“Beauty is pain.” How many of you have heard this? First, that’s crazy – don’t promulgate that myth. Second, causing yourself pain to wear a style that may look cute isn’t only silly; it can do long-term damage. One fashion item notoriously responsible for both immediate pain and damage in the long run are shoes. Do they cramp your toes? If so, you may be setting the stage for hammertoe, a common, painful deformity of the second, third, or fourth toe, often the result of wearing narrow shows with little or no arch support.
Anyone who has ever broken a toe knows how much pain and inconvenience such a “little” injury can cause. But how do you know it’s broken and not just bruised and sore from stubbing it hard? If it’s indeed broken, will surgery be needed? Will a cast be necessary? In the majority of cases referred to me, most don’t require any treatment beyond rest, ice, compression, and elevation (R.I.C.E.). Notice I said “most cases.” Treatment for a toe fracture depends on the location of the injury and type of fracture.
Achilles pain is no joke. In fact, Greek mythology refers to the downfall of the fierce and dominant warrior Achilles, brought down by an arrow that struck his heel. Ring a bell? If you have Achilles tendon pain, you need to contact your doctor as soon as you can. Not only can it take a long time to heal, there’s a chance you’ll need some type of intervention to move things along anyway.