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December 2022

Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Symptoms and Causes of Midfoot Neuromas

A neuroma of the foot is a painful condition, also known as a pinched nerve or nerve tumor. It is characterized by pain in the ball of the foot, burning or tingling, and some cramping. The neuroma usually develops between the 3rd and 4th toes, causing difficulty walking for long periods. The cause of neuromas is unclear, but certain factors can be connected to their development. Biomechanical difficulties, such as flat feet and high arches, bring on instability to the toe joints that may lead to a neuroma. Direct trauma to the foot can damage the nerve and cause inflammation and swelling. Wearing high-heeled shoes that squeeze the toes can lead to increased pressure on the nerves near the ball of the foot. Finally, repeated stress on the bottom of the feet can create or aggravate a neuroma. If you are experiencing pain in the toes, tingling and numbness in the ball of the foot, swelling, and pain on the ball of the foot when bearing weight, it may indicate a neuroma. Please consult a podiatrist as soon as possible for a diagnosis and treatment options.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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, 20 December 2022 00:00

Why Do I Have a Corn?

If you see a rough patch of skin on your toes or on the bottom of your feet, it may be a corn. Many corns develop on the pinky toe as a result of excessive friction that comes from wearing shoes that are too tight. A corn that forms on this toe can cause severe pain, despite its small size. Corns are defined as dead skin, surrounded by redness and inflammation. Two common categories of corns are referred to as hard and soft. The latter is found between the toes, as a result of the consistent moisture that collects from sweat. Hard corns can be found on the bottom of the feet, or on top of the toes. Mild relief may be found when a protective patch is worn over the corn, and this may help to prevent further pressure from friction. An effective preventive method consists of wearing shoes that fit correctly. If you have corns on your feet, please consult with a podiatrist who may recommend minor surgery for permanent removal.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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.

Read more about Understanding Corns and Calluses

Foot massages have many benefits and may relieve existing foot pain. Reflexology and massages are performed on the feet and can positively affect the organs in the body. There are differences between the two types of foot therapy. Foot massages can be described as more of a general term for manual techniques that are applied to the feet, and this differs from reflexology in which specific practices and theories are applied. Foot reflexology uses the pressure points on the feet that correspond to various organs in the body. This can be helpful in stimulating the central nervous system which may help to promote healing. Additionally, there may be different types of foot massages, including Swedish, Shiatsu, and Thai massages. Having any type of these massages may improve circulation, reduce muscle tension, and reduce stress and pain. If you would like more information about the benefits of these types of foot therapies, please contact a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Foot therapy is often necessary for those recovering from either foot deformities or foot injuries. If you have concerns regarding therapy, Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Most Common Injuries

People who are active or athletes are prone to a variety of injuries. Therefore, it is often important to take part in physical therapy in order to quickly get back on the right track. 

What to Do When Injured

Physical Therapy – This specialized treatment will focus on the affected area, speeding up recovery and the overall healing process. It is a proven method that has helped millions of people return from any injury.

During physical therapy you will undergo regimented training to get back into full form. Training is often very difficult, especially at first when the foot feels weak. Physical therapy often involves:

Basic stretching and twisting exercises – getting the feet’s mobility and flexibility up.

Massaging – the therapist will massage the injured area in order to activate the muscles and relax them.

Strengthening Exercises – this allows the muscles in the affected area to regain their full strength, a vital step towards full recovery.

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.

Read more about Foot Therapy for Sports Injuries
Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

There are several reasons why elderly people may encounter foot problems. The fat pads in the feet may become thinner, and the skin may be drier. Severely cracked heels that are known as fissures may develop, and relief can come from using a good moisturizer. Many seniors have poor circulation, which may lead to the inability to feel existing cuts or wounds on the feet. One of the best things elderly people can do for their feet is to wear shoes and socks that fit correctly. Research has shown the feet become wider as the aging process occurs, and larger shoes may need to be purchased. It may be beneficial to lose extra weight which may help to prevent heel spurs and plantar fasciitis from developing. This is helpful in reducing the pressure the heels endure from completing daily activities. It is suggested that elderly people are under the regular care of a podiatrist who can identify potential foot problems, and offer effective prevention and treatment tips.

 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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.

Read more about Taking Care of Elderly Feet
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