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May 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:00

Heel Pain Can Be Treated!

Do you suffer from heel pain when you get up in the morning? If so, you should seek the professional help of your podiatrist and have a proper diagnosis performed. Heel pain can be caused by several different foot-related conditions.

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Pain in one or more areas of the feet is a common condition many people contend with. Foot pain can come from breaking your foot or toe, or from medical conditions that can include gout, plantar fasciitis, bunions, and blisters. Patients who are overweight can have foot pain as a result of the added weight the feet have to endure. Diabetic patients are susceptible to ulcers developing on the feet, and this may cause mild to severe pain. Foot pain that develops gradually can come from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Conditions that may develop from this can include bunions, hammertoes, and ingrown toenails. If you are experiencing any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. 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 Boerne, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 18 May 2020 00:00

Possible Causes of Morton’s Neuroma

There is an area between the third and fourth toe that can experience a burning or numbing sensation. It can occur as a result of an inflamed nerve that may happen from wearing shoes that do have adequate room for the toes to move freely in. This may indicate a condition that is referred to as Morton's neuroma. The nerve can become damaged, and foot surgery may be necessary for complete relief in severe cases. If the pain is noticed early, comfort may be found when custom-made orthotics are worn. These may be helpful in reducing some of the pressure in the area where the pain is located. Some patients may develop this ailment from genetic factors that can include high arches or flat feet. Additionally, it can occur in people who frequently participate in running and jumping activities. If you are experiencing pain in this area of your foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and treat this condition.

Morton’s neuroma is a very uncomfortable condition to live with. If you think you have Morton’s neuroma, contact Dr. Robert Graser of Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot care needs and answer any of your related questions.  

Morton’s Neuroma

Morton's neuroma is a painful foot condition that commonly affects the areas between the second and third or third and fourth toe, although other areas of the foot are also susceptible. Morton’s neuroma is caused by an inflamed nerve in the foot that is being squeezed and aggravated by surrounding bones.

What Increases the Chances of Having Morton’s Neuroma?

  • Ill-fitting high heels or shoes that add pressure to the toe or foot
  • Jogging, running or any sport that involves constant impact to the foot
  • Flat feet, bunions, and any other foot deformities

Morton’s neuroma is a very treatable condition. Orthotics and shoe inserts can often be used to alleviate the pain on the forefront of the feet. In more severe cases, corticosteroids can also be prescribed. In order to figure out the best treatment for your neuroma, it’s recommended to seek the care of a podiatrist who can diagnose your condition and provide different treatment options.

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

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Monday, 11 May 2020 00:00

How Did I Contract Athlete’s Foot?

Skin that is red and peeling between the toes can be indicative of a condition that is known as athlete’s foot. It is a fungal infection, and is caused by fungus that lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These can consist of public swimming pools, locker rooms, and communal showers. Additional symptoms may include severe itchiness, blisters, and the skin may become thick and cracked. Helpful prevention methods can involve wearing appropriate shoes while in these areas, followed by washing and drying the feet thoroughly. Athlete’s feet can cause pain and discomfort. If you think you are afflicted with this ailment, it is strongly suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can prescribe the necessary medication for an effective treatment.

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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

 

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Monday, 04 May 2020 00:00

Foot and Ankle Injuries Are Common

There are many people who develop some type of foot or ankle condition at various points in their lives. Patients who frequently participate in running and jumping activities may be more susceptible in developing uncomfortable foot ailments. These can include sprained ankles, Achilles tendon injuries, or plantar fasciitis. Sever’s disease generally develops among young teenagers, and may impact the growth plate in the heel. Parents may notice their children are limping, and may have difficulty walking in the morning. Bruises may accompany a sudden ankle injury, and this typically causes pain and discomfort. Additionally, stress fractures can  gradually occur from repetitive motion that often comes from engaging in sports that include basketball and volleyball. If you have had a foot injury, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist as quickly as possible so the correct treatment plan can begin.

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 Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. 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 Boerne, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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