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1108 W Pioneer Pkwy, Suite 200
Arlington, TX 76013

September 2020

Tuesday, 29 September 2020 00:00

What are Foot Ulcers?

Foot ulcers are open sores located on the foot. They can vary in severity from shallow ulcers that affect only the surface level of skin, to deep ulcers that extend through the entire thickness of the skin and involve tendons and other deep structures. People who have diabetes or poor circulation are said to be more likely to develop foot ulcers. It is important to seek treatment for foot ulcers immediately, as diabetes and poor circulation can make ulcers very slow to heal, therefore, increasing the risk of infection. Infected ulcers can progress and lead to the formation of an abscess, infections of the skin and underlying fat, bone infections, and even gangrene. Fortunately, foot ulcers can be prevented and treated. If you have developed a foot ulcer, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Wound care is an important part in dealing with diabetes. If you have diabetes and a foot wound or would like more information about wound care for diabetics, 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 Wound Care?

Wound care is the practice of taking proper care of a wound. This can range from the smallest to the largest of wounds. While everyone can benefit from proper wound care, it is much more important for diabetics. Diabetics often suffer from poor blood circulation which causes wounds to heal much slower than they would in a non-diabetic. 

What Is the Importance of Wound Care?

While it may not seem apparent with small ulcers on the foot, for diabetics, any size ulcer can become infected. Diabetics often also suffer from neuropathy, or nerve loss. This means they might not even feel when they have an ulcer on their foot. If the wound becomes severely infected, amputation may be necessary. Therefore, it is of the upmost importance to properly care for any and all foot wounds.

How to Care for Wounds

The best way to care for foot wounds is to prevent them. For diabetics, this means daily inspections of the feet for any signs of abnormalities or ulcers. It is also recommended to see a podiatrist several times a year for a foot inspection. If you do have an ulcer, run the wound under water to clear dirt from the wound; then apply antibiotic ointment to the wound and cover with a bandage. Bandages should be changed daily and keeping pressure off the wound is smart. It is advised to see a podiatrist, who can keep an eye on it.

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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Tuesday, 22 September 2020 00:00

Can Stretches Help to Relieve Foot Pain?

The common areas for foot pain to occur is the arch, the plantar fascia, and the forefoot. Foot pain may originate from the calf muscles or a tight Achilles tendon, and there are several methods that can be implemented that may help to loosen muscles in this area. Many patients find that when they roll a golf ball or rolling pin under the sole of their foot, their pain is relieved. This can be beneficial in releasing tension in the feet. The arch can gain strength by keeping the feet flat on the floor, and lifting the foot while making sure the big toe remains on the ground. Additionally, the overall foot may benefit when towel curls are performed, and this is practiced by scrunching a towel placed on the floor and picking it up with the toes. If you would like more information about stretches that can be performed for specific foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist.

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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Tuesday, 15 September 2020 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Monday, 14 September 2020 00:00

Signs of Peripheral Neuropathy

Did you know that approximately half of all people with diabetes have some type of nerve damage? One of the most common types is peripheral neuropathy. Peripheral neuropathy typically starts in the nerves of the feet, and can affect both feet at once. The typical symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are tingling or a “pins and needles” sensation in the feet, foot pain or increased sensitivity, numbness and weakness in the feet, changes in the shape of the foot muscles and bones, and the appearance of open sores on the feet. Often, the symptoms are worse at night than they are during the day. If you are experiencing the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, don’t ignore them. Schedule a visit with a podiatrist, who can help you maintain the health of your feet.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, 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 for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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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Tuesday, 08 September 2020 00:00

Differences in Heel Size

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and it is important to wear the right shoes for your chosen sport. The main differences between walking and running shoes is the amount of flexibility and stability. The heel is constructed differently in running shoes, and appears to be wider than in walking shoes. Additionally, it is beneficial to have the feet professionally measured, as this is helpful in determining what the correct size shoe is. If you would like more information about the differences between walking and running shoes, please speak to a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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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