WHAT ARE HAMMERTOES AND HOW CAN I GET RID OF THEM?

A hammertoe occurs when a toe bends or buckles at the middle joint. A pressure corn (hard skin build-up) will often form from the top of the bent toe rubbing against the top of your shoes or against an adjacent toe. Over time, with enough irritation, a bump on the toe or bone spur can develop around the toe joint. The pressure corn that forms can become quite painful, red, swollen and occasionally becomes infected.

Hammertoe Treatment in Golden Valley, MinnesotaThere are many things that can cause a hammertoe. This includes a toe that is longer than the adjacent toes, high arches causing you to hit harder and the toes to bend, low arches that can cause the toes to spread and bend or hereditary predisposition. Also certain shoes can pull toes into a contracted or hammered position, such as high heels or ones that are too short, too narrow or not deep enough in the toe area.

In some cases, getting rid of the painful corn can be as simple as staying away from certain tight or narrow shoes or wearing shoes that have more room in the toe area. Besides a change in shoe style, there are many conservative options for treating a hammertoe. These may include wearing a gel toe protector, toe straightener, trimming off a pressure corn, applying a corn remover or even prescription foot orthotics to realign your feet.

Unfortunately, for many this is only a temporary solution for the problem. A permanent solution for hammertoes often requires a hammertoe procedure to surgically straightening the bent toe or toes. For those who are not able to have surgical correction of their hammertoes because of health concerns such as poor circulation, there are many products available at the Westwood Foot Clinic to protect a hammertoe from getting irritated or to hold the toe in a straighter position. We also have a full line of special stretchy and double depth shoes.

When correction of your hammertoe is necessary, this can often be performed right at the Westwood Foot Clinic, without the need for an expensive hospital or surgery center stay. Also, most are able to wear their regular shoes right afterwards.

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If you or someone you care about has a painful hammertoe that doesn’t get better with basic home care, then it’s time to see Dr. Silver at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN.   He can determine the best treatment options and discuss these with you. For an appointment with Dr. Silver click here or call (763) 231-2341 now.   Same & next day appointments are often available.

HELP FOR CHRONIC HEEL PAIN

If you are suffering from heel pain, you’re not alone. Approximately 20% or more of the population will develop heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis, at some point in time.

If you are suffering from heel pain, then you have experienced some or all of these symptoms, which can make you, feel very old and absolutely miserable!

5 Ways Podiatrists Treat Heel PainPlantar fasciitis is caused by a strain to the plantar fascia-the tendinous band that holds up your arch. The fascia has a weak point at its attachment to the heel that can be easily strained. This can come on quickly from an injury to the fascia such as in sports or slowly from an imbalanced or weak foot structure or strain to the arch, especially if your arches flatten too much to the ground when standing, walking or running. It often presents as horrible pain on the bottom of your heel with the first steps in the morning and after sitting or resting. The pain can even become so severe that you have difficulty running, exercising or even walking.

When you first start to experience heel pain, rest, ice and use of anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen can help. Unfortunately, many will go on to develop a chronic condition, sometimes lasting months to years. Those suffering with chronic plantar fasciitis have often tried many things and seen by several doctors…all without relief.

Fortunately, there is help for those that suffer with chronic heel pain! At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN, we specialize in the treatment of chronic heel pain. We are able to help those who have tried many things and had treatments-with little or no pain relief.

Our highly successful treatment plan involves a thorough evaluation of your heel pain with x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound and walking analysis. We’ll evaluate all prior treatment you may have tried and will work with you to determine the best treatment plan to achieve your desired results.

By identifying and treating the underlying cause of your heel pain, we can get rid of the pain and work at keeping it from coming back.

In rare cases, when the plantar fascia is too scarred, stretched or strained to respond to conservative treatment, we will perform a simple in-office surgical procedure that is highly successful in eliminating resistant heel pain.

If you’ve been suffering “way too long” with heel pain, then it’s time to finally get rid of the pain so that you can get back the activities you enjoy most.

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Click here or call (763) 231-2341 now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Silver at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley. Same and next day appointments are often available.

 

PROPER SHOES CAN HELP PREVENT CHILDREN’S FOOT PROBLEMS

 

Child Running InjuriesMost parents want their child to have fashionable, quality footwear but the choice of shoes sometimes causes more harm than good for your child’s feet. Research has shown that more than 29% of kids are wearing footwear that is “unsuitable.” It revealed that young girls are under the most pressure to wear expensive “fashionable” shoes like high heels, ballet pumps and flip-flops with poor support, which can harm young feet. In addition, 55% of children in one study suffered injuries because of poor shoe fit and lack of proper support.

Ill-fitting shoes can cause problems from minor blisters to infection and foot deformities. Children’s feet will be much more vulnerable to damage than adults. Fortunately, quality, healthy footwear doesn’t have to be a challenge to find or an expensive undertaking.

Look for lightweight, cushioned shoes with breathable material and plenty of room. Avoid hand-me-down shoes that are already worn down. On average, your growing child’s shoes will need to be replaced every 3-6 months. Watch for signs of excessive shoe wear, any areas of irritation on the feet and signs of pain such as limping. Also, listen to children’s complaints such as sore, aching or tired feet.

Dr. Thomas Silver, at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley is an expert in pediatric foot care. He can provide guidance, clear treatment solutions and answers to questions regarding any foot problem your child may have. Foot pain is not normal, especially for children, and anytime your child complains of foot pain it is essential that they are seen as soon as possible by Dr. Silver.

You can trust Dr. Silver and the staff at the Westwood Foot Clinic to take care of your child’s feet! They are experienced with children of all ages…including some of the most frightened and anxious. Dr. Silver is a member of Children’s Hospital Physician Network and is the foot specialist that many local pediatricians trust to take care of their patient’s foot problems.

Infant's FeetFor an appointment, click here or call (763) 231-2341 now. Same day appointments often available.

 

 

 

 

 

DR. SILVER’S GUIDE TO FINDING THE BEST FITTING SHOES

Specific Fitting Tips:

  • 1538730_559138687507050_35569501_nTry on shoes later in the day, as feet can swell or may spread after being on them for a period of time.
  • Measure your feet when standing with all your weight placed on the foot being measured. Then add ½ size to what you measure.
  • Make sure there is at least a thumbs width between your longest toe and the end of the shoe.
  • You should not feel the shoe touching or rubbing against the ends or tops of any toes.
  • For the proper width, your feet should not extend over the soles of the shoes when standing, especially in the front half of the shoes.
  • Be certain the heel doesn’t slip when you walk or run.
  • Shoes should be comfortable immediately when you try them and don’t need to be “broken in”.

General Helpful Tips:

  • Avoid tight, slip-on shoes that have no give or support when standing or walking a lot.
  • Find shoes with soles that won’t wear down too fast.
  • Get the proper shoe for a particular sport & get the proper running shoes for your particular foot structure. * A good running shoe store can help, by looking at your feet & watching you walk or run.
  • Note: More expensive shoes do not always mean they will fit better, be more comfortable or last longer! * On the other hand, stay away from cheap or off-brand shoes, which can wear down quicker and cause foot problems.
  • Look for shoes with a lot of cushion and support.

There is nothing better for your feet than comfortable, proper fitting shoes! Unfortunately, finding these shoes can be a big problem if you have a weak foot structure, swollen feet or foot deformities such as bunions and hammertoes. Fortunately, Dr. Silver and his staff at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN can help!

DSCF1598 bWe have a full line of extra wide, double depth and stretchy shoes available through our clinic. We fit prescription and non-prescription foot orthotics for those with neuroma pain, foot fatigue, heel (plantar fasciitis), arch or ankle pain.

We correct painful corns, calluses, deformed or ingrown toenails as well bunions and hammer toes. With our care, you can fit into shoes more comfortably again and be able to stand, walk, run and enjoy your favorite activities without pain! Click here or call (763) 231-2341 now to schedule your appointment at the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley, MN.

 

WINTER “SLIP & FALL” PREVENTION

SLIP-ON SNOW CLEATS: AVAILABLE NOW AT THE WESTWOOD FOOT CLINIC IN GOLDEN VALLEY, MN

Winter’s cold, ice and snow will be with us for a while longer and at times can make for more treacherous walking conditions. The icy obstacles can present challenges for anyone. It’s especially worse for those who are older, have mobility problems or are less flexible. And all it takes is one accident-just one slip and fall on the ice to cause serious injury that can impact your life for a long time afterwards.

In fact, accidental falls from “Mother Nature” are the leading cause of injury across all age groups over the age of 25. Falling on ice or snow can cause injuries such as fractures, back problems, strains, sprains, contusions, concussions-all of which can have long-term consequences.

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Slipping on snow or ice is not always avoidable…but whether you are just walking down your front or side steps, your driveway or walking a short distance outside, snow cleats can provide the traction you need to prevent a devastating slip and fall! They attach to most shoes or boots while being easy to put on & take off.

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At the Westwood Foot Clinic we have a few varieties of Snow Cleats in different sizes with prices ranging from $7-$20 per pair. It’s a small investment with the potential to prevent serious injury. Act smart and be prepared this winter. Stop by our clinic today to get your pair of snow cleats while supplies last!

unnamedOur clinic also has a variety of other cold weather solutions for your feet including special creams for dry, cracked skin as well as special Heat Holder socks and winter boots to keep your feet toasty warm.

Click Here or call us now @ (763) 231-2341 if you have any questions regarding the snow cleats, other cold weather solutions for your feet, or to schedule an appointment for any other foot problem you may have. Dr. Thomas Silver is one of the best podiatrists in the Twin Cities area. Same & next day appointments are often available.