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When you bring your child into the podiatrist’s office, the specialist will examine your child’s walk and gait. They will also observe how your child stands to see if their feet turn inwards or to look at how your child’s hips are positioned. Your podiatrist may also recommend imaging tests to look at the alignment of the bones.
While a pediatrician may be the first person to look at and diagnose your child’s pigeon toes, a pediatric podiatrist is going to be able to provide your little one with the specialized treatment and care they need.
Most parents are relieved to find out that many children grow out of mild to moderate forms of pigeon toes. While this may take a few years, this is nothing to worry about and children won’t require special treatment or care.
However, if this issue is detected in your infant, they may need to wear a cast on the feet to fix the alignment before your child begins walking. A podiatrist can also show you a series of stretches and massages that can help the bones grow into the proper alignment.
If your child’s pigeon toes are still causing them issues by 10 years old, then you may want to talk with your podiatrist about whether surgery may be necessary to correct these bone alignment issues.
- Seek immediate medical attention (head to your local ER)
- You may need a tetanus shot if it’s been more than 10 years since your last shot
- Schedule an appointment with your podiatrist within 24 hours of the injury
- Your podiatrist will provide you with a variety of care instructions to keep it clean and disinfected (make sure to follow all of these instructions)
- New or worsening pain
- Skin that’s warm to the touch
Suffering from Heel Pain?
If you spend long hours on your feet you know just how difficult heel pain can be. The problem with heel pain is that it can be exacerbated by walking for long periods and other related factors. You can often manage some of the symptoms at home with simple remedies, but for long-lasting relief, you can depend on your podiatrist. To learn more, reach out to the professionals of the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX.
A very common cause for heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects the thick ligament that runs across the bottom of your feet. The pain is most pronounced upon waking and after periods of rest. Walking around, stretching it, can often ease the discomfort but it often returns.
The most common causes relate to the structure of your foot, primarily the arches. If the shoes you wear do not support them it can exacerbate your symptoms. So does anything that puts further strain on them, such as working on your feet for long hours on flat surfaces and obesity and overuse.
Heel Pain Treatment in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX
Over the counter medication can help with the inflammation. As well as applying ice, though making sure not to have it make direct contact with the skin.
Stretching exercises can provide further relief, specifically those that stretch the calf muscles.
But during this time one of the most important things you can do is rest, especially when you first encounter the condition.
But if you see no improvement and if the pain is making difficult your everyday activities, it's time to contact your podiatrist.
They can prescribe custom orthotic devices to help properly support your arches, night splints to stretch the fascia as you sleep, and possibly corticosteroid injections, but everything depends on your specific situation.
So come into the office to find out how your podiatrist can help you find relief from heel pain. Make an appointment today with the experts of Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, by dialing (972) 542-2155.
- Pain that occurs immediately after an injury or accident
- Pain that is directly above a bone
- Pain that is worse with movement
- Bruising and severe swelling
- A cracking sound at the moment of injury
- A visible deformity or bump
- Can’t put weight on the injured foot
The symptoms of a sprain are far less severe. You can often put weight on the injured foot with a sprain; however, you may notice some slight pain and stiffness. You may also have heard a popping sound at the moment of the injury with a sprain, while a broken bone often produces a cracking sound. The pain associated with a sprain will also be above soft tissue rather than bone. A podiatrist will perform an X-ray to be able to determine if you are dealing with a break or a sprain.
Rest is key to allowing an injury, particularly a fracture, to heal properly. Along with rest, your doctor may also recommend either an over-the-counter or prescription-strength pain reliever, depending on the severity of your fracture. Those with more moderate to severe fractures may require a special boot, brace, or splint. Those with more severe fractures may need to wear a cast and use crutches, so they can avoid putting any weight on the foot.
- You experience pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the joints of the foot, particularly the toes
- You experience aching feet, particularly after activity or long periods of standing
- Some parts of your foot may feel oddly warm to the touch or may emanate heat while the rest of the foot feels normal
- The joints of the toes and ankles may swell
What does RA do to the feet and ankles?
Along with painful joints and stiffness, you may also notice other changes to your feet over time. Some of these changes include,
- Hammertoes and claw toes
- Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
Since RA is not curable, your podiatrist will focus on crafting a treatment plan that will help to alleviate your symptoms and slow the progression of the disease to prevent severe and irreparable joint damage. Prescription medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are biologics that can reduce inflammation and prevent the progression of the disease.
Of course, there are also lifestyle changes you can make along with taking prescription medication that can also ease symptoms,
- Warm soaks
- Custom insoles or orthotics
- Pain relievers
- Stretching exercises for the feet
- Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Most people with RA will eventually develop foot and ankle problems, which is why it’s important to have a podiatrist on your team that can help you manage your RA effectively.