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June 2021

Active children may be more likely to experience heel pain. This pain can be indicative of a condition known as Sever’s disease, and it often affects children and young adolescents. This uncomfortable ailment affects the growth plate in the heel and can occur as a result of extensive pressure exerted on the area where the Achilles tendon meets the heel. Parents may notice their child limping, in addition to experiencing a decrease in flexibility. Prompt treatment generally begins with stopping the activity that caused this condition, and it is beneficial to rest the affected foot. Some children find it may help to perform specific stretches that target the Achilles tendon and calf. If you notice your child has symptoms of Sever’s disease, it is strongly suggested that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can determine what the most effective treatment is.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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Tuesday, 22 June 2021 00:00

Why Does Diabetes Cause Foot Wounds?

Painful, slow-healing foot wounds are unfortunately a common occurrence in people who have diabetes. Left untreated, these wounds can grow and become diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). About 1 in 4 people with diabetes will develop a diabetic foot ulcer at some point in their lives. Why are foot wounds so common among diabetics? The answers lie in the way that blood glucose levels affect the nervous system and circulation. High levels of glucose can damage peripheral nerves. These are the nerves responsible for sensation in the lower limbs. When they are damaged, your ability to feel pain and other early signs of a foot injury are diminished. This means that many cuts, sores, and scrapes on the feet are left undetected until they begin to cause more serious symptoms. Another complication of high glucose levels is poor circulation or blood flow to the lower limbs. When blood moves more slowly towards the feet, it cannot deliver nutrients quickly enough to heal wounds efficiently, thus slowing down the healing process. If you have diabetes, it is important to monitor the health of your feet to avoid foot wounds, DFUs, and all of their associated complications. A podiatrist can help you maintain your foot health.  

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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Wednesday, 16 June 2021 00:00

Could I Get Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis in which an overabundance of uric acid in the bloodstream leads to the formation of urea crystals in the joints, causing a painful gout flareup. These flare ups usually occur in the big toe joint and cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, warmth, and intense pain. While gout can affect anybody, certain people are more at risk of developing it than others. These include men, those who are obese, those who have hypertension, diabetes, or poor kidney function, and those who drink alcohol, sugary beverages, or consume a diet high in purines, which are found in red meat and certain types of seafood. Gout may flare up once or become a chronic condition. If you have had a gout flareup or are at risk for gout, please speak with a podiatrist.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

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, 12 June 2021 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 08 June 2021 00:00

Heel Pain in Children

There are many reasons why a child may have heel pain. Usually, the pain is the result of an overuse injury from engaging in physical activities, such as running or playing certain sports that put excess pressure on the heels. Common injuries that can cause heel pain include Sever’s disease, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, and fractures. In addition to heel pain, these injuries may also cause tenderness and swelling in the heel and difficulty walking. Fortunately, most childhood heel injuries have an excellent prognosis when diagnosed and treated promptly. If your child complains of heel pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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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A woman’s body can produce much more fluid and blood during pregnancy, which can lead to swelling and pain in the feet, ankles, and other parts of the body. Although this swelling, or edema, will affect most pregnant women, there are a few things they can do which may help alleviate symptoms and keep their feet more comfortable. Pregnant women should keep themselves hydrated throughout the day, and also limit salt intake. Elevating the feet for at least one hour is an easy way to improve blood circulation, while relieving pressure on the veins and reducing swelling. Shoes should be both supportive and wide enough to accommodate feet that have swollen during pregnancy. Soaking the feet for 15 minutes in the tub or a basin filled with warm water and Epsom salt can do wonders to relieve swollen, achy feet, and provide some much-needed self care. A podiatrist can provide additional information on proper footwear, and offer treatments to relieve swelling and keep feet safe and healthy throughout pregnancy.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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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