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Tuesday, 25 April 2023 00:00

Bunions May Cause Toe Pain

A bunion is a bony protrusion that forms on the side of the big toe and may cause toe pain. The pain may come from the joints in the big toe as the bunion pushes it out of alignment. The big toe may be swollen, red, and stiff, and may worsen until medical attention is received. This condition is caused by wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. A small bump can develop, causing a deformity in the big toe. This toe contributes significantly to walking, rising up on the balls of the feet, and maintaining the body’s balance. Toe pain can cause difficulty in accomplishing these moves, and relief is often sought. This can begin with choosing shoes that fit correctly and wearing custom-made orthotics may help the affected foot to regain alignment. Large bunions may cause the toes to shift toward each other, and the toe pain may become severe. If you have toe pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose a bunion, and offer you treatment to alleviate any toe pain it may cause.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM of Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. 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 one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2023 00:00

Gait Disorders in Seniors

Independent mobility is paramount to the quality of life for seniors. A senior’s gait and ability to rise comfortably from a chair, as well as walk and balance, are necessary for independent mobility. As one ages, their walking speed declines, especially after age 70. The speed of walking is known as gait velocity, which is a predictor of chronic medical conditions, hospitalizations, and even mortality. Calf muscles propel the body forward, and their strength lessens in older years. Many factors may affect the gait of older adults, including neurologic disorders like dementia, and musculoskeletal conditions, such as spinal stenosis. Seniors can participate in an exercise program that focuses on flexibility, strengthening, and balance to do what they can to maintain a good gait. If you are a senior, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can help you ensure the best biomechanics of the feet for a happier, healthier life.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Richard DiBacco, DPM from Podiatry Associates of Erie, Inc.. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Erie and Meadville, PA, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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