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Saturday, 24 October 2020 00:00

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Certain foot conditions are common among pregnant women. Flat feet can be the cause of general foot discomfort, and the pain can range from sharp and throbbing to a dull ache. Flat feet can develop as a result of the added weight that the feet must endure. An additional condition that can occur is swollen feet, and it may be uncomfortable to wear shoes that are normally worn. Swelling may be decreased when salt intake is reduced, and it may help to elevate the feet frequently during the day. If you are pregnant and feeling pain and discomfort in your feet, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist for possible relief options.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

The area in back of the leg and above the ankle is where the Achilles tendon is located. It connects the calf muscles to the heel and is responsible for pointing and flexing the foot. It may be possible to limit injuries to the Achilles tendon when proper warm up and cool down stretches are integrated into an exercise or running regimen. Some of the symptoms that are associated with an Achilles tendon injury can include pain in the back of the ankle as well as tenderness or stiffness, and difficulty walking. Mild relief may be found when the affected foot is frequently elevated and it may help to wear custom made orthotics. If you are experiencing pain or any of the other symptoms mentioned in the back of your lower leg, it is recommended that you speak with a podiatrist who can effectively treat this condition.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Weatherford, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

Pain is often associated with a broken pinky toe. Additional symptoms can include swelling, redness, and it may be difficult to walk. Many patients find that taping the pinky toe to the toe next to it can provide the necessary stability as the healing process occurs. This method is referred to as buddy taping, and may be effective in relieving a portion of the pain. If the fracture is severe, it may be beneficial to perform specific toe strengthening exercises, which can help to maintain mobility. If you are experiencing pain from stubbing your toe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can perform a proper examination for broken toes, followed by determining the best course of treatment for you. 

A broken toe can be very painful and lead to complications if not properly fixed. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What to Know About a Broken Toe

Although most people try to avoid foot trauma such as banging, stubbing, or dropping heavy objects on their feet, the unfortunate fact is that it is a common occurrence. Given the fact that toes are positioned in front of the feet, they typically sustain the brunt of such trauma. When trauma occurs to a toe, the result can be a painful break (fracture).

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Throbbing pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising on the skin and toenail
  • The inability to move the toe
  • Toe appears crooked or disfigured
  • Tingling or numbness in the toe

Generally, it is best to stay off of the injured toe with the affected foot elevated.

Severe toe fractures may be treated with a splint, cast, and in some cases, minor surgery. Due to its position and the pressure it endures with daily activity, future complications can occur if the big toe is not properly treated.

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

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