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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Do I need to treat my flat feet?
Whether or not you need treatment for flat feet depends on what kind of activities you perform and enjoy. Low arches do not typically cause pain on their own. They can create issues, though, when you pronate excessively while running on account of the condition. Pronation is a natural biomechanical process that your body performs to help your feet absorb the forces that come from striking the ground while you run.
Excessive pronation (overpronation) is a condition that will likely require treatment. Fortunately, treatment is often conservative in nature. An effective way of correcting the biomechanical abnormality caused by flat feet is the use of orthotics. These medical inserts support the arches in your feet and provide stability while you run, thereby alleviating pain you may have been experiencing in your feet, ankles, knees, and hips.
If you have low arches and are considering treatment for flat feet, schedule an appointment with our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374. You can also contact us through the online form found here on our site.
How do I know what arch type I have?
There are three different styles of foot arches: high, low, and normal. The various arch types can play a role in developing certain ailments, so it helps to know which one you have. Here’s a simple test:
- Fill the bottom of a shallow pan with a thin layer of water.
- Place the pan on the ground.
- Place a paper shopping bag or sheet of heavy paper on the ground.
- Get the bottoms of your feet wet by stepping into the pan of water.
- Take normal steps onto the bag or paper.
- Examine the results. If you can see roughly half of the width of your foot in the middle part, you have a normal arch. If you see an entire footprint, you have a low arch. If you only see the front and heel, with perhaps a thin line bridging them, your arches are high.
Many problems that stem from high or low arches can be treated with conservative measures, like customized orthotics. Make an appointment to see Dr. Gene Reister if you have foot pain from your arches. Call our office in Richardson, TX, (between Dallas and Plano) at (972) 690-5374.
What is turf toe?
Often associated with football, turf toe is a condition where your big toe, after being jammed into artificial turf or a grass playing surface, bends beyond its normal limits. The actual injury takes place to the ligaments found at the joint where the toe meets the foot. As a result of the hyperextension, the ligaments become stretched or even torn.
In spite of the football association, there are actually a variety of causes of turf toe and the condition can be seen in athletes from other such sports and physical activities as soccer, basketball, and ballet. Dancing may be a stark contrast to football, but ballet dancers are susceptible to the injury due to the importance of the big toe for their craft.
When you or a loved one believe to have sustained this toe injury, schedule an appointment with Richardson Podiatry Associates for a proper diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Our office is conveniently located in Richardson, TX and we have the caring, professional staff to help you with any foot or ankle issue you sustain. Schedule an appointment with our office by calling (972) 690-5374 or use our online form.
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How can I prevent shin splints?
Preventing shin splints from happening in the first place is better than having to treat them. Fortunately, there are a variety of steps that can be taken to keep this condition from causing you pain and discomfort. Start by taking a look at your workout plan (you do have one, right?) and making sure that you are varying your exercises. Cross-training is fantastic for improving your overall health, but it will also decrease your risk of injury by not using the same muscles over and over. Make sure your shoes fit properly and provide good support. Warm up and then stretch (in that order) before exercising. Use strength training to build up leg muscles, especially in your calves. Avoid running on uneven terrain. Most importantly, do not exercise through the pain when you think you are developing shin splints.
Whether you need expert advice on avoiding injury and medical conditions, or you want the best that Richardson, TX has to offer in podiatric care, we are here for you. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates by calling (972) 690-5374 or using our online form.
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What conditions do orthotics help?
Orthotics are customized medical devices intended to treat a variety of medical conditions that can lead to pain and discomfort. These are different than the over-the-counter inserts that can be purchased in retail stores and should only be used for extra cushioning or arch support. Whereas those inserts are not able to assist with medical issues, there are a variety of conditions orthotics treat—when created by our office for your specific needs.
Medical inserts can be an effective, essential component of treating a wide range of conditions, including metatarsalgia, Achilles tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, bunions and bunionettes, tarsal tunnel syndrome, flat feet, hallux rigidus, corns and calluses, cavus foot, Morton’s neuroma, and hammertoes, claw toes, or mallet toes.
When you need first-class foot and ankle treatment, Richardson Podiatry Associates is here for you. We are experts in preparing customized inserts that effectively address whatever medical condition ails you. Make an appointment with our Richardson, TX office by calling (972) 690-5374 or using our online form.
Do I need to treat my child’s flat feet?
Until the age of 3, children have not started developing their foot arches and they all have flat feet, so no treatment is necessary. After that, there are two different forms of flat feet—flexible and rigid. Depending on your child’s specific situation, flat feet treatment may be necessary.
Flexible flat feet is a condition where the child does not have an arch when standing, but once he or she sits or stands on tiptoe, the arch appears. This condition is often painless and children will typically outgrow it.
Rigid flat feet simply means that an arch does not appear at all and his or her feet will be rigid or inflexible. With rigid flat feet, the odds are greater that your child will experience discomfort or pain and require treatment.
Whether your child has flexible or rigid flat feet, you should always visit Richardson Podiatry Associates if they are in pain. Dr. Gene Reister is a leading podiatry expert and our office is conveniently located in Richardson, TX. To make an appointment and get the pain relief your child needs, call our office at (972) 690-5374 or schedule with our online form today.
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Why is diabetic wound care so important?
Diabetic wound care is essential because individuals who live with this disease are more vulnerable to serious foot complications than others. Diabetes can damage the nerves in your feet and reduce blood flow in the area. Additionally, the disease compromises your immune system and diminishes your body’s ability to protect itself. Without proper wound care for diabetes, a complication could escalate to the point that amputation becomes necessary.
For your first step, try checking your feet daily for any cuts or bruises, washing them carefully to prevent infection, and coming into Richardson Podiatry Associates as soon as you notice anything out of the ordinary. Seeking early medical attention for instances of wounds on diabetic feet is vital for reducing the risk of amputation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with diabetes, come in and see us to make your plan for daily foot care so you can avoid any serious complications due to this disease. Our office is conveniently located in Richardson, TX, and Dr. Gene Reister is a leading expert who will work with you to establish preventative measures for your health. Call us at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online today.
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What Types of Allergies Affect Your Feet?
Allergic reactions are responses by your body’s immune system to some sort of trigger. Many people are familiar with animal or food allergies, but do not realize that foot allergies exist until they begin to feel the symptoms of this particular problem.
Contact dermatitis of the feet occurs when direct contact is made with substances like detergents, certain fabrics, latex, solvents, or poisonous plants. These irritants can all invoke allergies of the skin and lead to reactions that are uncomfortable or even painful.
Angioedema is a skin disorder resulting in welts that are itchy and possibly painful. This condition is triggered by such substances as animal dander, insect bites, eggs, shellfish, berries, and pollen.
If you live in the Richardson, TX area and have itchy or painful welts on your feet, schedule an appointment with Richardson Podiatry Associates today by calling (972) 690-5374. Come in and let Dr. Gene Reister determine if you have foot allergies and provide the medical attention you need.
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How do I Check Spots for Skin Cancer?
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and it can spread quickly, making it imperative to be caught and treated as early as possible. Knowing the warning signs and how to check for skin cancer is your best form of protection.
First, make a point to do a whole body examination at least once a month, more often if your doctor recommends so. If you are unable to look at certain areas, enlist a friend or family member to help. It is not often that people take the time to examine their feet. For this reason, when melanoma is found on feet it is often at an aggressive stage. Keep in mind the ABCDE’s of melanoma: Asymmetry (one half looks different), Borders (irregular or scalloped), Color (has different shades), Diameter (greater than the size of a pencil eraser), and Evolving (the spot looks different or is changing).
If you have any questions or concerns about a spot on your skin, do not wait to seek diagnosis and treatment. Contact Richardson Podiatry Associates to make an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister. You can reach our Richardson, TX, office by calling (972) 690-5374.
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How Long Does Athlete's Foot Last?
Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection that can cause redness, scaling skin, itching, dryness, and blisters. It is caused by a fungus that grows in a dark, warm, and humid environment, and it usually begins between your toes. You are at risk if you frequently have sweaty feet and wear damp socks or tight fitting shoes. How long athlete’s foot lasts depends on what you do about it.
This fungal infection is contagious and can last for months or even longer if it is not treated properly. The fungus can be passed on through towels, clothing, and bed sheets, so you can keep getting re-infected. The fungus also thrives in environments such as public showers, pools, and changing rooms. Going barefoot in these areas can increase your risk of re-exposure. Without treatment the infection may spread to your feet, toenails, hands, and groin, and the symptoms can worsen. With prompt treatment the infection usually clears up in a couple of weeks.
If you have noticed the symptoms mentioned above and have not been treated, contact Dr. Gene Reister before the infection worsens and becomes painful. Call Richardson Podiatry Associates in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.