Our feet are the unsung heroes that carry us through every day, and for those of us with an active lifestyle, they become even more essential. But have you ever stopped to think about the connection between foot health and your ability to stay active? At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we’re here to dive into this link and provide insights into how maintaining optimal foot health can significantly enhance your active lifestyle.
What are bunions?
- A bunion, also known as Hallux Valgus, is a painful bony protrusion or bump that can be felt on the side of the big toe joint. This happens when a mal-alignment of the bones at this joint causes your big toe to deviate laterally or move towards your smaller toes. In this way, a bump is formed and, over time, becomes more prominent.
- Because of the bones’ mal-alignment, your joints become more inflamed with motion, resulting in pain, especially as the bump becomes more prominent. That means walking, running, and even putting on your favorite shoes will all be very painful. You can expect redness and swelling at the site due to the joint becoming more inflamed and damaged.
- Corns or calluses can also develop from your big toe and second toe rubbing together. The symptoms can progressively worsen and cause ongoing pain and even limit movement of your big toe. Particular shoes can cause additional pain, especially dress shoes or footgear with a narrow toe box.
When it comes to our overall well-being, we often forget just how much we rely on our feet. However, when a painful bunion starts to hinder our daily activities, it’s time to seek a solution that prioritizes both comfort and efficiency. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we are excited to introduce you to a new technique for bunion correction – minimally invasive bunion surgery. In this article, we’ll explore what this procedure entails, its benefits, and why it could be the key to walking pain-free once again.
As an athlete or fitness enthusiast, you naturally want to keep your body in good condition to enjoy your activities for a long time. However, being constantly on your feet, overtraining, and even using improper shoes can put you at risk of conditions that can impact your game, including stress fractures.
Your feet bear your weight and allow you to engage in movement. While sturdy, they are not immune to injuries that affect their function. One such condition is a plantar plate tear, which causes pain and discomfort to the injured foot.
This blog will delve into plantar plate tears, exploring their anatomy, causes, symptoms and treatment options. Whether you have this injury or are simply curious to learn more about it, understanding plantar plate tears allows you to prioritize foot health and seek appropriate care when needed.