Monday, July 30, 2012

Morton’s neuroma, you’ll be painfully aware of it.

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Morton’s neuroma is a condition affecting the ball of your foot between the third and fourth toes. It can be intensely painful or sting, burn and sometimes feel numb. Many people who suffer this painful condition describe the sensation as having a foreign object in their shoe. Morton’s neuroma is a thickening of the tissue around the nerve leading to the toes and usually develops because of injury, irritation or simply because of the pressure from long hours on your feet. Although you can’t really see it the pain is sure to make you aware of it and symptoms usually get progressively worse unless steps are taken to reduce stress on the foot. Diagnosis of Morton’s neuroma is done by physical examination. Dr. Boucher will feel and press on the area causing the pain and question you about your symptoms. An ultrasound may be used to confirm the diagnosis because it offers a clear picture of soft tissue damage.

There are a number of treatment options that range from lifestyle changes and things you can try at home to surgery. Dr. Boucher will most likely reserve surgical options as a last resort. Although surgery has a high success rate, the possibility of permanent nerve damage exists. Recommendations for at home treatment to help relieve pain and allow nerve to heal include:
  • Change of footwear
  • Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication
  • Modification of activities that place stress on your feet
  • Ice packs
Medical treatment of Morton’s neuroma will depend on the severity of your case. Dr. Boucher may suggest foot pads or orthotics to redistribute the pressure on your foot. Orthotics are available over the counter, or Dr. Boucher may custom design them for you. Other options include:
  • Steroid injections
  • Temporarily freezing the nerve
  • Decompression surgery
  • Surgical removal of the nerve
Morton’s neuroma is a commonly seen condition and Dr. Boucher’s experience at healing will help relieve your pain and speed you to recovery. No foot condition that causes pain should be ignored. If you haven’t gotten relief from pain by changing your footwear to a roomier toe design and giving yourself a break from rigorous activities that may be contributing to the pain, you should make an appointment with Dr. Boucher by calling (203) 238-3668.

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Do stinky feet have you hiding in shame?

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There is really no delicate way to say it - foot odor is obnoxious and embarrassing. The good news is there are several things that can be done to counteract the problem. So don’t hide at home in shame.
Foot odor is caused by sweat and although sweat itself has no odor it creates a place for bacteria to thrive. Bacteria occurs naturally on your feet and hair on the toes increases the hiding places for the bacteria. Your feet are more densely covered with sweat glands than any other place on your body. Because your feet are usually encased in shoes all day the sweat has no chance to evaporate, so it’s trapped inside your foot wear.

Although there are several factors that can contribute to smelly feet, there is also a multitude of preventive and extinguishing methods that can control and eliminate the problem. Factors that contribute may include:
  • Certain medications
  • Hormonal changes
  • Stress
Now that you know the problem exists let’s look at options for correcting it. Preventive measures and methods to extinguish the problem are quite often the same. What you can do to eliminate foot odor includes:
  • Wash your feet daily, dry thoroughly especially between the toes and apply foot powder
  • Wear clean socks
  • Don’t wear the same shoes two days in a row and allow them to dry thoroughly
  • Avoid synthetic socks as they don’t allow for as much breathability as natural fibers
  • A few pinches of baking soda, which is very inexpensive, can keep your feet and shoes fresh
  • Swabbing feet with rubbing alcohol will freshen feet and rid them of bacteria
  • Use a hand sanitizer to aid in killing bacteria on your feet
  • Rub your feet with corn starch as it will absorb perspiration
There are other more aggressive methods of treating foot odor if you have a persistent problem.  A low level electrical current can be applied to the skin, which will hold foot sweating at bay for several weeks. In the most severe cases, Dr. Boucher can cut a nerve that controls the sweating.

So take heart, there is a solution for you. On those really depressing days, when even the dog won’t fetch your shoes, you have foot odor control options. Dr. Boucher is available to advise you on your foot odor problem. Call her at (203)238-3668. She can help your feet feel fresh all day.

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