It’s important to know when to see a foot doctor to treat your foot and ankle injuries.
Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam, your podiatrists at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, have worked with everyone from casual runners to elite athletes, diagnosing and providing customized treatment for their various sports injuries over the years. So, when should you just take it easy and monitor your symptoms at home and when should you make an appointment with your podiatrist? Read on to learn the answer.
Most sprains, strains, and overuse injuries require ample rest in order to heal. This means avoiding any and all high-impact activities that could make the injury worse. Listen to your feet and ankles and if you are experiencing pain, stiffness, weakness, or swelling, for it’s important to give them a break. Most people follow the RICE method,
- Rest: Stay off your feet as much as possible
- Ice: Apply ice for up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Compression: Wrap or bandage the injured foot or ankle for support and stabilization
- Elevation: When resting, prop your injured foot above the heart to reduce swelling
You may also try over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, that can temporarily alleviate bouts of pain and inflammation. While home care may be all you need to ease strained ligaments or minor sprains, it’s important to know when it’s time to see your Albany, NY, foot doctor for your sports injuries.
Seeing a Doctor
It’s never a bad idea to check in with your podiatrist after you sustain an injury. By talking through your symptoms, our team can offer up ways to treat the problem at home or decide that it’s best to come in for treatment. If you notice any of these symptoms it’s a good idea to give us a call as soon as possible,
- Severe pain and swelling
- Inability to bear weight on the foot or ankle
- Limited mobility
- Shooting pains
- Numbness, weakness or tingling
- Deformity or changes in the shape or color of your foot or ankle
- Pain that persists or gets worse despite a week of rest and home care
If you are dealing with any sports injuries and are unsure whether you require additional treatment or care, please don’t hesitate to contact Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, at (518) 465-3515.
A hallux valgus, commonly known as a bunion, develops when the joint tissue or bone at the big toe’s bottom portion moves out of its proper position. Besides, years of abnormal pressure and motion on this joint could make the big toe bend towards your other toes, causing a bunion. This joint is responsible for carrying a huge portion of your weight when you walk so if you have a bunion, you may feel constant and severe pain in this area.
In time, it may become so sore and stiff that you won’t be able to wear closed footwear. If your bunions are affecting the quality of your life, you can come in for a consultation here at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY. Dr. Marc Ginsburg or Dr. Steven Lam can examine your condition and suggest proper treatment for your specific symptoms.
Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Bunions
Although bunions are permanent and the only way to get rid of them permanently is through surgery, you can take certain steps to slow down its progression and ease your symptoms. These simple treatments may help alleviate pressure and pain on your toe joint:
- Keep your weight in check to avoid placing unnecessary weight on your legs and feet.
- Wear shoe inserts to keep your feet in the proper position.
- Protect your bunion with a gel-filled or moleskin pad when wearing shoes.
- Ease pain and soreness by applying ice packs, massaging the affected areas, and doing warm soaks.
- Under your podiatrist’s instructions, wear a splint when sleeping to ensure that your toe is straight.
- Wear footwear with a wider toe area to avoid putting pressure on the bunion.
- Take NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain relief.
When Bunion Surgery is Needed
For bunions that cause severe pain, even with the abovementioned treatments, our podiatrist here at our Albany, NY, practice may suggest surgery. The main goal of bunion surgery is to reposition your big toe in its proper position and relieve pain. In general, the surgical procedure will involve returning bones, nerves, tendons, and ligaments back into their proper positions and getting rid of the bunion bump.
In most cases, people usually opt for surgery if their symptoms persist or worsen within a year. Furthermore, your podiatrist might recommend bunion surgery if you have an increased risk of the bunion causing more severe foot issues like bursitis, hammertoe, chronic pain in the ball of your foot, or a bunion below your little toe.
Concerned about Your Bunions?
Arrange a consultation with Dr. Marc Ginsburg or Dr. Steven Lam here at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, by dialing (518) 465-3515.
As if you're constantly stepping on nails, certain heel problems can shoot pain into your foot with every step. Fortunately, if you are dealing with this issue, expert care from Dr. Martin Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam of Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, can help alleviate it. Read on to learn more.
Why does your heel hurt?
Some heel pain comes from plantar warts, small, hardened bumps caused by a virus. They appear singly or in clusters on the heel or other areas of your feet. At our Albany, NY, office, your podiatrist may use heat, cryosurgery, salicylic acid, or even laser surgery to remove warts completely.
Another common reason for heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Often co-existing with heel spurs (bony projections off the front of the calcaneus bone), plantar fasciitis involves painful inflammation of the connective tissue in the arch of the foot.
Typically worse in the morning, plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages and lifestyles, but more frequently it affects runners, middle-aged individuals, and those whose jobs require much standing. Excess body weight and overpronation (improper placement of the foot when you walk) also contribute to this podiatric condition.
Managing plantar fasciitis
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of chronic heel pain, with effects that are particularly strong in the morning and then lessen throughout the day. However, a strenuous gym workout can also aggravate this condition at any time.
At Capital Region Foot Care, Dr. Ginsburg and Dr. Lam diagnose plantar fasciitis based on symptoms and hands-on examination of the foot, ankle, and calf.
Fortunately, conservative programs of relief usually prove successful in managing symptoms. Your particular treatment plan may include:
- A program of daily stretching exercises, especially for the calf muscle
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen
- Cortisone injections
- Arch supports worn in well-supportive shoes (with laces if possible)
- Heel cups or cushions
Sometimes, when a condition is severe and unresponsive to conservative treatments, surgery is needed.
It's time to feel better
You have suffered long enough with your heel pain. Get the help you deserve from Dr. Martin Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam in Albany, NY. For more information or to book an appointment, please contact the office at (518) 465-3515.
Dealing with a sports injury? Here’s when you should see a podiatrist.
Whether you are an avid runner, an elite athlete or you just enjoy participating in intramural sports, our Albany, NY, podiatrists Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam want to make sure that you are protecting your feet and ankles from injury. Injuries that affect the feet and ankles are pretty common in athletes. Here are some of the most common sports injuries and when you should turn to a podiatrist for care,
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Stress fractures
- Ankle sprains
- Turf toe
- Plantar fasciitis
If you're experiencing pain, swelling or bruising, or if you’re having trouble putting weight on your foot or ankle after a sports-related accident it’s important that you see your Albany, NY, foot doctor to ensure that you get the proper care and treatment you need to make a full recovery. If you experience weakness, numbness or tingling after an injury this requires emergency medical attention.
The majority of patients dealing with mild to moderate foot pain and swelling will make a full recovery with simple conservative care. Minor injuries are often treated with the RICE method,
Along with following the RICE method, you may also choose to take a nonsteroidal medication such as ibuprofen to reduce swelling and pain. During your evaluation, your Albany, NY, foot specialist may also recommend splinting or bracing the foot, wearing custom orthotics, or even wearing a protective boot or using crutches (for more severe injuries where you shouldn’t put weight on the ankle or foot). Moderate to severe injuries may also benefit greatly from routine exercises along with physical therapy and rehabilitation.
Our podiatrist will map out your very own treatment plan based on the type and severity of your foot problems. It’s important that you take good care of your feet, particularly when you have an injury. Allow your feet and ankle ample time to recover and follow your podiatrist’s instructions. While we know how tempting it is to get back into the game and to enjoy your regular routine, properly caring for your injury will provide you with a full and speedy recovery so you can get back to what you enjoy without long-term issues.
Are you experiencing symptoms of a foot or ankle injury? If so, turn to the experts at Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY for care. Call our office at (518) 465-3515 to book your next appointment.
If you suspect that you may be dealing with a bunion or if you are experiencing symptoms such as pain and swelling in your feet, it’s important that you visit our Albany, NY, podiatrists, Dr. Marc Ginsburg and Dr. Steven Lam. Read on to learn if you should turn to our office for treatment.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a joint deformity at the base of the big toe that can get larger over time, causing the big toe to lean over its smaller neighbors. This is a progressive condition, but with the proper care, you can prevent a bunion from getting worse.
How can I tell that I have a bunion?
Since a bunion usually affects the bone at the base of the big toe, you may notice that the area sticks out. Most of the time, a bunion only affects one foot, so you will likely be able to see a difference between the affected foot and the normal foot. In more advanced stages, the big toe may even lean toward the other toes or overlap.
How is a bunion treated?
There are so many ways to treat a bunion and most of them require simple nonsurgical options. Mild bunions may be relieved with proper footwear, custom orthotics crafted by our Albany, NY, foot doctor, stretching exercises, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers.
When you come into our office, our podiatry team will create a treatment plan unique to you based on certain factors including your activity level, current health status, lifestyle, and the severity of the bunion.
Do I need surgery?
Your foot doctor will be able to help you determine whether or not you could benefit from surgery. Even though surgery is the only way to completely fix a bunion, that doesn’t mean that it’s a necessary step. In fact, most patients can get the relief they need without surgery, as it is usually only a last-ditch effort to fix the problem when all other treatment options have failed to work. Those dealing with severe pain and restricted movement as a result of their bunion may require surgery.
Give us a call
Capital Region Foot Care in Albany, NY, is a full-service foot and ankle practice, specializing in everything from treating bunions and heel pain to ankle fractures and ruptured tendons. Have additional questions about caring for your bunion? Then call us today at (518) 465-3515.
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