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By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
December 17, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Toe Pain  

If you are wondering what is causing your toe pain you may want to turn to a podiatrist.

Throbbing, aching, and tingling toes are an unusual and uncomfortable sensation. There are also a variety of reasons why this might be happening, from minor irritations to conditions that require immediate attention. If you are dealing with persistent toe pain it’s important to see our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, for a proper evaluation.

Toe pain may be accompanied by other symptoms such as burning, numbness, swelling, or discoloration. Make sure to discuss any toe pain symptoms with our Ridgeland, MS, foot doctor. If you are noticing redness, skin that’s warm to the touch, or fever, these are signs of an infection that require prompt medical attention.

What causes toe pain?

Causes of toe pain range from minor injuries such as stubbing your toe to more serious health problems. Injuries that can lead to toe pain include,

  • Burns and lacerations
  • Blisters
  • Strains and sprains
  • Broken toes and fractures
  • Dislocated joints
  • Frostbite

Infections that can cause toe pain include,

  • Fungal infections such as athlete’s foot
  • An infected cut or sore
  • Cellulitis (skin infection)

Other conditions that can cause toe pain include,

  • Bursitis and tendinitis
  • Ingrown toenail
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Nerve compression
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Peripheral neuropathy

If you’ve stubbed your toe or recently injured it running or during physical activity, then you can easily ease your pain and rest to give your toe time to heal. Other ways to improve toe pain caused by minor injuries include,

  • Elevating the injured foot
  • Wearing open-toed shoes or shoes with a wide toe box
  • Taking pain relievers like ibuprofen 48 hours after the injury (do not take it right after)
  • Performing gentle, easy foot stretches every day
  • Wrapping or taping the toe, particularly if it’s broken

When should I see a doctor about my toe pain?

It’s always a good idea to see a doctor if,

  • You are dealing with any kind of foot pain that lasts more than 2 weeks or doesn’t respond to home care
  • You are dealing with pain that’s intense or prevents you from going about your normal daily routine
  • You notice numbness, weakness, or tingling in the foot
  • You have also been diagnosed with diabetes or nerve damage in your feet

Toe pain should not go ignored, and our Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist Dr. Sotolongo and her team can help you find out what’s causing your pain and how to best treat it. To schedule an evaluation, call The Foot Doctor at (601) 206-9101.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
August 05, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Turf Toe  

Whether or not you are an athlete, you could experience a podiatric condition called turf toe. An over flexion of the big toe when playing on inflexible athletic fields, turf toe limits mobility and playing time too. To keep moving--and competing-- see Dr. Rose Sotolongo. She is Ridgeland Podiatrist at The Foot Doctor in Ridgeland MS.

Ouch, that hurts!

Yes, turf toe will make you say that. This common foot problem often happens quickly as your toe catches on artificial turf or other hard playing surfaces, hyper-extending the big toe. Quickly shifting your weight and changing direction precipitates the injury too. Football and soccer players, dancers, and gymnasts suffer from turf toe.

Symptoms of turf toe include:

  • Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling and redness
  • Joint instability or stiffness
  • Limited range of motion in the toe or even the entire foot

Besides athletes, women may develop turf toe from wearing high-heeled shoes. Also, poorly supportive footwear--casual, dress, or athletic--causes the injury, reports the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). In any case, report your symptoms to your Ridgeland podiatrist right away to rule out fractures and to pin down a diagnosis.

Treating turf toe

Your treatment plan depends on the results of your exam and X-rays with The Foot Doctor. Foot surgery is a last resort for this problem. More usual interventions are:

  • RICE--rest (sometimes for weeks), ice to the foot and toe, compression with a bandage, and elevation of the foot
  • Physical therapy to improve range of motion
  • Wearing shoes with stiffer structural components or graphite inserts--also called turf toe plates
  • Wearing a walking boot or cast and crutches to fully immobilize the toe

Much depends on how your Ridgeland Podiatrist grades your injury (grade one, two, or three).

Feel better and play well

Recovering from turf toe takes time and patience. Going back to old bad habits or training too soon may impact your mobility and function permanently. See The Foot Doctor, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, for the best treatment in the Ridgeland MS area. Call your podiatrist for a consultation at (601) 206-9101. You can get back in the game!

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
May 07, 2020
Category: Foot Care

If you're a diabetic, infections, nerve damage and circulation issues are all serious risks to your podiatric health. This is because diabetes can damage your nerves and decrease blood flow to your feet. If you live in Ridgeland, MS, contact the podiatric office of Dr. Rose Sotolongo to receive treatment for all your foot care needs. Until then, here are some things you should do in order to keep your feet healthy.

Examine Your Feet

When you're diabetic, it's important to examine your feet each day. The following symptoms are signs that you need to seek medical attention:

  • Your feet feel warmer in some areas.
  • Your feet are red.
  • Your feet are tender when you touch a specific area.
  • Your feet feel numb or painful.
  • Your feet are peeling and cracking.

Untreated Foot Complications

Diabetics should seek immediate medical attention when they notice changes in their feet. Since people with diabetes experience decreased blood flow to their feet and nerve damage, they have reduced sensation. If you are a diabetic, you may not notice that you have cuts, infections, or ulcers on your feet. If left untreated, the condition can worsen and ultimately lead to amputation of your foot or leg.

How to Care for Your Feet

When you have diabetes, you can prevent foot issues by never walking barefoot. You may accidentally step on a sharp object but not feel the cut until it has become infected. Always wash your feet in lukewarm water. Thoroughly dry them and apply lotion to the top and bottom of your feet. Never put lotion between your toes as this can encourage fungus to grow.

If you have nerve damage or other diabetic foot problems, visit your podiatrist regularly for toenail care and foot exams. Never try to remove calluses on your own. Let your podiatrist remove them If you live in Ridgeland, MS, contact the podiatric office of Dr. Rose Sotolongo for further suggestions.

Diabetics must be extra vigilant when it comes to foot care. A simple cut can lead to catastrophic results if left untreated. By examining your feet each day, never going barefoot, bathing your feet in lukewarm water and visiting your podiatrist on a regular basis, you can safeguard both your feet and your overall health. Schedule an appointment at our Ridgeland, MS, podiatric office so that Dr. Rose Sotolongo can provide you with the treatment specific to your needs. Contact us at 601-206-9101 for an appointment.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
March 10, 2020
Category: Foot Condition
Tags: Bunions  

If a painful bony bump is protruding from your foot, you'll most likely have some concerns. When one develops, this is called a bunion, and you should visit our podiatrist immediately for relief. These toe deformities are common in both men and women, and while most bunions can be treated by conservative measures, severe cases may require more intensive interventions.

If you suspect that you may have a bunion, Dr. Rose M. Sotolongo DPM can physically assess your foot during an initial consultation to our Ridgeland, MS office. She'll then recommend the best treatment option depending on the severity of your condition—read on to learn more.

What is a Bunion?

Bunions are bony deformities that often start small and progress over time if left untreated. They form on the joint at the base of the big toe and causes the tip to gravitate toward the surrounding ones. This visible lump indicates fluctuations in foot mechanics. Rather than pointing straight ahead, the bones become thrown out of alignment. Fortunately, they are correctable and you should seek attention immediately at the first sign of symptoms.

Bunion Symptoms

These protrusions typically result from friction and pressure of the skin against improper footwear. They are inheritable and could also develop from faulty biomechanics. Other causes include foot injuries, arthritis, congenital deformities, or neuromuscular disorders. To accurately diagnose a bunion, our podiatrist will look for one or more of the following:

  • Hammertoe development
  • Swelling, callus, or firm bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe
  • Irritations caused by toe overlap
  • Redness, tenderness, soreness

Treatment for Bunions

There are two types of methods Dr. Sotolongo recommends in her Ridgeland, MS, office to help patients get back on their feet: nonsurgical and surgical. Bunions don't disappear on their own, but they are manageable by avoiding high-heeled shoes, wearing non-medicated padding, and applying ice packs. When this doesn't work, our podiatrist will perform a minimally-invasive procedure that involves removing the bunion in its entirety. Post-surgery recovery takes about six weeks to a few months to complete, and this depends on several factors, such as the amount of tissue and bone that's been affected and your health status.

Need Foot Care? Give Us a Call

When bunions begin to interfere with your daily activities, consult with your podiatrist to discuss the next steps. Your foot health is most important to us, and Dr. Rose M. Sotolongo DPM can help eliminate your pain and address ways to prevent bunions from returning.

For more information about bunions, the conditions we treat, and the other services that we provide, visit our website. For appointment scheduling at our Ridgeland, MS, office, please call (601) 206-9101.

By Rose M. Sotolongo, DPM
December 23, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Heel pain doesn't have to keep you off your feet. Here at the Ridgeland, MS, office of your podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, we offer treatments designed to relieve your painful heel symptoms—read on to learn more.

Why does my heel hurt?

Heel pain has many possible causes. Stepping on a hard object can cause an uncomfortable stone bruise, while deep calluses in your skin can also trigger pain. Although these heel issues usually go away on their own in a week or two, other heel conditions can cause pain for weeks on end.

Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, could be the source of your issue if your symptoms are worse either in the morning or after you've been sitting for a while. This condition is caused by inflammation in the band of tissue that connects your heels to your toes.

A bone spur may also be to blame for the pain in your heel. You may be more likely to develop bone spurs if your shoes are worn out, you are over 40 years old, are overweight, or have plantar fasciitis.

Inflammation of your Achilles tendon, the long skinny tendon at the back of your heel, or the retrocalcaneal bursa can also cause heel pain. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps the tendon easily glide over the heel bone.

How can my Ridgeland foot doctor help me?

If you have severe pain or your symptoms don't improve after a week or two of home care, let your podiatrist know. Although treatments vary depending on the cause of your heel pain, your foot doctor may recommend one or more of these therapies:

  • Heel Cups and Orthotics: These shoe inserts cushion and support your foot or heel to help absorb shock, thus making standing and walking more comfortable.
  • Prescription Medication: Your podiatrist may prescribe medication to ease pain and inflammation.
  • Corticosteroid Injections: Injections can be helpful if ice or over-the-counter pain medication aren't decreasing your pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises stretch and strengthen the muscles and tissues in your foot and heel, offering a simple way to relieve pain.
  • Night Splints: Night splints may be recommended if you have plantar fasciitis. The splints stretch your feet while you sleep, easing pain.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): This treatment uses therapeutic pressure waves to promote healing and reduce inflammation.

Need relief? Give us a call

Do you have heel pain? Call your Ridgeland, MS, podiatrist, Dr. Rose Sotolongo, at (601) 206-9101 to schedule an appointment.

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