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Monday, 26 November 2018 00:00

Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects the Toes

The condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis is a common ailment and may typically affect the feet first. Many people experience the first signs of this uncomfortable condition in this portion of body, and these may include tenderness or swelling of the joints in the foot. The toes will generally become affected and may hinder the ability to perform daily activities. An ailment that is referred to as bursae may develop as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. These are sacs that are filled with fluid, and may become inflamed, causing pain and discomfort. This is known to be caused by friction and may often appear on the bottom of the foot. Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious condition that may lead to additional foot ailments, and it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist to gain more information about 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 one of our podiatrists of Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. Our doctors 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 offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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There are many children who experience low muscle tone in their feet, and this may lead to a condition that is referred to as flat feet. The structure of the foot may be altered, and it may be noticeable if the feet are far apart and turned outward while standing. There are several tendons and ligaments that support the bones of the feet, and those children who are afflicted with flat feet may experience limited stability to the joints of the foot. Additionally, the balance of the body may be negatively affected when these particular muscles are weak, and may generally affect the overall symmetry of the body. Research has shown the tendon that connects the heel to the toes is known as the plantar fascia. This portion of tissue may provide less than adequate support for the arch if low arches in the feet are present. If your child has this condition, it’s suggested to speak with a podiatrist for additional important information relating to flat feet.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact one of our podiatrists from Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. Our doctors will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms:

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment:

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 November 2018 00:00

Treatment Options For Bunion

The medical condition known as hallux valgus is commonly referred to as a bunion. It typically occurs as a result of a misalignment in the joint of the big toe, and may cause pain and discomfort. It appears as a large bony protrusion on the side of the big toe and may be difficult to wear specific shoes. If you have a bunion, you most likely may notice tenderness and swelling around the affected joint, in addition to possible joint pain arising from the development of arthritis. This may develop at a faster rate if the bunion is not treated promptly. Some of the reasons why bunions could form may include having an abnormal foot structure such as flat feet, an inherited genetic trait, or extremely flexible ligaments and tendons. Research has shown there are different treatment techniques, which may provide moderate relief. This includes wearing shoes that fit correctly, performing gentle exercises, or wearing insoles in the shoes. It’s important to consult with a podiatrist who can determine the best treatment option for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact one of our podiatrists of Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. Our doctors 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 offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 05 November 2018 00:00

Stretches That May Benefit Plantar Fasciitis

Many people experience an uncomfortable foot condition that is referred to as plantar fasciitis. Research has shown there may be effective stretches that can be performed, which may help in relieving a portion of the pain and discomfort that is associated with this ailment. Several patients may notice that the pain in the morning may be worse than the remainder of the day. This may be a result of the plantar fascia not being stretched during the night, and this band of tissue across the bottom of the foot may typically become stiff upon arising. There are several stretches that are effective in helping the pain associated with this condition. These may include sitting on the floor with your legs stretched out in front of you, and your toes pointed upward. When a towel is wrapped around your feet and pulled towards you, a mild stretch across the sole of the feet may be felt. Additionally, it may be beneficial to stretch the Achilles tendon and this may help in strengthening the plantar fascia. This can be accomplished by standing with your hands straight on the wall in front of you, while placing one foot in front of the other and leaning in slowly toward the wall. It’s important to hold this position for thirty seconds, followed by repeating on the other side. If you would like additional information on how to perform proper foot stretches, please consult with a podiatrist.

Stretching the feet is a great way to prevent injuries. If you have any concerns with your feet consult with one of our podiatrists from Hill Country Advanced Foot and Ankle Center, P.A.. Our doctors 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 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 one, 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 and ice and rest the foot. It is advised to then see a podiatrist for help.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Marble Falls and Fredericksburg, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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