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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Causes of Hammertoe

Hammertoe, a common foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of one or more toes at the middle joint, can develop due to various factors. First, genetics can play a significant role, as individuals with an inherited foot structure that predisposes them to hammertoes may be more susceptible. The choice of footwear is another critical factor, as tight, narrow, or ill-fitting shoes can force the toes into unnatural positions, subjecting the toe joints to excessive pressure. High-heeled shoes, in particular, can push the toes forward into a bent position, contributing to hammertoe development. Additionally, a toe length discrepancy, where one toe is longer than the others, can increase the risk, especially if it consistently rubs against the inside of the shoe. Conditions like arthritis can also lead to joint inflammation and deformities, including hammertoes. Past toe injuries or trauma can disrupt toe joint alignment, and muscle imbalances affecting toe movement can also play a role. If you have developed a hammertoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for early intervention and treatment to help manage the condition and prevent it from worsening.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor 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 office located in Hallandale Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 25 January 2024 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Tuesday, 23 January 2024 00:00

Managing a Broken Foot

A broken foot, resulting from various causes such as sports injuries, falls, or accidents, can significantly impact your daily life. With 26 delicate bones in each foot, fractures are common and can lead to changes in physical appearance and movement. Symptoms of a broken foot include sudden or gradual pain, difficulty in bearing weight, swelling, bruising, altered gait pattern, and poor balance. Long-term treatment is needed for effective recovery. It typically involves the use of protective casts, boots, or supportive footwear to shield the foot during the healing process. The healing process for bones usually spans six to eight weeks, though the duration may extend based on the severity of your fracture. Beyond immediate care, rehabilitation exercises play an important role in restoring range of motion, mobility, strength, and balance. Because neglecting proper treatment can result in complications, it is imperative to prioritize comprehensive and sustained care for a broken foot. By adhering to these measures, individuals can optimize the healing process, minimize risks, and regain full functionality, ensuring a smoother road to recovery. If you have broken your foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for an exam and appropriate treatment methods,

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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As our loved ones age, ensuring their safety becomes paramount, with a particular focus on preventing falls. Begin by creating a well-lit environment, reducing tripping hazards like loose rugs, and securing electrical cords. Install handrails in key areas to provide additional support, and opt for non-slip mats in bathrooms. Regular exercise, tailored to their abilities, enhances strength and balance, decreasing the likelihood of falls. Ensure their footwear fits well and offers proper traction. Regular eye check-ups are vital, as poor vision contributes to falls. Encourage open communication about any dizziness or balance issues, addressing them promptly. It is helpful to familiarize seniors with their surroundings to boost confidence and reduce disorientation. Falling is frequently related to the health of a senior's feet. If you would like more information about how to help seniors to keep from falling, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

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

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Tuesday, 09 January 2024 00:00

Definition and Causes of Sever’s Disease

Sever's disease, clinically known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common heel condition affecting children and adolescents during periods of rapid growth. This condition specifically targets the growth plate in the heel bone, known as the calcaneal apophysis. It occurs when the Achilles tendon exerts excessive tension on the growth plate, leading to inflammation and discomfort. Sever's disease is prevalent among active youngsters involved in sports that entail running and jumping. The bones and tendons in the feet are still developing during this stage, making them more susceptible to stress and irritation. Other contributing factors include inadequate footwear, overuse, and biomechanical issues such as flat feet. Recognizing the signs, which may include heel pain and limping, is essential for early intervention. If your active child has heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Adriana Strimbu, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.


Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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

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Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA, is a chronic autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the joints, causing inflammation, pain, and potential deformities. The feet can be affected, and this condition occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks the synovium, which is the lining of the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation triggered by RA can lead to joint damage over time, impacting various joints symmetrically. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include joint pain, swelling, and stiffness, typically most pronounced in the mornings or after periods of inactivity. The affected joints may feel warm to the touch, and over time, individuals with RA may experience reduced joint function and mobility. Beyond joints, RA can affect other organs, leading to fatigue, fever, and weight loss. If you have RA, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can implement effective management strategies so relief can be found. 

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Adriana Strimbu, DPM of Complete Foot & Ankle Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.


  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation


Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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

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