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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 Do Diabetics Need to Wear Shoes?

    Diabetics need to wear shoes at all times. You could get burned on hot sand or pavement, sustain a puncture wound, or get a cut or scrape from an object on the ground. You may not even notice you have a minor injury until later on when it could be at high risk for infection and could then turn into a non-healing wound. Steer clear of these serious, sometimes life-threatening situations by always keeping your feet covered.

    Shoes are vital for diabetics because of poor circulation and neuropathy, two common conditions associated with the disease. Neuropathy leads to a loss of feeling, leaving you unable to feel heat, pain, or cold. Poor circulation means that there is not as much blood flow to your feet, which can greatly impact the healing of an injury. For these two reasons, that it is imperative that you never go barefoot if you have diabetes.

    If you would like further information on diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates. You can reach our office in Richardson, TX, by calling (972) 690-5374.

  • What Foods Should I Avoid When I Have Diabetes?

    When you have diabetes, you simply can’t throw caution to the wind. The condition requires a strong discipline to maintain a healthy diet, which will keep your glucose levels under control and help you avoid the serious complications that can arise with bad eating. With diabetes, foods to avoid can be found in most parts of the food pyramid. Here’s a list:

    Avoid white flour, processed grains, sugary cereals, fried foods, canned vegetables with lots of added sodium, vegetables with lots of butter or cheese sauces, canned fruit with heavy syrup, sweetened jams, fruit juice drinks, and the consuming of cheese on a regular basis. None of these food items will add nourishment to your diet—only problems.

    If you need help creating a healthy meal plan or require diabetic foot care, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Gene Reister at Richardson Podiatry Associates for help. You can reach our Richardson, TX, office at (972) 690-5374.

  • Are Bunions Treatable?

    Are bunions treatable? Yes. Are bunions treatable without surgery? Yes and no.

    We will always uses non-surgical options first. They will ease the pain but cannot make your bunion smaller or prevent it from growing. Conservative actions could include taking painkillers, putting bunion pads on the area, icing your toe, and wearing proper shoes with enough room to accommodate the bump on your foot. We can give you custom orthotics to support your feet better and ease your discomfort.

    Surgery will be suggested only if noninvasive treatments have not relieved your pain. It will correct the alignment of your toe and may take away your bump altogether. However, you need to consider your age, health, lifestyle and severity of your bunions. The surgery could limit the mobility of your toe and keep you from activities you were able to complete before the procedure. 

    If you need treatment for your bunions, don’t wait to get help until you need surgery. Call Dr. Gene Reister at the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374 or request an appointment on our website.

  • How Did I Get A Bunion?

    Bunions form when you put uneven pressure on the tendons and joints in your feet. The big toe may not be able to handle the stress and, as a result, may start to form a painful, bony hump at the joint. Look around you: bunion causes could run in your family. Your foot type, often passed down from your parents, can make bunion formation more likely. Additionally, some congenital foot conditions are present when a baby is born and can lead to a bunion later in life.

    Family history isn’t the only factor. You may be more likely to get a bunion if you’re a woman. This is primarily due to shoe choices, which hasten the progression of this deformity. Women tend to wear high heels, pointy shoes, tight-fitting footwear, or poorly fitted flats. Diseases such as arthritis and traumatic injuries may change your walk and put more pressure on areas of the foot that aren’t used to the stress.

    Dr. Gene G. Reister wants to help alleviate your bunion discomfort. Call the Richardson Podiatry Center in Richardson, TX, at (972) 690-5374 or schedule an appointment online.

  • How Long Do Broken Bones Take to Heal?

    A bone in your foot or ankle can break in several ways, whether it’s a fall, direct blow, twisting injury, crushing injury, or stress and overuse fracture. Some breaks are severe and immediately noticeable. Other injuries, like stress fractures, can cause discomfort without a patient even realizing they’ve encountered an actual break. Healing broken bones is important to avoid problems in the future.

    The process for healing fractures depends on which bone is broken and the severity of the injury. When a bone is broken, it goes through three stages during the healing process: inflammation, bone production, and bone remodeling. The final stage can go on for several months as the bone slowly returns to its original shape.

    Healing will be different for each individual as other factors such as age, underlying medical conditions, and even nutrition are at play. For the most part, it generally takes a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks for a break to heal to the point where it can bear weight.

    Contact Dr. Gene Reister if you have foot pain and suspect a fracture. We can confirm the injury and provide the right treatment. Call our office at (972) 690-5374 for an appointment today.

  • What is A Good Diet for Gout?

    If you have suffered through an episode of gout, you can attest to the extreme discomfort that can arise. Gout is a complex form of arthritis that can be acute or chronic. When uric acid builds up in the bloodstream, needle-like crystals form in your joints and cause inflammation and pain. In the foot, this condition most often affects the big toe joint and the discomfort can be severe. The proper diet for gout will avoid foods that increase uric acid and could trigger an attack—this involves food high in purines in particular. Foods to avoid include organ meats, pork, chicken, duck, scallops, sardines, wheat germ, bran, oatmeal, refined sugars, asparagus, cauliflower, and beer.

    There are many more to the list and Dr. Gene Reister can help you create the perfect diet plan to avoid an attack. He can also provide effect treatment should you have recurring pain from gout attacks. Don’t hesitate to contact Richardson Podiatry Associates for an appointment today. You can schedule a request online or call our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.

  • How Do I Reduce Arthritis Joint Pain?

    We understand that the pain from arthritis can have a huge impact on your activity level and even your quality of life. While it tends to get worse with age, there are some effective ways to reduce your joint pain and prevent further inflammation.

    If you are carrying extra weight, this is adding pressure on your joints, so weight loss is one way to reduce pain. Second, while you may not always feel up to it, exercise is very beneficial, as it keeps joints flexible and strengthens the muscles surrounding your joints. An ice pack can bring relief and reduce inflammation, and at the end of the day a moist heating pad will help keep your joints loose. You can also combat pain and stiffness with omega-3 fatty acids such as fish oil supplements and gamma-linolenic acid. Lastly, avoid smoking and ask your doctor which over-the-counter pain medications may be of benefit to ease your discomfort as well.

    If you are struggling with arthritis pain in your foot or ankle, contact Dr. Gene Reister to get effective relief. Call our office in Richardson, TX at (972) 690-5374.

  • How Do I Know if I Have an Ankle Sprain?

    A roll of the ankle can happen to anyone—a small slip off of a curb or a collision in a sports game can leave you with searing pain. Even a little twist or turn can be very painful, but you may not know how much damage has occurred. An ankle sprain stretches the ligaments surrounding the joint beyond their limits. There are several degrees of stretching or tearing, but the symptoms are similar, just in different degrees.

    Most often, a telling sign that a sprain has happened is the presence of pain and then swelling. When capillaries are broken, the leaking blood contributes to the inflammation. The increase in blood may also cause the area to feel warm, and your ankle may feel tender to the touch. You may also feel tenderness when you try to move or walk. Lastly, bruising is another symptom but it is not always present even if a sprain has occurred.

    If you sustain an ankle injury, please contact our office for an accurate diagnosis. You can reach Dr. Gene Reister at 972-690-5374 or find more information online.

  • Why is it Important to Check Diabetic Feet?

    When you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to foot problems. As a result, it is vital for you to frequently check on, and provide extra care for, your diabetic feet. This condition may entail nerve damage which means that you could not even notice injuries or ulcers that occur on your feet. To make matters worse, poor circulation associated with the disease inhibits the healing process, so unnoticed wounds have more time to become dangerously infected. Even something as small as a scratch can turn into a major complication, including amputation. The best way to avoid serious issues, is to catch problems early. That’s why checking diabetic feet daily is an essential part of managing your disease.

    Richardson Podiatry Associates in TX reminds you to remain vigilant in checking for any signs of trouble. Should you notice anything unusual, such as blisters, abrasions, red or dry skin, or temperature changes, call (972) 690-5374 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gene Reister right away.