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Tuesday, 14 May 2024 00:00

Foot complications are prevalent in individuals with diabetes and can lead to severe consequences if left untreated. Neuropathy, or nerve damage, can result in loss of sensation, making it difficult to detect injuries or wounds. Skin changes, calluses, and foot ulcers are common due to reduced circulation and impaired healing. In severe cases, untreated ulcers can lead to infections, sometimes necessitating amputation. Preventive measures include daily foot inspections, wearing proper footwear, and regular podiatric care. If you have diabetes, it is strongly suggested that you include a podiatrist on your healthcare team. This medical professional can assess your foot health, provide education on foot care, and help manage possible complications.

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, 07 May 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle problems are prevalent among young athletes, often stemming from the intense physical demands and repetitive movements associated with sports participation. These conditions can range from minor injuries to more severe issues, impacting performance and overall well-being. Common foot and ankle problems in young athletes include sprains, strains, stress fractures, Achilles tendonitis, and plantar fasciitis. These injuries may result from overuse, improper training techniques, inadequate footwear, or biomechanical abnormalities. Ignoring or neglecting such issues can lead to chronic pain, decreased mobility, and prolonged recovery times, potentially hindering athletic pursuits and future opportunities. Therefore, early recognition, proper diagnosis, and prompt intervention are essential in managing foot and ankle problems in young athletes. Implementing preventive measures such as proper warm-up and stretching routines, gradual training progression, and wearing supportive footwear can help reduce the risk of injury and promote long-term musculoskeletal health. If your child is involved in sports and has endured a foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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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Wednesday, 01 May 2024 00:00

If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 30 April 2024 00:00

Sever's disease, also known as calcaneal apophysitis, is a common childhood condition characterized by heel pain caused by inflammation of the growth plate in the heel bone. It typically affects physically active children and adolescents, particularly those experiencing growth spurts during puberty. The condition occurs due to repetitive stress or tension on the growth plate and can be seen in active children involved in sports with running or jumping. Radiographic tests, such as X-rays or MRI scans, may be conducted to diagnose Sever's disease, ruling out other potential causes of heel pain and assessing the extent of inflammation or bone changes. If your child complains of heel pain, or if you notice them limping, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to help manage this condition.

Sever's disease often occurs in children and teens. If your child is experiencing foot or ankle pain, see Pete O’Donald, DPM from Texas. Our doctor can treat your child’s foot and ankle needs.

Sever’s Disease

Sever’s disease is also known as calcaneal apophysitis, which is a medical condition that causes heel pain I none or both feet. The disease is known to affect children between the ages of 8 and 14.

Sever’s disease occurs when part of the child’s heel known as the growth plate (calcaneal epiphysis) is attached to the Achilles tendon. This area can suffer injury when the muscles and tendons of the growing foot do not keep pace with bone growth. Therefore, the constant pain which one experiences at the back of the heel will make the child unable to put any weight on the heel. The child is then forced to walk on their toes.

Symptoms

Acute pain – Pain associated with Sever’s disease is usually felt in the heel when the child engages in physical activity such as walking, jumping and or running.

Highly active – Children who are very active are among the most susceptible in experiencing Sever’s disease, because of the stress and tension placed on their feet.

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 injuries.

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