Tuesday, 23 July 2024 00:00

Metatarsalgia, a painful inflammation in the ball of the foot, commonly stems from overuse injuries in sports that involve running and jumping. Wearing poorly fitting shoes, foot abnormalities like high arches or bunions, and conditions such as arthritis can also contribute to this condition. Pain in the ball of the foot typically develops gradually and may worsen with activities like standing, walking, or high-impact sports. Symptoms can include a sensation of walking on a pebble, sharp burning pain, and numbness or tingling in the toes. Treatment by a podiatrist focuses on addressing the underlying cause and relieving pain. Conservative measures include resting the foot and taking pain relievers. Changing to well-fitting shoes with good support and using orthotic pads can also help to alleviate discomfort. Weight loss, if applicable, can reduce pressure on the metatarsal area. In more persistent cases, custom orthotics may be recommended to improve gait and foot mechanics. Surgery is considered to be a last resort if conservative treatments fail. If you are experiencing pain in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options.


Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Mark Isenberg, DPM from Center for Podiatric Excellence. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This 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.


Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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

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Sunday, 21 July 2024 00:00

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 16 July 2024 00:00

Playing pickleball presents several risk factors for foot injuries. The sport's quick lateral movements and sudden stops can strain the feet, leading to sprains or fractures. Wearing improper shoes without adequate support or cushioning increases the likelihood of issues like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis. Playing on hard surfaces intensifies impact on the feet and can contribute to stress fractures over time. Insufficient warm-up or lack of conditioning can make the feet more susceptible to injury during play. Overuse from frequent games without adequate rest can increase these risks, leading to chronic foot problems. Maintaining foot health requires wearing appropriate shoes, practicing good conditioning, warming up properly, and allowing time for recovery. If you have injured your foot and ankle while playing pickleball, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a comprehensive treatment plan.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Mark Isenberg, DPM of Center for Podiatric Excellence. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Hammertoe is a deformity causing one or more of the smaller toes to bend abnormally at the middle joint, resembling a hammer. This condition arises primarily due to muscle imbalances that lead to increased pressure on the tendons and joints of the toe. Common causes include wearing ill-fitting shoes, particularly those that are too tight or have high heels, as well as genetic predispositions and conditions like arthritis. Symptoms of hammertoe include pain or irritation while wearing shoes, corns and calluses on the toe, redness and swelling, and in severe cases, open sores. The affected toe may become rigid over time, making movement difficult and painful. Preventing hammertoe involves wearing properly fitting shoes with adequate toe room, avoiding high heels, and performing toe-stretching exercises to maintain flexibility. Early intervention is key to managing the condition effectively. Treatment options range from non-surgical methods, such as wearing custom orthotic devices, using padding to reduce pressure, and taking anti-inflammatory medications, to surgical procedures for severe cases where the toe has become rigid. Surgery typically involves realigning the toe and correcting the deformity. Complications of untreated hammertoe can include chronic pain, difficulty in walking, and persistent sores or infections, which can lead to further foot problems. If you have an uncomfortable hammertoe, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Mark Isenberg, DPM from Center for Podiatric Excellence. 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 Pensacola, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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