No Need to Fear These Scary-Sounding Foot Problems

What’s scarier than a black spider dropping out of nowhere into your lap? What’s more frightening than the hero of the movie you’re watching stepping into an obvious trap that he just doesn’t see? Well, many people are likely to scream in those scenarios. They’re not half as scary, however, as that feeling you get when a physician tells you there’s something wrong – but you have no idea what they’re saying.

Luckily, many foot diseases have names that sound scary, but they’re not serious at all. In honor of Halloween and all things ghoulish, here are some conditions of the feet whose names can really jump out and scare you:

  • Calcaneal apophysitis is an injury in or around the growth plate in a child’s heel. Inflammation can set in from playing sports that involve a lot of running or jumping. Thankfully, rest and anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen are usually the only treatments needed. Expert podiatrists Megan L. Oltmann and Dr. Craig B. Frey would try not to scare you by using the more common name for this condition: Sever’s disease.
  • Subungal exostosis is the medical term for a bone spur underneath the big toenail that forms when the nail is traumatized by, for example, a large object falling on it. This kind of bone spur usually requires surgical removal, but the surgery is minimally invasive and patients can expect a full recovery.
  • Ganglion cyst may sound like the title of a monster movie. However, “ganglion cyst” isn’t a creature. It’s a benign growth – a fluid-filled sac that can appear under the skin, usually on top of the foot, or within a joint. If the cyst bothers you, Dr. Oltmann and Dr. Frey can drain it or treat it with orthotics or steroid injections.
  • Raynaud’s disease is the name for a circulation problem that causes the toes to turn white or blue when the body is cold or stressed. Although there’s no cure, it’s not dangerous. Medication is available to reduce symptoms if they’re very painful.

All of us at Foot & Ankle Associates of Cleveland hope that you’re never too frightened to seek treatment for your foot or ankle problems at our office in Solon, Ohio. We invite residents of Summit, Portage, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Counties to call us at (440) 903-1041 for all your podiatry needs. You can also contact us online.