Advanced Foot and Ankle Center Blog

Today we would like to showcase a product that can be especially useful now that the weather has warmed up and we are getting more active.  This product is called On Your Toes.  This is a bactericidal powder that is applied to your feet and inside your shoes for 3 days.  That’s it.  The powder then stops the embarrassing foot odor for 6 months which is backed by a manufacturer moneyback guarantee.   One container of On Your Toes will treat 6 pairs of shoes or 3 pairs of sneakers.  This product has been in use for over 25 years and our providers have had great results with kids and adults.   This product is available at our McKinney and Prosper office. Please call us at 972-542-2155 if you have questions about this or any other foot/ankle condition. 

Have a great day,

Dr. Witt 

Wounds on the feet and ankles can be disastrous for diabetics.  This is because diabetes can affect your skin, your sensation and your circulation.  When these three components aren’t functioning properly wounds can turn south quickly. 

For example, say that you stepped on a tack while walking barefoot at home.  Most people would immediately know that they just stepped on something sharp.  Some diabetics though have peripheral neuropathy which means they can have numbness in their feet.  These patients wouldn’t know that they stepped on anything.   This patient also has poor circulation so now that little puncture site isn’t going to heal quickly.    This patient goes about their day and week not knowing that any issues are developing because they don’t look at the bottom of their feet.  Eventually, that little hole gets deeper and deeper and infection develops.  The patient now knows something is going wrong because of either a foul odor, they see drainage on their sock, or they feel sick from the infection.  This is usually when they report to their primary care doctor, ER, urgent care or their Podiatrist.  If the infection in the foot is bad enough, it can spread through the blood stream and cause blood infection, organ failure and even death.  Heavy IV antibiotics are administered, and surgery is performed to excise the dead, infected tissue and bone.  This is why it is so important to make sure you are performing your daily foot checks at home, never walking barefoot and keeping tight control of your blood sugars. 

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, our providers have seen and treated these types of wounds and it’s our goal is to prevent these from ever occurring. 

If you have questions about this or any other foot/ankle condition.  Please call us at 972-542-2155. 

Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Dr. Witt

By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
April 03, 2019
Category: Foot Care
The human foot and ankle contain 33 joints, 26 bones and over 100 tendons, ligaments and muscles. While all of these parts of the foot should work together, there are certain conditions, injuries and diseases that can affect the health and functioning of your foot or ankle. There are many instances in which you should turn to a podiatrist for individualized care that you can trust time and time again.
 
From routine visits to managing long-term conditions to surgery, a podiatrist is equipped to treat just about everything. Here are some foot issues that could benefit from coming in for specialized care:
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel pain
  • Ankle sprains and fractures
  • Foot fractures
  • Sports-related injuries
  • Bunions and hammertoes
  • Corns and calluses
  • Diabetic foot care
  • Fungal infections
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Heel spurs
Our number one goal is to provide you with the relief that you need. Whether you are suffering from heel pain or you think your feet could benefit from prescription orthotics, a podiatrist can help determine the best course of action for treating your issues. When you come into our office we will always have a listening ear, so that we understand your questions and concerns. 
 
We also like to provide our patients with the very latest and greatest technologies and techniques. We understand the importance of options and being able to provide laser treatments and other non-surgical therapies to treat conditions is important to our patients. Whether you are an athlete or 9-5er, we treat clients with a host of different needs, lifestyles and issues. Everyone from children to senior citizens can benefit from the unique and customized foot care a podiatrist offers.
 
We are here to help diagnose, treat or manage your foot condition. If you are dealing with foot or ankle problems contact your podiatrist for help.
By ADVANCED FOOT AND ANKLE CENTER
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!

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, we see all kinds of foot and ankle issues starting from the tips of the toes and going all the way up the leg and everything in between.   One common complaint that we hear is a lump or knot on the bottom of the arch.   Some people have pain and some don't.  Sometimes they grow and others never do.   In almost all cases, this is a plantar fibroma. 

A plantar fibroma is a benign thickening of the plantar fascia.  This is the large ligament that runs from your heel to the ball of the foot and is the main supporter of your arch.  The portion of the ligament can become thickened from trauma or repetitive pressure to the area, but the conclusive cause has not yet been identified. 

Your provider will take a thorough history and examine both your lower extremities before making the diagnosis.  Sometimes x-rays or an MRI is needed to confirm the fibroma.  Treatment for plantar fibromas starts conservatively.  This can begin with topical medications, custom shoe inserts, cortisone injections and physical therapy to try to reduce the size and pain to the area. 

If conservative options fail, the fibroma can be removed surgically in the operating room. 

At Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, our providers have had experience dealing with this issue conservatively and surgically.  If you have questions about this or any other foot and/or ankle issue.  Please call us at 972-542-2155. 

Have a wonderful day,

Dr. Witt





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