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March 2022

Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

Can Hammertoe be Corrected?

The most common symptom of hammertoe is when the toe(s) bends or curls downward instead of pointing forward. This deformity can occur as a result of having arthritis, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from a toe injury. Patients can develop this condition from genetic factors or from having corns or bunions. Hammertoe can cause difficulty in walking, and it may cause pain when the toes are wiggled. A proper diagnosis is necessary in determining the severity of the condition. This is accomplished by performing a physical examination or by having an X-ray taken. Mild relief may be found when a protective covering is worn over the affected toe. Additionally, surgery may be necessary if the toe is unable to move. Surgery can be successful in restoring full range of motion, realigning the tendons and joints, and to remove the injured or deformed bone. If you have a hammertoe, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment solutions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that affects the joints of the second, third, fourth, or fifth toes of your feet. It is a painful foot condition in which these toes curl and arch up, which can often lead to pain when wearing footwear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the affected toes
  • Development of corns or calluses due to friction
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Contracture of the toes

Causes

Genetics – People who are genetically predisposed to hammertoe are often more susceptible

Arthritis – Because arthritis affects the joints in your toes, further deformities stemming from arthritis can occur

Trauma – Direct trauma to the toes could potentially lead to hammertoe

Ill-fitting shoes – Undue pressure on the front of the toes from ill-fitting shoes can potentially lead to the development of hammertoe

Treatment

Orthotics – Custom made inserts can be used to help relieve pressure placed on the toes and therefore relieve some of the pain associated with it

Medications – Oral medications such as anti-inflammatories or NSAIDs could be used to treat the pain and inflammation hammertoes causes. Injections of corticosteroids are also sometimes used

Surgery – In more severe cases where the hammertoes have become more rigid, foot surgery is a potential option

If you have any questions please contact our office located in Odessa, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Keeping your feet as healthy as possible through proper foot care can help you maintain your mobility into old age. Your body weight plays a big role in your foot health, and the pounds can add up as we age. This extra weight not only places more strain on your feet, but makes you more susceptible to developing conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, and circulatory issues that affect the feet. So, it is important to do all you can to reach and maintain your ideal weight. Doing simple things like keeping your feet clean, dry, and moisturized can help prevent conditions such as calluses, cracked heels, and more. Keeping your toenails trimmed straight across, but not so short that they grow into surrounding skin, will help prevent ingrown toenails. Wearing supportive footwear that fits well is another important component to protecting your feet and maintaining your mobility. Stretching your feet and Achilles tendon will keep your feet, ankles, muscles and connective tissues flexible and strong. Getting your feet checked regularly by a podiatrist will help keep your feet healthy and also allow you to gain more knowledge about how to improve and maintain your mobility. 

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Everyday Foot Care

Often, people take care of their bodies, face and hair more so than they do for their feet. But the feet are a very important aspect of our bodies, and one that we should pay more attention to. Without our feet, we would not be able to perform most daily tasks.

It is best to check your feet regularly to make sure there are no new bruises or cuts that you may not have noticed before. For dry feet, moisturizer can easily be a remedy and can be applied as often as necessary to the affected areas. Wearing shoes that fit well can also help you maintain good foot health, as well as making it easier to walk and do daily activities without the stress or pain of ill-fitting shoes, high heels, or even flip flops. Wearing clean socks with closed shoes is important to ensure that sweat and bacteria do not accumulate within the shoe. Clean socks help to prevent Athlete’s foot, fungi problems, bad odors, and can absorb sweat.

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

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Tuesday, 15 March 2022 00:00

Achilles Heel Spur

A heel spur is a painful bone growth on the heel. An Achilles heel spur is a bone spur on the back of the heel. This condition develops from the tugging of the heel bone due to a tight Achilles tendon. It can result from calf muscles that are not stretched properly, excess weight, shoes that stress the foot (such as high heels) – anything that strains the foot bone and allows calcium deposits to build. The spur can present as pain at the back of the heel, particularly intense after prolonged periods of rest. Walking, running, and lifting heavy objects can aggravate this condition. Patients who are struggling with heel pain that may be a heel spur should see a qualified podiatrist when this or any unusual symptoms of the feet occur.

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 Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. 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.

Pain

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.

Treatments

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 Odessa, TX . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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

Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Causes and Remedies for Cold Feet

If you have cold feet on a regular basis, there may be a variety of causes. Sometimes, your feet are cold simply because of the temperature. Cold weather makes the blood vessels in the extremities constrict to help keep your vital organs warm. The same effect can be caused by high anxiety or stress. By far the most common cause of chronic cold feet is poor circulation. Lifestyle choices, such as being sedentary, sitting at a desk all day, or smoking often inhibit blood flow to your feet. Additional factors, such as high cholesterol, which works to restrict the arterial flow of blood, can result in poor circulation. Other causes include diabetes, anemia, nerve disorders and hypothyroidism. Anyone who experiences cold feet regularly would be wise to visit with a podiatrist who can diagnose their condition and prescribe proper treatment options. In the meantime, you can put on warm socks and slippers, take foot baths regularly, and take short walks to help get the blood flowing.

Poor circulation is a serious condition and needs immediate medical attention. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Hillary Brunner, DPM of Basin Podiatry. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs is can be caused by peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is the result of a buildup of plaque in the arteries.

Plaque buildup or atherosclerosis results from excess calcium and cholesterol in the bloodstream. This can restrict the amount of blood which can flow through the arteries. Poor blood circulation in the feet and legs are sometimes caused by inflammation in the blood vessels, known as vasculitis.

Causes

Lack of oxygen and oxygen from poor blood circulation restricts muscle growth and development. It can also cause:

  • Muscle pain, stiffness, or weakness   
  • Numbness or cramping in the legs 
  • Skin discoloration
  • Slower nail & hair growth
  • Erectile dysfunction

Those who have diabetes or smoke are at greatest risk for poor circulation, as are those who are over 50. If you have poor circulation in the feet and legs it may be caused by PAD and is important to make changes to your lifestyle in order to reduce risk of getting a heart attack or stroke. Exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle will dramatically improve conditions.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

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

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Tuesday, 01 March 2022 00:00

Cracked Heels Foot Care

Dry, cracked heels can have many causes, such as living in a dry climate or wearing open-backed shoes. In some cases, it can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition, like diabetes. Most cases of cracked heels can be treated at home with a good foot care routine. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes daily to soften the skin. Then use a loofah or pumice stone to gently exfoliate the heels. Afterward, apply a moisturizer to keep heels soft and hydrated. If your cracked heels don’t improve with home care, or if the cracks are deep, painful, or bleeding, please seek the care of a podiatrist. 

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Hillary Brunner, DPM from Basin Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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