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February 2022

Bone spurs (osteophytes) are bony deposits or growths that develop on the ends of bones that sometimes occur in response to an abnormality around a joint. Overuse injuries or ankle sprains may cause bone spurs to form on the front of the ankle joint (on the tibia and/or talus bones). These spurs can pinch (impinge), cause pain, and decrease mobility in the ankle when the foot is bent upward (dorsiflexion). The medical term for this condition is anterior ankle impingement. It is sometimes referred to as "footballer's ankle,” or “athlete's ankle.” This is because athletes that need to frequently dorsiflex their ankles—such as ballet dancers, soccer and football players, runners and gymnasts alike—are more at risk of developing this condition. Treatment for footballer’s ankle may start by trying to reduce inflammation at the joint by resting and icing it, taking oral anti-inflammatory medicines, wearing ankle braces, or getting cortisone injections. If these more conservative measures do not provide adequate relief from the impingement, arthroscopic debridement may be necessary to remove the bone spur(s). If the front of your ankle is painful, or you are having difficulty bending your foot upward at the joint, it’s a good idea to consult with a podiatrist to see if you have a bone spur on your ankle.

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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Wednesday, 16 February 2022 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!

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 00:00

How to Deal With Sweaty Feet

While excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can affect any part of the body, it often occurs in the feet. While many of us have dealt with sweaty feet from time to time, some can find it to be a constant problem that is both uncomfortable and embarrassing and has an effect on everyday life. This is because the feet have the most dense area of sweat glands than any other part of the body. Overly sweaty feet are normally a result of genetics or changing hormone levels that cause the sweat glands to be overactive. Dealing with overly sweaty feet starts with proper foot hygiene. Some ways that can help include regularly washing the feet, using an absorbent foot powder, and rotating which shoes are worn each day. If you find that you continue to struggle with overly sweaty feet, consulting with a podiatrist for a proper treatment and management method is a good idea. 

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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Tuesday, 08 February 2022 00:00

What Are Bunions?

Bunions are bony lumps that form at the base of the big toe because the joint gets pulled out of alignment and turns towards the other toes. Bunions are a very common foot condition and can be very painful. Bunions can have a few different causes, such as shoes that are too narrow or fit poorly, arthritis, age, or a poor mechanical structure is caused by genetics. Patients who are struggling with a painful bunion would be wise to consult with a podiatrist. Since surgery is frequently the major option for correcting a bunion, many other treatments, including night splints, shoe inserts, and exercises, largely focus on pain relief. A podiatrist will be able to help find the proper treatment for your bunion and help to determine if surgery is a good option.

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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Taking care of your foot health is important at any stage of your life but becomes increasingly important with age. Older adults are more likely to have medical conditions that affect their feet, such as diabetes, poor circulation, neuropathy, or arthritis, and may also be at an increased risk of foot injuries, deformity, weakness, and pain. Poor foot health is often associated with a decrease in quality of life and lower independence in completing activities of daily living. Unfortunately, the feet are sometimes neglected when it comes to regular checkups. If you are an older adult, ignoring your feet could lead to problems. It is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist regularly to monitor your foot health and treat any existing conditions. 

If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis of Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.

Geriatrics and Podiatry
When people age, some common issues that may occur are bone density loss, dry skin, poor circulation, and rough brittle nails. These issues may also affect your foot health if the necessary steps are not taken to alleviate the problems.

It is important to take care of your feet because feet that are injured or diseased can affect your overall health. Having painful feet hinders your ability to do daily activities or may decrease your willingness to do the things that you need to do.

Visiting Your Geriatrician
As we age, health problems become more likely, so it is essential to visit your doctor for check-ups to ensure that you are doing the best you can to take care of your health. It is recommended to check your feet frequently for any possible cuts, bruises, swelling, corns or any other irregularities. 

Taking Care of Elderly Feet
Cracked or dry feet can be treated by applying moisturizer often. It is also important not to wear old socks because the older the sock is, the higher the possibility there will be that there is bacteria there. Wear fresh socks and make sure they fit properly.

Proper foot health means that you can have a more active lifestyle and you will not be bogged down by pain. Foot health also leads to good circulation, which is paramount for overall health.

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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