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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Recognizing the Signs of Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that results from the thickening of tissue around a nerve leading to the toes. This ailment commonly affects the area between the third and fourth toes, causing discomfort, burning sensations, or often the feeling of a small pebble inside the shoe. Individuals experiencing Morton's neuroma may notice pain that intensifies while walking or standing, often accompanied by numbness or tingling. As the condition progresses, sufferers might observe a change in the shape of their toes or find relief by massaging the affected area. Early detection is essential, as ignoring the signs may lead to increased pain and potential complications. If you suspect you have developed Morton's neuroma, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can help you with successful treatment options.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

A Surgical Solution for Bunions

Bunion surgery, medically known as hallux valgus correction, is a procedure aimed at addressing this often painful deformity of the big toe joint. Typically caused by the misalignment of bones, bunions can lead to discomfort, difficulty in shoe-wearing, and decreased quality of life. The surgical process involves making an incision near the affected joint, allowing the surgeon to access and realign the bones and ligaments. In some cases, small screws or plates may be used to secure the corrected alignment. Post-surgery, patients undergo a recovery period during which they are advised to keep weight off the foot and follow a rehabilitation plan. While bunion surgery offers relief from the physical challenges posed by bunions, it is suggested that individuals considering the procedure consult with a podiatrist to determine the most suitable course of action based on their specific condition and overall health. 

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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

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Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Stretches for the Toes

You can enhance your foot health with simple toe stretches that promote flexibility and reduce the risk of injuries. These exercises are designed to increase blood flow, helping to relieve pain and swelling. Whether you are targeting general foot health or addressing a specific condition, like bunions, these stretches are a valuable addition to your daily foot health routine. Start with the toe lift stretch, where you sit with your feet flat on the floor, lifting your toes to the same height for five seconds before lowering. Repeat 10 times on each foot, gradually increasing repetitions. Next, the toe lift and spread can be done seated, lifting your toes and spreading them apart for added resistance. Use a rubber band for increased difficulty and repeat 10 times on each foot. For the toe flex stretch, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, using a wall for support. Flex the toes of one foot against the wall for five seconds, repeating 10 times on each foot while using your hands for stability. Finally, the big toe pull stretch involves sitting with feet flat on the floor, wrapping a towel or belt around your big toe. Pull the towel toward you while resisting with your foot for five seconds. Repeat 10 times on each foot to promote mobility and flexibility. If you are experiencing toe pain that worsens, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam. 

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Michael Tomey, DPM from Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

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

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Saturday, 13 January 2024 00:00

Are Bunions Affecting Your Everyday Life?

Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Surgical Options for Arthritic Toe Pain

Surgery is often considered a last resort for treating toe arthritis, primarily due to potential post-surgical discomfort and an increased risk of infection. However, when other treatments for toe arthritis prove ineffective, various surgical procedures may be considered. One common surgical approach is a cheilectomy, which involves the removal of bone spurs that have formed around arthritic joints, particularly in the big toe. This procedure can help alleviate discomfort surrounding the joint and improve joint mobility. It is important to note that cheilectomy does not address the worn-out cartilage within the joint, and bone spurs may return in the future. Another option is arthroplasty, where joint surfaces are replaced with artificial joints. This procedure is typically recommended for older adults who are less physically active. Fusion surgery stimulates bone growth across the joint, permanently fusing it using pins, screws, or a plate. While this eliminates joint flexibility, it also relieves pain. If you have persistent arthritic toe pain that has not responded to more conservative treatments, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist to discuss how you may benefit from surgical options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Michael Tomey, DPM of Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking


In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.


Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cary, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

What Is a Diabetic Foot Ulcer?

A diabetic foot ulcer, a grave complication for individuals with diabetes, is a chronic open sore that develops on the feet, typically on the bottom or sides. It arises from a combination of factors intricately linked to the effects of diabetes on the body. Diabetes can lead to neuropathy, causing reduced sensation in the feet and making it challenging to detect injuries or pressure points. Additionally, compromised blood circulation hampers the healing process, increasing the risk of infections and the formation of ulcers. Contributing further, the elevated blood sugar levels associated with diabetes impair the immune system, increasing the risk of infections. Foot ulcers, if left untreated, can escalate into serious complications and be quite painful. Recognizing the effects of diabetic foot ulcers underscores the importance of meticulous foot care in diabetes management. If you have diabetes and have developed a foot ulcer, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat this type of wound, and help you to manage this condition.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, consult with Michael Tomey, DPM from Cary Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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

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