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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How do I get rid of shin splints?
One of the more common issues experienced by runners of all experience levels is shin splints. This condition develops when the bone tissue, muscles, and tendons along the tibia (shin bone) are overworked from physical activity. This causes pain and tenderness, so many individuals wonder how they can get rid of shin splints.
Shin splint treatment can often be handled with at-home care, especially using conservative treatment options such as rest, ice, and pain relievers. Rest doesn’t have to be “complete inactivity” and can mean swapping out running for low-impact activities. Icing the affected area four to eight times a day for 15 to 20 minutes per session will help relieve pain and swelling. Be sure to contact our office for recommendations when it comes to over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you find that at-home tactics aren’t producing the results you hope to see, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. Remember, we provide treatment for a wide range of lower limb issues, so give us a call at (972) 690-5374 to find out what we can do for you. If you’d prefer, simply schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office online today.
Can orthotics help with high arch pain?
Yes, custom orthotics can help with high arch pain. If you have high, rigid foot arches, physical forces on your feet are not distributed in an optimal manner. This is especially true during the gait cycle (when you walk).
Orthotics can be crafted to provide additional arch support and modify any biomechanical abnormalities that take place while you walk. Both of these are instrumental in helping to relieve the pain that can come with cavus foot (high foot arches).
When your high arches are causing pain and taking away your ability to perform favorite activities, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. Our treatment plan will be customized to your unique situation and we may prescribe a pair of custom orthotic devices to provide the relief you need.
Contact our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 and our friendly staff will answer any questions you might have. You can also schedule an appointment with us online today.
How can I exercise with arthritis?
When you or a loved one suffers from stiff joints that cause discomfort or pain, it can be difficult to move around and perform normal, daily tasks. It might seem as though exercise will only make things worse. On the contrary, one of the top treatment methods is to exercise with arthritis.
To use an exercise program as arthritis treatment, stop by our office. We can assess your current condition, recommend specific exercises, and help you establish goals. In all likelihood, we will recommend some combination of walking, water workouts, and resistance training.
After talking with us, you may need to pick up a new pair of walking shoes and/or clothes to exercise in.
It is important to begin your workout program at a light level and slowly progress in intensity and duration. This will give your muscles time to strengthen and avoid overworking affected joints. Easing into physical activity is always the best policy.
For more information on the benefits of exercise for arthritis, simply give Richardson Podiatry Associates a call at (972) 690-5374. You can also schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX foot doctor office online today.
Why is my toenail turning black?
Some of the more common causes of a toenail turning black are centered on physical trauma. When a toe experiences trauma, either through repetitive motion or a single event, the nailbed can become bruised or blood can begin to pool between the nail and its bed (which is known as a subungual hematoma). Black toenails are frequently experienced by runners who train long distances.
Darkened nails could also be an indication of a fungal infection. In rare cases, the dark coloration is the indication of malignant melanoma. Although this is not common, it can be quite serious, and is a good reason to always have discolored nails evaluated.
Most subungual hematomas do not require much with regard to treatment. However, the condition can cause discomfort, so you may want to have the pool of blood safely drained. We can perform any care you need here at our Richardson, TX foot doctor office. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates at (972) 690-5374 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
What is tarsal tunnel syndrome?
Tarsal tunnel syndrome is not a particularly common foot issue, but patients who have it can experience pain, burning, and tingling sensations. In some cases, the syndrome can cause numbness. The problem arises in an anatomical feature found in the inside of the ankle known as the tarsal tunnel. This is a narrow space outside the ankle, covered with a ligament, where nerves, tendons, and blood vessels pass through from legs to feet.
When there is compression on the posterior nerve (found in the tarsal tunnel), it can produce the symptoms mentioned. This compression can happen as the result of injury, cysts, bone spurs, swollen tendons, or varicose veins. Individuals with flat feet tend to be at greater risk.
If you experience heel pain or burning or tingling symptoms in the ankle area, it is possible that you have developed this condition. Whether that is the case—or another issue is responsible for the pain—you can find the treatment you need at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Put your foot or ankle pain behind you by contacting us today. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office online.
Is athlete’s foot contagious?
Yes, athlete’s foot is contagious. This particular condition—which is marked by an itching, burning sensation that begins between the toes—is a common fungal infection. The fungus that causes the issue often resides in warm, damp locations like gym showers and locker rooms and pool decks. An individual who has the fungal infection can transfer it to a surface or item (towels, socks, etc.) and then another individual can become infected.
Another way the condition spreads is from body part to another on the same individual. If someone scratches an infected foot and then touches the other foot, it is possible for the fungus to be transferred and create issues on the new foot.
Athlete’s foot is contagious and irritating, but the good news is that it is also quite treatable. Many cases can be handled at home with the use of over-the-counter antifungal products. For severe fungal infections, professional treatment may be required.
When you require a prescription-strength medication for a difficult case, let our foot specialists at Richardson Podiatry Associates provide the care you need. Contact our Richardson podiatrist office online or give us a call at (972) 690-5374 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Are There Ways To Improve My Circulation?
Yes, there are definitely ways to improve circulation. Even better, these methods that lead to a healthy blood flow will improve your overall levels of wellness and serve to prevent strokes and heart attacks. It also helps prevent foot problems like non-healing sores or swelling.
The recommended lifestyle changes that lead to improved circulation are centered on regular exercise, healthy eating, and smoking cessation. When using exercise to promote blood flow, it is important to start at low to moderate levels and gradually ramp up duration and intensity over time. A heart-healthy diet should be based on whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Quitting smoking will not only lead to better circulation, but is a choice that has wide-ranging positive effects on the body.
For additional tips or treatment to handle tough cases of impaired circulation, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates. We will provide the help you need when you call (972) 690-5374. You can also use the online form to schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office.
Why does the ball of my foot hurt?
There are a few potential reasons you may be experiencing ball of foot pain. Here are some of the most common:
Metatarsalgia – Also known as a stone bruise, this is a condition that leads to inflammation and pain in the ball of your foot. It can be caused by high-impact activity or poor-fitting footwear.
Morton’s neuroma – This particular neuroma is most frequently developed between the base of the third and fourth toes. When the thickened tissue presses against a nerve, it causes burning, sharp pain in the forefoot.
Sesamoiditis – Sesamoids are tiny bones that do not connect in a traditional fashion to other bones. There are two located on the underside of the foot, right by the base of the big toe. When they irritate the surrounding soft tissue and cause inflammation and pain, it’s known as sesamoiditis.
No matter which root cause is leading to your forefoot pain, you can find the care and treatment you need here at Richardson Podiatry Associates. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment with our Richardson, TX office online today.
What is the purpose of a gait analysis?
A gait analysis is a tool of sorts that we use to evaluate the biomechanical process (your gait) you use when you walk or run. The purpose of a gait analysis is to understand how the structure of your feet and ankles relates to the way you are actually using them. There are various bits of information we can gather from this analysis, including your pronation style.
Pronation is a natural process wherein the feet roll inwards with every step. There is a normal range, generally considered to be around fifteen percent. Overpronation, often associated with flat feet, is a roll greater than that fifteen percent. Supination (under-pronation) usually happens with high arches and is an excessive outward rolling motion.
When you experience pain or discomfort from walking or running and aren’t sure what is going on, you may benefit from coming into our Richardson, TX office to have a gait analysis performed. Afterwards, we can take a look at the results, identify any issues, and design a treatment plan that works for you. Contact Richardson Podiatry Associates today by calling (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment online.
What could be causing my big toe pain?
There are several different conditions that could potentially explain your big toe pain, like a fracture or gout, but we’ll focus here on sesamoiditis. Sesamoids are bones that stand alone and are not connected to other bones (like kneecaps, which do not attach to the leg bones, but rather to the patellar and quadriceps tendons).
There are sesamoid bones in the feet, located on the undersides, near your big toes. If you have recently started a workout program, suddenly ramped up intensity of physical activity, sustained a turf toe injury, or simply have high arches, a sesamoid bone (or the soft tissue connecting to it) may have become injured. This can cause pain in the big toe, especially when you push off the ground while walking or running.
When you experience pain in your big toe, or anywhere in your foot, and need to find out what is wrong, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates. We can provide an accurate diagnosis and then find an effective treatment to put that pain to rest. Give us a call at (972) 690-5374 or fill out our online form to schedule your appointment at our Richardson, TX office today.