Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Morton's neuroma is characterized by nerve inflammation or thickening between the metatarsal bones. This condition poses significant discomfort, made worse by wearing ill-fitting shoes or high heels. People with flat feet face an elevated risk of developing Morton’s neuroma because of altered foot mechanics that increase pressure on the nerves. Symptoms of Morton's neuroma include sharp pain between toes and a burning sensation while walking or standing. Numbness, tingling, and inflammation also may be experienced. Diagnostic tools to determine the severity of Morton’s neuroma include musculoskeletal ultrasound, X-rays, and MRIs. Treatment may encompass modifying activity, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and adjusting footwear. A podiatrist may prescribe corticosteroid injections and suggest custom orthotics for additional relief. In some cases, minimally invasive surgical options to remove the neuroma may be necessary. If you are experiencing the above symptoms in the ball of the foot, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment options. 

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact one of our podiatrist of North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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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Sunday, 25 February 2024 00:00

Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Poor circulation in the feet can manifest through various symptoms, indicating potential underlying health issues. Individuals may experience sensations of numbness, tingling, or pins and needles in the feet, often referred to as paresthesia. Coldness or coolness in the feet, even when the weather is warm, can also be a sign of reduced blood flow. Swelling, particularly in the ankles and feet, may occur due to fluid buildup caused by compromised circulation. Additionally, changes in skin color or texture, such as pale or bluish discoloration and dry or cracked skin, can indicate inadequate blood supply to the feet. Slow-healing wounds or ulcers, particularly on the feet or lower legs, may develop due to reduced oxygen and nutrient delivery to the tissues. Recognizing these symptoms of poor circulation is critical for seeking medical evaluation and addressing underlying causes. Many patients have symptoms of poor circulation in the feet. If this applies to you, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the cause is, and offer relief and treatment solutions.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact one of our podiatrist of North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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, 13 February 2024 00:00

Besides the immediate discomfort of gout attacks, continuous and untreated gout attacks leave potential for joint damage. Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the body. The acid crystallizes and builds up in the joints, leading to painful episodes called gout attacks that often start in the big toe. Recurrent gout attacks can contribute to joint damage and deterioration over time. The repeated inflammatory responses within the joints can erode cartilage, the protective tissue that cushions the joints, and can cause irreversible damage. Untreated gout can also lead to the formation of tophi, lumps of uric acid crystals that accumulate in and around the joints. While usually painless, tophi can cause damage to the bone, pop up above the skin, and become infected. If you have gout or big toe pain, it is suggested you seek the help of a podiatrist who can develop a treatment plan that prevents long-term joint damage and preserves your joint health.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrist from North Texas Podiatry Associates. 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 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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