Q: I have had plantar fasciitis for six months now and have worn the night splints and a walking boot and had custom orthotics made but still have it. My doctor wants me to see a physical therapist. What can they do for me and is this necessary?Read more
My mom has several toes that are painful and crossed under. She says that I should not wear high heels because that is what caused her problem. Is this true or am I just doomed to have my mom’s feet when I get older? High heels are identified as a major cause for toes crossing or becoming stuck in a bent position, called hammer toe. Shoes with a narrow toe box or shoes that place an excessive amount of force across the base of your toes can cause hyperextension of the toe joints (bending…Read more
I had surgery about three years ago for bunions (on both feet). Now I’ve developed bunions on the little toe side of my feet. Is this essentially the same problem and would surgery help? Bunions and bunionettes are anatomically similar — just located on different sides of the foot. With a bunion of the big toe, a large bump seems to grow out of the side of the great toe. But in fact what is happening is that the two bones that meet to form the big toe joint angle away from each other. A bump we…Read more
This is kind of a weird question but here goes. My sister tore her Achilles tendon about two years ago. They put her in a rigid ankle brace with her foot wedged in a pointed position. I just did the exact same thing (tore my Achilles tendon). Can I just wear her brace for awhile and skip seeing the doctor? It fits perfectly. A quick review of anatomy might help us answer this question. The Achilles tendon is a strong, fibrous band that connects the calf muscle to the heel. The calf is actually f…Read more
After tearing my Achilles tendon and put in an air-cast, can I talk to a surgeon into a walking cast?
I need some answers quickly. I tore my Achilles tendon playing tennis yesterday. Went to the emergency department. They put me in an air-cast until I can see an orthopedic surgeon. That’s tomorrow. I absolutely can’t function with a cast that won’t allow weight-bearing. Will I be able to talk the surgeon into a walking cast? Research continues in the area of treatment for Achilles tendon ruptures. The last 10 years has brought a change from placing patients in a nonweight-bearing cast to using a…Read more
I work in an assisted living facility as a lunch server. I notice how many of the seniors (even the younger ones) seem to shuffle in and out of the cafeteria. Why is that? Does everyone lose the ability to pick up their feet as they get older? I don’t want this to happen to me! When we see someone shuffling along without picking up their feet, it’s easy to just attribute it to “old age” or being “out of condition.” But if you’ve noticed this and wondered about it, it’s likely you may have also w…Read more
Dad continues to complain everyday about how his feet hurt. And when I took a look at his shoes — no wonder! He’s still shoving his very wide feet into a size 8 and he hasn’t been a size 8 since Nixon was in office. How do we convince him to “”upgrade”” so-to-speak? You have uncovered a very well-kept secret among our older adults. Studies show that as we get older, our feet tend to spread out and get wider. But shoe manufacturers have not altered shoes to accommodate for this change. And many …Read more
Believe it or not, I have gone through rehab three times now for a weak (or easily injured) Achilles tendon. My wife says just have surgery and be done with it. I’m not convinced surgery is the answer. What do you think?Read more
We have a 13-year old gymnast for a daughter who insists she is going to join the Cirque du Soleil circus as soon as she leaves home. My husband is seeing the medical bills piling up for injuries of all kind. As a former gymnast (local only) myself, I assure him she will be trained to avoid injuries. What else can I tell him to get him to calm down and see reason about this decision?Read more
Can you tell me what paratenonitis of the Achilles tendon is? I’ve heard of tendonitis but what’s paratenonitis? Is it just a different way to spell the same thing?