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October 2023

Tuesday, 31 October 2023 00:00

Managing Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a chronic condition caused by frequent pressure and resulting in irritation and painful inflammation of the sesamoid bones and surrounding tissues. Sesamoid bones are small bones in the feet that are embedded within tendons and play a vital role in foot biomechanics. Sesamoid bones are under the metatarsophalangeal, or MTP, joint of the big toe. These tiny bones act as a fulcrum of sorts, providing stability to the foot and offering protection and shock absorption for the nearby joints and tendons. Sesamoiditis can be caused by various factors, including damage to the sesamoid bones themselves, joint deformities, such as bunions, as well as conditions like gout, osteoarthritis, and osteoporosis. Certain lifestyle factors, consisting of wearing frequently high heels or engaging in high impact sports, can aggravate the sesamoid bones and result in pain. Differences in arches, body weight, and the size of sesamoids can add to the risk of inflammation. Symptoms typically start mildly and can worsen with continued strain, with pain often concentrated in the ball of the foot. If you believe you are suffering from sesamoiditis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation and options  for treating this condition effectively.

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact the podiatrists of New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.


Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Foot Injuries and Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, is a condition affecting the cuboid bone in the middle of the foot. It typically arises from foot injuries or dislocation that result in the tearing of the joints and ligaments around the cuboid bone. It is often associated with sports that stress the feet or individuals with significant overpronation. The primary symptom is foot pain and weakness, particularly when bearing weight. Swelling, tenderness, and redness may accompany these symptoms, hindering daily activities and sometimes causing a limp. Diagnosis can be challenging, as imaging tests may not consistently reveal the condition. If you have pain on the outside of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and tailored treatment.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with the podiatrists from New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.


The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.


A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.


Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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


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Tuesday, 17 October 2023 00:00

Children’s Custom Orthotics

Children's orthotics may be needed to support their foot growth and development. However, knowing when to seek the counsel of a podiatrist is vital. Typically, before the age of three, concerns related to a child's gait naturally resolve as their muscles and foot structures mature. In these early years, orthotics are seldom necessary, and simple shoe adjustments or exercises may suffice. Yet, specific signs should prompt consultation. For example, flat feet can lead to joint pain and posture issues, warranting attention. Likewise, if a child's feet point inward or outward, it is crucial to address this to prevent long-term muscle imbalances and mobility problems. Some foot deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions can be corrected with orthotics if addressed promptly. Abnormal shoe wear, recurring foot pain, and rapid fatigue during physical activities can all indicate underlying foot problems. In most cases, custom foot orthotics effectively address these concerns, facilitating proper development without pain. If you have any questions about your child's foot health, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for professional guidance.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, contact the podiatrists from New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Milton, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2023 00:00

Morton’s Neuroma Symptoms and Treatment

A network of plantar digital nerves in the feet supply sensory signals to the forefoot and toes. Problems arise when these nerves encounter compression, which can occur when the toes are consistently pressed together, effectively obstructing the pathway for these nerves. Such compression often causes a condition known as Morton's neuroma. This may be the result of wearing high heels that force body weight onto the ball of the foot. When the plantar nerves become entrapped, their ability to efficiently transmit signals is affected. This leads to symptoms, including sharp, burning, or tingling sensations in the forefoot and toes. Individuals with Morton's neuroma may also experience numbness or the feeling of having a pebble or foreign object in their shoe. Morton's neuroma can be effectively managed in several ways. Start with footwear that has cushioning and provides adequate room for the toes. Custom orthotics can also help alleviate pressure on the affected area. In more severe cases, corticosteroid injections or surgical intervention may be recommended. If you suspect you are suffering from Morton's neuroma, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact the podiatrists of New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 Milton, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Friday, 06 October 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

When it comes to working long hours, whether at a desk or on your feet, wearing compression socks has become increasingly recognized as a proactive health measure. Prolonged sitting can reduce blood flow to the legs, potentially leading to blood clots. Standing for extended periods places extra strain on the circulatory system and can cause fatigue and soreness. Jobs requiring extended standing, such as nurses, retail workers, flight attendants, and restaurant staff, benefit from the all-day support provided by compression socks. Similarly, office workers, administrative staff, and those in sedentary roles can protect their legs by wearing compression socks to alleviate fatigue and prevent swelling. The therapeutic pressure of compression socks can promote better circulation, reducing achiness and energizing the legs. If you work in an occupation that requires you to stand or sit for prolonged periods, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss relief methods and other ways to promote circulation in your feet and legs, such as wearing compression socks.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact the podiatrists from New England Family Foot Care. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

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

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