Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Blog

Here are some quick tips to maximise your healing: 

#1 Listen to your doctor!

Usually for a foot fracture its no weight to minimal weight on your foot. Typically in a protective shoe, cast, or boot. Not just when you leave the house-- for every step you take, even in the house. 

Increase your protein, vitamin, and mineral intake. Increase antioxidants.

Do not smoke and avoid alcohol use.

Keep your follow up appointments to monitor your fractures progress. If your fracture is not healing in an appropriate amount of time your doctor may prescribe a bone stimulator, cold laser or other treatment modality to healing. 

Last but not least use common sense; If you are permited to walk in your boot that doesn’t mean go hiking etc.

Sincerely,

Advanced Foot & Ankle

972.542.2166

One of your toes has become so sore that you can hardly walk on it. It may be red or swollen,  closed shoe may make it worse. and the nail may or may not appear to be digging into the skin. These common podiatric symptoms likely stem from an ingrown toenail. The podiatrists at Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX have seen and treated many ingrown toenails and offer medical solutions for this condition and ways to avoid future problems, and can ease your anxiety surrounding this condition. 

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail

Besides the pain, swelling, and redness, patients with ingrown toenails may have an infection with pus and and may even have an odor. The nail itself can discolor and separate from the nail bed. There may be some itchiness, and maybe  even some peeling, bleeding or a growth there. 

Medically-termed onychocryptosis, ingrown toenails plague people of all ages but more so occur with individuals who:

  • Are obese
  • Have diabetes
  • Are prone to abnormalities in gait and toe and foot structure
  • Experience pedal edema, or foot swelling, due to compromised circulation
  • Engage in athletic activities which involve repeated pressure on the foot and toes (such as running)
  • Wear shoes with improper fit (both too large or too small)
  • Children who experience a growth spurt 

What your foot doctor in McKinney and Prosper can do

Our podiatrists advise patients to seek professional care for ingrown toenails to prevent further damage and infection. At Advanced Foot & Ankle Center, your foot doctor will examine your feet. We may

  • Trim the intruding nail away from the skin
  • perform a perminent partial nail removal (matrixectomy) if warrented or chronic 
  • Prescribe an oral antibiotic and applying antibiotic ointment

Feet treated for ingrown toenails recover quickly, and people generally resume normal activities within the next day.

Preventing ingrown toenails

Here are some common sense strategies to prevent ingrown toenails:

  1. Using a clean clippers, trim all toenails straight across. Do not trim the corners at an angle.
  2. Wash your feet daily, and change your socks.
  3. Make use of a nail brush to prevent dead skin cells and sock lint from building up between the nail and skin folds
  4. Wear properly fitting shoes with adequate room in the toe box.


Do you need treatment?

Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle Center in McKinney and Prosper, TX if you have symptoms of an ingrown toenail. Its best to treat ingrown nails early.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure.

Sincerely, 

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
December 16, 2020
Category: Foot Conditions
How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the FeetRheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common types of arthritis, and it is characterized by joint pain, inflammation, and damage. RA, like other kinds of arthritis, is progressive, which means that symptoms will gradually get worse over time if left untreated. So, how do you know if you might be developing RA in your feet? While a podiatrist can certainly provide you with a definitive diagnosis, here are some telltale signs of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • 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
Symptoms are often mild at first and you may not even think that you have arthritis. Those between the ages of 30 to 60 are more likely to develop RA. You may notice intense flare-ups that are characterized by bouts of remission (in which you don’t experience symptoms). Do not take these symptom-free moments to mean that you are fine. It’s important to see a podiatrist right away if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above.

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,
  • Bunions
  • Corns
  • Hammertoes and claw toes
  • Bursitis
  • Circulation issues (e.g. atherosclerosis; Raynaud’s phenomena)
How is rheumatoid arthritis treated?

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
  • Compression
  • Stretching exercises for the feet
  • Bracing
  • Steroid injections (for targeting severe inflammation)
Surgery is only necessary if there is severe joint or cartilage damage, or if inflamed tissue needs to be removed from around the joint.

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.
December 14, 2020
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Winter can include snowflakes, it should not include flakey dry skin. The cure- move to the Caribbean? If you cant do that  Fortunately there are a few things we can do to combat dry winter skin, right here at home. 

The dry heat in peoples homes seems to zap the moisture away from your skin in the winter. You might consider using a humidifier during the winter months. 

Exfoliate: Do not over exfoliate, once a week maximum. With a Loofah to the top of the feet and a buffing pad to the soles and callused areas. 

Moisturize: You must always moisturize after you exfoliate. The best times to moisturize your feet are after a shower and before bed, the morning is also a good additional time. You should never put a moisturizer between your toes. Peeling skin between your toes is not dry skin- its usually a sign of maceration or athletes foot. 

Vaseline is not a moisturizer! Although an ointment like Vaseline does a great job trapping moisture, but it typically does not add any moisture. Idonia is a product that has a light ointment feel, is made with essential oils and both adds moisture and traps it; Advanced Foot and Ankle has recommended it for years. 

Fissures/Cracks to your feet/heels: Please come into the office to be treated, we typically start with a combination debridement and occlusion therapy.

The use of closed shoe gear in the house and even just socks can help aid in getting rid of your winter dry skin.

Sincerely,

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155

December 14, 2020
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As my grama likes to say, " They lied, its not the Golden Years-- Its the Rusty Years!"

But for your feet it doesn't have to be. 

Ignoring things or toughing it out is not the solution, with many foot conditions you will have a better outcome if you treat the discomfort early on. Inserts, at home stretching and shoe choice can be largely beneficial long term.

Some preventative treatment and prompt attention to foot conditions can help keep you walking, rust-free, for years and years. 

Sincerly,

Advanced Foot and Ankle

972.542.2155





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