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Tuesday, 27 June 2023 00:00

What Can Cause Toenail Fungus?

Toenail fungus is a stubborn and unsightly foot condition. It often begins on the nail of the big toe and may travel to the other nails if treatment is not received. It is caused by a fungus that lives in warm and wet environments, such as public swimming pools, gym locker rooms, and similar places. The fungus can enter the body through tiny cracks that are on the skin of the feet. It is easy to prevent this from occurring by wearing flip-flops or water shoes while in these areas. There may also be existing medical conditions that can lead to the development of toenail fungus. These can include diabetes, poor circulation, or illnesses that can affect the immune system. It is beneficial to limit wearing pantyhose, which may cause the feet to sweat and be at risk of developing toenail fungus. If you have this condition, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer prescribed medication or other viable treatment options.

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 the foot specialists of Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 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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Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Foot Pain From Treadmill Running

When running on a treadmill, the feet may begin to ache. The first thing to do is to check your form and relax your body from head to toe with the goal of removing any tension. Next, it is important to make sure you are running at your fitness level and have the core muscle strength to sustain the intensity of the workout. If this is the issue, it is suggested that you reduce volume and speed to be more in line with your current abilities and build up from there. The incline of the treadmill may lead to foot pain, particularly when combined with speed and intensity.  Treadmill speed, breath, and heart rate can give you good clues as to whether you are overextending yourself. Your breathing should not be labored. Notice if your foot pain corresponds to the incline of the treadmill and adjust. Of course, foot pain while running on the treadmill may be related to the shoes you are wearing, which may not fit well or be appropriate for this activity. If your foot pain continues or worsens, and if it is also present when you are not running on the treadmill, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for an evaluation and recommendations to prevent and treat your discomfort.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, 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.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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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Wednesday, 14 June 2023 00:00

Reminder: When Was the Last Time...?

Custom orthotics, or shoe inserts, should be periodically replaced. Orthotics must fit properly to give you the best results. Protect your feet and ankles!

Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Foot Conditions From Pregnancy

There are a multitude of changes that happen to the body during pregnancy. These can affect the feet, and many pregnant women find relief from resting and elevating their feet at various times during the day. A common condition during pregnancy is flat feet, which causes the arch to temporarily disappear as weight is gained. An effective remedy for flat feet during this time can include wearing shoes that fit correctly, and wearing custom-made orthotics. These types of insoles may be helpful in providing the support that is needed to relieve the pain from achy feet. Hormonal changes may cause the feet to have hot or burning sensations, possibly leading to an increase in body temperature. The majority of foot conditions during pregnancy may be managed by drinking plenty of water daily, keeping physically active, and wearing seamless socks, which may help poor circulation. It is suggested that women who have foot pain during pregnancy speak to a podiatrist who can offer effective relief remedies.

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with the foot specialists from Academy Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our doctors will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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The majority of diabetic patients understand the importance of maintaining good foot care. Neuropathy is a common condition that can develop in people who have diabetes, and it is defined as the inability to feel existing cuts or wounds that have developed on the feet. Having elevated amounts of glucose levels in the blood may lead to poor circulation and nerve damage, possibly causing severe pain and foot ulcers to develop. Proper foot care begins daily with washing and drying the feet, followed by inspecting the soles with a mirror. This is an effective way to notice if any cuts have developed, and a family member or caregiver may help to accomplish this. It is beneficial to have toenails trimmed weekly, which may be helpful in preventing an ingrown toenail from developing. The feet need as much protection as possible, and this can be done by wearing comfortable shoes, in addition to refraining from walking barefoot. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition and offer additional prevention techniques for maximum foot protection. 

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 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.

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 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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