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The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arch will typically become noticeable when the child reaches age 2. Occasionally, some children may be born with an additional toe, and this is often removed so the child can walk more comfortably. If the skin between the toes does not separate, a condition referred to as webbed feet may be apparent. Walking may be hindered by this condition, and surgery may be performed to remove the excess skin. An additional condition that parents may notice is called toe walking. If this ailment is not treated, it may lead to problems concerning the foot, including a tight Achilles tendon. Some children are born with toes that point inward, and is typically referred to as pigeon toes. A common cause for this condition may be a predisposed inherited gene and may require surgery to be performed for the necessary correction. Consult a podiatrist who can perform an examination of your child’s feet to answer any concerns that you may have.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, 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.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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, 23 April 2018 00:00

Can Being Obese Hurt My Feet?

The feet are considered to be the foundation of the body, and when the body endures pressure from being overweight, the feet bear the brunt of these abnormal stresses. Certain conditions may develop in the feet of an obese person, such as fallen arches and chronic heel pain. If children become obese, their ability to participate in sporting activities may be greatly diminished, potentially due to any pain the feet and arches may encounter. Custom-made insoles may be suggested for an overweight child to wear, and this may provide the support needed to aid in the formation of the arch. Individuals who have this condition may suffer from frequent falls, which is often as a result of a compromised gait. The feet will generally become larger and will benefit from being measured for correct sizing to avoid corns and calluses from developing. If you suffer from foot pain due to obesity, please consider a consultation with a podiatrist for dietary and lifestyle changes.

The more you weigh, the harder your feet must work to support your body. If you’re an obese individual and are concerned about your feet, contact one of our podiatrists from 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.

Obesity and your Feet

People who are overweight are putting more pressure on their ankles, knees, and hips as well as their feet. This unfortunately can lead to variety of different issues.

Problems & Complications Stemming from Obesity

  • When the body is overweight, it tries to compensate by changing the way that it moves. An obese person may lean forward and put extra weight on the wrong part of the foot. This puts unnecessary stress on the feet.
  • Obese people are also more likely to develop type II diabetes which is a condition that causes a lot of foot problems. People with diabetes often don’t feel the cuts and sores that they may have on their feet, which can lead to more complicated and severe issues.
  • Plantar fasciitis is another foot condition that can be caused by obesity. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of the foot, which causes pain and stiffness while walking and climbing stairs.

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, 16 April 2018 00:00

How to Care for Diabetic Feet

If you are afflicted with diabetes, it’s crucial that your feet are examined on a daily basis. There is typically a lengthy process for wounds and sores to heal, which causes the necessity to check for any cuts, blisters, or unusual redness. When comfortable footwear is worn, the feet may be protected from the development of cracked heels, which may be a gateway to the formation of painful infections. It’s important that proper foot care is maintained, and this can be achieved by washing the feet in lukewarm water, followed by thoroughly drying the feet and between the toes. Additionally, when the toenails are trimmed correctly, the risk of infection is kept to a minimum. When the blood sugar is kept at the proper levels, this generally aids in this condition being controlled. Nerve damage may be a result of elevated glucose levels and may possibly cause a lack of feeling in the feet. Please consider scheduling a consultation with a podiatrist for additional information about proper foot care for diabetics.

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 one of our podiatrists from 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.

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 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, 09 April 2018 00:00

Different Types of Flat Feet

Well-developed arches in the feet provide the necessary balance the body needs to achieve maximum flexibility and stability. When this arch is not developed, the condition is called flat feet, also known as fallen arches. Babies are typically born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops in childhood. Recent research has shown there are two types of flat feet: flexible and rigid. A partial arch is noticeable in the patient that has flexible flat feet, while there is no arch present at all in rigid flat feet. As the aging process transpires, there may be several reasons why flat feet develop, including weight gain and possible foot injuries. Runners with this condition may find that choosing shoes to wear while jogging that offer additional support may feel more comfortable. It’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis or for additional information. 

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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There is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. If this tissue should become torn and inflamed, it is referred to as a condition called plantar fasciitis. There are several functions of the plantar fascia, including maintaining the foot’s balance and how the walk is controlled. If this portion of tissue should become injured, the discomfort and pain that’s experienced may be disabling. One of the earliest signs of a tear or injury is pain that’s felt after sleeping when the first step is taken. There are preventative stretches that can be performed to strengthen the foot, which may help to avoid injury. It’s equally important to cease all activities that cause any discomfort, in addition to wearing the right running shoes with adequate arch support. If you suffer from this ailment, it’s suggested to consult with a podiatrist for additional information about plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from 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 Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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