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March 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020 00:00

What Is a Hammertoe?

There are many types of deformities that can happen to the feet. One of these is referred to as a hammertoe, which can cause the toe to bend downward instead of naturally pointing forward. It can develop gradually due to genetic reasons, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additional reasons why this ailment may occur can include an injury to the toe, or medical conditions such as arthritis or nerve damage. Common side effects of hammertoe may consist of corns or calluses, they can form on top of the affected toe, and it may be difficult to walk and flex your foot. Patients may find mild relief when insoles are worn in the shoes, and surgery may be a necessary option to correct severe hammertoe. If you are afflicted with this ailment, it’s suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible for proper treatment to begin.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Monday, 23 March 2020 00:00

What Can Cause a Bunion to Develop?

A bunion is considered to be a bone disorder that can gradually get worse. It appears as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe, and larger shoes may need to be worn that can accommodate the growing bunion. It generally develops as a result of genetic factors, or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. Additionally, existing medical conditions including flat feet and specific types of arthritis, may contribute to the development of a bunion. In severe cases, calluses may form on top of the bunion, and friction may cause this to happen. Some of the symptoms that are associated with this condition may include a numbing or burning sensation, and it may be difficult to move the affected toe. If you have signs of a bunion, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment options.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Frank Henry, DPM of Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 16 March 2020 00:00

Flat Feet and Tip-Toe Walking

As your child's feet become stronger, it is important that the correct size shoes and socks are worn while walking outside. Research has indicated the importance of having your child's feet measured approximately every three months, as this can be helpful in determining the correct shoe size. The feet will typically become stronger while walking barefoot indoors, which can be a result of the toes grasping the floor. Many babies are born with flat feet, however the arch generally will develop during the teenage years. Additionally, it is common for many children to walk on their tip-toes, which can be indicative of an existing foot issue. If you would like more information about how to properly care for your child’s feet, please consult with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Frank Henry, DPM of Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. 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 offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Ankle pain may be caused by a variety of factors, including rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes. Some symptoms of having these conditions may include ulceration or skin infections of the feet, lack of blood flow to the feet, chronic pain felt in the foot or ankle region, discoloration of the affected area, or a progressive change in the shape of your feet. To precisely diagnose what is causing your ankle pain, it’s recommended that you see a podiatrist for a clinical examination. If further testing is needed, the podiatrist may request to have a blood test or an X-ray taken. If it is rheumatoid arthritis causing your ankle pain, you’re prone to feel discomfort in your joints. This inflammatory form of arthritis can make completing everyday activities very difficult, which is why it is imperative to seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as you feel any type of ankle pain, so a proper diagnosis can be performed and a recommended plan of treatment can be implemented.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Frank Henry, DPM from Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. 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 offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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Monday, 02 March 2020 00:00

Possible Symptoms of Poor Circulation

The medical condition that is known as poor circulation has noticeable symptoms that are often present in the feet. Common symptoms may include experiencing coldness of the affected area, a tingling sensation, and the feet may appear to be swollen or bruised. Patients who lead a sedentary lifestyle may be susceptible to poor circulation. Additionally, poor circulation may develop if medical conditions exist such as diabetes, obesity, or peripheral artery disease (PAD). Circulation may improve when a healthy lifestyle is practiced. This can consist of frequently performing a gentle exercise routine, drinking plenty of water daily, and maintaining a healthy weight. If you have symptoms of poor circulation, it is advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Frank Henry, DPM of Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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