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I love shoes, but shoes don't love me.. . by Marcia Hale
 

If you have them, or know someone who does, the words “sore, painful, or ugly”, sound very familiar. Phrases like, “I can’t find any comfortable shoes”, or “I can no longer wear attractive shoes”, or even, “All my shoes have an ugly worn out bump” have described your foot fashion.

 
 

   If you are rubbing your foot as we speak, you have probably considered doing something about this issue, but for some reason, have not. I can assure you, now is the time to do something!

 
     
 

   I was a former bunion procrastinator, and can promise that the issue doesn’t just “go away” as I had hoped.

 
     
 

   Instead, it got worse. I used every excuse in the book. I can’ t take time off of work! I have kids to run around after! I’m afraid of surgery! My bunions don’ t look that bad! I have to admit, if I would have come in sooner, there were a lot of other options to treat this issue before it progressed to the point of needing surgery.

 
     
     
     
 

   So finally, I agreed to have the surgery. “WOW! What a relief.” It looks fantastic. Now, my new shoes won’t need to be two sizes too big to be comfortable because of the ugly bump. Now, when I reach down to rub it, I’m not chanting “Ouch” to myself, but rather, I have to look twice because the area is smooth and pain free! Then, I look at my other foot and say…“You’re next!”

 
     
     
     
 

   Bunions   by Dr. Teimouri, DPM

 

If you’ve been putting off this procedure for years, come in and talk to me, Dr. Teimouri DPM, to see if it’s the right time for you. I will be happy to answer all of your questions about the procedure, how much time you’ll need to take off from work, what to expect and more. If it’s not the right time for you, that’s okay—at least you’ll know. If it is, I can help you. Here are just a few of the common problems that I, a board certified surgeon, take care of every day.

 
 
Bunions

Bunions

A common deformity of the foot, a bunion is an enlargement of the  bone and tissue around the joint of the big toe. Heredity frequently plays a role in the occurrence of bunions, as it does in other foot conditions.

 
 

When symptomatic, the area may become red, swollen and inflamed, making shoes and walking uncomfortable and difficult.

 
 

Bunionette (Tailor’s Bunion)

 
 

   A protuberance of bone at the outside of the foot behind the fifth (small) toe, the bunionette or ‘small bunion’ is caused by a variety of conditions including heredity, faulty biomechanics (the way one walks) or trauma, to name a few.

 
     
 

Hammertoes

 
     Symptoms of hammertoes, which  
 

Hammertoes

 
 

are curled or bent toes, include calluses, blisters, ulcerations, corns, redness and pain. The correction is simple, and can be performed right in the office surgical suite—no hospital required! Patients receive a few stitches and need to elevate their feet for a few days. Most people who fix their hammertoes say if they’d have known how simple it was, they would have done it years ago!

 
     
     
     
 
Neuromas

Neuromas

An irritation of a nerve may produce a neuroma, which is benign enlargement of a nerve segment, commonly found between the third and fourth toes.

 
   Trauma, arthritis, high heeled shoes or an abnormal bone structure are some of the conditions that may cause a neuroma. Symptoms such as burning or tingling in the ball of the foot or in the  adjacent toes and even numbness are commonly seen with this condition. Those suffering from the condition often find relief by stopping their walk, taking off their shoe, and rubbing the affected area. At times, you may feel the pain is similar to having a stone in your shoe.  
 

   Call with any questions about the above conditions, as well as various other lumps and bumps and cysts and tumors. Your feet aren’t supposed to hurt. Call Beaver Valley Foot Clinic today at 724-375-1577. We are located in the CranMar Plaza on Rt.19 in Cranberry Township and at four other locations in Beaver, Butler and Allegheny Counties.

 

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