posted: Sep. 13, 2021.
As we say goodbye to summer, it’s not uncommon at NextGen Foot & Ankle Care Centers for us to start to hear more about particular kinds of foot pain from our Pasadena patients. Often, you can trace the source of this foot pain to the issue’s feet can have transitioned from summer shoe styles to more closed-in fall shoes. Below are a few of the more common disorders to be aware of.
Bunions and Hammertoes—if you spent the majority of the summer in shoes with open toes or sandals, you may notice a significant increase in bunion or hammertoe pain once you put your feet back into closed-toed shoes. To some extent, it is to be expected since, chances are, the summer shoes you were wearing did not apply as much pressure to the deformity, and so it was less painful. The other possibility is your bunion or hammertoe has become worse. These are progressive conditions, which means they will only move further out of place as time goes on. It may be time for a different treatment plan or surgery.
Neuromas—a primary cause of neuromas is a compressed nerve that can lead to pain, burning or other uncomfortable sensations in your foot or ankle. Closed shoes are more likely to cause a neuroma flare-up. Check to be sure your shoes are large enough, with plenty of room for toes to move. Choose soft materials that are flexible and less binding.
Ingrown toenails—wearing tight socks or hose and shoes with narrow toes and pushing toes up against one another can lead to painful ingrown toenails. Keep nails trimmed short but not short enough that the skin surrounding the nail can overlap the edges. Check nails when bathing and make sure they are not growing downward into the skin.
If you are experiencing any of the above issues or have new foot pain or discomfort, it’s best to contact our Glendale (818) 416-3668, South Pasadena (818) 779-6140, or Glendale (818) 756-3338 office for an appointment. Our podiatrists, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, and Dr. Samvel Keshishyan, will examine your feet and determine both the source of your foot pain and the best way to treat it.