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Tuesday, 16 April 2024 00:00

Corns are thickened areas of skin that develop on the feet in response to pressure or friction. They typically form on the toes or soles of the feet and can be caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear, repetitive motion, or abnormalities in foot structure. Symptoms of corns include pain, tenderness, and the presence of a raised, hardened bump on the skin's surface. Prevention strategies include wearing properly fitting shoes, using protective padding or inserts, and practicing good foot hygiene. Podiatric treatment for corns may involve debridement to remove the thickened skin, trimming to reduce pressure, and recommending cushioning products or custom orthotic devices to redistribute weight and alleviate discomfort. In some cases, addressing underlying foot deformities or gait abnormalities may be necessary to prevent recurrence. If you have a corn on your foot and it is causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for care.

Corns can make walking very painful and should be treated immediately. If you have questions regarding your feet and ankles, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? And How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns are thickened areas on the skin that can become painful. They are caused by excessive pressure and friction on the skin. Corns press into the deeper layers of the skin and are usually round in shape.

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

  • Wearing properly fitting shoes that have been measured by a professional
  • Wearing shoes that are not sharply pointed or have high heels
  • Wearing only shoes that offer support

Treating Corns

Although most corns slowly disappear when the friction or pressure stops, this isn’t always the case. Consult with your podiatrist 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 Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 09 April 2024 00:00

A broken ankle, or ankle fracture, occurs when one or more of the bones making up the ankle joint break. This injury often happens due to trauma, such as twisting the ankle during a fall, sports injury, or car accident. Symptoms of a broken ankle include severe pain, swelling, bruising, inability to bear weight, and deformity of the ankle joint. Early intervention by a podiatrist is essential to properly diagnose and treat the fracture. Treatment typically involves immobilization of the ankle with a cast or brace to allow the bones to heal properly. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones or stabilize the fracture with hardware. While recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury, rehabilitation is often recommended to restore strength, flexibility, and function to the ankle joint. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for proper treatment and rehabilitation, for the best possible outcome with minimal complications.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Tuesday, 02 April 2024 00:00

Morton's neuroma is a painful condition affecting the ball of the foot, commonly between the third and fourth toes. It occurs when the tissue surrounding a nerve thickens, leading to compression and irritation. High-heeled shoes, tight footwear, repetitive stress, and foot deformities can contribute to its development. Conservative approaches include wearing supportive shoes, using custom-made orthotic inserts, and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may provide relief by reducing inflammation and pain. However, if conservative methods fail, surgical removal of the neuroma may be necessary. The outlook for Morton's neuroma is generally positive with appropriate treatment, although recovery times may vary. Prevention strategies involve wearing properly fitted shoes with adequate toe room, maintaining a healthy weight to reduce pressure on the feet, and avoiding activities that put excessive strain on the forefoot. If you have Morton’s neuroma, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Sunday, 31 March 2024 00:00

Gout is a painful, inflammatory form of arthritis. Those affected will typically feel an intense stiffness in the joints of their feet, particularly in the big toe. Schedule a visit to learn about how gout can be managed and treated.

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