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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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  • Why does it feel like I’m walking on a marble?

    When it feels like you are walking on marble or have a pebble in your shoe that isn’t there, you are likely suffering from a condition known as metatarsalgia. Pain in your feet can be caused by intense physical activity, poorly-fitting shoes, excess weight, stress fractures, and sometimes even an inherited foot structure.

    The primary symptom of metatarsalgia is forefoot pain that has no apparent source. The pain can be described as aching, burning, or sharp and will typically worsen when you walk, stand, or flex your feet, but then subside with rest. In addition to pain or the sensation of a foreign object being under the foot, numbness and tingling are other symptoms that may accompany the condition.

    Don’t let pain in the ball of your foot interfere with your ability to perform daily tasks and activities you enjoy! Contact our Richardson, TX office instead and have Dr. Reister diagnose what’s wrong and create a treatment plan for you. You can reach Richardson Podiatry Associates at (972) 690-5374 or schedule your appointment with our online form today.

  • Are there home remedies for smelly feet?

    If you have a condition that is causing unpleasant foot odor, you will be pleased to learn that there are a variety of home remedies for smelly feet. Further, there are various methods you can use at home to make your shoes smell fresher, too.

    Some items and mixtures you can use to fight odor on your feet include the following: good old soap and water, deodorants, rubbing alcohol, green tea, lavender oil, Epsom salts, oatmeal, apple cider vinegar.

    To freshen up a pair of shoes, you can try using dryer sheets, rubbing alcohol, cat litter, or even simply washing them and letting them dry completely.

    If you find that home remedies are not helping to take care of your foot odor problem, then you can try over-the-counter products obtained from the store or pharmacy. Of course, Richardson Podiatry Associates is also here to help. We can determine if you have a special condition causing the problem, and prescribe stronger medications for stubborn cases of smelly feet. Contact our Richardson, TX office today by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to schedule an appointment with us.

  • What causes psoriasis?

    At this time, the actual cause of psoriasis isn’t entirely clear, but the condition is widely thought to be an immune system problem targeting T cells in the body. T cells are white blood cells that fight off foreign substances and protect the body from bacteria and viruses. With psoriasis, T cell begin attacking healthy skin cells by mistake, almost as if they are trying to fight an infection or heal a wound.

    While what causes psoriasis isn’t exactly known, there are certain triggers that can worsen the condition, including stress, cold weather, smoking, injury to the skin (bug bites, sunburn, cuts, scrapes), infections, heavy alcohol consumption, and even certain medications.

    Regardless as to how you or your loved one developed a case of psoriasis, Richardson Podiatry Associates is ready to help. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or use our online form and schedule your appointment with our Richardson, TX office. We will provide the effective care and treatment that you need, so contact us today.

  • How do heel spurs form?

    Heel spurs form over the course of many months in a process where calcium deposits build up on the underside of the calcaneus (heel bone). The pain that accompanies this condition is a result of strains on the ligaments and muscles in the foot, repeated tearing of membrane covering the calcaneus, and overstretching of the plantar fascia. This condition is particularly common for athletes who perform a lot of running and jumping activities.

    Common risk factors for the condition include gait abnormalities, poor-fitting or worn out shoes, and excess weight. As a result, wearing shoes that fit well, losing weight, and stretching all help to prevent the painful spurs from forming.

    No matter why the bone growth has developed, let our foot specialists at Richardson Podiatry Associates provide the treatment you need. We will issue the proper care to eliminate your heel pain and allow you to go back to performing the activities you enjoy doing. Schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office today by either calling (972) 690-5374 or using our online form.

  • Can kids get bunions?

    Given their common affiliation with women’s footwear, it is natural to wonder if that protrusion you notice at the base of your son or daughter’s big toe is really a bunion. In all likelihood, that is exactly what you are observing, since children can develop these juvenile bunions.

    Although it is not as commonly seen in kids as it is in women, a bunion may develop on account of issues with an inherited foot structure. Early treatment for this condition is preferred, to reduce the risk of the bunion increasing and becoming a greater issue. Additionally, that bony bump may cause pain and we would like to relieve your son or daughter of that possibility.

    Fortunately, even though kids can get this particular deformity, the good news is that many cases are effectively treated with conservative methods. Whether this is the case, or your son or daughter requires bunion surgery to correct a condition that causes severe pain or lack of mobility, Richardson Podiatry Associates can help. Schedule an appointment for your child by calling (972) 690-5374 or contact our Richardson, TX office through our online form today.

  • Why is there a bump on my baby toe?

    If you have a bump on your baby toe, on the outside edge right where it meets the foot, then you have a condition known as a bunionette. This is a similar condition to a normal bunion, but it happens on the other side of the foot.

    The bump is caused by a structural issue where the first bone in the toe starts pointing inwards towards the other toes. At the same time, the bone in your foot that leads up to the toe angles outwards. The two bones create a “sideways v” shape. It can help to think of that bump on your baby toe as the tip of the “v” and it will stick out further if those bones continue moving out of their intended alignments.

    There are various causes of this condition, but the most common is footwear that has narrow toe boxes, like those found in stilettos, pumps, and other high-heeled shoes. As such, these are more likely to be found in women than men.

    If you need treatment for either a bunion or a bunionette, contact Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374. You can also request an appointment with our Richardson, TX office online.

  • What is the difference between a corn and a callus?

    Corns and calluses are similar skin issues—both are thickened patches of skin that have developed for protective purposes—but they have unique distinctions. Specifically, they often vary in their appearance and where they can be found.

    A corn is raised, often in a conical shape, and has a center that differs in consistency—either harder or softer—than the surrounding skin. They are frequently located in areas that do not bear weight, like between toes and on the tops of feet. Calluses are flat and typically found on weight-bearing areas.

    Both of these skin patches are generally harmless, but they can pose a risk to those who live with diabetes. Either can ultimately turn into a foot ulcer, and that becomes a dangerous situation for a diabetic individual. If you find either of these conditions, schedule an appointment with Dr. Reister so he can provide the proper treatment to keep you safe.

    No matter which of these skin problems is causing you issues, Richardson Podiatry Associates will handle the situation in an effective, caring manner. Our Richardson, TX office is here for all of your foot and ankle needs, so schedule your appointment online or call us today at (972) 690-5374. 

  • Are warts contagious?

    Yes, warts are contagious. These unsightly growths are typically harmless and will ultimately go away on their own, but they can easily be passed along from person to person. There are a couple of ways in which this happens and it is important to know them so you can stay wart-free or prevent infecting someone else.

    Warts are caused by a virus known as human papillomavirus (HPV) and can be contracted when certain strains of HPV enter your body. Given that viruses are microscopic organisms, it only takes a tiny cut, scrape, or abrasion to provide an entrance. In addition to contracting HPV directly—often in warm, damp environments—touching someone else’s wart can cause one to form on your own body.

    As we said, these viral growths will go away in time, but keep in mind that this might take up to a couple of years. If you have one and would like to remove the wart in a safe manner by a skilled professional, then contact Richardson Podiatry Associates today. Either call our office at (972) 690-5374 or simply use our online form to make your request.

  • What is a skin lesion?

    There are many varieties of skin lesions, but we generally mean “an abnormal change in tissue or organ that results from injury or disease.” When people hear the word “lesion,” they are likely to think of a growth on the skin and this is reasonable. Skin is technically an organ, so an abnormal growth certainly meets the criteria.

    Skin lesions are either benign (harmless) or malignant (harmful) in nature. The harmless versions include warts, calluses, corns, and foot ulcers. Malignant lesions are often cancerous.

    The term “harmless” does have a major condition attached to it, however. Individuals who have diabetes need to consider any lesion—even one that seems harmless like a callus—to be serious. If you live with this condition, you need to be aware of anything out of the ordinary that happens to your body and seek immediate medical care.

    Skin lesions can be serious business, especially if you live with diabetes. If you or a loved one has this condition and needs the best in diabetic foot care, Richardson Podiatry Associates is here for you. Contact our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form to request your appointment today.

  • Can you treat a foot cyst at home?

    When it comes to home treatment for a foot cyst, the first thing you need to know is that you should not attempt to drain it on your own. Scratching, squeezing, puncturing, or lancing a cyst on your foot can lead to a variety of issues. You might push an existing infection deeper into your body or cause severe bleeding. Additionally, you will likely irritate or inflame the cyst, making it more painful.

    Actions you can take include cleaning the area with antibacterial soap, applying warm washcloths to increase circulation, and applying a bandage if the cyst begins to drain on its own.

    Instead of trying to take care of the foot cyst at home, let the professionals at Richardson Podiatry Associates handle if for you. This way, you will know that the condition is handled in a safe, expert manner and you won’t have to worry about unintended consequences. Contact our Richardson, TX office by either using our online form or give us a call at (972) 690-5374 to schedule an appointment today.