Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:00

Do you work on your feet all day and find your feet in pain? Don't go to work in pain each day. Your foot pain can be treated, and we can help.

Tuesday, 22 November 2022 00:00

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 one of our podiatrists of North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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.

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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Tuesday, 15 November 2022 00:00

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 one of our podiatrists from North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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 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 one of our podiatrists from North Texas Podiatry Associates. Our doctors 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.

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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