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October 2020

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

Branches of Podiatry

The type of doctor that specializes in conditions regarding the feet is referred to as a podiatrist. After completing the required education, the initials DPM are generally used after their name to indicate that they are a doctor of podiatric medicine. The amount of required schooling consists of a bachelor's degree, followed by four years of study in podiatric medical school. After three years of residency training and passing the required exams, podiatrists can become certified. There are several branches of podiatry that this type of doctor can choose to practice in, including wound care, surgery, and diabetes. If you would like additional information about the responsibilities of this type of physician, please speak with a podiatrist.

If you are experiencing pain in the feet or ankles, don’t join the stubborn majority refusing treatment. Feel free to 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.

What Is a Podiatrist?

Someone would seek the care of a podiatrist if they have suffered a foot injury or have common foot ailments such as heal spurs, bunions, arch problems, deformities, ingrown toenails, corns, foot and ankle problems, etc.

Podiatric Treatment

A podiatrist will treat the problematic areas of the feet, ankle or lower leg by prescribing the following:

  • Physical therapy
  • Drugs
  • Orthotic inserts or soles
  • Surgery on lower extremity fractures

A common podiatric procedure a podiatrist will use is a scanner or force plate which will allow the podiatrist to know the designs of orthotics. Patients are then told to follow a series of tasks to complete the treatment. The computer will scan the foot a see which areas show weight distribution and pressure points. The podiatrist will read the analysis and then determine which treatment plans are available.

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, 19 October 2020 00:00

What Should I Do if I Have Athlete's Foot?

Tinea pedis, or Athlete’s foot as it is more commonly known, is a fungal infection of the skin and feet. It typically affects the spaces between the toes and is characterized by cracked, scaly skin. This infection is contagious and can be spread through contact with infected skin flakes or through contact with fungi in damp areas, such as public swimming pools. If you find yourself with athlete’s foot, it is important to keep the feet clean, dry, and cool, as the fungus thrives and multiplies in warm, moist environments. You should also avoid public swimming pools, public showers, and foot baths. Wear sandals if possible, or air out your shoes by alternating them every 2-3 days. Avoid wearing socks made from fabrics like nylon, which do not dry easily. Finally, follow your doctor’s prescribed treatments, which can include topical or oral antifungal medications. If you think that you may have athlete’s foot, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

Athlete’s foot is an inconvenient condition that can be easily reduced with the proper treatment. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, contact Dr. Dennis Berger from South Austin Foot Associates, PC.  Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Athlete’s Foot: The Sole Story

Athlete's foot, also known as tinea pedis, can be an extremely contagious foot infection. It is commonly contracted in public changing areas and bathrooms, dormitory style living quarters, around locker rooms and public swimming pools, or anywhere your feet often come into contact with other people.

Solutions to Combat Athlete’s Foot

  • Hydrate your feet by using lotion
  • Exfoliate
  • Buff off nails
  • Use of anti-fungal products
  • Examine your feet and visit your doctor if any suspicious blisters or cuts develop

Athlete’s foot can cause many irritating symptoms such as dry and flaking skin, itching, and redness. Some more severe symptoms can include bleeding and cracked skin, intense itching and burning, and even pain when walking. In the worst cases, Athlete’s foot can cause blistering as well. Speak to your podiatrist for a better understanding of the different causes of Athlete’s foot, as well as help in determining which treatment options are 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 and ankle needs.

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Monday, 12 October 2020 00:00

Quick Treatments for Dry Heels

As the colder months approach, you may find that your heels are becoming increasingly dry and cracked. Fortunately, there are many things that can be done to help. Soaking your feet in a lukewarm oatmeal bath for about 20 minutes and then applying a moisturizer to the feet may help, as can soaking your feet in an Epsom salt bath. You can prevent dry, cracked heels by wearing appropriate footwear and protecting your feet from extremely hot or cold weather. When bathing, avoid exposing your feet to extremely hot water as well. When you wash your feet, choose a soap that doesn’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate or artificial fragrances, as these ingredients can often dry out the feet. If your dry heels persist, or if you develop deep, painful cracks, is it strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist for treatment.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, 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.

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 West Lake Hills, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 05 October 2020 00:00

What Is This Hard Lump in My Foot?

A hard lump in your foot could have a wide variety of underlying causes. Damage or injury to the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves of the foot can cause a hard lump to develop. Some foot lumps are caused by skin problems, such as skin tags, cysts, and neurofibromas. These conditions are usually benign. Inflammation in the foot from various types of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, can also cause foot lumps, as can inflammation from infections. Pressure from wearing ill-fitted shoes, warts, corns, bunions, and Morton’s neuroma are other common reasons why you may have a hard lump in your foot. For a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, consult with a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot 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.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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