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Tuesday, 27 December 2022 00:00

Three Types of Corns

A small, hardened area of skin that has formed on the foot may indicate a corn has developed. They generally develop on the outside of the pinky toe, or on the bottom of the foot, as a result of excessive friction. This can happen from wearing shoes and socks that are too tight, and temporary relief may come from choosing to wear shoes that fit correctly. A corn on the foot can cause severe pain and discomfort, despite their small size. There are three types of corns that can develop, consisting of hard, soft, and seed corns. The former is considered to be the most common type of corn, and can develop on top or on the side of the toes. Soft corns generally develop between the toes, as a result of excess moisture that can accumulate there. The latter forms on the soles of the feet, and are generally small in size. Research has shown the best method to prevent a corn from developing is by wearing shoes that are comfortable. This is generally successful in alleviating pressure against the toes. Many people who have developed corns seek the advice of a podiatrist who can effectively remove them, and offer additional prevention techniques.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctors to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Saturday, 24 December 2022 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

Your feet are covered most of the day. If you're diabetic, periodic screening is important for good health. Numbness is often a sign of diabetic foot and can mask a sore or wound.

Tuesday, 20 December 2022 00:00

Causes of Achilles Tendon Injuries

Anyone who has experienced an Achilles tendon injury is all too familiar with the intense pain this condition can cause. This is considered to be the largest tendon in the body, and its function is to connect the calf muscles to the heel. It is responsible for pushing off while walking, running, and jumping, in addition to pointing and flexing the foot. Many patients have heel pain with this type of injury, and it can happen from overuse. People who increase speed and mileage too quickly while running may be prone to a partial or fully ruptured Achilles tendon. Additionally, it may happen from standing on uneven surfaces for most of the day, or possibly from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. This may help to weaken the tendon, and may gradually lead to the development of this type of injury. The symptoms can include tenderness in the calf and heel area, and it is often difficult to walk. It typically takes several months for this type of injury to completely heal and lifestyle changes may need to occur to avoid stress on the Achilles tendon. If you suffer from an Achilles tendon injury, it is strongly advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer you the correct treatment practices.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact one of our podiatrists of In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 13 December 2022 00:00

Are Running Shoes Ok for Walking?

People who walk for exercise often opt for running shoes because of the cushion and support they provide for high-impact activity. However, when choosing running shoes for walking, it is important to pay attention to specialized shoes that would not be appropriate, such as shoes for race running or a running gait. Thinking about the typical terrain of walks should factor into shoe selection as well. Stability is more important in running shoes for secure walking. Most running shoes are made for pavement, but if walking is done on trails or off concrete, walking shoes may be a better choice. Trying on different brands and styles of shoes is recommended. Shoes that allow for a little room between the toes and the end of the shoe or allow for the natural swelling of feet as the day goes on are important. The ultimate shoe should also breathe well for coolness, and improve cracked heels.  Professional treatment from a podiatrist is highly recommended. This is especially important if one has diabetes. Those with diabetes often have neuropathy in their feet making it hard to feel important sensations, such as pain from cuts or sores.  Shoe selection is a personal decision and comfort should be the top priority. If you would like more information on the type of shoe you should consider for the activities you do, consult with a podiatrist.

 

 

For more information about walking shoes versus running shoes, consult with one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors can measure your feet to determine what your needs are and help you find an appropriate pair of footwear.

Foot Health: The Differences between Walking & Running Shoes

There are great ways to stay in shape: running and walking are two great exercises to a healthy lifestyle. It is important to know that running shoes and walking shoes are not interchangeable. There is a key difference on how the feet hit the ground when someone is running or walking. This is why one should be aware that a shoe is designed differently for each activity.

You may be asking yourself what the real differences are between walking and running shoes and the answers may shock you.

Differences

Walking doesn’t involve as much stress or impact on the feet as running does. However, this doesn’t mean that you should be any less prepared. When you’re walking, you land on your heels and have your foot roll forward. This rolling motion requires additional support to the feet.

Flexibility – Walking shoes are designed to have soft, flexible soles. This allows the walker to push off easily with each step.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Joint Replacement for Arthritis of the Big Toe

The base of the big toe is a common site for degenerative changes in the foot. Wear and tear and loss of elasticity in the cartilage cushioning the joint of the big toe can cause pain, swelling, and stiffness in the area. With the big toe moving up each time a step is taken, walking can be uncomfortable. Bone spurs can develop on the joint aggravating the pain already felt when walking with big toe arthritis. A bump, like a bunion or a callus, can also develop on the top of the foot with this affliction. When rest, medication, and exercise stop working, surgical options are considered. One such option is toe joint replacement. This is usually done among older sufferers with advanced arthritis. With toe joint replacement, an artificial joint made from ceramic, plastic, or metal, is surgically implanted after removing damaged parts of bones and cartilage in the big toe. This can be done under general or regional anesthesia and usually takes less than one hour. If you have advanced arthritis in your big toe and other less invasive treatments have not provided you enough relief to live life comfortably, talk to a podiatrist to see if you might be a good candidate for joint replacement surgery.

In certain cases, in which the patient suffers from extreme pain or damage in a joint, joint replacement surgery may be deemed useful. If you have constant pain in a foot joint, consult with one of our podiatrists from In Motion Foot and Ankle. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Joint Replacement Surgery?

Over time, joints wear down; this can be exacerbated by diseases and conditions. Joint replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is when a damaged joint is surgically removed and replaced with a prosthesis. Prostheses, which can be made of ceramic, plastic, or metal, act as joints in lieu of an actual joint. One of the most prevalent causes for joint replacement is arthritis.

Arthritis in the Foot

Arthritis can occur in any joint in the body, including in the feet. Common types of arthritis in the foot are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The big toe is usually where arthritis occurs in the foot; this is known as hallux rigidus.

Joint Replacement Surgery in the Foot

The most common form of joint replacement in the foot is a first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint placement. MTP joint replacement surgery is designed to treat hallux rigidus. Surgery is not intensive, and recovery occurs within one to two months after the procedure has been done. Overall, joint replacement surgery is a safe and effective way to treat pain in the joint of the foot.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Cypress, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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