How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects your Feet

Rheumatoid arthritis is known for attacking multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, however ninety percent of people suffering from the condition have it in their feet or ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis affects the feet by starting at the toes and front of the feet. Feet swelling and stiffness are also a common symptom and can even deform the foot after a period of time. What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder in which your own immune system will strike the lining in your joint membranes. This can cause tenderness and pain, and can gradually destruct the…
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How to Shop for Proper Shoes!

As summer approaches and the kids’ dirty old school shoes get tucked away or discarded, it’s important to get them the proper shoes for the summer break. Please consider these factors when shoe shopping: Children's Feet Change with Age. Keep an eye on those shoes and socks, making sure they fit properly. Children’s feet can grow and change in a matter of weeks. Shoes That Don't Fit Properly Can Aggravate the Feet. When shoe-shopping, always take advantage of the sizing chart or ruler. This way you can ensure that you know your child’s foot size. Never Hand Down Footwear. Shoes…
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Sports Injuries

Many athletes, whether professional, competitive or recreational put demands on their feet and lower limbs. This kind of stress can lead to different types of injuries. From something as small as a blister to sprains, torn ligaments, broken bones or general soreness, these injuries need to be addressed. Some additional complaints could be corns, calluses and even fungal infections. Your running technique and the type of athletic shoes you choose can add insult to injury when it comes to your feet and ankles and can also lead to a sports injury. Your first line of defense when you’ve suffered an…
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Chronic Ankle Pain?

When you’ve got a nagging pain, it can really interrupt your life, especially if it is in your foot or ankle. When you are unable to accomplish simple tasks without discomfort you come to realize how much you rely on your feet! There are various conditions that can cause chronic ankle pain and if it’s nagging you, you should really have it checked out. Some conditions can cause damage to tissue and the threat of long-term disability. Don’t wait to get to the bottom of your ailment. When you come in to discuss the issues you are having, more often…
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Do You need Foot Surgery?

Do You need Foot Surgery?

If you suffer from a foot injury, disease or deformity you might consider foot surgery. How do you know if surgery is the best thing for you? There may be other treatments that will allow you to reduce the pain and lead a healthy lifestyle. Regardless of the specific problems you are dealing with, if you’ve seen a podiatrist and tried all methods for relieving your ailment, surgery may be the best course of action. Your issues might be too serious for non-surgical treatments or could even worsen if you delay treatment. TENDONS: When your tendons become torn and can’t…
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Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown Toenails

Do I have an ingrown toenail? An ingrown toenail is usually curved and grown into the skin at the borders, which then causes irritation, pain, redness, swelling. If the nail causes a break in the skin, bacteria can then enter and cause an infection to the area. This will show more redness, and pain with colored or bloody drainage. Ingrown toenails are caused by many things including heredity, trauma, improper trimming, improperly sized footwear, and other nail conditions. Treating ingrown toenails usually requires a minor procedure to remove the offending nail. An oral antibiotic may be prescribed if an infection…
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Why Does Diabetes cause Foot problems? Part II

Why Does Diabetes cause Foot problems? Part II

Most people know that people with Diabetes are prone to foot and leg problems, such as Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) and Peripheral Neuropathy. Here are some ways to prevent and treat these conditions. #1 Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). People with Diabetes are at a higher risk for this “hardening of the arteries” disease that causes decreased oxygen to the lower legs and feet. If it is not addressed, the lack of oxygen can result in ulcers and even gangrene which is the death of the tissue. The best way to prevent this from happening is to maintain a healthy lifestyle,…
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It’s Not Hammerhead. It’s Hammertoes.

It’s Not Hammerhead. It’s Hammertoes.

Most have heard the term "hammertoe" however, most do know what it is. Curled toes or "hammertoes" are a very common podiatric problem. Talk to anyone who is unhappy with their feet and this is usually at the top of their list. Many do not know this particular condition is caused by a muscle imbalance in the foot. Foot biomechanics are very important to the overall foot health. Consider this, there are six set of muscles responsible for stabilizing the bones that keep the toes flat to the ground when walking. If there are indeed abnormal biomechanics it can lead…
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Why Does Diabetes cause Foot problems?  Part I

Why Does Diabetes cause Foot problems? Part I

Most people know that people with Diabetes are prone to foot and leg problems. But do you know why? What causes both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes to damage the blood vessels and nerves in the feet? There are two key conditions that cause these issues: #1 Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). PAD causes atherosclerotic plaques to narrow the arteries outside of the heart and brain. You’ve probably heard of this as “hardening of the arteries”. People with Diabetes are at a higher risk for developing PAD. The hardening of the arteries causes decreased oxygen to the lower legs and…
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Meet Lakeway’s Newest Surgical Podiatrist!

If you are a primary care physician or podiatrist in the Lakeway, Austin, Cedar Park or the Dripping Springs area, please come meet Lakeway's new surgical podiatrist this Thursday, October 23, at The Grove located on 620 across from Lakeway Regional Medical Center at 6pm. Dinner is sponsored by Stryker Orthopedics.
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