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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:00

Why Do I Have Hammertoes?

Hammertoe is a common foot deformity in which the toes bend downward at the middle joint, creating a hammer-like shape. This deformity typically affects the second, third, or fourth toes and causes pain, discomfort, and joint stiffness. There are many reasons why a hammertoe may develop. Chronically wearing ill-fitting shoes which are too tight, narrow, have excessively high heels, or squeeze your toes together, can contribute to the formation of hammertoes. Hereditary foot differences, having unusually long toe bones, weakness in the muscles of the feet, or injuries can also make hammertoes more likely. Other foot conditions, including bunions and rheumatoid arthritis, may increase your risk of hammertoes. If you notice that your toes are changing in appearance, or if you are experiencing any foot pain, please seek the care of a podiatrist. Treating hammertoes early can help stop or slow their progression.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Southwest Podiatry. Our doctors will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 20 July 2021 00:00

What Leads to Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a strong and thick tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this piece of tissue becomes inflamed or torn. Generally, plantar fasciitis is caused by overstretching or overuse and causes heel pain. Common reasons for overuse include playing sports that stress the heel bone, being overweight, pregnant, or middle-aged, or spending too much time standing. Patients who are experiencing heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis will notice that the heel pain is the worst in the morning after resting, after a long period of sitting or standing, or after physical activity. Patients who believe that they may be experiencing plantar fasciitis should consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment method.  

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Southwest Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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

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Tuesday, 13 July 2021 00:00

Getting to the Cause of Your Ankle Pain

As one of the body’s most critical weight-bearing structures, your ankles can experience pain from a variety of causes: sprains, ankle instability due to repeated sprains or structural problems, tarsal tunnel syndrome (compression of nerves), tendonitis, fractures, or diseases that can affect the feet such as arthritis, diabetes, or gout. Ankle discomfort may be experienced as an aching pain that worsens when you move your ankle or put weight on your feet, stiffness, inflammation, warmth, or redness in the area. A podiatrist can examine and test you, and devise a treatment plan to not only relieve your ankle pain but also to help avoid chronic ankle instability from setting in.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact one of our podiatrists from Southwest Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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

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Tuesday, 06 July 2021 00:00

Why Do I Have Blisters on My Feet?

Most blisters form on the feet due to friction. As you walk, your shoes or socks may rub against a small area of skin, damaging it. A pocket of fluid builds up underneath the damaged skin to shield the deeper layers of skin from further damage. Friction blisters are best left alone and footwear and activity modifications are often adequate for treating symptoms and preventing future blisters. However, not all foot blisters are caused by friction. Blisters can also occur on the feet due to allergic reactions, exposure to certain chemicals, skin conditions like eczema, frostbite, sunburn, and fungal, viral, or bacterial infections. If you frequently have blisters on your feet, a podiatrist can help you determine the cause of your blisters and find the best treatment for you.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Southwest Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, 01 July 2021 00:00

Boney, Bumpy, Bunions

Wearing pointy shoes or high heels every day, or rolling your foot inwardly when you walk, can cause a bony bump to form at the base the big toe.  This creates a fluid-filled sac (bursa) to develop over it. Your big toe becomes permanently bent towards the other toes, with its base sticking out. This is known as a bunion. Other symptoms include pain, redness, swelling, limited range of motion and warmth in the big toe joint. Podiatrists can diagnose a bunion through an examination, X-rays, and aspirating the fluid of the joint in order to rule out other possible conditions such as arthritis, gout, or a joint infection. Treatment may include an adjustment in footwear, bunion pads and orthoses to redistribute pressure on the area, or even corrective surgery, if necessary.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact one of our podiatrists of Southwest Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

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

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