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June 08, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: foot   Pain   bunion   lump   bump   wart  

There can be many causes for a lump or spot on your foot.

Your Podiatrist will assess shape, fluctuance(possibly fluid filled), size, growth rate, if the skin is freely movable over it or what layer of the tissue the mass is in. Your Podiatrist will likely perform an xray to see if there is something underneath it or to see if there is any boney involvement. Is it painful and did you have any injuries? Is it flat or raised? Does it have any satelite lesions?  Have you or your family members ever had anything like this in the past. All of these will help determine the cause. 

Treatment of course varies depending on the cause, area of the foot and pain level. Treatment can include padding or offloading and shoe gear change, topical treatments and medications, aspiration, injectable medications, or in some cases surgical resection or even referral to oncology. 

Its best to seek treatment early, the longer a condition is present usually means the harder it is to treat. 

Common Causes for Lumps or Spots on Feet: 

-Bunions

-Ganglion Cyst 

-Plantar Wart

-Tailor's Bunion

-Accessory Bone

-Foreign Body

-Fractures

-Scares

-Birth Mark

-Athletes foot

-Eczema

See your Podiatrist today for evaluation. 

Advanced Foot and Ankle

McKinney and Prosper Locations

972.542.2155

June 05, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Treatments   foot   Pain   bunion   lump on foot   surgery  

 

With the ability to cause nagging discomfort throughout the day and prohibit daily movements as simple as walking, bunions can quickly turn from a barely noticeable bump on your toe, to a painful deformity that detracts from your over wellbeing. Fortunately, if caught early, you can prevent this podiatric issue from developing into a serious problem. Read on to learn if you could be suffering from this condition, and whether you should take a visit to your local podiatrist.

Signs That You May Have a Bunion

Generally forming on the side or top of your big toe joint, bunions are hard, bony lumps that are often caused by wearing poorly-fitted shoes (especially high heels), having genetic predispositions, or experiencing a foot injury. If you think that you may have a bunion, be on the lookout for these symptoms:

  • A bony protrusion at the base of your toe
  • A generally red discoloration
  • A feeling of tightness in previously comfortable shoes
  • pain, swelling or even a shoe bite in this area

The above-listed symptoms describe the beginning stages of a bunion, a point during which your podiatrist will likely recommend a conservative approach to treatment. However, you may require more extensive medical care if you begin to notice these signs:

  • Persistent pain and swelling
  • Periodic numbness of the foot
  • Restricted and slowed movement of the toe/foot
  • under or over lapping toes
  • deformation of shoe gear

Treatments

For less serious bunion cases, ones in which there isn’t pain yet and movement is still unrestricted, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Soaking your foot in warm water or iceing the area
  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin
  • Wearing appropriate shoe inserts
  • Avoiding tight-fitting footwear
  • use of a shoe stretcher
  • various padding

In severe bunion cases, your podiatrist will likely recommend a more rigorous treatment approach in order to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Some of these options include:

  • A possible injection to calm the inflamation in the area
  • Custom-made orthotics to maintain toe alignment
  • Regular physical therapy and a specialized exercise regiment
  • Topical pain relievers 
  • Bunionectomy, a surgery to remove the bunion and realign the foot (this is only necessary in the most extreme of cases)

 

Concerned? Contact Us

If your not sure you have a bunion or if you feel that bunions are disrupting your life, then take the pro-active approach and schedule an appointment at our office to learn how to regain your health.

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155

McKinney and Prosper Locations

June 05, 2020
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Sprain   Pain   Ankle   injury   therapy   cold   laser  

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 additional injuries. 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!

 

Augmenting your Recovery with the Cold Laser

Cold laser can be an amazing adjuctive therapy to annihilate inflammtion and propel you through your stages of recovery. The sessions are painless, most patients can feel the effect that same night.  

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, loafers, ballet 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. You need to feel like you trust your ankle again. Always consult your Podiatrist if ankle pain or stiffness persists or worsens and before starting any new exercise program. Be patient with yourself!

Contact Advanced Foot and Ankle to discuss your treatment options and regimen or if you are not quite the same after you've sustained an ankle injury. 

Advanced Foot and Ankle 

972.542.2155

5531 Virginia Parkway

McKinney, TX 75071

 You can now purchase a second pair for a discounted price of $225! 

 

Having a second pair of custom orthotics is a great option for:

  • A thinner, narrower orthotic that can fit easier into dress shoes, cleats, ice skates, golf shoes, etc.

  •  Convenience of not having to constantly switch your orthotics between shoes. 

 

This is a limited time offer that will end

August 31, 2020 so call now to get your second pair!

 

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  2. Mention the email or blog.

  3. Our staff will set you up, please specify which orthotic you would like made(dress fit vs regular fit) 

 

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2.)Have been molded in the past 3 years

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As always, we take pride in being your first choice for your foot and ankle needs. If you have any other questions or concerns please give us a call. 

Thanks for your time and have a wonderful day.

 

Sincerely,

 

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Team

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972-542-2155

We’ve all been there before - after a long day of work, shopping or a playing sports, your feet ache and you feel as if you couldn’t walk another step from the pain. They might be heavy and swollen, even tight in your shoes, especially as you age. So why do your feet hurt after a long day either at your desk or upright, and when is it time to worry it might be something more than simple strain?

Achy Feet Factors:

-Age

-Gender

-Dehydration

-Flat feet

-Varicose Veins

-lifestyle and occupation

Causes of Achy Feet

When you are constantly on your feet, a significant amount of stress is put on your legs and feet. Strenuous walking or standing for long periods has an obvious effect on your feet. Other factors include ill-fitting, poorly padded shoes, tight socks or stockings and tight garters. Reduced blood circulation to the ankles and feet also causes tired aching feet. If you are a seated position for long period- your feet are down in a dependent position- this can cause strain on the vessels in your legs.

Your age and level of dehydration contribute to how achy your feet are after a long day. Poor circulation can also cause foot swelling and, therefore, foot pain or the feeling of tired legs or feet.

Simple Ways to Prevent and Relieve Tired, Aching Feet:

There are ways to relieve pain associated sore feet and legs.

  1. Elevate your feet for 15-20 minutes. (your heels should be above your hips-about level with your heart if possible, and the top portion of your body should be reclined)

  2. Soak your feet in warm water with epsom salts, or a warm, wet towel and wrap it around your feet and legs.

  3. Massage your feet or have someone massage your feet for you and apply Relief cream or Neuro-Eze. 

  4. Exercise your feet, as it helps to keep them healthy - it tones muscles, helps to strengthen the arches and stimulates blood circulation. Its best to exercise or walk daily, if possible, for 30 minutes. 

  5. Wear orthotic insoles in your shoes. Ask your podiatrist which orthotic device is a good fit for your lifestyle

  6. Shoe gear is important- a supportive walking or running shoe is best. 

  7. Compression stockings help circulation. 

When foot pain persists, it's important to visit our office for a thorough examination. The cause of your foot pain may be more serious than simple stress and overwork. Your podiatrist can identify serious problems and work with you to determine a treatment plan that will put an end to your tired, achy feet once and for all. 

 

Sincerly,

Advanced Foot and Ankle Center

5531 W. Virginia Pkwy, Suite 100, McKinney, TX 75071

301 N. Preston Rd., Suite A, Prosper, TX 75071

972-542-2155

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