Bunion Correction

A bunion is a bony bump that forms at the end of the metatarsal at the big toe joint due to imbalance and realignment. A Tailor’s bunion, or bunionette, is a bony bump forming at the little toe joint. Ones inherited foot type, shoe selection, activities and lifestyle can lead to the development of a bunion. A bunion develops through four stages and pain may be mild or severe for each patient. There are both conservative and surgical treatment options for the condition. Some of the symptoms of a bunion are the following:

  • Persistent foot inflammation or pain in the first or fifth toe joints
  • A visible bump or discoloration on the outside of your forefoot
  • Decreased movement or pain in your first or fifth toe joints
  • Difficulty finding shoes that fit properly

For an evaluation please contact us today.

Hammertoe Correction and Balancing

A hammertoe is a deformity where the toe begins to bend outside of its normal alignment. Hammertoes typically begin with small symptoms and deformities in the flexible stage and continue to increase symptoms as the joint becomes more rigid. It is important to know the signs of hammertoes to get them evaluated early. If left untreated, hammertoes can become more firm and difficult to manipulate, requiring surgery.
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Soft Tissue Lesion Diagnosis and Treatment

Lesions of the foot vary from thickened skin to palpable or non-palpable masses. A mass may or may not be painful but examination is key to determining the proper mode of treatment. Please contact us today.

Ingrown Nail Removal

Ingrown toenails are a common condition where the corner of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding the toe. Ingrown toenails can be very uncomfortable and can easily lead to an infection in the foot. Treatment of the painful toe nail depends on the extent of development of the condition. Most procedures are performed in the office with local anesthesia. Dr. Bluhm has treated all ages from infants to adults with permanent relief of the condition. For treatment please contact us today.

Conservative and Surgical Fracture Care

Injury to the foot can occur with an immediate or delayed fracture developing. Radiographs and occasional MRI may be used as a diagnostic tool to evaluate an injury and provide guidance for treatment. Some fractures may be properly off-loaded while others are more severe or out-of-alignment and require surgery. Don’t delay calling us to help you recover from an injury. Contact us today.

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur Pain

Pain along the arch and bottom of the heel is one of the most common conditions seen in the podiatry office. This pain is caused by the irritation and inflammation of the supporting structures along the bottom of the arch and later tearing and nerve entrapment. Familiar symptoms include pain with first step or after rest or standing that improves a little after walking or rest. There are many conservative treatment modalities based upon the level of the condition. There are also minimally invasive surgical procedures that are performed in an operating room with immediate walking afterward.

It is important to pay attention to the symptoms of arch and heel pain since leaving it untreated can result in progression of symptoms.
For an evaluation please contact us today.

Ulcer and Wound Care

Ulcers on the foot may not always come with pain, but they are serious conditions that should be evaluated by a medical professional. The symptoms of ulcers may include open or closed areas of tissue with drainage, color changes, skin changes. Delay in treatment could lead infection and possible systemic conditions as well as surgical intervention. Contact us today to schedule your evaluation and treatment.

Neuroma Care and Surgical Treatment

A neuroma is a swollen portion of a nerve that can occur with injury or normal foot activity. The common neuroma of the foot produces pain in the ball of the foot when pressure is applied to the foot. Pain from a neuroma varies from dull, fullness, to numbing, to tingling, to burning. One may also experience tingling sensations into the toes. Inflammation of the nerve can be treated conservatively based upon the

Compression and irritation typically cause the nerve tissue to thicken. This pressure creates inflammation of the nerve, ultimately causing untreatable damage to the nerves in the foot.

Patients generally describe symptoms of neuroma as follows:

  • Tingling, burning or numbness
  • Pain
  • A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot
  • A feeling that there is something in the shoe or a sock is bunched up

Please contact us today for a physical exam and treatment options.

Sports Injury Repair

Sports injuries can vary from a sprain, strain, contusion, fracture or wound development. Evaluation of the injury can provide conservative or surgical suggestions for treatment. Shoe gear and insert/orthotic assessment can provide the athlete with options to protect and hopefully prevent further injury. Dr. Bluhm also suggests taping of the foot and ankle joint with sports tape. Please contact us today for an evaluation.

Achilles Tendonitis Conservative versus Surgical Repair

Achilles tendonitis is caused by overuse of the band of tissues that connect the lower region of your calf muscle to your heel bone, also known as your Achilles tendon. Runners and more active patient are generally at a higher risk for Achilles tendonitis, but pain is also noted in patients with certain foot types or shoe gear selections.

Achilles tendonitis symptoms include mild aching, tenderness, and/or stiffness in the back of the leg or above the heel when standing or walking. Conservative care modalities include off-loading, sports taping, icing, use of anti-inflammatories, a shoe orthotic, stretching, massage. For more serious cases, surgery may be required to provide relief.

Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination and will discuss the best course of action with you.
If you have symptoms of Achilles tendonitis and would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!

Ankle Sprain Off-loading or Surgical Repair

A sprained ankle occurs when you twist your ankle in an abnormal way causing the ligaments holding your ankle bones together to stretch or tear. Most sprained ankles involve injuries to the ligaments on the outer side of the ankle. Treatment for a sprained ankle depends on the severity of the injury. Although you may just need proper off-loading, rest and pain medications to heal, it is important to have the sprain looked at by a professional to determine the severity and proper treatment. Please contact us today.