Tuesday, 20 February 2024 00:00

Neuropathy, a nerve disorder characterized by damage or dysfunction to peripheral nerves, can manifest in various symptoms and significantly impact the feet. Common symptoms of neuropathy include tingling, burning sensations, numbness, and sharp pain in the affected areas. In the context of foot neuropathy, individuals may experience loss of sensation, making it difficult to detect injuries or changes in temperature. This increases the risk of foot ulcers, infections, and other complications, particularly for those with diabetes or other underlying health conditions. Neuropathy can also disrupt normal motor function, leading to muscle weakness and altered gait patterns, affecting balance and coordination while walking or standing. Additionally, neuropathic pain can be chronic and debilitating, impairing quality of life and overall mobility. Recognizing the symptoms of neuropathy and its impact on the feet is critical for early diagnosis and management. If you have symptoms of neuropathy and your feet are affected, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this condition.

Neuropathy

Neuropathy can be a potentially serious condition, especially if it is left undiagnosed. If you have any concerns that you may be experiencing nerve loss in your feet, consult with Jeffrey Radack, DPM from Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment for neuropathy.

What Is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a condition that leads to damage to the nerves in the body. Peripheral neuropathy, or neuropathy that affects your peripheral nervous system, usually occurs in the feet. Neuropathy can be triggered by a number of different causes. Such causes include diabetes, infections, cancers, disorders, and toxic substances.

Symptoms of Neuropathy Include:

  • Numbness
  • Sensation loss
  • Prickling and tingling sensations
  • Throbbing, freezing, burning pains
  • Muscle weakness

Those with diabetes are at serious risk due to being unable to feel an ulcer on their feet. Diabetics usually also suffer from poor blood circulation. This can lead to the wound not healing, infections occurring, and the limb may have to be amputated.

Treatment

To treat neuropathy in the foot, podiatrists will first diagnose the cause of the neuropathy. Figuring out the underlying cause of the neuropathy will allow the podiatrist to prescribe the best treatment, whether it be caused by diabetes, toxic substance exposure, infection, etc. If the nerve has not died, then it’s possible that sensation may be able to return to the foot.

Pain medication may be issued for pain. Electrical nerve stimulation can be used to stimulate nerves. If the neuropathy is caused from pressure on the nerves, then surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 13 February 2024 00:00

Skin fissures are painful cracks that can develop due to dryness and thickened skin. They are common on the heels, often associated with dryness. Fissures can be superficial or deep and may lead to skin ulcers if left untreated. Various factors contribute to skin fissures, including nutritional deficiencies, dry skin conditions, fungal infections, diabetes, and damage to blood vessels. Lifestyle factors like dehydration, frequent washing, climate, profession, and inappropriate footwear can exacerbate dry skin. Treatment depends on the depth of the fissures. Superficial fissures can be managed with daily foot checks, gentle use of a pumice stone, moisturizer application, and protective bandages. Deeper fissures may require debridement, prescription-strength softeners, skin glue, strapping, antibiotics, and heel support. Regular moisturizing and investigating underlying health conditions are vital for effective management and prevention. If you have cracked heels that appear to be worsening, infected, or turning into fissures, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for advanced treatment.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, contact Jeffrey Radack, DPM from Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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

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Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Jobs that require prolonged standing and walking often lead to complaints of foot and ankle pain among employees. Various factors contribute to foot and ankle pain in assembly line work, including time spent standing, walking, or sitting. Additionally, floor surface characteristics, weight, BMI, age, foot biomechanics, and demographic and medical history may significantly contribute to developing foot and ankle pain. Increased risk factors can include high metatarsal pressure during gait assessment, extended periods of walking, female gender, job dissatisfaction, and a history of conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, or vascular disorders. Truck and forklift drivers who frequently exit and enter their vehicles tend to have a higher prevalence of ankle and foot problems. Prevention includes the use of shoe orthotics with medial longitudinal arch and metatarsal pad support. The incorporation of sit and stand work stations are also options to mitigate foot and ankle issues in these types of environments. If you are involved in assembly line work and experience foot or ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment that can help relieve pain.

Foot and ankle trauma is common among athletes and the elderly. If you have concerns that you may have experienced trauma to the foot and ankle, consult with Jeffrey Radack, DPM from Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Foot and ankle trauma cover a range of injuries all over the foot; common injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Muscle strains
  • Injuries to the tendons and ligaments
  • Stress fractures

Symptoms

Symptoms of foot and ankle injuries vary depending on the injury, but more common ones include:

  • Bruising
  • Inflammation/ Swelling
  • Pain

Diagnosis

To properly diagnose the exact type of injury, podiatrists will conduct a number of different tests. Some of these include sensation and visual tests, X-rays, and MRIs. Medical and family histories will also be taken into account.

Treatment

Once the injury has been diagnosed, the podiatrist can than offer the best treatment options for you. In less severe cases, rest and keeping pressure off the foot may be all that’s necessary. Orthotics, such as a specially made shoes, or immobilization devices, like splints or casts, may be deemed necessary. Finally, if the injury is severe enough, surgery may be necessary.

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

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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Soccer, a dynamic sport demanding agility and skill, often comes with its share of foot and ankle injuries, falling into acute and cumulative categories. Acute injuries, stemming from falls or player collisions, can be traumatic. Conversely, cumulative injuries result from repetitive stress, causing progressive aches and impairments. Soccer players frequently encounter lateral ankle sprains, occurring when kicking with the top of the foot, and medial ankle sprains from toe-out movements with the foot flexed upward. The chronic Achilles tendonitis, felt as pain in the back of the ankle, is a consequence of soccer's repetitive and sudden movements. A more severe injury, an Achilles tendon rupture, involves a partial or complete tear with an audible popping sound, often happening during fast, explosive actions on the field. Stress fractures, prevalent among soccer players, arise from overuse or repeated impacts, leading to bone bruising or slight cracking. These injuries often trace back to overuse, poor conditioning, or insufficient warm-ups. It is suggested that if you or your child incur foot and ankle injuries from playing soccer, you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist. 

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Jeffrey Radack, DPM of Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. 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 McKinney and Coppell, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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