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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Is it possible for a bone to break in the middle of your foot?
It is certainly possible for the bones in the middle of the foot to break. They may seem well-protected, but a Lisfranc bone fracture can happen due to either physical trauma or tremendous amounts of chronic physical stress.
In addition to fractures in the midfoot, other potential injuries include sprains and dislocations. All three of these injuries share some common symptoms, including swelling, bruising, and pain in the top of the foot. Bruising can also be observed on the bottom of the foot as well.
If you are experiencing pain or difficulty in the midfoot, or any other area of your foot or ankle, let Richardson Podiatry Associates take a look and provide the treatment you need. Call us for more information about our foot care services at (972) 690-5374 or take a moment to fill out our online form to request your appointment with our Richardson, TX office right now.
How long is recovery from a ruptured Achilles?
Recovery from an Achilles tendon rupture will depend a bit, naturally, on the patient and severity of the injury. When casting is used to immobilize the affected tendon, there will be several weeks of exercises used to regain mobility and strengthen the tissue. Gait training exercises may be performed for two to three months following initial treatment.
Return to normal activities often happens around four to six months after treatment. This can vary based on desired activity levels and a patient’s adherence to post-operative instructions.
Your recovery from a rupture begins with proper treatment for the condition. You can find the care you need for these injuries at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Don’t hesitate to reach out and contact us if you would like additional information or need to schedule you an appointment with our Richardson, TX office. You can connect with us by calling (972) 690-5374 or using our online form on our website.
When should I replace my running shoes?
As a general rule, you should replace running shoes every 300-500 miles, but this constitutes quite a range and you need to factor in other considerations as well.
If you opt to wear “minimalist” shoes—models falling between traditional and barefoot running shoes—the range is closer to 200-400 miles. The same holds true for racing flats. These shoes are constructed from less material and considered not to be as durable as other ones.
In addition to a mileage range, which at least provides a starting point, it is important to study your footwear and listen to your body. A key indicator of wear-and-tear on running shoes is the outsole. The rubber outsole makes contact with the ground and its tread wears away over time.
A less visible indicator of worn out running shoes is the feeling of “flatness” from the midsole as it breaks down. This means the footwear doesn’t have the same “bounce” it previously had.
For additional information on when to replace running shoes, or to schedule an appointment with Richardson Podiatry Associates, simply give us a call at (972) 690-5374 and we’ll be glad to help. You can also request your appointment with our Richardson, TX office online today.
Why do I keep getting leg cramps?
Leg cramps can happen for several different reasons. Legs that cramp during exercise may be a sign that the muscles are receiving inadequate blood flow, often because of a narrowing of the blood vessels. This type of cramping will often go away once you stop exerting yourself, but may gradually grow worse over time as the blood vessels continue to narrow. Other potential causes of cramps include a compressed nerve, side effects of certain medications, dehydration, and a mineral deficiency.
If your legs are cramping regularly, that often means there is an underlying problem that needs to be addressed. Don’t hold out and wait, hoping they someday disappear on their own. Get help by calling the experts at Richardson Podiatry Associates. We can discover the causes of your leg cramps and help you make adjustments to keep them at bay. Call our office at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to reach us.
How can I prevent athlete’s foot?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that is often treated rather effectively with the use of over-the-counter sprays and powders, but it is better to avoid the condition in the first place. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can take to prevent athlete’s foot.
The first is to keep your feet dry. This means taking measures like ensuring that your feet are completely dry before putting on socks, and wearing shoes that are constructed from breathable materials. Feet sweat a lot during the course of the day, so moisture-wicking socks is another tool that can help you reduce your risk of this fungal infection.
Many cases are contracted when walking in warm, damp environments. The fungus responsible for athlete’s foot thrives in such places, so be sure to protect your feet by wearing sandals or shower shoes when walking in gym locker rooms, showering areas, and on indoor pool decks.
For more information, give Richardson Podiatry Associates a call at (972) 690-5374. If you or any of your loved ones needs foot or ankle care, even for a stubborn fungal infection that won’t go away with home care, schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX foot doctor office.
How is Achilles tendinitis treated?
If you experience the tenderness, stiffness, and pain that comes from Achilles tendinitis, you will likely be relieved to find out that we can usually cure the issue through nonsurgical treatment methods. Specific Achilles tendinitis treatment options include RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), medication, exercises, and orthotic devices.
We recommend starting with RICE therapy. Avoiding exercise for several days or performing low-impact activities will help the body heal the inflamed tissue. Ice and compression can both further relieve inflammation and decrease pain. Elevate the affected foot at intervals during the day and at night by propping it on a couple of pillows to reduce swelling. If this is not providing enough relief, we can utilize those other treatment options. It is only in rare cases that surgery is necessary for repairing a damaged tendon.
If you would like additional information or need professional treatment for any other foot problem, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374. You can also request an appointment at our Richardson, TX office online today.
What type of ankle injuries require surgery?
While conservative treatment can help most foot and ankle conditions, there are a couple types of ankle injuries that might need surgery for optimal healing. A main one is arthritis, with osteoarthritis being a primary concern. This condition may need to be addressed with ankle fusion or replacement procedures, depending on the nature and severity of a patient’s specific case.
Ankle fractures that are severe or unstable can require surgery. This definitely applies to open fractures (where bone has broken through the skin). A broken ankle that is stable will likely only need nonsurgical treatment.
Achilles tendon disorders are also injuries that may need surgical procedures when conservative care does not provide ample relief, but these surgeries are rarely required.
At Richardson Podiatry Associates, we typically explore conservative treatment options before recommending surgical procedures, but you can take comfort in the fact that we are quite experienced at performing effective ankle surgeries. If you are experiencing an ankle issue, come to our Richardson, TX office and we will diagnose the problem and create a treatment plan that works for you. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or request an appointment online today.
Why are my toes curling down?
Toes that curl down are often an indication of either a muscular imbalance or a nerve issue. There are three related, yet different, conditions where this happens – hammertoe, mallet toe, and claw toe.
- Hammertoe – Often affects the second toe and the digit bends at the middle joint down toward the floor.
- Mallet toe – Much like hammertoe, this happens with the second toe, but the key distinction is that the bend happens in the joint closest to the tip of the toe.
- Claw toe – This condition often affects all four smaller toes concurrently and the toes bend up at the first joint—the metatarsophalangeal joint at the base of the foot—and down at the other two joints.
This often happens when there is difference in strength between the muscles on the top of the toes versus the ones on the bottom. This situation pulls the toe into its bent shape.
These conditions are progressive, which means they do not improve on their own and worsen over time, but we can help Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment at Richardson Podiatry Associates online today.
Why are my child’s feet pointing outward?
If his or her feet point outwards, your child has a condition we refer to as “out-toeing.” This tends to be less common than in-toeing and is more likely to have long-term issues, but it actually can have similar origins.
While in-toeing can happen either due to internal tibial torsion or femoral anteversion, out-toeing can be caused by external tibial torsion or femoral retroversion. Basically, in-toeing happens if the lower or upper leg bones twist inward, and this problem is the opposite.
In some cases, the condition develops on account of your infant’s fetal position during gestation. For other children, it can be a symptom of an underlying neurological problem. There are also instances where the it is related to an existing flatfoot condition.
Many cases will resolve on their own in time, but if you have a son or daughter who is struggling, bring him or her in to Richardson Podiatry Associates. We will provide the care your child needs. Call us at (972) 690-5374 for more information or to schedule an appointment at our Richardson, TX office.
When is bunion surgery necessary?
To start with, it is important to note that bunions are progressive conditions, which means that they will not get better without the use of surgery. That said, relief of symptoms can often be found through the use of nonsurgical methods. We may recommend bunion surgery to patients who:
- Experience severe pain from the toe deformity and cannot find relief via other methods.
- Face restricted or limited activities on account of the bunion.
- Are unable to straighten or bend their big toe.
There are definitely cases where we recommend surgical procedures, but many patients can find the relief they need through conservative measures. Our bunion treatment will typically start with conservative care. If surgery is recommended, you can take comfort in the fact that Richardson Podiatry Associates has the trained personnel, equipment, and environment for successful procedures.
Come see us for the bunion care you need. Give our Richardson, TX office a call at (972) 690-5374 for more information or help arranging a visit. You can also use our online form to request an appointment today.