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Tuesday, 25 October 2022 00:00

Several Causes for Foot Pain

A common place for foot pain to develop is in the heel. It can indicate several foot issues, including plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and heel spurs. All of these conditions are treatable, and a podiatrist is often contacted who can relieve the chronic pain that can be associated with these foot conditions. Flat feet may cause pain in some patients, and this is a result of little or no arch support. Wearing orthotics is a viable option that may help to diminish the pain and discomfort. A corn on the foot can bring excess pain to the patient. It is defined as a small, hardened area of skin that forms when pressure is exerted in a specific area of the foot, often the side of the pinky toe. This often happens as a result of wearing shoes and socks that are too tight. Foot pain for any reason can alter a patient's mood and can make completing daily activities challenging. A podiatrist is qualified to determine the cause of the foot pain and offer correct treatment options, so it is strongly urged that you contact this type of doctor as quickly as possible.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Frank Henry, DPM from Marble Falls, TX. 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 Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 00:00

Types of Surgery for Hammertoe

A hammertoe is noticeable by the center joint of the toe forming a mountain-like shape rather than lying flat. Hammertoes can be caused by muscle imbalance, rheumatoid arthritis, or wearing shoes that fit improperly. The raised joint becomes painful as it rubs against the top of the shoe and can cause corns or calluses to develop. If the hammertoe is in a fixed position some form of surgery may be the best remedy for eliminating the symptoms that coincide. One solution is to remove parts of the toe bones. A second option is cutting or transplanting tendons in the toe. A third plan is to straighten the toe by fusing the bones which also keeps it from bending. It is strongly urged to seek the counsel of a podiatrist to decide which alternative is best for you. 

 

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

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Tuesday, 11 October 2022 00:00

Dealing With Stress Fractures of the Foot

Repetitive pressure on the feet can cause stress fractures, which are tiny hairline cracks in the bones. The long bones of the feet, known as metatarsals, are the most common location of stress fractures. Heavy training or exercising for long periods, such as getting ready for a marathon, increases the risk of getting stress fractures. Women are more likely to sustain stress fractures than men because of lower bone density. Symptoms, which usually develop slowly, include pain, swelling, and tenderness in the affected area. The first and best way to handle stress fractures is to stop the activity that caused them. If symptoms last more than a week after that, it is a good idea to see a podiatrist who can examine the feet using X-rays or other imaging tests. Once the severity of the fractures is understood, the podiatrist can offer further treatment solutions, including medication, a walking boot or brace, and in extreme cases, a cast or splint. As an active athlete, it may be wise to add a podiatrist to your medical team.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain free and on your feet.

How Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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

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Plantar fibromatosis is a foot condition that affects the arch in the foot. It is also known as Ledderhose disease, and is characterized by lumps that form on the soles of the feet. These are considered to be benign growths, despite the severe pain they can cause. The symptoms that people experience who have this condition include foot and ankle pain, and a tingling sensation that can be likened to a “pins and needles” feeling. Mild relief may be found when soft insoles are worn in the shoes, which may help to cushion the feet. Also, there are specific stretches that can help the foot feel better overall. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary for permanent removal if milder treatments prove to be ineffective. If you have any of these symptoms, it is strongly advised that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you find relief.

A plantar fibroma may disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Frank Henry, DPM of Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Plantar Fibroma

A plantar fibroma is a fibrous knot in the arch of the foot. It is embedded in the plantar fascia which is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes along the bottom of the foot. There can be multiple plantar fibromas in the feet at the same time. There are no known causes for this condition. If you have a plantar fibroma, there will be a bump in the arch of your foot that cannot be missed. Any associated pain is most often due to a shoe rubbing against the nodule. Non-surgical options, such as steroid injections, physical therapy, and orthotics should be tried first. Surgery is a last resort and is the only thing that will remove a plantar fibroma entirely. Consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and to determine the treatment regimen that is right for you.

What Causes a Plantar Fibroma?

While there are no specific causes identified, a plantar fibroma can possibly come from genetic predisposition or the formation of scar tissue that forms from healing the tears in the plantar fascia.

What Are the Symptoms of a Plantar Fibroma?

There will be a noticeable lump in the arch of the foot that may or may not cause pain. If pain is felt, it is typically because a shoe is rubbing up against the lump or when walking or standing barefoot.

Treatment and Prevention

A plantar fibroma will not disappear without treatment, but it can get smaller and be a non-issue. If pain persists, a podiatrist examines the foot and when the arch of the foot is pressed, pain can be felt down to the toes. An MRI or biopsy might be performed to help diagnose or evaluate the plantar fibroma. The following non-surgical options are generally enough to reduce the size and pain of these nodules:

  • Steroid injections
  • Orthotics
  • Physical therapy to help apply anti-inflammatory creams on the bump 

Surgery is considered if the mass increases in size and the patient continues to feel pain after non-surgical methods are tried.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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