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Monday, 03 August 2020 00:00

The pain that is experienced with a broken toe can be debilitating. It may be difficult to walk, and any pressure that is exerted on the toe can cause severe pain and discomfort. A common cause of a broken toe is stubbing it against a piece of furniture. Additionally, if a heavy object is dropped on it, the result may be a fractured toe. Symptoms can include bruising of the toe and surrounding areas, and in severe cases, the toe may look deformed. In many cases effective treatment can consist of using a method that is referred to as buddy taping. This consists of taping the affected toe to the toe next to it, and this is often helpful in providing the stability that is necessary as the healing process occurs. If you feel you may have a broken toe, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can offer you correct treatment options.

Ingrown toenails can become painful if they are not treated properly. For more information about ingrown toenails, contact Dr. Dennis Berger of South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown toenails occur when a toenail grows sideways into the bed of the nail, causing pain, swelling, and possibly infection.

Causes

  • Bacterial infections
  • Improper nail cutting such as cutting it too short or not straight across
  • Trauma to the toe, such as stubbing, which causes the nail to grow back irregularly
  • Ill-fitting shoes that bunch the toes too close together
  • Genetic predisposition

Prevention

Because ingrown toenails are not something found outside of shoe-wearing cultures, going barefoot as often as possible will decrease the likeliness of developing ingrown toenails. Wearing proper fitting shoes and using proper cutting techniques will also help decrease your risk of developing ingrown toenails.

Treatment

Ingrown toenails are a very treatable foot condition. In minor cases, soaking the affected area in salt or antibacterial soaps will not only help with the ingrown nail itself, but also help prevent any infections from occurring. In more severe cases, surgery is an option. In either case, speaking to your podiatrist about this condition will help you get a better understanding of specific treatment options that are right for you.

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

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Monday, 27 July 2020 00:00

Riding a bicycle can be great exercise. However, as with any sport, there is a risk of injury. Foot pain is unsurprisingly common in cyclists. A burning sensation, numbness, or pain on the underside of the foot is a frequent complaint and may be due to excess pressure being put on the nerves of the feet. This can be avoided by wearing appropriate shoes that provide support and allow your feet adequate room to move. A podiatrist can assist you in choosing the right shoes and may prescribe orthotics depending on the cause and severity of your pain. Another common complaint among cyclists is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that runs underneath the foot. See a podiatrist to diagnose and treat this condition and to learn about how you can prevent future injuries. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Dr. Dennis Berger of South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Monday, 20 July 2020 00:00

Many patients who enjoy the sport of running are often aware of the importance of preventing running injuries. When strength training and stretching techniques are frequently practiced, the likelihood of getting a running injury may be reduced. Research has indicated it is beneficial to warm up before and after running, and this can help to improve range of motion. This includes stretching the upper body, which may help to reduce existing weak spots. Many running injuries can be prevented when the time and mileage is gradually increased, and this can give the body time to adapt to successfully complete a training program. If you would like additional information how running injuries can affect the feet and how to avoid them, it is advised that you consult with a podiatrist.

All runners should take extra precaution when trying to avoid injury. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Dennis Berger of South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

How to Prevent Running Injuries

There are a lot of mistakes a runner can make prior to a workout that can induce injury. A lot of athletes tend to overstretch before running, instead of saving those workouts for a post-run routine. Deep lunges and hand-to-toe hamstring pulls should be performed after a workout instead of during a warmup. Another common mistake is jumping into an intense routine before your body is physically prepared for it. You should try to ease your way into long-distance running instead of forcing yourself to rush into it.

More Tips for Preventing Injury

  • Incorporate Strength Training into Workouts - This will help improve the body’s overall athleticism
  • Improve and Maintain Your Flexibility – Stretching everyday will help improve overall performance
  • “Warm Up” Before Running and “Cool Down” Afterward – A warm up of 5-10 minutes helps get rid of lactic acid in the muscles and prevents delayed muscle soreness
  • Cross-Training is Crucial
  • Wear Proper Running Shoes
  • Have a Formal Gait Analysis – Poor biomechanics can easily cause injury

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

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Monday, 13 July 2020 00:00

The purpose of the talus bone is to act as a link between the leg and foot, while also playing an important role in forming the ankle joint. If the talus is injured, it can negatively affect the function of the foot and ankle joints by limiting their range of motion. Patients who fracture their talus may experience a great deal of ankle pain. Other symptoms can include swelling around the ankle joint, fracture blisters, bruising, and an inability to bear weight on the affected joint. In order to determine if ankle pain is caused by a talus fracture, an X-ray should be performed by a professional. For advice on treatment and a proper diagnosis, please consult with a podiatrist.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Dennis Berger from South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

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

 

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