Dr. Sgro will begin seeing patients April 1st, 2020. You can call now for an appointment!
Dr. Sgro takes satisfaction in seeing her patients get better and stay better. Her treatment approach is centered on preventive and regenerative podiatric medicine. Dr. Sgro states, “It is with great pride and pleasure that I join Advanced foot and Ankle Center. You shouldn’t have to just live with a painful condition-there is always something that can be done to help.” Dr. Sgro also prides herself on her gentle approach with children.
Dear Valued Patient,
We would like to update you on some of our new policies to help protect our patients. We are now utilizing a no contact check in and check out process. If for some reason we do need to collect something from you for scanning such as insurance cards or ID, we will use fresh gloves while we handle your documents. We are also adjusting our physicians schedules to limit the number of patients in our waiting area to allow for social distancing.
New Visitor Restrictions:
We are limiting visitors in the facility to the patient, one adult caregiver if necessary for support or one parent/guardian for minors. No additional children.
Also new, we are offering telemedicine via video calls for our return patients. These appointments will be scheduled by our office staff. We will be using Skype to perform these visits with our patients. This is a free download available on your phone, tablet or computer. There are some guidelines set forth by insurance companies to allow for this type of visit which our staff will verify for you. Unfortunately, not all visits can be done this way.
As you know, in the last several weeks there have been constant adjustments in guidelines, rules and recommendations placed by both the federal and state agencies. We want you to understand that we are monitoring and following these new changes daily and will continue to do so to ensure your safety.
If you would like to be scheduled for a telemedicine appointment or have any other questions regarding this message, please call us at 972-542-2155.
The Advanced Foot & Ankle Center Team
There are 52 bones in your feet and ankles, which means that feet contain about 25 percent of the bones in our bodies. Our feet also contain about 20-25 percent of the total joints in our body; therefore, it’s not too surprising to find out that your feet and ankles are unfortunately more likely to deal with tendon and joint pain at some point, whether through injury or certain conditions such as arthritis. When pain and other foot problems arise it’s important that you have a podiatrist you can turn to.
Common Causes of Tendon and Joint Pain in the Feet
Tendons are soft tissues that connect the muscles to the bones. Everything from overuse and foot injuries to structural imbalances can lead to pain. Common causes of tendon and joint pain include:
- Tendonitis: inflammation of the tendon caused by injury or overuse
- Sprains and strains: a common but usually minor foot and ankle injury, typically caused by physical activity
- Arthritis: a chronic, progressive condition that leads to joint pain, stiffness, and damage (osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis to affect feet and ankles)
- Obesity: being overweight or obese can also put excessive pressure on the joints and tendons of your feet and ankles, leading to pain and other problems
Treating Tendon and Joint Pain
Visiting a podiatrist is the best choice you can make if you are dealing with severe, persistent, or new foot and ankle pain. Since some conditions can get worse without proper care and rest it’s important to find out what’s causing your pain so you know how to effectively treat it.
If you are dealing with pain caused by a sports injury or strain it’s a good idea to see a medical professional so you know the extent of the injury. More severe sprains may require protective boots or crutches to reduce the amount of weight being placed on the injured ankle or foot.
Arthritis is also a surprisingly common cause of foot pain. If you notice joint pain and stiffness that affects functionality, range of motion and mobility in your feet then you could be dealing with arthritis. Since arthritis can get worse without treatment, it is important that you work with your pediatrician and a team of medical professionals to determine the best medications and course of action to help manage your foot pain and to prevent permanent joint damage.
If you are experiencing foot pain it’s important to see a qualified medical professional that can determine the best way to treat your symptoms. Call your podiatrist today for a comprehensive evaluation.
While ingrown toenails are relatively common, particularly in the big toe, some cases produce excruciating pain and prove to be incredibly difficult to manage. An ingrown toenail develops when one side or corner of your toenail grows into the skin adjacent to it. This can result in swelling, pain, redness, tenderness, and even an infection. Fortunately, if you are feeling severe and/or radiating pain, you can turn to the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center in both Mckinney and Prosper, TX. In these locations, one of our podiatrists can take care of your ingrown toenail and help you avoid further complications.
Can You Prevent Ingrown Toenails?
You can take the following steps to prevent the development of ingrown nails:
- Always check your feet. This is especially vital if you’re a diabetic because the simplest foot issue could lead to extremely severe complications.
- Always trim your toenails at a length that’s level with your toe tips. Trimming them too short could lead to pressure on your toes or shoes to cause the nail to grow into your skin.
- Make sure that your footwear fits properly. Any footwear that pinches your toes or puts too much pressure on them could make your toenail grow into the surrounding skin tissue. In addition, if your feet suffer from nerve damage, you might not be able to feel if your footwear is too tight.
Should You See a Podiatrist for an Ingrown Toenail?
Visit either our McKinney or Prosper, TX, office if you:
- Have redness or pus that’s spreading or are feeling extreme discomfort in your affected toe.
- Have diabetes or some other medical disorder that causes improper blood flow, and you suspect you have an infection or a sore.
It’s also very crucial to note that if left undetected and untreated, a seemingly harmless ingrown toenail could harbor an infection that could spread to the underlying bone and develop into a more severe infection right in your bone. If you are diabetic, complications could be especially serious. For instance, a tiny foot injury like a scrape, cut, ingrown toenail, corn, or callus, might not heal properly and turn into a severe infection such as a foot ulcer, which may require surgery to prevent gangrene or tissue death and decay.
Want to Learn How to Properly Manage Your Ingrown Toenail?
Call (972) 542-2155 to book a visit with one of the podiatrists here at the Advanced Foot and Ankle Center. Both our McKinney, TX, and Prosper, TX, locations can be reached through this number.
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