Items filtered by date: January 2023

Wednesday, 25 January 2023 00:00

Can Gout Be Prevented?

The symptoms that are associated with gout can include debilitating pain and inflamed joints in the big toe. Many patients have swelling and redness, and it can be difficult to walk. Gout is considered to be a form of arthritis, and can be caused by genetic factors. Additionally, eating foods that have high levels of purines may lead to getting gout. Purines break down into uric acid which can form crystals in the joints of the big toe. These types of foods may include red meat, shellfish, or drinking large amounts of alcohol. A proper diagnosis typically consists of extracting a sample of fluid from the inflamed joint, and having it analyzed. Effective prevention methods can consist of drinking plenty of water daily, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, and limiting the amount of red meat, shellfish, and alcohol from the eating routine. Please contact a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can help you manage the pain from gout and offer you additional prevention methods.

Gout is a foot condition that requires certain treatment and care. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a type of arthritis caused by a buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream. It often develops in the foot, especially the big toe area, although it can manifest in other parts of the body as well. Gout can make walking and standing very painful and is especially common in diabetics and the obese.

People typically get gout because of a poor diet. Genetic predisposition is also a factor. The children of parents who have had gout frequently have a chance of developing it themselves.

Gout can easily be identified by redness and inflammation of the big toe and the surrounding areas of the foot. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, joint pain, and running high fevers. Sometimes corticosteroid drugs can be prescribed to treat gout, but the best way to combat this disease is to get more exercise and eat a better diet.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 17 January 2023 00:00

Three Areas of Bones in Each Foot

The 26 bones that are found in each foot are grouped into three categories. The talus and the calcaneus comprise the hindfoot, which represents the heel and where the foot attaches to the leg bone. The midfoot houses five small bones that are found between the ankles and toes, and they are referred to as the cuboid, navicular, and cuneiform bones. The bones that are between the foot and the toes are in the forefoot category and have 19 bones. Any of these bones can endure an injury, and a broken foot can happen when a bone is bent abnormally or twisted from a sudden accident. A broken heel can happen from landing after jumping from an elevated height. Common symptoms that many people experience with a broken foot consist of immediate swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Additionally, in bad fractures, the bone may protrude through the skin, causing severe pain. This can make it difficult or impossible to walk. If you have broken your foot, it is strongly advised that prompt medical attention is sought from a podiatrist who can perform a correct diagnosis and offer the best treatment solution for you.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2023 00:00

Caring for Calluses

The feet need to be pampered, and regularly pampering the feet can be fun. Making your foot care routine a ritual of self-care and luxury can make you feel good while you take care of your feet. One step that you might consider incorporating into your everyday foot care is treating calluses. Calluses on the feet can be removed in several different ways. For example, foot creams, gels, and pumice stones can all be used to address the calluses on the feet. Other devices can be used to this end. Namely, patches, peels, and soaks can all be used to get rid of calluses on the feet. If you are someone that enjoys pampering their feet and also has a lot of calluses, please contact your podiatrist today. This foot specialist will be able to help you incorporate callus care into your daily foot care routine.  

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Why Are My Feet Numb?

There are several reasons the feet might feel numb and tingly ranging from an issue with a muscle to a more serious metabolic issue to physical compression of the nerves. There is nerve tissue running from the spinal cord to the feet and this informs the body of temperature, touch, and balance. Any ligament, tendon, or muscle tissue along the path can entrap or compress a nerve and cause pain, tingling, or weakness further down the line. Arthritis, an inflammatory process of the bone, and inflammation can cause pain and put pressure on nerves. Uncontrolled diabetes or other health issues can lead to nerve damage, which can eventually lead to amputation of toes or the whole foot. If you have numbness or tingling in your feet, it is important that you see a podiatrist who can access the problem and get you on your way to the management of a possibly dangerous condition or healing.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Southlake, Keller (Fort Worth), Hurst, North Richland Hills, Flower Mound, and Argyle, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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