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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 00:00

Symptoms of Stress Fractures

If you are experiencing a dull achy feeling in your feet, you may have what is referred to as a stress fracture. It consists of small cracks in the bones of the feet, and is generally caused by a repetitive stress that’s inflicted on the foot. Causes of this type of fracture may include jogging frequently, adding additional intensity to the duration of the run, or extending the period of time the running activity is pursued. There are several symptoms that may be apparent, including weakness in the foot, and pain that won't cease and eventually worsens, specifically at night. It may be possible to prevent stress fractures from occurring by choosing to wear proper footwear, maintaining a proper nutritional lifestyle, and gradually increasing the intensity of running. After a diagnosis is performed, proper treatment may begin, which may include wearing a cast or undergoing surgery for severe stress fractures. Please consult with a podiatrist to learn more about stress fractures of the foot or ankle.

Activities where too much pressure is put on the feet can cause stress fractures. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists from Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep your pain free and on your feet.

Dealing with Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle

Stress fractures occur in the foot and ankle when muscles in these areas weaken from too much or too little use.  The feet and ankles then lose support when walking or running from the impact of the ground. Since there is no protection, the bones receive the full impact of each step. Stress on the feet can cause cracks to form in the bones, thus creating stress fractures.

What are Stress Fractures?

Stress fractures occur frequently in individuals whose daily activities cause great impact on the feet and ankles. Stress factors are most common among:

  • Runners                                  
  • People affected with Osteoporosis
  • Tennis or basketball players
  • Gymnasts
  • High impact workouts

Symptoms

Pain from the fractures occur in the area of the fractures and can be constant or intermittent. It will often cause sharp or dull pain with swelling and tenderness. Engaging in any kind of activity which involves high impact will aggravate pain.

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

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Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Symptoms of Toenail Fungus

If you notice your toenail is becoming thicker and turning a white or yellowish color, you may have toenail fungus. This type of infection develops when fungi grows under the skin, and you may experience discomfort. For severe infections, the nail may separate from the nail bed, and begin to disintegrate which may typically cause pain. Like other types of fungus, toenail fungus generally grows in moist and warm places, which make the toenails a perfect place for the development of this ailment. There are several ways to prevent this contagious fungus from developing including wearing appropriate shoes while in public showers and surrounding areas, trimming the toenails regularly, and wearing clean socks and shoes. After a proper diagnosis is performed, the appropriate treatment may begin. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for information about treatment options that are correct for you.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact one of our podiatrists of Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Monday, 21 May 2018 00:00

Types of Corns

If you notice a portion of skin on the foot that appears to be thickened in certain areas, you may have what is referred to as a corn. It may develop in different areas of the foot, although it’s common for a corn to form on the pinky toe. The most common cause for this condition is pressure inflicted on the affected area. Shoes that are too small or deformed foot structures such as hammertoe may be causes for corns to develop and flourish. There are two types of corns most people are affected by: hard corns and soft corns. The latter is typically found in between the toes, and may form due to excess moisture. Hard corns are present on the outer skin of the toes, and are the most common. Both types of corns can cause severe discomfort and measures should be taken to relieve the pressure that caused them. A consultation with a podiatrist is suggested for additional information about how to remove and prevent corns.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What are they? And how do you get rid of them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

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

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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

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Monday, 14 May 2018 00:00

How to Treat A Broken Foot

broken foot is a painful and common foot condition to contend with. There are 26 bones in the foot, and the feet can generally withstand a considerable amount of pressure. A broken foot is typically the result of a fall, and you may notice immediate bruising and swelling. Symptoms from a severe break may include a portion of the bone extending through the skin or an open wound beginning to form that surrounds the affected area. If you are unable to walk on the foot or experience extreme tenderness, it’s advised that you seek immediate medical attention. Research has shown that it’s important to rest the foot by not walking on it, in addition to elevating the foot which may diminish the swelling. A diagnosis is determined, which often consists of having an X-ray performed and is typically the first step in the proper treatment of a broken foot. A cast is generally used to keep the foot stable while the healing process begins, and can last up to 6 weeks. A consultation with a podiatrist is recommended for a complete evaluation of your broken foot.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact one of our podiatrists from Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors  can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Monday, 07 May 2018 00:00

How to Prevent Blisters on the Feet

It’s important to know and understand why blisters may develop on your feet. The choice of shoes that are worn may be a contributing factor in the formation of blisters. There may be ways to avoid this condition from developing. These include purchasing shoes that fit comfortably and wearing appropriate socks that will keep your feet dry. Additionally, using insoles may aid in eliminating the friction that specific shoes may cause. Research has shown how the use of a particular soap or powder may increase the possibility of having to contend with blisters, and it’s suggested to cease using products that irritate the skin. Please schedule a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information on the prevention of blisters on the feet.

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact one of our podiatrists of Accent Podiatry Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

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

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