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December 2021

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 00:00

Causes and Caring for Blisters on the Foot

There are many causes of blisters, which are small sacs of fluid that form on the body. One of the main causes is new, tight, or ill-fitting shoes. The harder areas of the shoe can rub against your heels, soles, and toes, and if the friction is repeated for long periods, blisters often form. These become very painful, especially if you continue the activity. Excessive moisture or perspiration, which happens more frequently during warmer weather, may also cause blisters in runners. There are a few precautions you can implement to prevent blisters. Keep the feet dry and put powder on them to reduce sweating, as well as wearing moisture-wicking socks. Wearing softer, more flexible shoes can reduce the chance of a blisters formation and ceasing the activity will allow the skin time to heal on its own. If a blister pops open, is extremely large, or won’t heal, it is a good idea to seek the professional care of a podiatrist who can safely drain the area and help stave off infection.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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

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The plantar fascia is a long, thick band of tissue that spans from the heel bone along the bottom of the foot to the toes. The plantar fascia supports the bottom of the feet and toes (as the heel rises) during walking, running, and jumping. The plantar fascia can become overly stressed or even tear or rupture from overuse or injury, causing pain and inflammation (plantar fasciitis). Being obese, standing/working on your feet for prolonged periods of time, having flat feet or high arches, and engaging in activities that involve dancing, marching or running can all contribute to, or worsen the symptoms of, plantar fasciitis. Wearing certain footwear, such as high heels, flip flops, worn out shoes, or other footwear with inadequate support, can also put you at an increased risk of developing this condition. A podiatrist will use a variety of treatment protocols to treat plantar fasciitis, depending upon the severity of the condition and how long the patient has been suffering from it. A combination of rest, icing, stretching, taping, protective footwear, orthotics, and pain medication may help heal the damage done to the plantar fascia and reduce pain and inflammation. A podiatrist may treat more severe or chronic plantar fasciitis (including cases that don’t respond to initial treatment) with steroid injections, laser therapy, or even surgery.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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

 

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Tuesday, 14 December 2021 00:00

What Can I Do About Ingrown Toenails?

Ingrown toenails can cause a great deal of pain and far more serious problems, especially if left untreated. Ingrown toenails can develop when the edge of the nail grows into the surrounding skin of the toe. Common causes can include wearing tight shoes or socks that increase pressure on the big toe, and activities that overuse the toes, like football, soccer, or ballet. The most common symptoms are pain when you touch your big toe or put on your shoes, and a buildup of fluid around the affected toenail. Soaking the feet for 20 minutes several times a day can help, but feet should be kept clean and dry as much as possible afterward. Wear shoes that have more room in the toe box and cease any activities that aggravate the condition. If your toe becomes infected – indicated by increased pain, redness, swelling or pus – it is suggested that you seek medical treatment options from a podiatrist as soon as possible.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Cory Brown, DPM of Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 07 December 2021 00:00

How Can I Get Rid of Warts on My Feet?

If you spend a lot of time in gym locker rooms or at swimming pools, you may end up noticing growths on the bottom of your feet. These are known as plantar warts. They are caused by a virus (human papillomavirus or HPV) that infects the soles of your feet. HPV is transmitted by direct contact, and an open sore or crack on the feet may increase your chances of infection. The wart looks like a flat spot on the skin with a depressed area in the center. It may be yellow and have a black spot in the middle. Treatments include applying salicylic acid to the area, liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart, or simply having the wart removed surgically. Plantar warts have a habit of coming back, so adhering to treatment is essential. Prevention techniques include wearing foot coverings in pools, locker rooms, or dorms, as well as keeping the infected area covered and washing your hands frequently to avoid spreading the virus to other parts of your body. To find out more about the treatment and removal of plantar warts, a visit to a podiatrist is highly suggested.

Plantar warts can be very uncomfortable. If you need your feet checked, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Brown Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

About Plantar Warts

Plantar warts are the result of HPV, or human papillomavirus, getting into open wounds on the feet. They are mostly found on the heels or balls of the feet.

While plantar warts are generally harmless, those experiencing excessive pain or those suffering from diabetes or a compromised immune system require immediate medical care. Plantar warts are easily diagnosed, usually through scraping off a bit of rough skin or by getting a biopsy.

Symptoms

  • Lesions on the bottom of your feet, usually rough and grainy
  • Hard or thick callused spots
  • Wart seeds, which are small clotted blood vessels that look like little black spots
  • Pain, discomfort, or tenderness of your feet when walking or standing

Treatment

  • Freezing
  • Electric tool removal
  • Laser Treatment
  • Topical Creams (prescription only)
  • Over-the-counter medications

To help prevent developing plantar warts, avoid walking barefoot over abrasive surfaces that can cause cuts or wounds for HPV to get into. Avoiding direct contact with other warts, as well as not picking or rubbing existing warts, can help prevent the further spread of plantar warts. However, if you think you have developed plantar warts, speak to your podiatrist. He or she can diagnose the warts on your feet and recommend the appropriate treatment options.

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

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