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November 2020

Monday, 30 November 2020 00:00

What Should I Do for My Ingrown Toenail?

Ingrown toenails can occur in two different ways. Either the edge of the toenail grows into the skin, or the skin grows over the toenail. When the toenail ultimately digs into the skin, it can cause pain, redness, and swelling. If left untreated, it may cause a bacterial infection to develop. Common ways to prevent ingrown toenails can include wearing properly fitting shoes and cutting the toenail straight across, but not too short. While soaking the toenail in warm salt water usually helps ingrown toenails, more severe cases, particularly infected nails, will need to be examined by a podiatrist. In these severe cases a podiatrist may need to remove the toenail border via surgery. If you become afflicted with an ingrown toenail or would like to know more, please be sure to consult with a podiatrist today.

Ingrown toenails may initially present themselves as a minor discomfort, but they may progress into an infection in the skin without proper treatment. 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 are caused when the corner or side of a toenail grows into the soft flesh surrounding it. They often result in redness, swelling, pain, and in some cases, infection. This condition typically affects the big toe and may recur if it is not treated properly.

Causes

  • Improper toenail trimming
  • Genetics
  • Improper shoe fitting
  • Injury from pedicures or nail picking
  • Abnormal gait
  • Poor hygiene

You are more likely to develop an ingrown toenail if you are obese, have diabetes, arthritis, or have any fungal infection in your nails. Additionally, people who have foot or toe deformities are at a higher risk of developing an ingrown toenail.

Symptoms

Some symptoms of ingrown toenails are redness, swelling, and pain. In rare cases, there may be a yellowish drainage coming from the nail.

Treatment

Ignoring an ingrown toenail can have serious complications. Infections of the nail border can progress to a deeper soft-tissue infection, which can then turn into a bone infection. You should always speak with your podiatrist if you suspect you have an ingrown toenail, especially if you have diabetes or poor circulation.

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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Orthotics are defined as insoles that are worn inside shoes. Custom-made orthotics may be helpful in alleviating foot pain that comes from having flat feet, plantar fasciitis, or specific ankle conditions. They may be able to provide healthy muscle activity which can make the feet feel better. Additionally, orthotics can offer adequate shock absorption, and may be able to give an arch to patients that have flat feet. Orthotics can be beneficial in helping patients successfully accomplish daily activities. If you would like additional information about the benefits of wearing orthotics, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine if they are right for you.

If you are having discomfort in your feet and would like to try orthotics, 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 Are Orthotics?

Orthotics are inserts you can place into your shoes to help with a variety of foot problems such as flat feet or foot pain. Orthotics provide relief and comfort for minor foot and heel pain but can’t correct serious biomechanical problems in your feet.

Over-the-Counter Inserts

Orthotics come in a wide variety of over-the-counter inserts that are used to treat foot pain, heel pain, and minor problems. For example, arch supports can be inserted into your shoes to help correct overarched or flat feet, while gel insoles are often used because they provide comfort and relief from foot and heel pain by alleviating pressure.

Prescription Orthotics

If over-the-counter inserts don’t work for you or if you have a more severe foot concern, it is possible to have your podiatrist prescribe custom orthotics. These high-quality inserts are designed to treat problems such as abnormal motion, plantar fasciitis, and severe forms of heel pain. They can even be used to help patients suffering from diabetes by treating foot ulcers and painful calluses and are usually molded to your feet individually, which allows them to provide full support and comfort.

If you are experiencing minor to severe foot or heel pain, it’s recommended to speak with your podiatrist about the possibilities of using orthotics. A podiatrist can determine which type of orthotic is right for you and allow you to take the first steps towards being pain-free.

If you have any questions please 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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Thursday, 19 November 2020 00:00

See If You're Eligible for Orthotics or More

If you've met your deductible for the year, you may be eligible for your first or an extra pair of orthotics, bunion surgery, ingrown toenail surgery, or more.

Please contact our office for more information.

Monday, 16 November 2020 00:00

What Are the Sesamoids?

Sesamoids are bones that are connected only to tendons or are embedded in muscle. Each of your feet contains two very small sesamoid bones that are roughly the size of a corn kernel. They are found on the underside of the front of the foot, near the big toe. When the tendons around these bones become injured or inflamed, a condition called sesamoiditis develops. Sesamoiditis is common among certain athletes, such as ballet dancers, runners, and baseball players. Symptoms of sesamoiditis include pain under the big toe or under the ball of the foot, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bending and straightening the toe. If you have these symptoms, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. 

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Dr. Dennis Berger of South Austin Foot Associates, PC. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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, 09 November 2020 00:00

Things You Can Do to Care for Your Feet

If you are an older adult, you may have experienced foot problems. Unfortunately, foot problems are a common occurrence as we age. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to care for your feet and potentially prevent certain conditions from developing. One thing that you can do is perform a weekly foot check, in which you examine your feet for any problems, such as redness, swelling, cuts, sores, or punctures. Wearing comfortable, properly-fitted shoes is very important for maintaining good foot health. Improving your overall circulation, and thus improving circulation to your lower limbs, can help you stay on your feet. You can stretch, walk, or do other lower impact exercises. Regularly wash and dry your feet to maintain good hygiene, and moisturize your feet regularly to avoid dry skin. For more information about how to care for the feet as you age, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Proper foot care is something many older adults forget to consider. If you have any concerns about your feet and ankles, 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.

The Elderly and Their Feet

As we age we start to notice many changes in our body, but the elder population may not notice them right away. Medical conditions may prevent the elderly to take notice of their foot health right away. Poor vision is a lead contributor to not taking action for the elderly.

Common Conditions 

  • Neuropathy – can reduce feeling in the feet and can hide many life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Reduced flexibility – prevents the ability of proper toenail trimming, and foot cleaning. If left untreated, it may lead to further medical issues.
  • Foot sores – amongst the older population can be serious before they are discovered. Some of the problematic conditions they may face are:
  • Gouging toenails affecting nearby toe
  • Shoes that don’t fit properly
  • Pressure sores
  • Loss of circulation in legs & feet
  • Edema & swelling of feet and ankles

Susceptible Infections

Diabetes and poor circulation can cause general loss of sensitivity over the years, turning a simple cut into a serious issue.

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, 02 November 2020 00:00

What Is a Blister and Why Do They Form?

Patients who have developed blisters on their feet are often aware of how uncomfortable they can be. Blisters can cause difficulty walking, running, or completing daily activities. Blisters are defined as the body’s natural defense response to protect skin that has become damaged from excess friction. It can be beneficial to wear socks and shoes that fit properly, as this may help to reduce existing friction. Additionally, it may help to remove shoes while resting, which can give the feet the opportunity to dry off. Mild relief may be found when a protective pad is worn over the blister, as this may prevent premature draining. If you have a blister on your foot, it suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can provide you with proper treatment.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, 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.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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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