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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, 25 June 2024 00:00

Types of Ankle Surgery for Arthritis

Ankle arthritis, marked by the deterioration of the cartilage in the ankle joint, can cause significant pain and hinder movement. When conservative treatments like braces, cortisone injections, and physical therapy fail to alleviate symptoms, ankle surgery may become necessary. For mild to moderate arthritis, minimally invasive surgeries can help by  cleaning out inflamed tissue and removing bone spurs to restore range of motion and reduce pain. In more severe cases, ankle fusion or ankle replacement might be required. Fusing the bones of the ankle can help to eliminate pain, though it reduces flexibility. In contrast, replacement of the damaged joint with an artificial one offers better movement but with a longer recovery period. Cartilage repair techniques can help regenerate damaged cartilage. Another option involves using an external device to stretch the joint, which allows space for cartilage repair. Each surgical method has its benefits and considerations, making it essential to discuss with a podiatrist which option is best suited to your condition. If ankle arthritis is impacting your life, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Understanding Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone, often causing pain and discomfort, especially when walking or standing for long periods. They typically form in response to strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot. Heel spurs are commonly associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis or repetitive stress injuries. Factors such as obesity, wearing unsupportive shoes, and having high arches or flat feet can also contribute to the development of heel spurs. Symptoms may include sharp pain in the heel, especially during the first steps in the morning or after a long period of rest. There are numerous options when it comes to treating or preventing the formation of heel spurs. Rest, stretching exercises, orthotic inserts, injections, or surgery in more severe cases may be necessary. If you are experiencing symptoms of heel spurs, it is suggested you seek professional evaluation and treatment from a podiatrist to ensure your pain is alleviated and your health is protected.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Philip Hahn, DPM from Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our offices located in Texarkana and, Pittsburg, TX . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Why Ankles Can Hurt from Running

Running is an excellent way to stay fit, but it can sometimes lead to ankle pain. This discomfort often arises from overuse, improper footwear, or running on uneven surfaces. When you run, your ankles absorb significant impact with each step, which can strain the ligaments, tendons, and muscles around the joint. Overuse injuries occur when the ankle is repeatedly stressed without sufficient rest, leading to inflammation and pain. Wearing shoes that do not provide adequate support or cushioning can worsen this issue, as can running on surfaces that are too hard or uneven, increasing the risk of spraining the ankle. Additionally, biomechanical issues, such as improper running form or flat feet, can contribute to ankle pain by placing extra strain on the joint. To prevent ankle pain, it is important to wear proper running shoes and run on suitable surfaces. If you have developed ankle pain from running, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can guide you toward relief and injury prevention tips.

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Philip Hahn, DPM of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Foot and ankle injuries have become increasingly prevalent in highly active children, posing significant challenges to their athletic pursuits. With a growing number of youngsters participating in organized sports, the incidence of both acute and overuse injuries has surged. These injuries often stem from the rigorous demands of training routines, with many young athletes engaging in multiple sports and activities throughout the week. Overuse injuries arise from the repetitive strain placed on the child’s musculoskeletal system without sufficient rest. This is especially true during periods of heightened training intensity like the beginning of a new season, tournaments, or sports camps. Biomechanical factors such as flat feet, limb length discrepancies, and improper footwear can further increase the risk of injury. Child athletes are particularly susceptible to injuries at tendon attachment sites, joint surfaces, and growth plates. Conditions like Sever’s disease and stress fractures are common. These conditions necessitate prompt diagnosis and tailored treatment plans from a foot doctor. If your active child experiences heel pain, foot swelling, or discomfort while wearing shoes, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Philip Hahn, DPM of Advanced Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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