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Ballerinas often face various foot injuries due to the intense demands of ballet. One common injury is the stress fracture, resulting from repetitive impact and overuse, particularly in the metatarsal bones. Tendonitis, especially affecting the Achilles tendon, occurs from overextension and strain during jumps and pointe work. Blisters and calluses develop from friction against tight-fitting ballet shoes. Additionally, sprained ankles are frequent due to the constant balancing and quick directional changes. Sesamoiditis, an inflammation of the small bones beneath the big toe, is another injury caused by the pressure of pointe work. Plantar fasciitis, characterized by heel pain, results from excessive strain on the arch of the foot. These injuries highlight the physical challenges ballerinas face, emphasizing the importance of proper technique, conditioning, and foot care in their training. Foot pain can temporarily stop a dancer’s movements. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with relief and treatment methods. 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Toenail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is caused by a fungal infection. It can also be triggered by psoriasis, a chronic autoimmune skin disorder that affects the skin and nails, causing thickening, scaling, and inflammation. When psoriasis affects the nails, it can create pits, ridges, and discoloration, making them more likely to develop a fungal infection. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, such as sweaty socks and shoes. Additionally, fungi can be picked up by walking barefoot in communal spaces, such as locker rooms or swimming pool areas. Individuals with a weakened immune system, diabetes, or poor circulation are more likely to develop issues with toenail fungus. Injuries to the toenail, such as ongoing pressure or trauma, may provide opportunities for fungi to infect the nail bed. Practicing good foot hygiene, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas can help prevent exposure to toenail fungus. If an infection occurs, it is suggested to seek prompt treatment from a podiatrist to prevent it from spreading and to restore the health of your toenails.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Ronald K. Olm of Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

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.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Laser treatment for fungal nails offers a promising solution to combat the persistent infection that plagues many individuals. While its cost may vary depending on factors such as location and severity of the infection, it is often deemed a worthwhile investment in restoring nail health. Beyond financial considerations, the cosmetic implications are significant. Fungal nail infections can cause unsightly discoloration, thickening, and brittleness, affecting individuals' self-confidence and social interactions. Laser therapy aims to eliminate the infection and improve nail appearance, addressing both functional and aesthetic concerns. However, despite its effectiveness, recurrence remains a common challenge. Fungal spores can linger in shoes and socks, potentially leading to reinfection post-treatment. Combining laser therapy with preventive measures like proper foot hygiene and footwear sanitation is essential in minimizing the risk of recurrence. If you have toenail fungus and are seeking viable treatment methods, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist to discuss if laser treatment is appropriate for you.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Dr. Ronald K. Olm from Grand Traverse Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What Are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What Is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the infection.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Traverse City and Kalkaska, MI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 31 May 2024 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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