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November 2019

When it comes to foot care, there are a few simple activities you can perform daily to ensure the health of your feet. For starters, it’s important to clean your feet and regularly wash and dry them before putting on shoes and socks. To prevent dryness and possible cracking of the heels or ankles, use a moisturizer daily, preferably one recommended by a podiatrist. Please note, however, to not moisturize between your toes because they will not dry properly. To avoid complications with your toe nails, be sure to cut nails straight across while also avoiding digging into the sides of the nails. Lastly, try to change your shoes everyday. Because the area inside your shoes is dark, wet, and warm, there is a strong chance bacteria and fungus may form if they are not changed regularly. By performing these activities, you may prevent foot odor as well as a variety of conditions such as athlete’s foot and ingrown toenails. If you do experience any issues with your feet, we recommend it is best that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment regime.

Everyday foot care is very important to prevent infection and other foot ailments. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Dennis Berger from South Austin Foot Associates, PC. 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 West Lake Hills, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Those with the condition known as flat feet may be diagnosed with having little to no arch in their feet. Possible causes of flat feet are genetic factors passed down from parents, weak arches, a foot or ankle injury, arthritis, damage of the posterior tibial tendon, or diseases of the nervous system. Those who experience flat feet may find relief in certain exercises, for example heel cord stretching. Fitted insoles and orthotics may also bring relief to pressure being put on the foot and alleviate pain. For a proper diagnosis and advised treatment regime, we recommend that you consult with a podiatrist.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Dr. Dennis Berger from South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor 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 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, 18 November 2019 00:00

Ankle X-Ray is Negative

Michael Pierce is a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens and suffered an ankle injury in the game played on Nov. 10 against the Cincinnati Bengals. It appears he incurred the injury in the first quarter, and was instructed to leave the game at halftime. After X-rays were performed, it was determined there was no fracture, which proved to be positive news. As an important part of the teams defense, Coach John Harbaugh is hopeful for Pierce’s return next week. Despite this unfortunate injury, the Ravens won the game with a score of 49-13.

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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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 00:00

Why Choose Foot Surgery?

Many patients choose to have foot surgery performed as an option to relieve severe pain and discomfort. Relief may be found when toenail removal is chosen to correct chronically infected ingrown toenails. Bunion surgery may be a choice to consider if the bunion is painful and unsightly. Research has indicated it is helpful to wear orthotics following a bunionectomy, as this may help to achieve long lasting relief. If pain is felt from a deformed ankle, the surgery that may help diminish the discomfort is referred to as an ankle fusion. Additionally, this type of surgery may help patients who have ankle arthritis, and neuromuscular disorders. If you have foot pain, and are considering surgery, it is strongly advised that you schedule a consultation with a podiatrist who can properly guide you toward making the choice that is correct for you.

Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact Dr. Dennis Berger of South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

When Is Surgery Necessary?

Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:

  • Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
  • Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
  • Cosmetic reconstruction

What Types of Surgery Are There?

The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:

  • Bunionectomy for painful bunions
  • Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
  • Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage

Benefits of Surgery

Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.

Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.

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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Saturday, 09 November 2019 00:00

Do your Child's Feet Hurt?

Have your child's feet been examined lately?

Hammertoe is a medical condition that most commonly affects the second, third, or fourth toe. The condition is referred to as such due to the abnormal downward bend in the affected toe that creates a hammer-like appearance. Hammertoe may form when there is an imbalance present in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that are meant to keep the toe straight. Many factors influence the causes of hammertoe, including: footwear which constraint the toes such as heels, previous toe injuries, toe length, aging, genetics, and the presence of certain diseases such as arthritis or diabetes. Along with the bending of the toe, those affected may also experience pain, swelling, redness, and the formation of corns or calluses on top of the hammertoe’s middle joint. To help prevent such from happening, one can practice the following: wearing low heels, making sure footwear is accommodating to the room needed for your toes, wearing adjustable laces and straps, and having proper arch support. Lifestyle changes and exercise may aid in nursing this condition as well. Because hammertoe is likely to worsen overtime, it is advised you speak with a podiatrist early on to discuss the proper treatment.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Dennis Berger of South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best 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 care needs.

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