Get Answers to Your Questions About Foot and Ankle Problems From Our Plano Podiatrist
When you’re living with heel or foot pain, you don’t want to wait for answers. Get help fast by looking through this list of frequently asked questions with answers from our Plano podiatrist.
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What does psoriasis treatment include?
There are many different conditions that can affect the health of the skin on your feet, including psoriasis. This is a common skin condition that affects the life cycle of skin cells. More specifically, it causes skin cells to build up a rapid rate, which leads to scaling and itchy, red patches that can be painful.
Psoriasis treatment is centered on stopping skin cells from growing so quickly—the cause of inflammation and plaque formation—and smoothing skin by removing scales.
Home care for psoriasis entails a combination of daily bathing, moisturizing, and getting the right amount of sunlight. It is important to do these in the correct way, so be sure to consult our office for specific tips.
Professional treatment for psoriasis can include topical medications, ultraviolet light therapy, and oral or injected medications. The specific treatment, or combination of treatments, will depend on your condition and situation.
For additional information on psoriasis, or any other foot or ankle condition you are experiencing, contact Richardson Podiatry Center. We provide professional treatment for a wide range of lower limb issues. Call us at (972) 690-5374 and one of our staff members will be glad to assist you. Even better, take a moment right now and fill out our online form to connect with us.
What is pronation?
You might not be aware of this, but your foot goes through an inward roll with every step you take. This roll starts with the strike of your heel and continues all the way through the final push from your toes. We call this biomechanical process pronation.
The rolling motion is important in ensuring that forces are equitably distributed across the foot. In fact, it is a critical element for proper shock absorption.
It is important to understand that certain issues can develop when a foot pronates either excessively (overpronation) or not enough (supination). This is compared to a normal rolling motion of approximately fifteen percent. Overpronation is linked to flatfoot, whereas supination is related to cavus foot (high foot arches).
If you are experiencing biomechanical issues in your feet, you can benefit from a gait analysis performed by Dr. Reister at our Richardson, TX office. Contact us today by calling (972) 690-5374 for more information or to request an appointment. You can also contact us online right now.
Why is ankle sprain treatment important?
Ankle sprains are so commonplace they may not seem like a big deal, but the reality is that returning to activity before complete ankle sprain recovery can potentially lead to increased injury risk and more severe issues in the future, like chronic ankle instability.
Whereas they are often categorized with sports injuries (for good reason), it is certainly possible to sprain an ankle when performing even routine tasks like going up stairs or walking on uneven ground.
Your best path for avoiding ankle instability is to take time for complete ankle sprain recovery. If you are tempted to resume physical activity, remind yourself that it can put you at risk for future ankle sprains and instability.
Ankle sprains are some of the most common foot and ankle problems humans experience, but this doesn’t mean they should be taken for granted. Make sure you take the time to heal completely before resuming high impact activities. Not sure how long that might take? Come in and see us here at Richardson Podiatry Center and we can help.
Call our Richardson, TX office at (972) 690-5374 for more information, or use our online form to connect with us right now.
What happens when an ankle is sprained?
Ankle sprains are common sports injuries, yet not many people are familiar with what happens when an ankle is sprained. To help you understand this injury, let’s start by looking at the anatomy of the ankle.
This anatomical structure consists of several bones—specifically, the lower leg bones (tibia and fibula), the ankle bone (talus), and the heel bone (calcaneus)—connected by various ligaments. The lower leg bones sit upon the ankle bone, which sits upon the heel bone.
There are two ankle joints – the “true” ankle joint and the subtalar joint. The true ankle joint is located where the leg bones connect to the talus. The subtalar joint is formed where the talus connects to the calcaneus.
An ankle sprain occurs when a twisting force on the foot or lower leg causes ligaments to extend beyond their intended range. This leads to swelling, bruising, ankle instability, and pain.
Generally, you can care for an ankle sprain at home, but keep in mind that we are here to help if you need assistance or the condition is not improving. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates for additional information at (972) 690-5374 or request an appointment with our Richardson, TX office online.
Why do my middle toes go numb?
There are a couple of potential causes for numb middle toes, including conditions like neuromas and neuropathy.
Neuromas are nerve tissues that become thickened and enlarged due to external pressure. This pressure can come from various, normally-occurring tissues, but it is also sometimes caused by abnormal growths or tumors as well. A neuroma left untreated can become a permanent problem.
Whereas neuromas are caused by external factors, neuropathy is a condition wherein nerves become damaged and either cause faulty signals (which can lead to burning or tingling pain) or numbness. The condition is often associated with diabetes, but there are other causes, including vitamin deficiency, exposure to toxins, infections, and certain autoimmune disorders.
For an accurate diagnosis when you have numbness in your lower limbs, make sure you come see us here at Richardson Podiatry Associates. In addition to establishing the problem, we will also create an effective treatment plan for you. Call us at (972) 690-5374 for more information or, even better, schedule an appointment online and come see us here at our Richardson, TX office.
What are my treatment options for heel pain?
If you suffer from heel pain, and there are millions of Americans who do, you will likely be relieved to know there are ways to effectively address it. When it comes to treatment options for heel pain, some of the more effective ones include:
- Stretching. A couple of key connective tissues anchor to the heel bone. When these tissues—the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia—face excessive tension, heel pain can develop. Stretching your lower limbs can help with this.
- Medication. One of the best benefits with certain medications is not actually pain relief, but rather anti-inflammatory properties.
- Footwear choices. Shoes with ample cushioning in the heel and strong arch support can improve conditions that cause heel pain.
- Rest. In many cases, heel pain comes as the result of overuse. Accordingly, taking time away from high-impact activities or, even better, cross-training with low-impact activities will help.
What can I do at home to avoid foot problems?
There are many things you can do at home to prevent foot problems, including:
- Clip your toenails straight across (not rounded) and even with the edge of your toes (not too short) to reduce your risk of ingrown toenails.
- Ask for help when carrying heavy objects, so they don’t accidently fall on your feet.
- Moisturize your feet after showering or bathing, and before going to bed, to prevent dry skin and cracked heels.
- Stretch your lower limbs, especially your Achilles tendons and calf muscles, to prevent heel pain from conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.
- Keep your feet and toes dry to lower your risk of developing fungal toenails. If you don’t have diabetes, consider walking barefoot at home to keep them dry.
- Don’t share towels, socks, or other objects with a family member who has a fungal infection, athlete’s foot, or a plantar wart.
These are a just a couple of actions you can take at home to avoid foot problems. For additional prevention tips, or to request an appointment for professional foot care services, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or take advantage of our online form to connect with us today.
How can I reduce swelling in my feet?
Swelling in your feet or ankles is a condition known as edema, and it can be particularly common if you are pregnant, have recently undergone surgery, or were sitting in one place for an extended period of time (like on a long plane ride). The swelling happens when fluids build up in body tissues.
To reduce swelling in feet from edema, start with some home remedies, including:
- Elevate the affected limb(s) above heart level.
- Move around so your muscles will pump excess fluid back to your heart.
- Massage the area using firm, but not overly hard, pressure in the direction of your heart.
- Wear compression stockings.
- Reduce salt intake to prevent fluid retention.
If home remedies do not provide the desired relief, then it is time for professional care. Come see us here at our Richardson, TX foot doctor office and we can prescribe medication that can help.
For more information on edema, or the services we provide at Richardson Podiatry Associates, give us a call at (972) 690-5374, or take advantage of our online form to contact us today.
How does pregnancy affect my feet?
Pregnancy affects a woman’s body in many ways, and there is so much happening during the nine months, which means it’s not surprising that feet can be overlooked. This doesn’t mean there aren’t any changes or increased risk of issues with the lower limbs, though.
Some of the ways in which pregnancy affects feet include:
Edema – Feet and ankles can become swollen from excess fluids.
Bigger feet – The body releases a hormone known as relaxin, which causes ligaments, including those in your feet, to loosen. Foot growth can also be attributed to the extra weight they are now carrying.
Fallen arches – In addition to contributing to foot growth, extra weight can also cause foot arches to collapse.
Plantar fasciitis – This overuse injury that causes heel pain is common for all adults, but extra stress on the plantar fascia increases the risk during pregnancy.
Muscle cramps – Pregnancy leads to more frequent muscle cramping, especially at night during the second trimester.
What are the dangers of high heels?
Footwear choices can play a major role in the health and wellbeing of your feet. Pumps and stilettos might be stylish, but you need to be aware of the potential dangers from wearing high heels.
When you wear high heels on a frequent basis, you increase your risk of medical issues like ankle sprains, fractures, bunions, hammertoes, stress fractures, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and ligament damage. While footwear choices might not actually cause toe deformities like bunions and hammertoes, they can certainly make them worse.
There are two biomechanical problems with high heels – the elevated position of the heel and the excess pressure on the front of the foot. With the heel being so high, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon are shortened and tightened, which increases their risk of injury. Also, the amount of weight placed on the front of the foot can contribute to toe joint imbalance.
These are only some of the possible risks you face when you wear high-heeled footwear on a frequent basis. For more information, or if you are experiencing foot problems from the effect of wearing high heels, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office online.