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January 2024

Wednesday, 31 January 2024 00:00

Are You Suffering From Ingrown Toenails?

If left untreated, an ingrown toenail can lead to more serious concerns, such as an infection. Knowing proper nail care can help in the prevention of an ingrown toenail. Give us a call, and get treated!

Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Causes of Hammertoe

Hammertoe, a common foot deformity characterized by an abnormal bending of one or more toes at the middle joint, can develop due to various factors. First, genetics can play a significant role, as individuals with an inherited foot structure that predisposes them to hammertoes may be more susceptible. The choice of footwear is another critical factor, as tight, narrow, or ill-fitting shoes can force the toes into unnatural positions, subjecting the toe joints to excessive pressure. High-heeled shoes, in particular, can push the toes forward into a bent position, contributing to hammertoe development. Additionally, a toe length discrepancy, where one toe is longer than the others, can increase the risk, especially if it consistently rubs against the inside of the shoe. Conditions like arthritis can also lead to joint inflammation and deformities, including hammertoes. Past toe injuries or trauma can disrupt toe joint alignment, and muscle imbalances affecting toe movement can also play a role. If you have developed a hammertoe, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for early intervention and treatment to help manage the condition and prevent it from worsening.


Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.


  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes


Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe


Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please 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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Fitting shoes properly is an important aspect of foot health and overall comfort. The Brannock device, a ubiquitous foot-measuring tool found in shoe stores, is a valuable tool for ensuring the right fit. Using the Brannock device is a straightforward process. Start by removing your current footwear and placing one foot onto the device's base, ensuring your heel is snug against the heel cup. Then, adjust the slider to reach the tip of your longest toe, typically the big toe. The device provides three key measurements, which are the heel-to-toe length, arch length, and width. Pay attention to all three as they contribute to a well-fitted shoe. The Brannock device takes the guesswork out of shoe sizing, enabling you to find the ideal fit. Remember that feet can vary in size, and it is essential to measure both feet. When trying on shoes, use the larger foot's measurements as a guide for the best overall fit. Properly fitted shoes can prevent discomfort, reduce the risk of foot problems, and provide a foundation for healthy, happy feet. A podiatrist can assist you in how to use the Brannock device to obtain your proper shoe size, and it is suggested that you confer with this type of doctor for any questions you may have.

Finding a properly-fitting shoe is important in reducing injuries and preventing foot problems. For more information about treatment, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Proper Shoe Fitting

A common concern when it comes to foot health, having properly fitted shoes can help prevent injuries to the foot. Out feet affect our posture and gait, which in turn affects the biomechanics and overall bodily structure. With 33 joints, 26 bones, and over 100 ligaments, the potential for serious injury is much greater than one realizes. Although the feet cease growth in adulthood, they still change shape as they mature. Here are some factors to consider when it comes to investing in proper fitting shoes:

  • Be sure the shoes fit correctly right away
  • Ensure the ball of your foot fits comfortably in the widest portion of the shoes
  • Even though they may look fashionable, improper fitting shoes can either create adverse conditions or exacerbate existing ones you may already have
  • Walk along a carpeted surface to ensure the shoes comfortably fit during normal activity

Keeping in mind how shoes fit the biomechanics of your body, properly-fitting shoes are vitally important. Fortunately, it is not difficult to acquire footwear that fits correctly. Be sure to wear shoes that support the overall structure of your body. Do your feet a favor and invest in several pairs of well-fitted shoes today.

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, 16 January 2024 00:00

Art of Shoe Sizing with the Brannock Device

In the realm of footwear, the quest for the perfect fit begins with precision in measurement, and the venerable Brannock device stands as an iconic ally in this pursuit. It has been known to accurately measure foot size, which is vital to buying shoes that fit correctly. Wearing shoes that are either too snug or excessively loose can result in discomfort as well as various foot issues. Prolonged use of ill-fitting shoes can contribute to the development of toe deformities, corns, and calluses. Plus, with age, your feet undergo slight alterations in both length and width. Therefore, it becomes necessary to regularly measure your feet, especially if your once-comfortable shoes are now causing foot problems. Developed in the early 20th century, the Brannock device provides a comprehensive assessment of your foot’s dimensions. Start by placing the heel snugly against the back of the device and spreading the toes naturally along its width. This is how accurate foot measurements are taken. If you are having trouble determining your shoe size, or are experiencing foot pain caused by your shoes, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Getting the right shoe size is an important part of proper foot health. Seek the assistance of Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Getting the Right Shoe Size

There are many people who wear shoes that are the incorrect size, negatively affecting their feet and posture. Selecting the right shoes is not a difficult process, so long as you keep several things in mind when it comes to choosing the right pair.

  • When visiting the shoe store, use the tools available to measure your foot.
  • Be sure there is ‘wiggle room’. There should be about an inch between your toes and the tip of your shoes.
  • Do not always assume you are the same size, as manufacturers run differently.
  • Purchase shoes later in the day, as your feet swell as the day progresses.
  • If a shoe is not comfortable, it is not suitable. Most shoes can’t be ‘broken in’, and comfort should be the ultimate goal when it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes

As our feet hold our body weight and keep us moving, it is important to treat them right. Picking the right pair of shoes can provide your feet comfort and mobility without pain.

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, 09 January 2024 00:00

Foot Care Tips for Athletes

Ensuring your feet are in top shape is paramount for athletes who aim to maximize their performance. Here are a few tips that can help athletes avoid injuries. When selecting workout shoes, prioritize support, stability, and cushioning. Avoid wearing ill-fitting options that may look pretty but can cause discomfort, pain, and pressure. Take the time to try different types and sizes until you find the perfect pair. Enhance protection with blister prevention spray for added comfort during workouts. Socks are more than just an accessory. Choose moisture-wicking options to keep feet clean and dry, thus preventing exposure to fungus and bacteria. To prevent foot injuries, be mindful of overexertion and listen to your body's limits. Incorporate strengthening exercises like yoga or try toe stretchers for a relaxing foot yoga session. Proactively address foot pain with gentle stretches, warm-ups, and cool-downs. Maintain foot hygiene by washing and drying your feet daily, using cleansing towelettes, and spritzing with odor elimination spray pre- and post-workout. If you are experiencing foot or ankle problems related to sports or exercise, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. 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

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause 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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Tuesday, 02 January 2024 00:00

Risk Factors for Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, a common ailment that affects countless individuals, often finds its way into the lives of those with specific vulnerabilities. One prominent risk factor is compromised nail integrity, often stemming from injuries, cuts, or conditions like athlete's foot. Individuals with a weakened immune system, be it due to medical treatments or underlying health issues, are more susceptible to fungal infections. Poor circulation, a consequence of conditions like diabetes, can also contribute to the onset of toenail fungus. Additionally, lifestyle factors, such as wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes, create an environment conducive to fungal growth. Frequent exposure to warm and damp environments, such as communal showers or swimming pools, heightens the risk. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment remedies, in addition to providing you with effective prevention methods.

For more information about treatment, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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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