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February 2021

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

All About Cuboid Syndrome

Cuboid syndrome is a condition that is typically caused by dislocation of the cuboid bone which is located in the middle of the foot. Cuboid syndrome results in pain on the outside of your foot, swelling, weakness, and reduced mobility. The pain is often made worse when the affected foot bears weight or is involved in any side to side movements. Cuboid syndrome is often secondary to an ankle sprain. A podiatrist can diagnose cuboid syndrome through a physical examination, but an X-ray may be needed to rule out a fracture. Treatment options may include the doctor performing manipulations on the foot to realign the cuboid bone and resting, icing, compressing, and elevating the affected foot to reduce painful symptoms. For more information about cuboid syndrome, please consult with a podiatrist.

Cuboid syndrome, also known as cuboid subluxation, occurs when the joints and ligaments near the cuboid bone in the foot become torn. If you have cuboid syndrome, 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.

Cuboid syndrome is a common cause of lateral foot pain, which is pain on the outside of the foot. The condition may happen suddenly due to an ankle sprain, or it may develop slowly overtime from repetitive tension through the bone and surrounding structures.

Causes

The most common causes of cuboid syndrome include:

  • Injury – The most common cause of this ailment is an ankle sprain.
  • Repetitive Strain – Tension placed through the peroneus longus muscle from repetitive activities such as jumping and running may cause excessive traction on the bone causing it to sublux.
  • Altered Foot Biomechanics – Most people suffering from cuboid subluxation have flat feet.

Symptoms

A common symptom of cuboid syndrome is pain along the outside of the foot which can be felt in the ankle and toes. This pain may create walking difficulties and may cause those with the condition to walk with a limp.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis of cuboid syndrome is often difficult, and it is often misdiagnosed. X-rays, MRIs and CT scans often fail to properly show the cuboid subluxation. Although there isn’t a specific test used to diagnose cuboid syndrome, your podiatrist will usually check if pain is felt while pressing firmly on the cuboid bone of your foot.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are ice therapy, rest, exercise, taping, and orthotics.

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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Wednesday, 17 February 2021 00:00

It's Time for Beautiful Feet

You don't need an excuse to have beautiful nails. Step outside without worrying about the appearance of your feet.

Monday, 15 February 2021 00:00

Why Has My Toenail Turned Black?

A toenail that has turned black, whether suddenly or gradually, can be an alarming sight. Sometimes, a toenail may turn black following repetitive injuries to the nail. In many cases, the nail can grow out naturally, but in more severe cases when the nail begins to lift off of the nail bed, medical attention will be required. A one-time blunt force injury, like dropping a heavy piece of furniture on your toes, can also turn your toenail black and often causes pain and swelling. Fungal nail infections typically cause toenails to turn white or yellow, but as debris builds up near the infection, the toenail can also turn black. Natural changes in pigmentation that can occur with age may turn the nails darker in people with darker skin. Other potential causes of black toenails include melanoma, and underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease, and anemia. If you notice a change in the color of your toenails, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.

For more information about treatment, 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.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

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

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Monday, 08 February 2021 00:00

Strengthening the Ankle After It Is Broken

A sudden injury that involves severe twisting of the foot may result in a broken ankle. This is generally noticed immediately by the severe swelling that often accompanies a broken ankle. Treatment includes wearing a cast or boot for several weeks as the healing process occurs. Many patients find the affected foot has lost mobility, and looks smaller compared to the other foot. There are exercises that can be performed that can help to accelerate ankle strength. These can include performing ankle stretches that help circulation and improve the many functions of the ankle. If you have broken your ankle, please confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can suggest effective post treatment techniques.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, 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. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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, 01 February 2021 00:00

An Overview of Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is the painful inflammation of the sesamoids, two tiny pea-shaped bones located just beneath the big toe. The sesamoids support the tendons in the feet that are responsible for moving the big toe downward. Sesamoiditis is caused by a series of small injuries to the sesamoids. Injuries can be sustained from participating in activities that place stress on these bones, such as dancing, soccer, football, or from wearing high heels. Sesamoiditis has a gradual onset and tends to worsen over time if left untreated. Treatment is typically conservative and includes measures such as resting and icing the affected foot, immobilizing the big toe, or taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and inflammation. For more information about sesamoiditis, please consult with a podiatrist.

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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