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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

An Overview of Achilles Tendonitis

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel and is the largest tendon in the body. When this tendon becomes inflamed and causes pain, stiffness or swelling, Achilles tendonitis develops. Noninsertional Achilles tendonitis occurs when there is a breakdown in fibers in the middle of the tendon, and insertional Achilles tendonitis occurs where the tendon is attached to the bone. Usually, Achilles tendonitis is caused by putting too much strain on the tendon when not warming up properly. If you believe that you are suffering from Achilles tendonitis, it is important to visit a podiatrist. Some of the treatment options that your podiatrist will recommend can include rest, elevation, ice, medication, orthotics, and special exercises.

Achilles tendon injuries need immediate attention to avoid future complications. If you have any concerns, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is the Achilles Tendon?

The Achilles tendon is a tendon that connects the lower leg muscles and calf to the heel of the foot. It is the strongest tendon in the human body and is essential for making movement possible. Because this tendon is such an integral part of the body, any injuries to it can create immense difficulties and should immediately be presented to a doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Achilles Tendon Injury?

There are various types of injuries that can affect the Achilles tendon. The two most common injuries are Achilles tendinitis and ruptures of the tendon.

Achilles Tendinitis Symptoms

  • Inflammation
  • Dull to severe pain
  • Increased blood flow to the tendon
  • Thickening of the tendon

Rupture Symptoms

  • Extreme pain and swelling in the foot
  • Total immobility

Treatment and Prevention

Achilles tendon injuries are diagnosed by a thorough physical evaluation, which can include an MRI. Treatment involves rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery. However, various preventative measures can be taken to avoid these injuries, such as:

  • Thorough stretching of the tendon before and after exercise
  • Strengthening exercises like calf raises, squats, leg curls, leg extensions, leg raises, lunges, and leg presses

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Nederland, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 23 November 2020 00:00

Foot Exercises for Bunion Prevention

Bunions are bony protrusions that can appear at the base of the big toe joint. A frequent cause of bunions is wearing shoes that are too narrow or pointed, which can cause the big toe to push against the other toes. Bunions can be prevented by wearing comfortable shoes with a wider toe box. There are also several foot exercises that you can try which can strengthen the foot and reduce the likelihood of developing foot pain and bunions. These exercises include heel raises, toe raises, toe curls, toe extensions, arch tilts, and ankle eversions and inversions. For more information on how to prevent bunions, consult with a podiatrist today. 

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Stretching the Feet

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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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Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

Speeding up Recovery From an Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain can be a serious injury that can keep you off your feet. Symptoms of a sprained ankle include a popping or cracking sound at the time of injury, swelling, bruising, pain, and difficulty bearing weight. If you have sprained your ankle, there are certain things that you can do within the first 72 hours that may help to speed up your recovery. Protect the ankle by taping or bracing it, rest it by stopping any activities that cause pain in the ankle, ice the ankle for 20 minutes at a time several times per day, compress the ankle with a bandage to help reduce swelling, and elevate the ankle. It is also important to see a podiatrist, who can diagnose and treat your sprain to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

Although ankle sprains are common, they aren’t always minor injuries. If you need your ankle injury looked at, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

How Does an Ankle Sprain Occur?

Ankle sprains are the result of a tear in the ligaments within the ankle. These injuries may happen when you make a rapid shifting movement while your foot is planted. A less common way to sprain your ankle is when your ankle rolls inward while your foot turns outward.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Pain at the sight of the tear
  • Bruising/Swelling
  • Ankle area is tender to touch
  • In severe cases, may hear/feel something tear
  • Skin discoloration

Preventing a Sprain

  • Wearing appropriate shoes for the occasion
  • Stretching before exercises and sports
  • Knowing your limits

Treatment of a Sprain

In many cases, the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate) is used to treat ankle sprains. However, you should see a podiatrist to see which treatment option would work best with your injury. In severe cases, surgery may be required.

It is important to ask your doctor about rehab options after you receive treatment for your injury. Stretching, strength training, and balance exercises may help the ankle heal while also preventing further injury.

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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Saturday, 14 November 2020 00:00

Wounds That Don't Heal Need to Be Checked

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.

Monday, 09 November 2020 00:00

What Caused My Bunion?

Bunions are a joint misalignment that occur as bony bumps at the base of the big toe, and they can be extremely painful. Bunions tend to form over time and cause the big toe to bend towards the other toes. Bunions can be caused by pressure on the forefoot, wearing poorly fitted shoes, including high heels, or trauma to the foot. Biomechanical factors such as overpronation of the foot can also lead to bunions. Treating a bunion will involve reducing pain and correcting any biomechanical issues. While orthotics are often recommended, surgery may be needed for more severe cases. If you are suffering from a bunion, consult with a podiatrist for proper treatment. 

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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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Monday, 02 November 2020 00:00

What Are the Symptoms of Cuboid Syndrome?

Pain that is felt on the outside of the foot may be indicative of cuboid syndrome. The cuboid bone may become displaced as a result of a sudden injury, or it may gradually become displaced from repetitive overuse. The symptoms that are often associated with this condition can include pain and weakness which can be felt on the outside of the ankle. Additionally, the area may appear to be bruised and swollen, and it can be difficult to walk. The healing process can begin with performing specific stretches that may help to realign the affected joints. If you are experiencing pain in this part of your foot, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, consult with Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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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