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March 2024

Sunday, 31 March 2024 00:00

Gout Pain Can Be Managed

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.

Tuesday, 26 March 2024 00:00

Foot Exercises for Balance and Stability

Maintaining balance and stability is essential for daily activities and overall well-being. Incorporating specific foot stretches into your routine can help strengthen muscles, improve proprioception, and enhance stability. One effective exercise is toe-tapping, where you alternate tapping your toes on the ground while keeping your heels stationary. This movement engages the muscles in your feet and ankles, promoting better balance. Another beneficial exercise is heel-to-toe walking, also known as tandem walking, where you walk in a straight line placing the heel of one foot directly in front of the toes of the opposite foot. This exercise challenges your balance and awareness of your body movement, helping to improve coordination and stability. Practicing single-leg balance exercises, such as standing on one foot for increasing durations, can further enhance stability. By incorporating these foot exercises into your daily routine, you can strengthen your foundation, improve balance, and reduce the risk of falls and injuries, ultimately supporting your overall health and mobility. If you are seeking additional foot stretches to perform, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can provide you with the knowledge you are looking for.

Why Stretching Is Important for Your Feet

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

Stretching the muscles in the foot is an important part in any physical activity. Feet that are tight can lead to less flexibility and make you more prone to injury. One of the most common forms of foot pain, plantar fasciitis, can be stretched out to help ease the pain. Stretching can not only ease pain from plantar fasciitis but also prevent it as well. However, it is important to see a podiatrist first to determine if stretching is right for you. Podiatrists can also recommend other ways to stretch your feet. Once you know whether stretching is right for you, here are some excellent stretches you can do.

  • Using a foam roller or any cylindrical object (a water bottle or soda can will do), roll the object under your foot back and forth. You should also exert pressure on the object. Be sure to do this to both feet for a minute. Do this exercise three times each.
  • Similar to the previous exercise, take a ball, such as a tennis ball, and roll it under your foot while seated and exert pressure on it.
  • Grab a resistance band or towel and take a seat. If you are using a towel, fold it length wise. Next put either one between the ball of your foot and heel and pull with both hands on each side towards you. Hold this for 15 seconds and then switch feet. Do this three times for each foot.
  • Finally hold your big toe while crossing one leg over the other. Pull the toe towards you and hold for 15 seconds. Once again do this three times per foot.

It is best to go easy when first stretching your foot and work your way up. If your foot starts hurting, stop exercising to ice and rest the foot. It is advised that you then see a podiatrist for help.

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, 19 March 2024 00:00

Foot Care for Diabetics

Promoting foot care among diabetes patients is imperative for preventing complications. Podiatrists are pivotal in educating patients on proper foot care practices. Emphasizing an understanding of how diabetes affects the feet, encouraging patients to monitor blood glucose, doing daily foot inspections, moisturizing, and wearing proper footwear helps prevent neuropathy-related injuries. Regular podiatric check-ups can detect neuropathy early, reducing the risk of foot ulcers. Podiatrists also educate on managing arthropathy, emphasizing foot alignment and orthotic use. Vasculopathy awareness involves promoting foot warmth and avoiding prolonged pressure to prevent ischemic ulcers. Patients must understand the importance of prompt wound care to prevent infections and amputations. Also, inspiring regular exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle supports overall foot health. If you are a diabetic and want to make sure your feet remain as healthy as possible, it is strongly suggested that you make regular appointments with a podiatrist for the education and treatment you need.

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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, 12 March 2024 00:00

Causes and Types of Ingrown Toenails

An ingrown toenail occurs when the edge of the toenail grows into the surrounding skin, leading to pain, inflammation, and potential infection. There are different types of ingrown toenails, including those caused by improper nail trimming, wearing tight-fitting shoes, or genetic predisposition. Additionally, trauma to the toe or fungal infections can cause an ingrown toenail to develop. The most common type involves the toenail growing into the skin at the sides of the nail bed, often resulting from cutting nails too short or rounding the edges. Alternatively, a pincer nail may develop, where the sides of the nail curve inward, putting pressure on the skin. Ingrown toenails can also result from wearing shoes that crowd the toes or participating in activities that put repetitive pressure on the feet. Understanding the causes and types of ingrown toenails is essential for prevention and prompt treatment. If you have an ingrown toenail, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist sooner rather than later. This type of doctor can successfully treat this condition and offer you effective prevention tips.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM of Texas. 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.


  • 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


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.


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 Nederland, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 05 March 2024 00:00

Exercises for Relief From Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone. These protrusions form in response to long-term strain or pressure on the foot's ligaments and muscles, typically due to repetitive activities or poor foot mechanics. Heel spurs can cause intense pain, especially with weight-bearing activities like walking or standing. They also may be associated with conditions like plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis. While rest and proper footwear can alleviate discomfort, targeted exercises can help strengthen the surrounding muscles and reduce strain on the heel. Stretching exercises that target the calf muscles and plantar fascia can improve flexibility and alleviate tension on the heel. Additionally, exercises to strengthen the arch and intrinsic foot muscles can provide better support and stability to the foot. Incorporating these exercises into a regular routine, along with rest and supportive footwear, can help manage heel spurs and promote overall foot health. If you have a heel spur, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment methods, in addition to exercises for relief.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Nederland, TX . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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Have you noticed a bony protrusion on the side of your big toe? If so, you may have developed the foot condition known as a bunion. Don't let bunions interfere with your daily activities.

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