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Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

Relief From Bunions

A bunion can be painful, and many people avoid seeking medical treatment until it becomes unmanageable. A bunion is a bony protrusion that develops on the side of the big toe, and it can cause the other toes to shift together. It can form due to genetic reasons or from wearing shoes that do not have ample room for the toes to move freely in. High heels can fit into this category, and choosing a shoe with a wider toe box is beneficial, which may help prevent bunions from forming. A bunion is considered to be a deformity and will progress until they are dealt with. Patients may find mild relief when larger shoes are worn that can accommodate the bunion and a protective pad is worn over it. This may help to prevent corns from developing on top of the bunion as it constantly touches the side of the shoe. When walking or completing daily activities becomes difficult, many people will seek medical attention for relief. If you have a bunion, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can perform surgery that can provide permanent relief.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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If you're suffering from an ankle fracture, professional attention shouldn't wait. Fractures may worsen over time and can make completing everyday activities incredibly difficult. See your podiatrist for treatment and guidance through the healing process. 

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Young Runners and Burnout

Parents and coaches that are involved in youth running may find one of their runners may be on the verge of burning out. This is defined as having prolonged frustration, which may lead to becoming emotionally and physically exhausted. Some of the symptoms that are associated with burnout can include a lack of motivation, mood changes, and chronic fatigue. It is important to prevent running injuries from occurring, and this can be accomplished by ensuring that young athletes get adequate sleep. Additionally, it is beneficial to promote healthy eating habits, and warming up before running can keep the body limber. Burnout may be prevented by making sure there is enough recovery time, and it may be helpful to change the race distance, in addition to promoting other activities. Running injuries can impact the feet, and can temporarily halt running. If you would like more information about how to implement running injury prevention techniques, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists of Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Is Ankle Surgery Right for Me?

People who are severely afflicted by ankle arthritis may choose to have ankle surgery performed. It is considered to be joint replacement surgery, and may be successful in removing damaged tissue in the ankle. This is followed by replacing it with a metal or plastic prosthesis. The benefits of this type of surgery may include improved range of motion in the ankle, and can protect the ankle joint. Research has shown the ideal candidate can include patients who are middle-aged or above, have a normal weight, and refrain from having a physically demanding lifestyle. The recovery process can consist of using crutches for two weeks after surgery, followed by wearing a protective boot for approximately six weeks. Many patients practice ankle stretches or exercises at this point, which will gradually strengthen the ankle, and normal activity can eventually resume. If you have severe ankle pain and are considering having joint replacement surgery performed, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine if this is the right choice for you.

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Hammertoe is a particular kind of affliction of the feet which primarily impacts the joints of the toes. An individual living with hammertoe will notice that the joint of their toe sticks up while the rest of the toe points downward. Many patients often confuse this condition with another known as claw toe. Claw toe is different and distinct from hammertoe in that patients with claw toe have unnatural bends in the last two joints of the toe. As a result, the entire toe curls downward. Therefore, hammertoe and claw toe create different shapes in the toes. If you are interested in preventing the onset of these different foot conditions, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist immediately for any possible advice or treatment.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists from Granite State Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Manchester and Bedford, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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