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Monday, 10 August 2020 00:00

A bunion, also known as hallux valgus, is a common deformity of the big toe. Bunions occur when the joint between the foot and toe is overextended, causing the big toe to bend towards the little toes. In severe cases, the big toe might even go over or under the second toe. This typically results in pain and inflammation, and can even cause arthritis to develop in the big toe. A bunion may sometimes require surgical correction. In cases where less invasive treatments have failed, surgery might be recommended to correct painful misalignment, to fix the deformity before it becomes worse, to reduce mobility restrictions, or to improve the cosmetic appearance of the foot. If you have a painful bunion, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist to explore treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunions, 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 a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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 care needs.

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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

Vascular testing is used to reduce the risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD), a common cause of poor circulation to the lower limbs that, if left untreated, could have consequences. Unlike other types of medical tests that you might be familiar with, vascular testing at the podiatrist’s office is generally non-invasive and painless. Some examples of vascular tests include the ankle-brachial index, where the doctor takes your blood pressure at your arm and at your ankle and then compares the two numbers, an ultrasound of your legs and feet, or a visual examination of your feet and ankles. While anyone can benefit from vascular testing, people who have certain risk factors for developing peripheral artery disease are the best candidates. These risk factors include having leg pain, wounds that do not heal, hardened arteries, a family history of PAD, a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, or chronic kidney disease, a BMI over 30, or a history of smoking. If any of these risk factors apply to you, visit a podiatrist, who can perform vascular testing to screen for peripheral artery disease.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

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 care needs.

 

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Monday, 27 July 2020 00:00

Excess uric acid in the bloodstream may cause crystals to form in the joints of the big toe. This can lead to a condition that is known as gout, which can cause severe pain and discomfort. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis, and gout attacks have the ability to start and stop suddenly. The affected toe may become inflamed and swollen, and can cause difficulty in walking. There are specific foods that can cause the uric acid levels in your bloodstream to become elevated. These can include shellfish, red meat, and drinks that are made with a large amount of sugar. Research has indicated it is beneficial to implement healthy lifestyle habits into your daily routine, as this may help to prevent gout attacks from occurring. Drinking plenty of fresh water daily, eating fruits and vegetables, and performing gentle stretches may help to ease gout pain. If you are afflicted with gout, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist, who can determine the correct course of treatment for you as soon as possible.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Weatherford, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 26 July 2020 00:00

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

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