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Wednesday, 30 November 2022 00:00

Dealing With Overpronation of the Feet

The term pronation has to do with the turning inward or outward of the foot when walking and running. When the foot overpronates, it rolls excessively inward, which can negatively affect the gait. Overpronation can affect the way you stand, run, and distribute your weight while active. Overpronation, which is often termed flat foot, also can lead to posture or walking problems and may even result in back pain. A podiatrist can determine the extent of overpronation by examining the wear pattern on the bottom of your shoes, as well as studying the foot from front to back. An imaging test, such as an X-ray, ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI may be performed to determine the extent of the imbalance. Many people with overpronation difficulties rely on foot orthotics to correct the inherent problems. A podiatrist can create a custom orthotic for you that helps to relieve the pain and discomfort caused by overpronation. In addition, several muscle-strengthening exercises can be prescribed to increase arch support. Please contact a podiatrist today for further guidance.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Jeffrey P. Taylor, DPM from North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

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Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

Heel Pain and Soccer

When a young child engages in the sport of soccer, it is sometimes common for the child to complain of heel pain. This is because soccer is a very high-impact sport, and the extent to which minor trauma repeatedly occurs during strenuous activities like jumping can cause the child heel pain. Importantly, heel pain in a child playing soccer can result from a condition known as Sever’s disease. This foot affliction is caused by the inflammation of the growth plate in the foot and is most likely to affect children between 9 and 15 years old. Another common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. If your child is playing soccer and complains about heel pain, consider taking them to the podiatrist for an examination. This medical professional can help treat your child’s foot problem.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Jeffrey P. Taylor, DPM of North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctor 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.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

Diabetes and Severe Foot Problems

Foot problems are the most common reason diabetics are hospitalized. Diabetics might have slow-healing wounds, infections, or other foot issues they may not even be aware of. This could be due to loss of sensation in the feet known as neuropathy, which is from poor blood flow to the lower extremities. Amputation of a limb could be the result if a wound develops, becomes infected, and is beyond salvaging. Diabetics can also get peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, which can lead to leg arteries becoming too clogged to restore blood flow to the feet. If you are a diabetic, practice proper foot care which includes washing, drying, and moisturizing the feet every day and checking them for wounds or infections regularly. Practicing good foot care also includes scheduling visits with a podiatrist who can help you make sure that diabetes is not causing any other foot conditions in the feet. If you or a loved one has diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist. 

Diabetic Limb Salvage

Diabetic limb salvage can be an effective way in preventing the need for limb amputation. If you have a foot ulcer and diabetes, consult with Jeffrey P. Taylor, DPM from North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Diabetic Limb Salvage?

Diabetic limb salvage is the attempt of saving a limb, such as the foot, that has an infected ulcer, from amputation. Podiatrists also try to make sure that there is enough function in the foot after the salvage that it is still usable. Those with diabetes experience poor blood circulation, which prevents proper healing of an ulcer. If the ulcer is left uncheck, it could become infected, which could result in the need for amputation.

Diabetes is the number one cause of non-traumatic amputations in the United States. Amputation has been found to lead to higher mortality rates. This translates into higher healthcare costs, and a reduced quality of life and mobility for amputees. Podiatrists have attempted to increase the prevalence of limb salvage in an attempt to solve these issues.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Limb salvage teams have grown in recent years that utilize a number of different treatments to save the infected limb. This includes podiatrists that specialize in wound care, rehabilitation, orthotics, and surgery. Through a combination of these methods, limb salvage has been found to be an effective treatment for infected limbs, and as an alternative to amputation. Podiatrists will first evaluate the potential for limb salvage and determine if the limb can be saved or must be amputated. 

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

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Tuesday, 08 November 2022 00:00

Athlete’s Foot and Carpeting

Athlete's foot is certainly an affliction of the foot that one ought to avoid. It develops in an individual when a fungal infection takes hold of their feet often between the toes, and creates a rash. There are several ways in which an individual can take steps to avoid athlete’s foot. One often overlooked way is to be diligent about maintaining one’s carpeting. If you have bought a new home from someone else, you might find that the carpeting can be quite dirty, often still harboring fungal spores deep in the carpets. If the previous owners had walked around barefoot on those carpets, it is possible that they spread a fungus into the carpet. If this applies to you, you might consider deep cleaning the carpet to remove these damaging fungi. Doing this might ultimately protect you and your family from developing athlete’s foot. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to learn more.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Jeffrey P. Taylor, DPM from North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Treatment Methods for Hammertoe

The foot condition known as hammertoe is considered to be a deformity. It can gradually affect the entire foot and generally begins by causing the second and third toes to bend downward. The joints in the middle toe bend upward, resembling a hammer. If left untreated, it can be painful to walk, and blisters, calluses, or corns may form on top of the toes. Hammertoe is caused by genetic factors and from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely. High heels may also fall into this category of squishing the toes, so it is best to avoid high heels when you are afflicted with hammertoe. Patients can find mild relief when protective pads are worn on top of the toes and when larger shoes are worn. Certain exercises and stretches may bring strength back to the toes, and wearing orthotics may help to maintain balance. If the condition is severe, it can be unsightly and uncomfortable, and surgery may be necessary. Surgery is an effective treatment method that can permanently straighten the toes. Please consult a podiatrist who can help you determine what treatment is best for your hammertoe.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Jeffrey P. Taylor, DPM from North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

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

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