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By Advanced Foot and Ankle Center
December 30, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  

What's the best way to take care of your feet and ankles? We suggest routine check-ups with one of our four podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX. Fully board-certified, Dr. Eric Silvers, Dr. Dustin Lloyd, Dr. Christopher Witt, and Dr. Melissa Sgro have the experience and diagnostic and treatment skills to keep your feet and ankles in tip-top shape. And, they are invaluable in the case of an injury or other urgent problem.

Just what is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist or foot doctor is an expert in all things foot and ankle. Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, podiatrists study diseases and other problems associated with your lower extremities. They heal infections, protect injuries and deformities, correct biomechanical imbalances in how you walk and run, and more.

And yes, even common, but stubborn, issues such as Athlete's foot and fungal toenails fall under their purview. So, if you're worried about your feet and ankles in any way, see your podiatrist at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney, TX.

Also, you should know that your foot doctor will work with your primary care physician and other health care providers so your treatment is accurate. He or she will review your medical history, prescriptions, past injuries, and the details on your presenting problem.

We offer in-office X-ray imaging, too. This is so convenient and reassuring as your podiatrist will review your images right at Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney, TX, or Prosper, TX.

See us right away

Not all foot and ankle problems are urgent. However, many are, particularly if you are:

  • Of advanced age (begin routine podiatric exams at 40)
  • Have compromising arthritis or gout
  • Are diabetic
  • Have been diagnosed with neuropathy (pain and reduced sensation)
  • Cannot bear weight as usual (have pain and/or swelling)
  • Have an open wound or sore which will not heal, particularly if it is draining
  • Have a developing bunion, hammertoes, flat feet, or other deformities
  • Cannot trim your toenails yourself or have one or more ingrown nails
  • Require a recommendation on athletic shoes
  • Have repeat ankle sprains, warts, corns, and calluses

You'll be treated right

At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, Drs. Silvers, Lloyd, Wit, and Sgro are feet-first health care providers. They'll take good care of you at either the McKinney or Prosper, TX, location. Phone our office team for an appointment with one of these wonderful podiatrists: (972) 542-2155.

By Advanced Foot and Ankle Center
June 26, 2020
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Podiatrist  
PodiatristAre you wondering whether you should be turning to a podiatrist for care?
We don’t often think about the health of our feet until they start to cause us problems. Once foot pain, swelling and other problems set in, it is most likely a good time to visit a podiatrist to find out what’s going on. While minor pain and swelling may be alleviated through rest and home care, you should visit a podiatrist if you are dealing with:
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Chronic heel pain
  • A broken foot or ankle
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of sensation in the feet
  • Severe pain
  • Difficulty bearing weight on a foot or ankle
  • A visible foot deformity
  • Signs of infection (e.g. redness; swelling; fever)
  • An ulcer or open wound
Need to come in for an evaluation? If so, here’s what to expect when you come into our podiatrist’s office for care,
We’ll go through your medical history
It’s important to understand your current health status as well as any conditions that could cause further problems for your feet and ankles. For example, patients with diabetes are more at risk for foot-related complications; therefore, it’s important to know all the details of your medical history so we can provide you with more effective care.
We will examine your foot
Next, we will perform a thorough physical examination of the affected foot and ankle. We will look for everything from visible deformities such as bunion and hammertoes, to issues with blood flow or changes in the color of your skin. A physical exam of your feet and ankles can tell us a lot about what might be going on.
We will determine if imaging tests are needing
Sometimes a physical examination is all that’s needed to be able to determine what’s going on. This is often the case with outward problems such as ingrown toenails or fungal infections; however, problems that affect the bones, ligaments and muscles of the foot may require imaging tests such as MRIs or X-rays to make a proper diagnosis.
We will map out a treatment plan
Once we’ve determined the cause of your symptoms, we can create your individualized treatment plan. The treatment options we recommend will depend on the type and severity of your condition. Acute and minor conditions will heal with rest and proper home care while more severe or chronic conditions may require long-term maintenance, therapies and medication. This is something that our podiatrist can discuss with you at length during your appointment.
If you are looking for someone to provide you with specialized foot and ankle care then a podiatrist is the right doctor for you.


  • Our group has called McKinney, Texas home since 1998 and have treated thousands of patients from all over Texas 
  • Drs. Silvers, Lloyd, Witt and Sgro will treat you like family.  Our providers care about your foot and ankle condition and we assure you that the care that you are provided will be personalized so that we can get you back on your feet as quickly as possible 
  • We listen to you, your foot and ankle complaints, and your expected goals of treatment.  We will tailor a treatment plan that is the best for you, your problem, your lifestyle and your goals. 
  • Trusted, experienced, ethical, skilled Doctors of Podiatric Medicine
  • Residency Trained Foot and Ankle Surgeons
  • Dr. Silvers and Dr. Lloyd are Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery
  • Dr. Lloyd and Dr. Witt are Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine
  • We  strive to deliver the best foot and ankle care available with a skilled and gentle hand
  • Quality Boots, supports and braces. We only dispense the industry best medical equipment. At AFAC, you will not get a generic equivalent.
  • Seasoned and friendly staff
  • Expert Insurance Claims Specialists
  • On staff at several area Hospitals and Surgery Centers
  • Same Day appointments and Walk-Ins Available
March 27, 2019
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Podiatrist   Foot Doctor  

An ingrown toenail is a common problem involving a toenail growing sideways into the flesh of the toe, It can be very painful, however, there are things that you can do to ease the pain. Led by Dr. Silvers, Dr. Lloyd, and Dr. Witt, Advanced Foot and Ankle Center (offices in Ingrown ToenailProsper, TX, and McKinney, TX) offers a complete range of podiatric services to help your feet feel better. Don't take another painful step—here's how our podiatrists can help you with your ingrown toenails!

1. Antibiotics. In some cases, an ingrown toenail breaks through the skin and allows bacteria to enter the surrounding tissues next to the nail. Your podiatrist may recommend using oral or topical antibiotics in these cases.

2. Lifting the nail. Your podiatrist may lift the corner of the ingrown toenail by placing a cotton wedge, splint, or waxed dental floss under it. This separates the nail from the skin and helps the nail grow above the skin edge. At home, you will need to replace the material every day.

3. Partial nail removal. For a severe ingrown toenail, your podiatrist may trim or remove the ingrown part of the nail. Before the procedure, your doctor will numb your toe by injecting it with local anesthesia. The procedure helps to prevent the ingrown nail from returning.

4. Complete nail removal. If you have chronic pain or the infection returns, your doctor may recommend more surgery. Complete removal of the toenail is a simple procedure, and like partial removal, the toe will be numbed with local anesthesia. Your podiatrist will then use a laser, chemical, or other method to remove the nail.

Live your life without pain! Call Advanced Foot and Ankle Center at (972) 542-2155 today to schedule a consultation in McKinney or Prosper, TX. Our ingrown toenail treatments will eliminate your pain and help you reclaim your active life!