiatrists from Elite Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2022 00:00

How is Sesamoiditis Diagnosed?

An injury can lead to the foot condition known as sesamoiditis. This can happen as a result of a sporting mishap, which can affect the sesamoid bones that are found inside a tendon or muscle. The sesamoid bones aid with shock absorption, and help in balancing while walking or running. Common symptoms that people can experience with this foot condition can include a dull pain in the bottom or ball of the foot, and they may feel a sensation of stepping on marbles or small pebbles. Bruising and swelling can develop at the site of the injury, and the affected area may be tender to touch. X-rays can aid in the diagnosis of sesadmoiditis, as well as an MRI, which can provide additional pictures of the tissues and tendons surrounding the sesamoid bones. Patients who have sesamoiditis may find relief when supportive shoes are worn, and specific exercises are practiced. This is a condition that is treated by a podiatrist, and it is advised that you schedule an appointment with this type of doctor if you are affected by this ailment.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact the podiatrists of Elite Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 10 July 2022 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

The location of the cuboid bone is on the outside of the foot. When this bone becomes fractured or injured it is referred to as cuboid syndrome. The cuboid bone is the only part of the foot that supports the fourth and fifth toes which significantly contribute to foot movements. Many people who suffer from a cuboid fracture may experience mobility problems and they may have a limited range of motion. This can make it difficult to complete everyday activities and the fracture site may become bruised or appear swollen. Balance may be affected and specific stretches and exercises may need to be performed to improve flexibility and strength of the overall foot. Cuboid syndrome or a fracture may lead to the development of degenerative arthritis. This may be a result of a loss or damage that has been done to the cartilage and the bones may rub together. This can be a serious foot condition. If you are afflicted with foot pain and think it may be cuboid syndrome, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer you the best treatment methods.

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 the podiatrists from Elite Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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