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If you are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis, you may develop foot conditions that may be associated with this ailment. There are several symptoms that may be connected with this condition, including discomfort and soreness in the feet, instability involving the joints of the toes, the front of the foot, and swelling. Fluid filled sacs, which is referred to as bursae, may develop as a result of the inflammation that occurs. This is due to extreme rubbing, especially on the sole of the foot. Corns, calluses and blisters may be side effects of this painful condition, in addition to circulatory problems concerning the feet. If you feel you are in the process of developing rheumatoid arthritis, it’s strongly suggested to speak with a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment options for this ailment.

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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When the feet and ankles are strong and flexible, the benefits typically extend to the entire body. There are numerous bones, tendons and muscles that the feet are comprised of. If the feet are in top physical condition, they may act as an effective shock absorber and this may ensure that daily activities such as walking and running can be performed with ease. There are several yoga postures that may aid in strengthening the toes and feet. A simple practice that may be done is to sit back on your heels while kneeling. As this is performed, the tops of the feet will automatically stretch, which may promote strong feet. To strengthen the toes and top of the foot, try to firmly stand tall. While lifting the inner toes off the ground, keep the big toe and pinky toe stationary. Additionally, frequent massages may benefit the general health of the feet, and you may want to engage in these practices as often as possible.

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

Being the backbone of the body, the feet carry your entire weight and can easily become overexerted, causing cramps and pain. As with any body part, stretching your feet can serve many benefits. From increasing flexibility to even providing some pain relief, be sure to give your feet a stretch from time to time. This is especially important for athletes or anyone performing aerobic exercises, but anyone experiencing foot pain or is on their feet constantly should also engage in this practice.

Great ways to stretch your feet:

  • Crossing one leg over the others and carefully pull your toes back. Do 10-20 repetitions and repeat the process for each foot
  • Face a wall with your arms out and hands flat against the wall. Step back with one foot and keep it flat on the floor while moving the other leg forward. Lean towards the wall until you feel a stretch. Hold for 30 seconds and perform 10 repetitions for each foot
  • Be sure not to overextend or push your limbs too hard or you could risk pulling or straining your muscle

Individuals who tend to their feet by regular stretching every day should be able to minimize foot pain and prevent new problems from arising.

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, 10 September 2018 00:00

Heel Pain and the Plantar Fasciitis

If you find you are experiencing heel pain throughout the day, especially in the morning, you may have a foot condition that is referred to as plantar fasciitis. Tenderness in the heel, a tingling sensation, or limping, are among the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. This condition develops as a result of the plantar fascia becoming torn, which may often be due to excessive strain the foot endures during physical activity. When this band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot becomes injured, patients will most likely feel intense heel pain. It’s important to have a proper diagnosis performed, and this may be accomplished by undergoing an MRI in addition to a physical examination. There are many treatment options available, and it’s suggested to schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can choose the best one for you.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. 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 one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affects people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

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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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 00:00

Is Toenail Fungus Contagious?

Research has shown that millions of Americans are affected by an unsightly foot condition that is known as toenail fungus. If left untreated, this contagious foot ailment may lead to additional fungal infections in different areas of the body. There are several ways to develop toenail fungus including enduring an injury to the toenail, walking barefoot around pools and surrounding areas, or having a pedicure performed, in which the tools are not properly sanitized. Some people experience this ailment from a condition that starts from within the body, which may include having a weakened immune system. It’s important that diabetic patients pay particular attention to their feet if afflicted by this condition, and treatment should commence as quickly as possible. Please consult with a podiatrist to learn about correct treatment options for toenail fungus.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, 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.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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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