Julio Jones underwent surgery to remove a bunion on his foot on Monday, with the Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver announcing that “surgery was a success” in a photo posted on Instagram.

The injury had been nagging Jones throughout the 2016 season and caused him to miss two games. His game and practice reps were also limited late in the regular season, but the 28-year-old wideout still managed to finish with 1,409 receiving yards, second behind T.Y. Hilton of Indianapolis (1,448).

Julio Jones (Wikimedia Commons / Thomson200)
Julio Jones (Wikimedia Commons / Thomson200)

Jones faces a 4-5 month recovery to fully heal, according to the team.

At Delray Beach Podiatry, Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatrist with over 30 years of experience, has performed numerous bunion removal surgeries and can offer further insight into Jones’ situation.

“The only way to fully alleviate the issues caused by a bunion is to remove it,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach, Fla. “For someone like Julio Jones, whose profession requires him to pivot and change direction quickly, a bunion can cause serious pain and discomfort.”

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the join at the base of your big toe. This condition occurs when your big toes pushes against your next toe, forcing the join of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.

The underlying cause of bunions is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe known as he hallux valgus. In this deformity, the join develops a prominent sideways angle, which pushes the bones of the big toe towards the smaller toes.

As a bunion develops, swelling, redness and pain is typically felt at the base of the big toe and in the ball of the foot. Eventually, the area becomes shiny and warm to the touch.

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Continue reading to learn more about Morton's Neuroma treatment.
Continue reading to learn more about Morton’s Neuroma treatment.

Morton’s neuroma is inflammation, thickening, or enlargement of the nerve between the bones of the toes. It is sometimes referred to as an intermetatarsal neuroma due to its location in the ball of the foot between the metatarsal bones.

The condition occurs when the medial plantar nerve near the bones of those toes becomes compressed or irritated, possibly because the metatarsal bones press against the nerve in the narrow gap between the toes.

Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon, is used to dealing with this problem as numerous patients visit his offices in Delray Beach and Boynton Beach seeking relief from pain caused by Morton’s neuroma.

“It’s one of the most common things we see in podiatry,” said Dr. Goldbaum.

Morton’s neuroma can cause a sharp, burning, or shooting pain that can get progressively worse over time. The pain becomes worse when a person walks or stands on the ball of the foot.

Other symptoms include:

– Tingling, burning, or numbness

– A feeling that something is inside the ball of the foot

– A feeling that there’s something in the shoe or a sock is bunched up

During his diagnosis, Dr. Goldbaum also notes that there is often an audible symptom to this condition.

“You can actually sometimes hear a clicking,” he said. “That’s called a ‘Morton’s click.’”

The exact cause of Morton’s neuroma is not known, but the choice of footwear is generally believed to be a factor. High heels and shoes with pointed toes place your feet in an unnatural position that can cause damage to the area. In fact, anything that causes compression or irritation of the nerves in your feet can lead to the development of a neuroma.

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Believe it or not, there’s a lot more to good diabetic care than healthy eating and maintaining stable blood sugar levels.

Regular foot checks are an increasingly essential part of diabetes management as nerve damage and reduced circulation caused by diabetes can lead to reduced awareness of pain (neuropathy) and slower healing of the foot, which increases the risk of infection and foot ulcers.

Foot problems are one of the most common complications associated with diabetes and it’s important to check your feet daily for signs of damage in order to avoid future problems. In severe cases, poor foot care may lead to amputation of a foot or leg. In fact, even something as minimal as a blister or a sore could lead to an infection or a non-healing wound.

“Patients with diabetes have a decrease in sensation to their lower extremities,” said Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience. “Because of this, they can’t feel things that a person would normally feel.”

While there are many preventative measures that diabetics can be taken reduce the risk of a foot infection, Dr. Golbaum insists that his patients not only check their feet twice a day — once in the morning and again at night — but also moisturize their feet daily to combat dryness.

“Diabetics have a dryness, which can cause cracking on their feet,” said Dr. Goldbaum. “This cracking makes them more vulnerable to infections that can enter through those openings and cause problems.

“The moisturizing and massaging process increases circulation through movement and also supplies moisture that diabetes takes away from the skin. It really acts as a protective barrier for your skin.”

When examining your feet at home, look out for any general signs of damage that include:

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Are you tired of that painful boney bump protruding from the side of your foot?

Well then, it might be time to ask your doctor about bunion removal surgery.

A bunion is a bony bump that forms on the joint at the base of your big toe. This condition occurs when your big toe pushes against your next toe, forcing the joint of your big toe to get bigger and stick out.

Bunion Removal Surgery in Boynton Beach, Florida.
Bunion Removal Surgery in Boynton Beach, Florida.

The underlying cause of bunions is a deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe known as the hallux valgus. In this deformity, the joint develops a prominent sideways angle, which pushes the bones of the big towards the smaller toes.

Smaller bunions, known as bunionettes, can also develop on the joint of your little toes.

Although bunions can be easy to visibly diagnose thanks to the progressively unusual shape of the toe, further investigation is often advisable. Your doctor will usually send you for X-rays to determine the extent of the deformity.

While it is believed that bunions can be hereditary, other factors, such as having flat fleet or wearing shoes with elevated heels and a narrow toe-box, may also contribute to bunion development.

As a bunion develops, swelling, redness and pain is typically felt at the base of the big toe and in the ball of the foot. Eventually, the area becomes shiny and warm to the touch.

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Are you tired of dealing with nagging heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis?

Well, fret no more, because the revolutionary new laser treatment offered at Delray Beach Podiatry will put that pain to rest!

Dr. Ian S. Goldbaum, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 30 years of experience, is proud to announce that his practice is now accepting appointments for Erchonia’s new FX 635 laser treatment for the relief of chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis.

The Erchonia FX 635 Laser
The Erchonia FX 635 Laser

“Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and persistent,” said Dr. Goldbaum, who has offices in both Delray and Boynton Beach. “Erchonia’s FX 635 laser is ideal for chronic heel pain sufferers, because it offers effective, pain-free treatment — without side effects. In just three weeks with two treatments per week, patients can have significant and lasting relief from plantar fasciitis.”

The most common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel, plantar fasciitis the result of inflammation of the plantar fascia — the band of connective tissue running from your heel bone to the front of your foot.

The plantar fascia is designed to absorb the high stresses and strains we place on our feet. When too much pressure is placed on the area, however, it can damage or tear the tissue.

The body’s natural response to this type of injury is inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness of plantar fasciitis. Inflammation also makes the fascia more prone to microtears, which can lead to debilitating pain.

The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
  • Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning, or after a long period of rest.
  • Greater pain after exercise or activity

A recent study showed that there are approximately 2 million people being treated for plantar fasciitis every year in the United States.

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