Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Blog
By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
May 25, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: ingrown toenail  

Ingrown ToenailIs your ingrown nail a real nuisance or is it just too painful to handle anymore? Drs. Eric Silvers, Dustin Lloyd and Christopher Witt of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX, can help you!

Ingrown toenails are when your toenails perforates skin in the corners, or sides of your feet. They may be hard, swollen, and tender in the beginning, eventually causing an infection if not taken care of immediately.

Your toes may also become:

  • Sore
  • Red
  • Infected
  • Skin may start growing over the ingrown toenail

There are several things that may lead to ingrown toenails, such as someone not trimming toenails properly, like too short, especially the big toes, wearing shoes that are too tight or short, resulting in crowded toes, repeated trauma or injury to your feet, or fungus infections. Ingrown nails may be simply heredity, or due to poor foot structure.

Treatment:

Treating ingrown toenails can be a simple fix. Try wearing shoes that give your toes more space to move. Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic if there is an infection, but soaking the foot in warm and soapy water several times a day and keeping your feet clean may resolve the issue. If your ingrown toenail is causing an acute infection, the surgical removal of part of the ingrown toenail may be needed. The procedure is known as partial nail plate avulsion. Your doctor will inject your toenail with an anesthetic and cut out the ingrown section.

If you are dealing with an ingrown toenail, make sure to contact one of your foot doctors, Drs. Eric Silvers, Dustin Lloyd and Christopher Witt of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX for help.

Foot and or Ankle pain is very common during and after pregnancy”, says Dr. Witt, a podiatrist in McKinney, TX.  “During pregnancy there are lots of changes happening to accommodate your little one that occur throughout your body”.   Dr. Witt states that the most common complaints he sees during and after pregnancy is swelling in the feet and ankles, arch pain and numbness and tingling to the foot.  “Swelling in the feet and ankles is an almost universal complaint. This occurs because your body is going through so many changes chemically that you begin to retain fluid.  Since your feet are the farthest thing from your heart and they are usually not elevated, they are likely to become swollen”. Dr. Witt adds, “Later in pregnancy, as your uterus becomes larger it can compress the large veins in the pelvis and abdomen, reducing the blood return from your legs back to the heart”.  Another common complaint he sees during and shortly after pregnancy is arch and/or heel pain. Dr. Witt states that this is also related to hormone changes. “There is a specific hormone that is released during pregnancy to relax and allow the ligaments in the pelvis to stretch easier for birth. This same hormone causes other ligaments in your body to loosen, especially in your feet.  When these ligaments stretch, your foot gets longer and puts more tension on the plantar fascia. This will cause heel and arch pain”. Lastly, Dr. Witt also sees a lot of new Moms with tingling, numbness or nerve pain to the feet. “These symptoms can occur due to an epidural or inflammation of a nerve due to structural changes that we spoke about before. Almost all foot and ankle issues that are caused during and after pregnancy can be treated conservatively.  It is important that you see us so that we can get your started on the best treatment plan before things get worse. Being pregnant is hard enough, don’t let your feet add to it”.

If you have any questions about this or any other foot and/or ankle issue, Dr. Witt would be more than happy to evaluate you.  Please call 972-542-2155 for more information.

 
By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
May 15, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Foot Health   Aging Feet  

As you age, it becomes even more important to take care of yourself, especially your feet. Foot health tends to decline in seniors for many reasons, including:

∙       Years of walking

∙       Improper footwear

∙       Poor circulation

∙       Diseases related to foot problems such as diabetes and gout

∙       Improperly trimming toenails

When problems are ignored, they may worsen and lead to more dangerous issues. There are easy ways to take care of aging feet and nonsurgical treatments to relieve pain.

When to talk to your doctor

It’s important to know when symptoms are just common aches and pains and when they might be something more serious. Even if your pain isn’t related to something serious, you still need to take care of your feet since they are the foundation of the body. Aging foot pains may cause pain in the knees, hips, or back.

Some symptoms to look out for are:

∙       Brittle or discolored toenails

∙       Discoloration or cold/numb feet

∙       Severe pain in feet and ankles

∙       Blisters or cracked skin

∙       Sores and wounds

Tips for maintaining healthy feet

Taking care of feet is simple and will pay off in the long run. Some easy tips for foot health are:

∙       Inspect your feet and nails regularly

∙       Use soap to wash your feet and always thoroughly dry them

∙       Use lotion to prevent dry, itchy, and cracked skin

∙       Wear properly fitted shoes and clean socks

∙       Trim your toenails regularly

∙       Don’t cross your legs

∙       Elevate your feet when seated

Taking care of aging feet is simple, and your dedicated foot doctors are here to help. Foot care is something you shouldn’t avoid, and individuals that aren’t able to take care of their feet are encouraged to see their podiatrist for foot care appointments. If you have any questions about taking care of your aging feet, call our office today to make an appointment!

Although not as common as upper extremity injuries, lower extremity injuries do occur quite often in baseball.  According to Dr. Witt, Podiatrist and foot and ankle sports medicine specialist at McKinney and Prosper, TX, “Injuries usually occur during base running, sliding and fielding balls”. Dr. Witt adds,” Most often in baseball, an injury will start small and gradually get worse because the player never takes time off to rest and the schedule is so grueling.  The most important aspect of treating these injuries is to stop playing through the pain. Small ligament and tendon strains can turn into complete tears if you don't seek treatment”, he adds, “You can turn a small problem into a season ending issue without proper medical care”. Another common complaint that Dr. Witt sees in the office is heel pain in kids between the age of 7-14.  “This pain is usually due to irritation and inflammation of the growth plate in the heel. This is a very treatable issue that usually does not require any medication but it will not get better without treatment”. Other common baseball injuries that Dr. Witt treats are ankle sprains, turf toe and midfoot sprains. “These injuries can hurt just as bad as fractures. It is important to get in to see us so that we can take an xray in the office and find out exactly what is going on.  Once we determine the issue, we’ll work together as a team to figure out the best way to get you back on the field and better than ever!” If you have any questions regarding this or any other foot or ankle issue, you can contact Dr. Witt at 972-542-2155.

 
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.




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