Gout Pain Can Be Managed

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

Choosing the Right Ankle Brace

Selecting the appropriate ankle brace is akin to navigating a complex landscape, especially given the diverse needs of athletes. Ankle injuries demand tailored solutions, and understanding the attributes of each brace type is important. Sleeves, while the least stable, offer comfort and are suitable for first-line treatment. Straps, popular among athletes, involve cloth straps that create a heel-lock figure-eight, yet their complexity can lead to adherence issues. Stirrups, popular in the 90s, now find use in splints and controlled ankle motion. Lace-ups, the original stable design, have evolved with improvements in functionality and comfort. Hybrid braces, combining features of sleeves, straps, stirrups, and lace-ups, offer both comfort and stability, but come at a higher cost. The choice among these types depends on factors such as the athlete's position, preferences, and the specific injury or condition being addressed. It is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to find the most suitable brace for you.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Alex Kim, DPM from AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Unveiling the Significance of Foot Hygiene

In the realm of overall health, the often overlooked foundation is our feet. Foot hygiene, a seemingly simple aspect of self-care, plays a critical role in promoting well-being. Our feet, subjected to daily wear and tear, are susceptible to various issues that can impact mobility and comfort. Regular cleansing, including washing and drying thoroughly, prevents the accumulation of bacteria and fungi, reducing the risk of infections such as athlete's foot. Proper nail care, which consists of trimming the nails straight across, aids in preventing ingrown toenails and related complications. Choosing breathable footwear and allowing shoes to air out between wears contributes to a healthier environment for the feet, reducing chances of infection. Regular inspection of the feet for any abnormalities, such as cuts, blisters, or calluses, allows for timely intervention. By prioritizing foot hygiene, we not only prevent discomfort and potential health issues, but also lay the foundation for an active and mobile lifestyle. If you are having problems with your feet, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Alex Kim, DPM from AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Work-Related Foot Injuries

Work-related foot injuries can be broadly categorized into two groups. The first group encompasses injuries caused by punctures, crushing, sprains, and cuts. The second group consists of injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls. While slips and falls may not always lead to foot injuries, neglecting foot safety significantly contributes to these accidents. These two categories do not cover all workplace foot issues. Workers also frequently experience conditions such as calluses, ingrown toenails, or general foot fatigue. While these may not be classified as occupational injuries, they can have serious implications for health and safety on the job. These issues cause discomfort, pain, and fatigue, making workers more susceptible to muscle and joint injuries. Furthermore, tired workers who are also in pain are less attentive and more prone to unsafe actions, increasing the likelihood of accidents in the workplace. If you have sustained a work-related foot injury, or are concerned about this problem, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can address any issues you may have.

While working on the feet, it is important to take the proper care of them. For more information about working on your feet, contact Alex Kim, DPM from AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Working on Your Feet

Standing on your feet for long periods of time can cause stress and pain in your feet. Your whole body may experience change in terms of posture, back pain, bunions, callouses and or plantar warts. There are ways to avoid these conditions with proper foot care, smart choices and correct posture.

Positive Changes

Negative heeled shoe – Choosing this shoe type places the heel slightly lower than the ball of the foot. These are great for overall foot health. Find shoes that fit you correctly.

Go barefoot – Our feet were not designed to be enclosed for all hours of the day. Try to periodically expose your feet to air.

Eliminate Pain

Foot Exercises – Performing simple exercises, incorporating yoga and doing stretches are beneficial. This will allow increased blood flow to the area and muscles of the foot.

Achilles tendon – Stretching the foot out flat on the floor will relax the calf muscles and tendon. These exercises can be performed almost anywhere. Make sure you add these exercises to your daily regimen. 

With a little bit of this information and knowing more about foot health, you will notice changes. Foot stretches and proper footwear will help with pain and prevent further issues.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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The Benefits of Flat Feet in Athletics

Flat feet, often considered a drawback in sports, can actually provide some advantages. Some well-known athletes have flat feet and excel in their respective fields, and roughly 25 percent of the population has flat feet. One key advantage of having flat feet is the ability to absorb shock effectively as a result of increased flexibility in the arch, which aids in controlling and mitigating the impact upon landing. However, individuals with flat feet should focus on strengthening their feet to perform well in sports and minimize potential associated risks. The benefits of having flat feet for speed and injury prevention become evident when we consider that flat arches tend to lower the risk of injuries as they offer more flexibility, enhancing shock absorption capabilities. Additionally, athletes with flat feet often display better control during the landing phase of sprints, optimizing the time their feet spend in contact with the ground. This is mainly because their feet typically make initial ground contact in a neutral or slightly pronated position, allowing for a more efficient transition off the ground. Ultimately, regardless of arch type, the strength and stability of the feet are vital for controlling landings. Weak arch support during landing can lead to extended foot contact or potential injuries. If you have flat feet and they are causing problems in the sports you like to participate in, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an evaluation in addition to recommendations on how to strengthen flat feet into a potential advantage.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Alex Kim, DPM from AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Surgical Options for Arthritic Toe Pain

Surgery is often considered a last resort for treating toe arthritis, primarily due to potential post-surgical discomfort and an increased risk of infection. However, when other treatments for toe arthritis prove ineffective, various surgical procedures may be considered. One common surgical approach is a cheilectomy, which involves the removal of bone spurs that have formed around arthritic joints, particularly in the big toe. This procedure can help alleviate discomfort surrounding the joint and improve joint mobility. It is important to note that cheilectomy does not address the worn-out cartilage within the joint, and bone spurs may return in the future. Another option is arthroplasty, where joint surfaces are replaced with artificial joints. This procedure is typically recommended for older adults who are less physically active. Fusion surgery stimulates bone growth across the joint, permanently fusing it using pins, screws, or a plate. While this eliminates joint flexibility, it also relieves pain. If you have persistent arthritic toe pain that has not responded to more conservative treatments, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist to discuss how you may benefit from surgical options.

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, contact Alex Kim, DPM of AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Essential Foot Exercises for Strength

Cultivating strength in your feet is foundational to overall stability and mobility. Toe taps, a simple yet effective foot exercise, involve gently tapping your toes on the floor to enhance circulation and flexibility. Marble pickups, where you use your toes to pick up small objects, help improve dexterity and strengthen the muscles in your feet. Rolling a tennis ball under your foot massages and stretches the plantar fascia, promoting flexibility. Calf raises, lifting your heels off the ground and lowering them back down, target the muscles in your lower legs and feet. Additionally, ankle circles, rotating your ankles clockwise and counterclockwise, enhance flexibility and reduce stiffness. These exercises, when performed regularly, contribute to a robust foundation by strengthening the intricate network of muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet. A podiatrist can guide you on additional foot exercises to perform, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can provide you with the information you are seeking.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries and build strength. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Alex Kim, DPM from AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Exercise for Your Feet

Exercise for your feet can help you gain strength, mobility and flexibility in your feet. They say that strengthening your feet can be just as rewarding as strengthening another part of the body. Your feet are very important, and we often forget about them in our daily tasks. But it is because of our feet that are we able to get going and do what we need to. For those of us fortunate enough to not have any foot problems, it is an important gesture to take care of them to ensure good health in the long run.

Some foot health exercises can include ankle pumps, tip-toeing, toe rises, lifting off the floor doing reps and sets, and flexing the toes. It is best to speak with Our doctor to determine an appropriate regimen for your needs. Everyone’s needs and bodies are different, and the activities required to maintain strength in the feet vary from individual to individual. 

Once you get into a routine of doing regular exercise, you may notice a difference in your feet and how strong they may become.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Defining Foot Blisters and Their Origins

Foot blisters are defined as fluid-filled sacs that form on the skin, and are often encountered during daily activities or as a result of wearing ill-fitting footwear. They develop as a result of friction or repeated rubbing, which separates the layers of skin, creating a pocket of clear fluid. Several factors can contribute to the formation of foot blisters. Tight or improperly fitting shoes can lead to excessive rubbing, especially while walking or running. Moisture, such as sweat or wet conditions, softens the skin and makes it more prone to blistering. Certain materials consisting of rough socks or shoes, can exacerbate the problem. Additionally, activities that place excessive stress on the feet, like hiking or long-distance running, are common culprits. Understanding the definition and causes of foot blisters can help you take preventive measures. If you have blisters on your feet, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can safely treat them and guide you on blister-prevention tactics. 

Blisters may appear as a single bubble or in a cluster. They can cause a lot of pain and may be filled with pus, blood, or watery serum. If your feet are hurting, contact Alex Kim, DPM of AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters are often the result of friction. This happens due to the constant rubbing from shoes, which can lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

Symptoms

(Blister symptoms may vary depending on what is causing them)

  • Bubble of skin filled with fluid
  • Redness
  • Moderate to severe pain
  • Itching

Prevention & Treatment

In order to prevent blisters, you should be sure to wear comfortable shoes with socks that cushion your feet and absorb sweat. Breaking a blister open may increase your chances of developing an infection. However, if your blister breaks, you should wash the area with soap and water immediately and then apply a bandage to the affected area. If your blisters cause severe pain it is important that you call your podiatrist right away.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Types of Foot Deformities

The intricate structure of the human foot, including bones, muscles, and tendons, is susceptible to deformities that either are present at birth or develop over time. Splayfoot, characterized by the widening of metatarsal bones, increases pressure on the forefoot, resulting in pain, calluses, and a heightened risk of developing bunions. Fallen arches, where the foot's arch is flatter than usual, can cause pain over time due to weak foot muscles, abnormal strain, unsuitable footwear, and joint inflammations. Pronated feet, marked by an inward-leaning heel, may arise in childhood, potentially causing issues later in life, particularly in overweight or knock-kneed individuals. People who have high-arched feet, may shift their weight to the ball of the foot, leading to pain, calluses, and an increased risk of ankle injuries. Equinus foot, where the foot points downward and the heel cannot touch the floor due to shortened calf muscles, presents challenges in walking and standing. Clubfoot, a severe congenital deformity involves the foot pointing downward and inward, restricting normal standing and walking. Causes of foot deformities also include abnormal strain, tight footwear, injuries, inflammations, being overweight, and underlying diseases such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. For assistance in managing any of these foot deformities, it is suggested that you add a podiatrist to your medical team and schedule an appointment for an exam and treatment options.

If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Alex Kim, DPM from AVID Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Biomechanics in Podiatry

Podiatric biomechanics is a particular sector of specialty podiatry with licensed practitioners who are trained to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the foot, ankle and lower leg. Biomechanics deals with the forces that act against the body, causing an interference with the biological structures. It focuses on the movement of the ankle, the foot and the forces that interact with them.

A History of Biomechanics

  • Biomechanics dates back to the BC era in Egypt where evidence of professional foot care has been recorded.
  • In 1974, biomechanics gained a higher profile from the studies of Merton Root, who claimed that by changing or controlling the forces between the ankle and the foot, corrections or conditions could be implemented to gain strength and coordination in the area.

Modern technological improvements are based on past theories and therapeutic processes that provide a better understanding of podiatric concepts for biomechanics. Computers can provide accurate information about the forces and patterns of the feet and lower legs.

Understanding biomechanics of the feet can help improve and eliminate pain, stopping further stress to the foot.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Little Elm, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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