Seeking treatment for your foot pain can be overwhelming, and you may have many questions for us about your particular ailment and treatment options. Here, we share answers for the questions we are asked most about medical care for ankles, feet, and lower legs.
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Can I treat a bone spur at home?
There are limited home treatments for a bone spur that will only help relieve any pain or discomfort associated with the condition. A bone spur (our office usually sees and treats the type known as heel spurs) is excess bone tissue that the body produces, often to defend against persistent pressure or friction.
Some of the at-home treatment methods that you may try include stretching, over-the-counter pain relievers, and changing footwear to models that fit better. Additionally, icing the affected area can help decrease the level of pain you are experiencing. Given that a bone spur is a progressive condition, it will not get better on its own.
When you experience the pain and discomfort that accompanies a heel spur, make an appointment with Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. We can examine your situation and develop an effective treatment plan. Call us at (480) 963-9000 for our Chandler, AZ office or (480) 981-1800 for our Gilbert office. You can also use our online form to request an appointment.
What is a bone spur?
A bone spur is a hard projection that develops on the edge of a bone. It usually grows when that portion of the bone is under stress and pressure. Depending on how and where one develops, you may never notice symptoms from it. Other times, spurs can make walking and other normal foot functions very uncomfortable. One of the most common sources of spurs is from chronic plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia band attached to the heel pulls on the bone, causing pain—and providing the stress and pressure needed to allow a spur to grow under the connective tissue.
Another common places for spurs is the back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches and pulls on the bone. Sometimes spurs can even grow out of joints with severe arthritis. The grinding in the joint causes the spur to grow. If you have a spur that’s causing you pain, don’t ignore it. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona relieve the pain. Use our web request form, call, or fax to reach us: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert; or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler.
What is the difference between a bunion and a bunionette?
A bunion and a bunionette are similar problems that can make it painful to wear certain shoes. The only difference is which joints and toes are affected. The first is a problem with your big toe. The digit dislocates from its normal position and leans toward its neighbors, while the corresponding metatarsal slides away from the ones beside it. The bulging joint that results is the bunion. The second is almost the same thing, but instead of the big toe, it develops in the littlest. The fifth toe leans in while its metatarsal leans away, creating a much smaller bunionette at the joint, but with many of the same symptoms.
The good news is that both problems can be treated conservatively. You don’t have to let either issue cause you pain or control your feet. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for an appointment to take care of either problem right away. Just call or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler; or, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert, AZ. You can also use our website to request an appointment.
Do I need surgery for a bunionette?
Bunionette treatment is largely conservative. Surgery is an option to correct this mild deformity, but just like for other foot issues, it’s considered a “last resort.” Noninvasive methods are tried first. Typically this involves making shoe changes to wear styles that don’t squeeze the forefoot. Shoes with a wide toe box, rounded end, and plenty of support reduce the pressure on the outside of the littlest toe. Pads and inserts can provide a layer of protection between your digit and your shoes, alleviating the friction and pressure. Custom orthotics can correct any biomechanical issues that may have contributed to the problem, too. When the side of the foot aches, icing it can often relieve the discomfort. Stubborn pain may need medication or direct injections.
You shouldn’t avoid taking care of your bunionette out of a fear of surgery. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you eliminate your pain. Contact one of our two offices for an appointment through our website, by phone, or by fax: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler.
Why do I have a stiff big toe?
A stiff big toe is usually the result of advancing hallux rigidus, or osteoarthritis in the first joint of the big toe. Wear and tear over an extended period of time grind down on the protective layers, or cartilage, between bones. Then the bone ends begin to grind against each other painfully. This stiffens the joint and makes it much harder to use. As the condition advances, bone spurs may grow out of the top or side of the joint, restricting movement even further.
The sooner you address your stiff big toe, the easier it will be to manage the condition. Hallux rigidus is a progressive problem that will only worsen and decrease your mobility further if you let it go. If you’re concerned about your big toe becoming stiff and uncomfortable, contact Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can use our online request form, or you can contact either of our offices by phone or fax: call our Chandler office at (480) 963-9000, or fax (480) 963-0375; call our Gilbert location at (480) 981-1800, or fax (480) 981-0229.
How do PRP injections work?
PRP injections use your own blood to direct growth factors—proteins used in tissue repair—to the injured part of your lower limbs. These growth factors are contained in platelets, which also help in clotting. For PRP injections, some of your own blood is drawn and spun in a centrifuge to separate all the components. The layer packed with concentrated platelets is then re-injected into the painful area, providing plenty of growth factors to the spot that needs them.
This particular treatment is effective for a variety of painful problems, including wound healing and some sports injuries. Other issues, like chronic Achilles pain, seem to benefit as well. If you’re struggling with a condition that hasn’t responded to other conservative treatment, this may be an option for you. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona for more information or an appointment to see if this procedure could help you. Fill out the online contact form, call, or fax to reach us: for the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
Is an unsteady gait treatable?
There are several treatments for unsteady gait issues. Each depends on the source of the unsteady gait. Since the problem could be the result of an injury to the bones, joints, muscles, connective tissues, nerves, or blood vessels in the lower limbs, any treatment needs to address the specific cause. This often improves the walking difficulty.
Physical therapy is usually the most helpful for strengthening walking. This includes building limb stability, resting properly, and taking the time you need to get around. Wearing the right shoes or orthotics—and occasionally even braces—can help support the lower limbs and make walking easier. Sometimes medication can relax muscles, improve circulation, and treat other issues. Depending on the source of your gait problem, you may need additional walking assistance, like a cane, to keep your balance. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona in Gilbert and Chandler help you stay mobile. Make an appointment with us today. You can use the website, call, or fax to reach us: call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler; or, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert.
What causes turf toe?
Turf toe is a sports injury that’s caused by anything that bends the big toe backwards past its normal limits at the ball of the foot. It’s usually a sudden, traumatic accident—tripping, falling, getting tackled, or any other motion that can strain the forefoot. Occasionally the problem is caused by repetitively jamming the big toe, but that is less common. Any athlete can develop this, but it’s most common with those who play on artificial turf surfaces or in flimsy shoes that don’t support the forefoot.
This injury can lead to long term pain in feet and weakness too, so it does need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Don’t wait to seek help for a sprained big toe and miss out on your favorite activities. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you take care of your lower limbs. You can request an appointment with us at either of our offices by calling, faxing, or using the web request form. To reach the Chandler office, call (480) 963-9000 or fax (480) 963-0375; to reach the Gilbert location, call (480) 981-1800 or fax (480) 981-0229.
What is the difference between mallet toes and hammertoes?
Mallet toe and hammertoe are two very similar conditions that affect different parts of your toes. They are both digital deformities that can make wearing shoes and sometimes walking very uncomfortable. Despite their similarities, though, they are different conditions. Mallet toe is a deformity that causes the very last joint in a small toe to bend abnormally. Hammertoe is a problem with the middle joint of one of the small digits becoming fixed in a bent position.
No matter which condition is affecting your feet, you can treat your digits conservatively to alleviate the discomfort and straighten out your toes. Changing footwear, physical therapy exercises, and pads or orthotics can make a significant difference for both these toe deformities. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona help you take care of your forefoot problems. Contact us for an appointment to see how we can manage your foot health. You can reach us through the website, by phone, or by fax: for our office in Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for our office in Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229.
Why do I have pain under my big toe?
Pain under your big toe is usually related to a problem called sesamoiditis. You have two small, kernel-sized bones called sesamoids embedded in a tendon under the ball of the foot at the base of the big toe. They act like pulleys for this digit, giving it more power when you push off the ground. These little bones and the tendon they’re embedded in can become irritated from overuse, however. This causes an aching pain underneath the foot that feels worse when you put pressure on it and better when you relax. Since this is an overuse injury, the condition tends to worsen unless you intervene and treat the problem.
Fortunately, conservative therapies tend to be very successful for managing this painful condition. If you’re struggling, don’t wait until you’re limping to seek treatment. Let us know here at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona and we can help you restore your lower limbs. Send us a request through the website, call, or fax our two locations to reach us: for Chandler, call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375; for Gilbert, call (480) 981-1800 and Fax (480) 981-0229.