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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

Why Does My Heel Hurt?

Heel pain can be debilitating, and it is usually caused from repetitive stress and pounding of the heel. Generally, pain that is located under the heel is caused by plantar fasciitis, which is the most common cause of heel pain. This type of injury usually worsens over time and occurs when the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. Pain on the back of the heel can indicate Achilles tendonitis which is a degeneration of the Achilles tendon. Another common cause of heel pain is atrophy of the fat pad of the heel over time. Other conditions that can result in heel pain include heel bursitis, heel spurs, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or even a stress fracture. If you are suffering from heel pain, visiting a podiatrist is important. A podiatrist will be able to diagnose the cause of the pain, and they will be able to choose from a variety of treatment options that work best for you.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Noninvasive Vascular Tests in Podiatry

Certain medical conditions, such as peripheral artery disease, can cause poor circulation in the legs, feet, and ankles. Vascular tests are used by podiatrists to examine the blood flow in the lower limbs. While this may sound potentially painful, most vascular tests used by podiatrists are actually noninvasive and fairly painless. Examples of vascular tests that a podiatrist might use include the ankle-brachial index, which measures the blood pressure at your ankle and at your arm and then compares the two readings, or the Doppler ultrasound, which uses sound waves to visualize your blood flow on a computer screen. For more information about vascular tests in podiatry, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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

 

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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Surgery for Ingrown Nails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the corner of a toenail grows into the surrounding skin. Ingrown toenails can be painful, and when they become severe, they may require surgery to remove it. Surgery may be necessary if the ingrown toenail becomes infected, is extremely painful, or if you have a medical condition that can lead to complications, such as diabetes, nerve damage, or poor circulation in your feet. During an ingrown nail surgery, part or all of the affected nail is removed. This is typically done under local anesthesia, so you will not feel pain in the affected toe during the procedure. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist to discuss treatment options that are right for you. 

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

Conditions That Cause Foot Pain

Most people will deal with foot related issues throughout their lives, and these conditions can be both painful and embarrassing. Bunions, which are a joint misalignment that occur as bony bumps at the base of the big toe, can be extremely painful. Gout, which is a build up of uric acid, causes pain in the joints, most commonly in the big toe joint. Corns and calluses usually occur as a result of friction or pressure on the skin of the feet, and they can also be painful when pressure is applied to them. Another ailment that can be painful is hammertoe, which is when the middle joint of a toe bends downwards due to improper footwear or abnormal foot function. Other causes of foot pain can include plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or stress fractures. If you are afflicted with pain in your feet, it is important to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.  

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

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

Diagnosis

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

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 Arlington, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

Healing Cracked Heels

Dry and cracked heels are a common condition that can have a variety of causes, including living in a dry climate, wearing backless shoes, and taking long, hot showers. They can also develop due to age and certain medical conditions, like eczema, psoriasis, and poor circulation. If you have dry, cracked heels, there are things you can do to heal them. Apply a good moisturizer to the heel regularly. Moisturizers with ingredients such as urea, salicylic acid, and lactic acid may help exfoliate and soften the skin. Exfoliating the feet with a pumice stone or scrub can remove dead skin cells. There are also various over-the-counter treatments and orthotic devices available which may help reduce dry, cracked heels by softening the skin and providing extra cushioning. If after home treatment your heels remain dry, or if you have deep, painful cracks, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for treatment. 

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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