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August 2020

Monday, 31 August 2020 00:00

All About Ankle Pain

Whether you’ve rolled your ankle while walking, endured a sprain, or experience symptoms in your joints, ankle pain is something that is worth monitoring. Pain in this area can be the result of inflammation or damage to the bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, or muscles that make up the ankle. Ankle pain is often accompanied by other symptoms such as swelling, bruising, redness, numbness, tingling, instability, and a reduced ability to bear weight on the affected ankle. The most common cause of ankle pain is an injury, such as a sprain or Achilles tendonitis. Arthritic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and gout tend to cause pain in the ankle joint as well. Nerve damage or neuropathy can cause lower limb pain and is especially common among diabetics. If you are experiencing ankle pain, it is strongly recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat your condition.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and 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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Tuesday, 25 August 2020 00:00

Do Your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately? Healthy feet are happy feet. If your child is complaining of foot pain, it may be a sign of underlying problems.

Personal fitness needs can dictate the type of shoes that are worn. There are differences between walking and running shoes, and it is important to choose the right shoe for the chosen sport. Walking shoes generally require less cushioning, and this is a result of less impact as the foot strikes the ground. Many runners are more comfortable with additional padding in the heels, and this may vary with different running styles. It is beneficial for both types of shoes to be flexible, and the type of running or walking that is practiced can typically indicate the type of shoe that is purchased. For additional information about what type of shoes to purchase for walking and running, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

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, 17 August 2020 00:00

Treatments for Excessively Sweaty Feet

As you walk around this summer, do you find your feet slipping and sliding out of your shoes? Do you leave behind wet footprints when you walk barefoot around the house? Are your feet regularly sweating buckets for no good reason? If so, you may have plantar hyperhidrosis, a condition that causes excessively sweaty feet. Beyond being annoying and embarrassing, hyperhidrosis can also make your feet more prone to infection due to the constant wetness breaking down your skin. Fortunately, there are treatments available for this condition. One treatment option is iontophoresis, in which a doctor submerges your feet in water with a mild electrical current through it in order to disable the overactive sweat glands, therefore reducing excessive sweating in your feet. Other potential treatment options include prescribing an antiperspirant or botox injections for your feet. If you have excessively sweaty feet, consult with a podiatrist to explore your treatment options.

If you are suffering from hyperhidrosis contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

Hyperhidrosis of the Feet

Hyperhidrosis is a rare disorder that can cause people to have excessive sweating of their feet. This can usually occur all on its own without rigorous activity involved. People who suffer from hyperhidrosis may also experience sweaty palms.

Although it is said that sweating is a healthy process meant to cool down the body temperature and to maintain a proper internal temperature, hyperhidrosis may prove to be a huge hindrance on a person’s everyday life.

Plantar hyperhidrosis is considered to be the main form of hyperhidrosis. Secondary hyperhidrosis can refer to sweating that occurs in areas other than the feet or hands and armpits. Often this may be a sign of it being related to another medical condition such as menopause, hyperthyroidism and even Parkinson’s disease.

In order to alleviate this condition, it is important to see your doctor so that they may prescribe the necessary medications so that you can begin to live a normal life again. If this is left untreated, it is said that it will persist throughout an individual’s life.

A last resort approach would be surgery, but it is best to speak with your doctor to find out what may be the best treatment for you.

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 August 2020 00:00

Surgery for Bunions

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

Who Should Have Vascular Testing Done?

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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