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March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

Why High Heels Are Bad for Your Feet

Wearing high heels on a regular basis is, quite frankly, bad for your feet. High heels wedge your feet and toes into awkward positions that can have long term unhealthy effects. By wearing high heels, your body weight is unnaturally forced into a small area at the front of the shoe which squishes your toes together and, depending on how narrow the toe box is, can force your toes into a bent or clawed position. Over time, this can shorten your tendons and make your joints rigid. This dysfunction can lead to foot deformities such as hammertoes (permanently bent, or clawed toes) and bunions (a bony bump on the outside of the foot) that causes a misalignment in the big toe. Wearing high heels places the bones that connect your ankle with your toes (metatarsals) at a severe angle which, along with your body weight shifted forward, can lead to nerve damage and pain. High heels tighten and thicken your tendons. They may also shorten your calf muscles, causing discomfort and strain, and may lead to plantar fasciitis (heel pain). High heels change your center of gravity, which may lead to ankle instability and increase your chances of injury. If you are experiencing any condition or pain caused by wearing high heels, it is a good idea to contact your local podiatrist.

High heels have a history of causing foot and ankle problems. If you have any concerns about your feet or 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.

Effects of High Heels on the Feet

High heels are popular shoes among women because of their many styles and societal appeal.  Despite this, high heels can still cause many health problems if worn too frequently.

Which Parts of My Body Will Be Affected by High Heels?

  • Ankle Joints
  • Achilles Tendon – May shorten and stiffen with prolonged wear
  • Balls of the Feet
  • Knees – Heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
  • Back – They decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  The vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What Kinds of Foot Problems Can Develop from Wearing High Heels?

  • Corns
  • Calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Plantar Fasciitis

How Can I Still Wear High Heels and Maintain Foot Health?

If you want to wear high heeled shoes, make sure that you are not wearing them every day, as this will help prevent long term physical problems.  Try wearing thicker heels as opposed to stilettos to distribute weight more evenly across the feet.  Always make sure you are wearing the proper shoes for the right occasion, such as sneakers for exercising.  If you walk to work, try carrying your heels with you and changing into them once you arrive at work.  Adding inserts to your heels can help cushion your feet and absorb shock. Full foot inserts or metatarsal pads are available. 

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, 22 March 2022 00:00

Checking Your Feet if You Have Diabetes

We often take our feet for granted, paying little or no attention to them, until they begin to hurt. But if you have diabetes, you may not be able to feel pain in your extremities, and that’s where the trouble really starts. Professionals believe that it’s important for diabetics to develop a daily foot-care action plan to help prevent minor problems from becoming major ones. It is a good idea to use a magnifying glass to inspect the feet and toes, along with a mirror to see the bottom of your feet. If that is impossible, you may need to ask a healthcare worker to help with the exam. A foot-care checklist can include checking the feet and toes for: redness or bruising; breaks in the skin; blisters or calluses; peeling skin; moisture between the toes; feelings of numbness, pins and needles or burning; ingrown toenails; and sores or ulcers. Many of these symptoms may indicate other maladies that, if ignored, can develop into more serious problems. It is also suggested that anyone with diabetes makes regular appointments with a podiatrist who can examine your feet and toes and treat them early, if needed. 

 

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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Friday, 18 March 2022 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.

The tarsal navicular bone helps connect the ankle to other bones that are lower in the foot. This bone gets its nautical sounding name because it has a shape that is like a small boat. The navicular bone helps form and stabilize the arch and helps us walk efficiently. Kohler’s Disease is a rare bone disorder in which the navicular bone experiences a loss of blood supply and density, causing the bone to weaken and be susceptible to compression from other bones in the foot. This can affect some children typically aged 3-7, and it most commonly occurs in boys. The symptoms a child may experience with Kohler’s Disease include pain, tenderness, swelling, and redness in the middle of the foot. While this disorder may sound scary, the prognosis is usually good: Kohler’s Disease generally corrects itself as the child matures. Until that time, the child may compensate for the discomfort they are feeling by walking on the outside of the affected foot. If you see your child walking like this or even limping, it is wise to take them to a podiatrist for an examination and diagnosis. If their findings indicate that your child has Kohler’s Disease, the podiatrist can help treat the disorder and provide relief through techniques such as casting, anti-inflammatory medications, custom orthotics and special supportive footwear.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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, 08 March 2022 00:00

How HPV Causes Plantar Warts

When the human papilloma virus, also known as HPV, forms warts on the bottom of the foot, they are known as plantar warts. HPV thrives in areas such as locker rooms, shower floors, and swimming pools (or essentially, any warm and moist environment). The virus is usually very contagious and transmits through direct contact. The virus can enter through any small opening in the skin and begin to form a wart with a flat spot or depressed center. These warts can appear yellow, have a black dot in the center, or be very painful. Because there isn’t a way to tell how deep a plantar wart has grown into the skin, warts that are causing severe pain or spreading should be looked at by a podiatrist. Upon examining the wart’s condition, a podiatrist will be able to help determine the best course of treatment for the wart.  

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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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Friday, 04 March 2022 00:00

Impact of Fallen Arches

Having fallen arches can impact your whole body. Not only can your feet hurt, but you might feel pain in your legs, hips, and lower back. This condition can also aggravate knee arthritis. Fallen arches can cause ankles and leg bones to rotate, ankle and ACL injuries may be more likely. With this condition, the sole of your foot is depressed, and the foot is sunken into the ground. Walking or running may be hard when you are afflicted with fallen arches as well. Possible symptoms of fallen arches are: pain in the arch or heel of the foot, the feet appearing to look flat, uneven wear pattern of shoes, and swelling inside of the ankle. If your feet hurt or you suspect you have this condition, it is suggested that you seek care from a qualified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Waymon Lewis from Weatherford Podiatry Clinic. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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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