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 Morton's NeuromaAccording to theChicago Tribune’s Harvard Health Letters, wearing shoes or boots are too tight or having bunions can potentially lead to the development of Morton’s Neuroma. Symptoms from Morton’s Neuroma, in addition to other adverse foot conditions, can be noticed and even made worse during the colder months and weather. "Colder weather makes you realize there's a problem," says Dr. Jim Ioli, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School. "You're no longer wearing sandals, and your feet are enclosed in shoes. That brings pain to your attention."

Dr. Ioli advises any symptoms that are being experienced, such as pain or fallen arches, need be addressed immediately. In addition, Dr. Ioli prescribes over the counter supports and of course wearing supportive shoes in order to maintain proper foot health.

If you think you may be suffering from Morton’s Neuromaor other heel-related injuries, don’t be afraid to contact a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can help treat your injuries and prevent any permanent damage.

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the third and fourth toe and the ball of the foot, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible to this condition. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.  Women are more likely than men to have an occurrence of this foot condition. When a person has Morton's neuroma, it can feel as if they are walking on stones or marbles.

What Increases the Chances of having Morton’s Neuroma?

-Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot area.
-Jogging, running and any sports that involve constant impact to the foot area.
-Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformity may put you at a higher risk for developing Morton’s neuroma.

If you suspect that you may have this condition, you should visit your podiatrist. A podiatrist will first conduct a thorough physical examination to check for palpable masses between the bones of the foot. The podiatrist will also apply pressure to the foot or toe area to replicate the pain a person experiences when active. The podiatrist may also prescribe an x-ray to rule out other conditions or problems.

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Toenail FungusIMB chemists led by Organic Materials scientist James Hendrick have teamed up with researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore to create new nanofibers that attack drug-resistant fungal cells, while leaving healthy ones alone.

The nanotechnology is made from recycled plastic that the scientists were able turn into new molecules by using an organic catalyst. “The ability of these molecules to self-assemble into nanofibers is important because unlike discrete molecules, fibers increase the local concentration of cationic charges and compound mass,” said Yi Yan Yang, one of the project’s head researchers.

If you are suffering from fungal toenails you should seek the care of a podiatrist such as Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama can diagnose your problem as well as provide you with treatment options.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a problem which affects many people and is hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating toenail fungus.

Antibiotics & Treatments 

Lamisil – is the most commonly effective treatment for toenail fungus. It is available as an antibiotic Terbinafine tablet and cream. Terbinafine is a chemical component which kills fungal growth on the body.  Applying regular doses will gradually kill the fungal growth. It is important to keep the area clean and air free. 

Sandals or open toed shoes – wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well

Alternative Treatments

Those who are skeptical or unsure of using Lamisil containing terbinafine may consider the following:

Alcohol, tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or Vicks VapoRub will help as well.

There are always surgical procedures that are available for toenail fungus. Some people would like immediate quick removal of toenail fungus. Surgeons will be able to cut through and remove the growth using laser surgery. It is important not to try and remove it yourself. Once removed, your old shoes will need to be replaced to avoid reinfection.   

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Matt HarropTriathlete Matt Harrop didn’t expect to break his foot in the middle of the Kona Ironman competition, but when it happened, he didn’t let it stop him from finishing. Kona, which takes place in Hawaii, is known as one of the most grueling Ironman competitions in the world, and Harrop had been training all year for it. So when he fractured his foot he just swallowed the pain and pushed himself to finish. He came in 335th out close to 2000 other triathletes.

Foot rehabilitation can be difficult, especially if you’re an athlete who just wants to play again. If you are seeking help recovering from a sports injury, see a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will identify your problem and get you the best treatment available to correct it.

Foot Rehabilitation for Athletes

Injured athletes are always looking for better, faster ways to aid their recovery and get back to the sport they love. To do this, podiatrists and physical therapists are often consulted so the injured athlete can get back onto the field as soon as possible. But rehabbing an injury is just as serious as the injury itself, and going through the motions of physical therapy or rehabilitation is a necessary process to keeping that injury at bay.

Sports Therapist or Physical Therapist?

If an athlete gets a foot injury, it is essential to receive foot rehabilitation to ensure proper healing. Sports therapists are more focused on athletic-related injuries than general physical therapists. It is important for an athlete to become healed properly because if they attempt to get back into their game before they are physically well, they could re-aggravate the original injury or even suffer a new one due to their weakened state.

Physical Therapy Gives Hope

Physical therapy helps to keep athletes as active as they are physically capable, which will get them ready to return to the field once their feet become healed. Physical therapy often gives hope to athletes. However in cases where the injury is very serious, the athlete may never be able to return to the game.

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Venric Mark appeared in just three games this season. (USATSI)Venric Mark of the Wildcats suffered an ankle fracture and now is off the field as a result. Mark’s fracture has not only benched him, but also prevents him from playing for the rest of the season. With Mark in the recovery process, the Wildcats’ chances of appearing in the final bowl have slimmed. Currently the Wildcats have appeared in the final bowl for the last five years.

Broken ankles are a common problem, especially in athletes. If you think your ankle is broken, podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care can diagnose your problem and discuss with you the best options available to you.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, meaning you will likely be in a cast for at least three months.

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Prince Harry has broken his toeEven in spite of suffering a broken toe, Prince Harry 29 scion, continues to train for a trek to the South Pole. Prince Harry is scheduled to make an impressive 208 mile journey as part of a Walking With The Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.

The walk is 16 days long with temperatures plummeting as low as -31 degrees fahrenheit, as the prince will walk with veterans of the British, Commonwealth and the United States military. Palace officials have not revealed just how the prince broke his toe, but it’s clear that not even an injury can stop this royalty. The goal of this endeavor is to raise $2million for rehabilitating and re-training injured troops.

Suffering from a broken toecan be a painful injury to deal with. It is beneficial to be in the care of a doctor who can treat your condition properly. A podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care assess your injury can provide you with the best treatment options for your needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture). Another type of trauma that can break a toe is repeated activity that places stress on the toe for prolonged periods of time.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

· throbbing pain
· swelling
· bruising on the skin and toenail
· the inability to move the toe with ease.
· toe appears crooked or disfigured
· tingling or numbness in the toe
· injured person experiences fever or chills throughout their body, and when there is an open, bleeding wound present on the toe.

Generally, a minor toe break will heal without long-term complications, but it is important to discontinue activities that put pressure on the toe. It is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated on pillows. Swelling can be alleviated by placing an ice pack on the broken toe for 15 minutes every two hours then taping the two toes together with medical tape. 

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