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May 2020

A hairline crack in the bones of the feet is referred to as a stress fracture. This condition gradually occurs, and is often the result of frequently participating in running and jumping activities. Early symptoms can include pain while the activity is pursued. Common symptoms linked with this condition may diminish when prompt treatment is started. Many runners who have endured stress fractures often try to ignore the pain and discomfort that typically accompanies this condition, despite being aware of the rest that is needed for proper healing. Additional symptoms can include swelling, tenderness, and weakness in the foot. Effective treatment methods can include elevating the foot which may help to reduce swelling, and it is beneficial to wrap the foot in an elastic bandage that can offer adequate support. If you have a stress fracture that is impacting your foot, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for you.

Stress fractures occur when there is a tiny crack within a bone. To learn more, 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 Are They Caused?

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive force being placed on the bone. Since the lower leg and feet often carry most of the body’s weight, stress fractures are likely to occur in these areas. If you rush into a new exercise, you are more likely to develop a stress fracture since you are starting too much, too soon.  Pain resulting from stress fractures may go unnoticed at first, however it may start to worsen over time.

Risk Factors

  • Gender – They are more commonly found in women compared to men.
  • Foot Problems – People with unusual arches in their feet are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Certain Sports – Dancers, gymnasts, tennis players, runners, and basketball players are more likely to develop stress fractures.
  • Lack of Nutrients – A lack of vitamin D and calcium may weaken the bones and make you more prone to stress fractures
  • Weak Bones – Osteoporosis can weaken the bones therefore resulting in stress fractures

Stress fractures do not always heal properly, so it is important that you seek help from a podiatrist if you suspect you may have one. Ignoring your stress fracture may cause it to worsen, and you may develop chronic pain as well as additional fractures.

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, 18 May 2020 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

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The medical condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can cause the patient to experience pain and discomfort, in addition to having deformed toes. It may be difficult to stand for extended periods of time, and the feet can ache for the majority of the day. The joints often become weak, which can be a result of tissue, bone, and cartilage breaking down. A common symptom is swelling, and patients may find it difficult to complete daily activities. The feet may change shape, and larger shoes may have to be worn that can accommodate the changing foot. Patients who are afflicted with RA can find relief when the feet are elevated, and it may feel better to soak the feet in warm water. If you have symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in the feet, it is strongly advised that you consult with a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

AchillesTendon Stretches

When someone experiences an Achilles tendon fracture, it is often accompanied by severe pain and discomfort. Some patients find it helpful to perform specific exercises following the initial treatment. This may help to strengthen the Achilles tendon and surrounding areas of the foot. Stretching the toes can be effective in lengthening the Achilles tendon. This is accomplished by pulling the big toe up and back while sitting in a chair. This tendon can also be stretched by standing on a step, and lowering the heel until it gently pulls in the back of the leg. If you have endured this type of injury, it is strongly suggested that you seek the advice of a podiatrist who can treat this ailment and guide you toward performing stretches that are correct for you.

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, 04 May 2020 00:00

Warming Up and Cooling Down

Research has indicated the sport of running is a popular form of exercise among all groups of people. Many children and teenagers enjoy participating in track and field during school, and generally will perform proper warm up and cool down techniques. These can be helpful in preventing running injuries, and should be incorporated into a daily routine if you regularly run. It is beneficial to slowly increase the mileage and the time running is practiced, which can help to prevent stress fractures and injuries from overuse. Additionally, eating healthy foods may help the body to maintain strength, and it is necessary to get adequate sleep as often as possible as well. Many runners know the importance of resting between runs, which can allow the body to recover. If you would like more information about injury prevention, and how the feet may become affected by running injuries, please consult with a podiatrist.

Exercising your feet regularly with the proper foot wear is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

Many common running injuries are caused by overuse and overtraining. When the back of the kneecap starts wearing out and starts causing pain in your knee, this is commonly referred to as runner’s knee. Runner’s knee is a decrease in strength in your quadriceps and can occur if you’re not wearing properly fitted or supporting shoes. To prevent runner’s knee, focusing on hip strengthening is a good idea, as well as strengthening your quads to keep the kneecaps aligned.

What Are Some Causes of Running Injuries?
- One cause of a common running injury is called iliotibial band syndrome.
- Plantar fasciitis is also another common injury.
- Stress fractures can occur from overtraining, lack of calcium, or even your running style.

Best Ways to Prevent Running Injuries
- Wear footwear that fits properly and suits your running needs.
- Running shoes are the only protective gear that runners have to safeguard them from injury.
- Make a training schedule. Adding strengthening exercises as well as regular stretching can help keep you strong and limber and can lessen the possibility of injuries.
- Stretching keeps muscles limber; this will help you gain better flexibility.

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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