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March 2021

According to the CDC, about half of all diabetic patients have some form of neuropathy (nerve damage) which can ultimately lead to a loss of feeling in the feet. Due to the lack of feeling, small wounds on the feet may not be detected and can lead to diabetic foot ulcers. In severe cases, these ulcers could lead to serious complications such as amputation. While it is important for diabetic patients to be under the care of a podiatrist, there are measures that can be implemented within the home to reduce the risk of smaller problems becoming serious. Patients should perform daily checks of their feet to inspect for cuts and wounds, as well as wash and dry their feet daily, avoid being barefoot, wear socks and shoes that fit properly, and trim their toenails straight across and not too short. Diabetic patients should visit a podiatrist if they experience any of the following in their feet; a tingling sensation, a change in shape, dry or cracked skin, a loss of feeling, a change in color or temperature, and any cuts or wounds that aren’t healing. For more information please seek the counsel of a podiatrist. 

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

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

Types of Achilles Tendon Injuries

The Achilles tendon is a collection of fibrous tissues that connect the heel bone to the calf muscles. This tendon is responsible for our ability to walk, run, and jump, but it is very vulnerable to injury from athletic activities that put excess strain on the tendon. The three most common types of Achilles tendon injuries are an Achilles tendon tear, an Achilles tendon rupture, and Achilles tendonitis. An Achilles tendon tear, in which the tendon tears slightly, is characterized by intense pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the affected ankle. An Achilles tendon rupture, in which the tendon tears completely, may make a popping or snapping sound at the time of injury, cause severe pain, and make walking extremely difficult. Achilles tendonitis is an inflammation of the Achilles tendon. It usually causes burning pain in the calf and heel that intensifies during physical activity. If you have injured your Achilles tendon, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist. 

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, 15 March 2021 00:00

What Is Gout and What Can Cause It?

Gout is a painful condition that is considered to be a form of arthritis. It affects the joints in the big toe and can cause debilitating pain. Gout occurs as a result of excess uric acid in the bloodstream, causing crystals to form in the joints of the toes. This formation of uric acid in the blood may happen due to genetics or from eating specific types of foods. Some of these foods can include red meat, shellfish, and drinks that are made with large amounts of sugar. Additionally, obesity, and existing kidney or thyroid disorders may contribute to the onset of gout. With gout, the big toe can be swollen and red, and it is often difficult to walk. If you are afflicted with gout, it is strongly recommended that you are under the supervision of a podiatrist who can effectively help you to manage this condition.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. 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 form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of 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 care needs.

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Monday, 08 March 2021 00:00

Who Does Sever’s Disease Affect?

The growth plate in the heel is commonly injured among children and young teenagers that frequently participate in running and jumping activities. Injury to the growth plate can lead to a condition that is known as Sever’s disease, which can cause pain and discomfort. Along with injury, this condition can develop as a result of different growth rates as the bones, muscles, and tendons mature. Common symptoms of Sever’s disease can include stiffness in the heel area and the heel may appear to be red. Elevating the affected foot may bring mild relief, and it can help to temporarily stop the activity that caused this condition. Additionally, some patients find it helpful to wear an elastic wrap which may provide necessary support as the healing process occurs. If you notice your child is limping, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who is able to treat Sever’s disease.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their 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 injuries.

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An ankle sprain can be the result of stretched or torn ligaments from suddenly twisting the ankle. As the ankle rolls outward, the foot turns inward, and this can cause the inside of the ankle to become damaged. The symptoms that many patients experience can include immediate bruising, swelling, and difficulty walking. After a proper diagnosis is made, which generally involves having an X-ray taken, treatment can begin. This typically begins by wrapping the affected ankle in an elastic bandage, as this is helpful in providing the necessary support to the ankle during the healing process. Additionally, it is beneficial to elevate the sprained ankle, which can alleviate some of the swelling. If you have sprained your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can diagnose and treat this injury.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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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