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Tuesday, 31 May 2022 00:00

Dealing With Heel Spurs

Many runners end up with heel spurs, often as the result of repetitive pounding on hard surfaces. A heel spur, also known as a calcaneal spur, is a bony protrusion on the underside of the calcaneus bone of the heel. Plantar fasciitis sometimes damages the membrane that covers the heel bone, making it more likely for heel spurs to form. Although heel spurs can become quite painful, many people develop them over time without knowing it. In general, it is not a heel spur itself, but damage to its surrounding tissue that causes the pain. Common causes of heel spurs include overstretching the plantar fascia, damage to foot muscles and ligaments, and wearing shoes that lack proper cushioning or arch support. Many nonsurgical treatments successfully reduce the pain, including cortisone injections, taping, custom orthotics, exercises, and replacing footwear. If your heel pain persists, it is a good idea to consult a podiatrist for an examination, a diagnosis, and an appropriate treatment. 


 

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of San Antonio. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in San Antonio, TX . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 24 May 2022 00:00

Different Types of Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus has noticeable symptoms consisting of a yellowing and thickening of the toenails. In severe cases, the nail may crumble and fall off. The infection is caused by a fungal microbe that can enter the body through the nail bed. There are different types of toenail fungus, and the most common is referred to as onychomycosis which can be associated with diabetic patients. Additionally, elderly people and patients with a compromised immune system can develop this type of fungal infection. Paronychia occurs when the tissue folds surrounding the nail become inflamed. Toenail fungus is contagious, and it thrives in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. If you are in these areas, it is suggested that you wear appropriate shoes, and refrain from sharing towels, socks and shoes. A proper diagnosis consists of clipping a piece of the nail and observing it through a microscope. This will determine what type of fungus is present. If you have developed toenail fungus, please confer with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment solutions.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Center of San Antonio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Tuesday, 17 May 2022 00:00

Why Do I Have a Hammertoe?

A hammertoe is a deformity where the middle of a toe joint is bent and the end of the toe angles down resembling a claw. It usually involves the second toe but also can involve other toes. A corn often develops on the top of the toe and a callus on the sole of the foot.  Over time, one cannot straighten the toe and walking can become painful. Causes of hammertoe are wearing narrow, short shoes that force the second toe to bend forward or a congenital defect that develops over time. The muscles and tendons in the toe tighten and become shorter. Those who wear high heels or shoes that do not fit properly are more apt to suffer from this condition. Wearing properly fitting footwear that does not put the foot at an angle, with soft insoles to relieve pressure on the toes, can help prevent hammertoe. Since a hammertoe can become painful and interfere with normal functioning, seeing a podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment is suggested. Sometimes surgery to straighten the joint will be necessary.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact one of our podiatrists of Podiatry Center of San Antonio. 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 office located in San Antonio, 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.

There are many diabetic patients who understand that keeping their glucose levels in a normal range is essential in preventing painful foot conditions. The inability to feel sensations in the feet is referred to as neuropathy, and it is important to check for cuts, bruises and scrapes every day. This can be done by using a mirror, or by having a family member inspect the feet. Additionally, the feet will feel better when they are kept clean and dry, and it may help to use talcum powder between the toes. The painful condition that is known as cracked heels may be avoided when a good moisturizer is used. Many diabetic patients see a podiatrist to have their nails trimmed correctly, and this may help to prevent ingrown toenails. It is advised against walking barefoot, and wearing shoes that fit properly will make the feet and overall body feel more comfortable. If you are diabetic, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with managing your diabetic foot care.. 

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 Center of San Antonio. 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 San Antonio, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 May 2022 00:00

Is Podiatry for Me?

A doctor who specializes in foot care is known as a podiatrist. There are several reasons why patients visit podiatrists, including having conditions such as hammertoes, bunions, and plantar fasciitis. Research has shown that the feet often show early signs of other conditions that may be present in the body, which may include diabetes and heart disease. People who choose to pursue this field of medicine as a career will need to obtain a bachelor’s degree, followed by attending a podiatry school for four years. A residency is then completed, which precedes obtaining a license. Podiatrists can work in a private or group practice or specialize in specific areas which can include sports medicine and diabetic foot care. If you are considering a career in podiatry, it is beneficial to speak with a podiatrist who can help you to determine if this is the right choice for you.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Center of San Antonio. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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

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