Morton’s Neuroma is Capable of Sidelining Tennis Pros and Amateurs Alike

Can You Treat Morton’s Neuromas with a Trip to the Massage Parlor?Many international tennis fans were saddened to learn about Milos Raonic. In the week before Memorial Day 2015, the 24-year-old, Canadian tennis player found himself in an unfortunate situation. The source of his consternation was an ongoing foot injury.

For those that may have missed the sports headlines, he had Morton’s neuroma. The tennis pro tried surgical intervention to correct the problem but has yet to fully recover.

For many people who undergo a neurectomy, the post-surgery recovery period typically takes six weeks. By all media accounts, the tennis pro opted to have his surgery in early May. So, it is no wonder that he was unable to resume his frenetic pace in time for the start of Roland Garros tournament. At this point, he’s shooting for a return to the courts in late June and we hope that he makes it.

Morton’s neuroma is a common ailment that befalls pro tennis players and amateurs alike. It is brought about by a number of things, including playing on tennis courts for extended periods of time in athletic shoes that have certain types of toe boxes and little padding. The toe boxes compress the tennis player’s foot and a lack of padding doesn’t help matters either. As a result, one of the nerves in the foot becomes pinched.

Once pinched, the nerve becomes grossly irritated and misshapen. It also worsens over time if not treated effectively with one or more of the following:

  • Cortisone Injections and Oral Non-Steroidal Drugs
  • Modified Athletic Shoes and Supplemental Padding
  • Custom Orthotics for Tennis Players
  • Ice Pack Therapy and Activity Restrictions

Raonic allegedly began showing signs of his discomfort as early as April 2015. So he clearly wasted no time in receiving expert care from a podiatrist. Unfortunately for him, his case required surgical intervention. To learn more about the surgical methods used to treat professional athletes who have Morton’s neuromas, please contact a podiatrist or licensed foot surgeon.

Diabetic Foot Care Tips

Diabetic Foot Care TipsDiabetes can cause problems with your feet. Foot disorders are some of the most prevalent and neglected health issues in the United States. Diabetes often reduces blood flow to your feet and this can lead to oxygen deprivation. The results are diabetic nerve damage that causes numbness as well as sores and infections. Several diabetic foot care tips are below.

Daily Inspection: Diabetes may cause numbness in your feet making it hard to detect an infection. You should check your feet closely every day. Look for changes in cracked skin, color or sores. Put a mirror on the floor to see the bottom of each foot clearly.

Drying Feet: Make sure you dry your feet thoroughly after bathing. The space between the toes is vulnerable to infection if it remains moist. When you use lotion avoid putting it between your toes.
See a Doctor: A podiatrist specializes in foot care and can treat your foot woes properly. A podiatrist can diagnose, treat and help you prevent problems.

Orthotics: Orthotic footwear can provide protection and comfort. You can buy special shoes that are for people with diabetes. A podiatrist can give you advice about where you can get the shoes. Medicaid covers one pair of custom-molded diabetic shoes.

Blood Sugar: An out-of-control blood sugar level can lead to nerve cell damage and make it hard for you to fight an infection. If you control your blood glucose level you may prevent or delay damage.

The main diabetic foot care tips are to monitor your blood sugar level, inspect your feet every day, watch your weight and wear comfortable shoes. If you notice any changes that concern you, then it is a good idea to see your doctor immediately.

Get Rid of Foot Corns and Calluses Before Warm Weather Arrives

Get Rid of Foot Corns and Calluses Before Warm Weather ArrivesWarm weather is coming and your tootsies need to be in excellent condition to pull off the hottest looks. Unfortunately right now, they’re literally a train wreck waiting to happen. You’ve got foot corns and calluses, not to mention ratty cuticles and discolored nails.

What to do, what to do? We know, try these great podiatrist approved tips and get rid of those problems before the sun shines:

Soak your feet for 30 minutes then rub those softened calluses away with a sanitized pumice stone. Skip the callus shaver, metal rasp and acidic pads, especially if you have peripheral neuropathy. In the wrong hands, they have a tendency to be harsh on the skin and can cause nasty cuts as well as serious foot infections.

Before going to bed each night, treat your feet to a moisturizer. Slather one on and then cover your tootsies with clean, cotton socks. Otherwise, the moisturizer is apt to end up all over the bed sheets and your bedroom slippers not to mention the bathroom floor. Good choices are creams that contain vitamin E or non-acidic, prescription corn medications.

Reduce the amount of pressure on your feet as often as possible, even if it means buying some new things. After all, having healthy feet and feeling comfort are well worth the investment. Put gel floor pads down at work and change your footwear. Ask your podiatrist about shoes with built-in dells as well as moleskin, felt pads and orthotics.

Check yourself in the mirror and watch how you walk. Take steps to improve your posture and keep the weight placed onto your feet during everyday activities on an even keel. If necessary, see a specialist and ask about therapy that may improve your body’s mechanics overall.

Finally, consider having a licensed podiatrist remove the remaining foot corns and calluses for you. In 99.9% of the cases, this type of work is performed in podiatry offices and won’t keep people from resuming their normal activities. For information about making an appointment, please click here.

Podiatry Education Requirements

Podiatry Education RequirementsThe field of podiatry involves diagnosing, treating and helping to prevent foot and ankle conditions. Podiatrists provide medical care and can treat a wide range of problems including arthritis, hammertoes, bunions, arch problems, corns and heel spurs. Podiatrists study and train in order to become medical professionals.

Details about the education requirements are below.

Undergraduate Education: Most podiatrists start their education by earning a BS in one of the sciences. While many students choose to major in science-related fields, it is not required. If you hold an unrelated bachelor’s degree, you may have to complete certain science courses before applying to podiatry school.

A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree is a requirement if you want to practice as a podiatrist.

Doctoral Programs: A Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is a 4-year, specialized medical degree program. The first two years of study are very similar to those of Medical Doctor Degree programs, and in your third and fourth years you take podiatry-specific courses.

Some of the courses are lower-extremity biomechanics, lower-limb anatomy and podiatric trauma. You will also have to complete clinical rotations in areas like radiology and podiatric surgery.

The job outlook in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is bright. Employment of podiatrists will grow 23 percent from 2015 to 2022. This rate is faster than the average for all occupations. The reason is growth and a high demand for medical and surgical care of feet and ankles within an aging population.

Podiatrists will also be helpful for treating patients with problems caused by chronic conditions, such as obesity and diabetes. The average annual salary for podiatrists is around $120,000.

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