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April 2021

Monday, 26 April 2021 00:00

How Does Athlete’s Foot Develop?

The fungus that causes athlete's foot lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can include public swimming pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. It is beneficial to wear appropriate shoes while in these places, and this may help to prevent the fungus from entering the body through tiny cracks in the skin of the feet. Common symptoms of this uncomfortable foot condition can consist of severe itching between the toes and on the bottom of the feet, and the affected area can become red and tender. Effective preventive techniques can often include refraining from walking barefoot, and wearing shoes and socks that are made from breathable materials. Additionally, it may help to keep the feet and nails as clean as possible. If you are afflicted with athlete’s foot, please speak with a podiatrist who can offer you remedies that can help athlete's foot.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are best 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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Thursday, 22 April 2021 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

Monday, 19 April 2021 00:00

Broken Toes and Buddy Taping

Many children experience a broken toe, and this can be a result of running, jamming the toe into a piece of furniture, or from dropping a heavy object on it. If your child complains of toe pain, having an X-ray taken is an effective method of determining if the toe is broken. For mild fractures, buddy taping is often used to stabilize the toe as the healing process occurs. This is accomplished by taping the affected toe to the toe next to it for several weeks. If the bone is protruding from the skin, surgery may be necessary in repairing the broken toe. If your child has toe pain, it is suggested that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this ailment.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. 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 Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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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Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a condition that causes poor circulation in the lower limbs due to the narrowing and hardening of the arteries that supply blood to this area. Left untreated, PAD can become progressively worse and lead to a variety of complications, up to and including amputation of the affected limb. Certain risk factors can make someone more likely to develop severe PAD that may require an amputation. Some of these include a history of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and kidney disease, being 75 or older, or having an infected wound. If you are experiencing symptoms such as leg pain, numbness, or weakness, please consult with a podiatrist who can screen you for PAD, monitor your condition, and help you maintain the health of your feet and ankles.

Peripheral artery disease can pose a serious risk to your health. It can increase the risk of stroke and heart attack. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, consult with Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is when arteries are constricted due to plaque (fatty deposits) build-up. This results in less blood flow to the legs and other extremities. The main cause of PAD is atherosclerosis, in which plaque builds up in the arteries.

Symptoms

Symptoms of PAD include:

  • Claudication (leg pain from walking)
  • Numbness in legs
  • Decrease in growth of leg hair and toenails
  • Paleness of the skin
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Sores and wounds on legs and feet that won’t heal
  • Coldness in one leg

It is important to note that a majority of individuals never show any symptoms of PAD.

Diagnosis

While PAD occurs in the legs and arteries, Podiatrists can diagnose PAD. Podiatrists utilize a test called an ankle-brachial index (ABI). An ABI test compares blood pressure in your arm to you ankle to see if any abnormality occurs. Ultrasound and imaging devices may also be used.

Treatment

Fortunately, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, managing cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and quitting smoking, can all treat PAD. Medications that prevent clots from occurring can be prescribed. Finally, in some cases, surgery may be recommended.

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, 05 April 2021 00:00

Orthotics for Diabetics

Orthotic inserts are shoe inserts which can be worn to help manage a variety of foot and ankle conditions. People with diabetes are often prone to foot problems, especially diabetic foot ulcers and other slow healing wounds. These wounds usually form due to pressure and friction from the shoes. Both over-the-counter and custom orthotics may help prevent foot problems in people who have diabetes. Orthotic inserts can make walking more comfortable, reducing pressure and friction on the feet by correcting for overpronation and evenly distributing body weight across the foot. To learn more about orthotics for diabetics, please consult with a podiatrist.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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.

What Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

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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