Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Ankle pain while walking is a common issue that can arise from various conditions and injuries. This can be difficult just with regular movement, but particularly frustrating when you count walking as an important form of exercise in your life. The ankle is a complex joint connecting the foot to the leg, consisting of bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Pain can result from sprains, strains, fractures, or conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis. Overuse, wearing improper footwear, and sudden changes in physical activity can also contribute to ankle pain. This pain can interfere with walking by causing discomfort, instability, and limited range of motion. Ankle pain may present as a sharp, stabbing sensation or a dull ache, often worsening with weight-bearing activities. Swelling, bruising, and stiffness are common symptoms accompanying the pain. To alleviate ankle pain, rest, compression, and elevation are effective initial treatments. Pain relievers and wearing supportive footwear can also help. Preventative measures include strengthening and stretching exercises, wearing appropriate shoes, and gradually increasing activity levels. If you have persistent or severe ankle pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan so you can walk comfortably again. 

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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Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis significantly impacts quality of life, primarily due to persistent heel pain. This condition involves inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot, often resulting in stabbing pain, particularly during the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The pain can range from a dull ache to sharp discomfort, making walking, standing, and engaging in daily activities challenging. Symptoms can include heel pain, stiffness, and swelling. Common causes are overuse, wearing improper footwear, obesity, and excessive standing or walking on hard surfaces. Relief options include rest, stretching exercises, proper footwear, and orthotic devices to provide arch support. In severe cases, medical interventions such as corticosteroid injections or surgery might be necessary. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to manage it and prevent further complications.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, 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.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

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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Tuesday, 04 June 2024 00:00

Flat feet, a condition where the arches of the feet touch the ground when you stand, can lead to overpronation. Overpronation occurs when the ankles roll excessively inward with each step during walking or running. This can cause additional strain on the ankles, knees, and hips. Overpronation can also increase the risk of injuries and discomfort due to improper alignment and distribution of body weight. People with flat feet may experience fatigue in their feet and legs, and suffer from pain in the heel or arch area. To help manage symptoms of flat feet and any issues resulting from overpronation, a podiatrist, or foot doctor, may recommend orthotic devices. These are insoles that fit into shoes to provide support for the arches, correct the pronation, and enhance overall foot function. Proper footwear that offers stability and support is also important to effectively manage overpronation. Regular check-ups with a podiatrist can ensure that individuals with flat feet receive the necessary support and guidance to prevent any issues. If you have flat feet, or suspect overpronation when walking, it is suggested you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and possible gait analysis. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Jeffrey Radack, DPM from Texas Regional Foot & Ankle Clinics. 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 McKinney and Coppell, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2024 00:00

Discovering you have osteoarthritis in your feet and ankles can be disconcerting, but understanding how it affects your body is the first step toward managing it effectively. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, can also impact any joint, including those in your feet and ankles. In the foot, the big toe is often the primary site of osteoarthritis. This condition occurs when the normal cycle of joint damage and repair is disrupted, leading to changes in joint structure and function. The damage primarily affects the cartilage, causing pain, swelling, and sometimes bone-on-bone friction during movement. Genetics, joint injuries, and certain medical conditions can increase your risk of developing osteoarthritis. Symptoms vary but can commonly include pain, swelling, stiffness, and even audible noises like crunching or grating when moving the affected joints. If you suspect you have osteoarthritis in your feet or ankles, seeking prompt evaluation and treatment from a podiatrist is important. Left untreated, osteoarthritis can lead to complications like a stiff big toe, bunions, corns and calluses, which can further impair mobility and the quality of life. If you believe you have symptoms of osteoarthritis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options tailored to your needs. 

Arthritis can be a difficult condition to live with. If you are seeking treatment, 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.

Arthritic Foot Care  

Arthritis is a term that is commonly used to describe joint pain.  The condition itself can occur to anyone of any age, race, or gender, and there are over 100 types of it.  Nevertheless, arthritis is more commonly found in women compared to men, and it is also more prevalent in those who are overweight. The causes of arthritis vary depending on which type of arthritis you have. Osteoarthritis for example, is often caused by injury, while rheumatoid arthritis is caused by a misdirected immune system.

Symptoms

  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Decreased Range of Motion

Arthritic symptoms range in severity, and they may come and go. Some symptoms stay the same for several years but could potentially get worse with time. Severe cases of arthritis can prevent its sufferers from performing daily activities and make walking difficult.

Risk Factors

  • Occupation – Occupations requiring repetitive knee movements have been linked to osteoarthritis
  • Obesity – Excess weight can contribute to osteoarthritis development
  • Infection – Microbial agents can infect the joints and trigger arthritis
  • Joint Injuries – Damage to joints may lead to osteoarthritis
  • Age – Risk increases with age
  • Gender –Most types are more common in women
  • Genetics – Arthritis can be hereditary

If you suspect your arthritis is affecting your feet, it is crucial that you see a podiatrist immediately. Your doctor will be able to address your specific case and help you decide which treatment method is best for you.

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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