18. September 2014 08:03
Morton’s Neuroma is an orthopedic condition that causes a sharp and burning pain in the ball of the foot, usually between the third and fourth toe. The person suffering from the problem may feel as if he is standing on a pleated sock or grit in his shoe and the toe may itch, and feel numb.
Although the exact cause of Morton’s Neuroma is not known there are a number of reasons that are believed to aggravate it.
- Footwear: Wearing very tight shoes can worsen the pain caused due to Morton’s Neuroma. Shoes with high heels, pointed shoes or tight toe shoes can compress the toes and cause pain.
- Foot Conditions: There are many foot conditions that can lead to this condition because they rub the bones against the foot nerve. Some of these are high arched foot, flat feet, hammer toe and bunion.
- Sports Activities: Sports that involve running can also increase the foot pain as they put extra burden on the foot nerve.
- Sudden pain while walking. The pain may either be sharp or dull but it causes the patient to stop and remove the shoe.
- A feeling that there is something inside the ball of the foot
- Paresthesia- a feeling of pricking or tingling with no visible continuing physical effect which is also known as pins and needles.
Initially, orthopedic doctors usually prescribe self-help measures to treat Morton’s Neuroma. Some of these are:
- Providing proper rest to foot and massaging the affected toes.
- Soothing the affected area with an ice pack.
- Changing footwear and wearing wide toed and flat ones.
- Using arch supports- a padding that supports the arch of the foot and relaxes the strain on the toes.
- Avoiding indulging in sports and other rigorous activities that puts pressure on the affected area
- Weight management for obese patients
If symptoms are persistent and severe, the doctor may employ surgical treatment option.
For consultation and treatment of Morton’s Neuroma, visit the foot and ankle doctor at OrthoTexas. To request an appointment, call at (214) 618-5502.
11. September 2014 12:34
Back pain is a common issue and can occur to anyone regardless of their age or sex. Any trauma or fall can lead to backache which can worsen if not treated well. Here are some tips that will help you prevent low back pain and increase your back strength.
- Avoid exerting and spraining your back: Often due to sudden lifting or pulling the back gets sprained and it is quite a painful condition. Therefore, to avoid spraining your back you should refrain from lifting anything heavy without any support. You should always slow down and do the tasks at a normal pace rather than hushing up and exerting your back.
- Control your weight: Overweight people have a higher tendency to suffer from back pain and hurting their back. To prevent low back pain, it is crucial that you move your muscles and keep your joints active regularly. You should try to reduce your weight, especially around the stomach, as it will avoid the sprain on your back.
- Maintain good eating habits: To prevent back pain it is also essential that you eat right. By monitoring your diet, you can maintain a healthy weight and avoid unnecessary stress on your body. You should consume more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, dairy products and lean meat to keep your body healthy and the immunity strong.
- Avoid sleeping on your back: If you frequently suffer from backache then you can try sleeping sideways rather than sleeping on your back. You should use supportive pillows and mattresses to keep yourself comfortable and your back in the right position. By having restful and a sound sleep you can promote wellness and good health of your body.
- Correct your posture: Low back pain is common among people who work in offices and use computers for long hours. Continuously sitting in the wrong posture puts stress on the back and causes damage. It is important that you work on an ergonomically correct workstation, take short intervals and use correct posture. Maintaining the right posture will help you keep your back strong and prevent stress and sprains.
- Avoid stress: Stress is one of the biggest causes of back pain as it causes tension in the muscles and leads to back ache. Thus, it is essential that you reduce the stress and choose some activities such as deep breathing, yoga and meditation to make your back strong.
You should consider making the required lifestyle changes to try and prevent low back pain. However, if you still suffer from pain then you should immediately consult a spine doctor to have it properly diagnosed.
4. September 2014 11:55
The knee is a complex structure and one of the largest joints in the body. The ligaments in the knee connect the thighbone to lower leg bones and are vital for any kind of movement like walking, running or playing. Ligaments are tough bands of connective tissue responsible for giving support to the knee joints and providing stability to them. There are four ligaments in the knee and the knee relies on them for stability and movement. These ligaments are highly susceptible to sprains and tears during sports activities, physical work or exercises or due to accidents leading to knee ligament injuries. The ligaments can be stretched, torn or ruptured. A few common knee ligament injuries are
- ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) – It is one of the two major ligaments in the body and connects the thigh one to the shinbone.
- PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) – It is the second major ligament in the knee and connects thighbone to shinbone.
- MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament)– This ligament connects thigh bone to fibula, which is a small bone on outside of the lower leg.
- LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament)– It connects the thigh bone to the inside of the shin bone.
- Sudden change in direction while running
- Blunt force hit to the knee, such as during football tackle
- Extending the knee too far
- Suddenly stopping while running
- Sudden shift of weight from one leg to another
- Landing or jumping with hyperextended knee
- Pain in knee, which can be sudden and severe
- Pop or snap felt during injury
- A feeling of looseness in the joint
- Inability to walk and bear weight on the knees
A knee ligament injury is diagnosed by an orthopedic doctor who will inquire about the nature of the injury, when and how it happened and the area where numbness and pain is experienced. Diagnostic tests like X-Rays, MRI scans and ultrasound scans provide images of any tears or ruptures that help in determining the injury.
Knee ligament injuries of mild nature get resolved with time and you may be advised to follow the RICE approach which is; Rest the knee, avoid putting any weight on it, ice the knee for 15-20 minutes to reduce pain and swelling, compress the knee using elastic bandages to control swelling and elevate the knee on a pillow. The surgeon may recommend wearing braces to provide support and stability to the knee. Anti-inflammatory painkillers help in reducing pain and swelling, and stretching and strengthening exercises can also recommended by the doctor. Surgery is required if you have injured your ACL or ruptured your PCL and in cases of severe injury to the knee ligaments.
For comprehensive orthopedic treatment for knee ligament injuries, visit OrthoTexas at 4780 North Josey Lane (N. Josey Lane and FM 544/Parker Rd), Carrollton, TX 75010. To schdeule an appointment, call at (972) 492-1334