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By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
May 01, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Bunions  

BunionsWhat is a Bunion?

Are you dealing with a bunion? A bunion is a protrusion of the bone at the base of the big toe. While a bunion may seem like a bump, according to the (APMA) American Podiatric Medical Association a bunion is actually the enlargement of the joint at the base of the big toe – the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are a common foot disorder, it is not something that you should ignore as bunions can cause discomfort and become inflamed if left untreated.
 

What Causes Bunions?

Bunions can be hereditary and aggravated by the shoes you wear, especially high heels or shoes that don’t have enough room for your toes. Certain factors can also contribute to the development of bunions, such as if you have flat feet or low arches or if your feet pronate (when the ankles roll in towards each other during movement and cause excessive and prolonged pressure on the joints in the feet). If you are dealing with bunions, or think that you are, it’s important to seek help from a qualified podiatrist to get the care you need to relieve your pain and discomfort.
 

How a Podiatrist Can Help

Your podiatrist may recommend certain conservative at home steps you can take to minimize the discomfort. The first thing they may recommend is that you look at or change the kind of shoes you wear. It’s important to find shoes that are wide enough to accommodate your toes. Shoes such as high heels are likely to make the problem worse. Bunion pads can also help with your discomfort.
Severe bunion pain can restrict your mobility. Untreated bunions can continue to get worse if you don’t do something about them and can lead to other issues such as calluses and corns, or you may experience pain or redness on the site of the bunion, as well as swelling.
Other treatment options include orthotics or a combination of physical therapy and medication to relieve pressure and inflammation of the bunion. In severe cases, surgery may be needed to resolve the issue.
 

Prevention is Key

We all like to remain active, and oftentimes it is the result of this activity that can make your bunion pain worse. You should visit your podiatrist if you notice any issues so they can be caught and treated as early as possible. Call our office today.
By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
April 02, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Sports Podiatry  

Foot Biomechanics

When your feet aren’t working correctly, you may experience injuries and pain in other areas of the body, such as the knees, hips and back. Even the slightest changes from the norm, such as leg length discrepancies or fallen arches, can have a huge impact on your entire body’s ability to function properly without pain or injury.

If you’re an athlete, many sports-related injuries develop from poor biomechanics of the foot. Athletes with poor foot mechanics are more prone to sustaining lower extremity injuries. As your body tries to compensate for any anomalies, your muscles, joints and tendons are placed under excessive stress.

It’s important that athletes visit their podiatrist for a thorough assessment of their biomechanics at the first sign of a problem or pain, including foot discomfort, poor balance or unexplained corns and calluses. An assessment of your low limbs will help identify what happens in your legs and feet when you walk, stand and run. A professional evaluation is critical for successful prevention and treatment of any injury or condition.

Many sports injuries can be traced back to biomechanical problems, including:

  • Sprained ankles

  • Back pain

  • Hip pain

  • Shin splints

  • Calluses and corns

  • Plantar fasciitis

Once our practice has identified the problem and cause of your pain, a tailor made treatment plan can be created to restore your lower extremities and feet to their normal function, thus improving your game. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • Exercises and therapy to stretch or strengthen muscles

  • Orthotic devices are worn inside the shoe to control, realign or cushion the abnormalities, thus reducing discomfort

  • Footwear modifications

Don’t let poor foot biomechanics compromise your game. Whether you are a full-time athlete or a weekend warrior, your podiatrist can help you return to your favorite sporting activity. Not only will your performance improve, but you’ll significantly reduce your chance of injuring yourself again. So do the right thing for your body and contact your podiatrist today!

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
March 16, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Feet Pain   Back Pain  

Back Pain

Your feet are the foundation of your entire body—complex structures consisting of 26 bones, 33 joints and 126 muscles and ligaments. They support your weight, act as a shock absorber, serve as a lever to propel the leg forward and help maintain balance.

Since your entire body is interrelated, any mechanical issues with the feet can lead to chronic musculoskeletal problems in other parts of the body, including your back.

Excessive Pronation

One common foot disorder affecting the back is excessive pronation. Also known as flat feet, this condition causes the foot’s arch to flatten and collapse under the body’s weight. While a normal arch promotes stability and alignment of the entire body, the ability to cushion and absorb forces is greatly reduced when the arch collapses. As a result, increased stress is placed on the joints of the body. This continued stress can cause deformities of the foot over time, such as misaligned bones, hammertoes and bunions, eventually making its way to the legs, knees and lower back.

If you suffer from chronic back pain, visit our practice for an evaluation. Your feet may be the source of your pain. If your back pain is caused by poor mechanics of the feet, orthotics may be an effective treatment option. These custom devices are designed to support and restore the arch of your foot. Restoring the alignment of your foot helps normalize posture and alignment of the lower body. This can reduce unnecessary stress to areas of your back.  

Choose the Right Shoes!

The shoes you are wearing may also be contributing to your back pain. Good, proper fitting footwear will provide your feet with the support they need to stabilize your body’s weight and relieve the stress on the rest of your body.

If you suffer from back pain, visit your podiatrist for an evaluation. Your feet may be causing your pain. With proper treatment, you can achieve proper foot biomechanics and eliminate your back pain once and for all.

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
March 14, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Diabetic Foot Care  

Prevent foot complications from happening to you.diabetic foot care

If you have diabetes, it’s important that you focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keeping your blood sugar levels in check. Our Prosper and McKinney, TX, podiatrists are here to tell you the best ways to keep your feet healthy and complication-free.

Perform Self-Exams on Your Feet

Every day you should take some time to inspect the health of your feet. You should check for open wounds, sores, ulcers, redness, swelling, or any other changes that could quickly turn from something minor to something more serious.

By inspecting your feet every day you are more likely to be able to detect issues early on when you can quickly turn to our Prosper and McKinney foot doctors for care. These self-exams could protect you from infection or other complications.

Avoid Hot Water

A lot of people with diabetes also have some degree of nerve damage in their feet. Regardless of whether you are going to soak in the tub or take a quick shower, it’s important that you use lukewarm and not hot water. Those with nerve damage in their feet can’t often tell how hot or cold the water is. If the water is too hot you could end up burning your feet.

Trim Nails Properly

Keeping toenails trimmed is important but so is how you trim your nails. If you don’t have the proper technique you may end up with an ingrown toenail or an injury. If you have trouble trimming your toenails yourself then you can also turn to a podiatrist to do this for you. If you can trim your toenails yourself make sure not to trim them too short and that you trim them straight across and not at an angle.

Always Wear Shoes and Socks

No matter whether you are out and about or in the comfort of your own home you should always wear shoes and socks to protect your feet. While it might sound like an odd piece of advice to wear shoes and socks at home, if you have nerve damage you could end up injuring your feet and not even noticing. And it’s amazing how quickly a cut or injury to the foot can become more serious quickly if you have diabetes.

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center offers comprehensive foot care services in McKinney and Prosper, TX. If you have questions about caring for your diabetic feet don’t hesitate to call us today.

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
March 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Ankle Pain   Stiff Ankles  

Following an ankle injury or ankle surgery, you’ll inevitably lose some strength and range of motion from being immobilized for an extended period of time. A weak ankle can hinder normal mobility, and even lead to another injury. So what can you do to strengthen your ankle and get back to your old self again?

Strengthening Your Ankle

Your ankle or leg may feel stiff, especially if your treatment required wearing a cast or a walking boot. Stiffness and instability are common symptoms following an ankle injury that will need to be addressed in order to get you back to your normal range of motion and activity level.

Your podiatrist may recommend post-injury physical therapy or home exercises that will help you strengthen weak muscles surrounding the ankle joint and restore mobility to lower your risk of reinjury. These include range of motion exercises for the injured ankle, which help loosen stiff ankles, and stretching exercises for the calf muscles, which help decrease your risk of hurting your ankle again. As with all exercises, progress slowly and discontinue if painful. Pain is most certainly not gain when it comes to physical therapy!

Choosing the Right Shoes

The shoes you wear will also play an important role in protecting your injured ankle and restoring your mobility. Supportive shoes will provide more comfort, better balance and help stabilize the weak ankle to prevent re-injury. Stay off high heels or flats and flip flops without support until your ankle is completely mended.

Proper care and rehabilitation following an ankle injury is critical to ensure your ankle fully heals. Always consult your podiatrist if ankle pain or stiffness persists or worsens and before starting any new exercise program.