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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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What is that painful bump on the side of my Foot?

What is that painful bump on the side of my Foot?

It Could Be A Tailor's Bunion A Tailor's Bunion, or bunionette, is a bump or prominence on your fifth metatarsal bone, at the head of the 5th metatarsal and base of the little toe.  You have 5 long, thin bones in your mid-foot called metatarsals  which attach to your toes.  Shoe pressure and ground reactive forces can cause pain when the Tailor’s Bunion is present. The origin of the name Tailor's Bunion is interesting.  It is said to derive from the Tailors of textiles who would need to work a pedal to operate the old style sewing machines.  The side…
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Ouch! My Achilles Tendon Won’t Stop Hurting.

Ouch! My Achilles Tendon Won’t Stop Hurting.

Achilles tendon pathology can be separated into several catogies. Paratenosis, or inflamation to the soft tissue surrounding and bringing blood supply to the tendon, Tendonitis, or inflamation of the tendon itself, and finally Tendonosis, or a severe case of loss of blood supply to the paratenon and tendon; a stage with which cell death and rupture can occur. Most achilles tendon problems arise from a tightening or contraction of the tendon over time combined with over-pronation or fall of the arch of the foot. The achilles tendon twists on itself about 30 degrees in a medial direction from the knee…
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Even Professional Athletes Can Suffer From Plantar Fasciitis…A Game Ending Ailment

Even Professional Athletes Can Suffer From Plantar Fasciitis…A Game Ending Ailment

Professional athletes such as San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan have dealt with foot pain from a partially torn plantar fascia. Many can end up on the injured list putting a screeching halt to what would have been a successful season for the whole team. Plantar fascia tears are a common result of plantar fasciitis. Your plantar fascia extends from your toes to your heel bone. When the band of tissue has been constantly stretched it can end up having microtears throughout the body of tissue and these tears can cause a lot of pain and inflammation. A partially torn…
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Hate the Bunion?

Hate the Bunion?

Why do I have a bunion? Blame your genetics first, but your footwear next! Bunions tend to run in families, specifically among those who have the foot type prone to developing a bunion. If you have flat feet, low arches, arthritis, or inflammatory joint disease, you can develop a bunion. Footwear choices play a role too! Wearing shoes that are too tight or cause the toes to be squeezed together, like many stylish peep-or pointed-toe shoes, aggravates a bunion-prone foot. I hate my bunion...how do I get rid of it? There are several treatment options available from the most conservative to surgical correction to eliminate the…
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