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February 2020

Thursday, 27 February 2020 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment. 

Monday, 24 February 2020 00:00

What Are the Symptoms of Hammertoe?

When the middle joint in a toe looks deformed, it may be indicative of a condition that is known as hammertoe. Hammertoe occurs as a result of an imbalance in the soft tissues of the affected toe, and may cause swelling and discomfort. Additional symptoms may consist of redness surrounding the toe, and difficulty moving or straightening the toe. The affected toe typically bends downward, resembling a hammer, and a corn may form on top of it as shoes are worn as well. This condition may happen from a genetic muscle imbalance, if shoes that are worn have inadequate room for the toes to move freely in, or if the toe has endured an injury. There are several ways to treat hammertoe. If you are afflicted with this condition, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can begin the best type of treatment for you.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please 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, 17 February 2020 00:00

How to Diagnose Flat Feet

The term fallen arches is also referred to as flat feet. It is typically simple to identify, which can be done while standing. If there is little or no arch, the entire foot will lie flat on the floor. Patients who have arches will notice there is a small gap between the foot and the floor. The purpose of the arch is to help distribute the weight of the body, in addition to providing a spring to the step. Patients who are flat-footed may notice there is consistent pain in the foot, and this may often occur due to strained muscles and ligaments. There may be swelling along the inside of the ankle, and it may extend to the calf. There are common causes of developing flat feet. These may include an injury to the foot or ankle, genetic factors, or medical conditions such as certain types of arthritis. If you are afflicted with flat feet, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can help you to treat this ailment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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, 10 February 2020 00:00

Possible Causes of Toenail Fungus

A common ailment that can affect the toenails is known as toenail fungus. It generally develops gradually, and can occur as a result of being exposed to a certain type of fungus. The environments where this type of fungus lives and thrives may include public swimming pools, locker rooms, and shower room floors. It generally grows in warm and moist areas, and it is advised that appropriate shoes are worn while in these particular places. Additional reasons why patients may develop this ailment can consist of using artificial nails, wearing closed shoes for the majority of the time, or medical conditions such as diabetes or a weakened immune system. There are different treatment options available for toenail fungus, and it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can determine what the best remedy is for you.

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 Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor 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 Weatherford, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

Types of Foot Surgery

Patients who have severe foot conditions are often aware of the necessity of having surgery performed. Bunion surgery may be helpful in permanently removing the bony protrusion that has formed on the side of the big toe. Patients who have severe arthritis in the feet may be interested in learning about fusion surgery. This procedure joins the bones together, which may help to eliminate pain. A common form of foot surgery involves the heel, and is often a necessary procedure to perform in order to help cure plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. Patients who experience numbness in their toes may have a neuroma, and a small part of the nerve may have to be surgically removed. If you have consistent foot pain, please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can offer the best treatment options for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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