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January 2020

Living with foot pain is hard on your body.  Give us a call and let us find out what's wrong.

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Monday, 27 January 2020 00:00

Are Ingrown Toenails Painful?

The medical condition that is referred to as ingrown toenails can often cause severe pain and discomfort. It occurs when the nail on the big toe grows into the outer edges of the skin. The symptoms that are often associated with this ailment can include redness, tenderness, and swelling on or around the affected area. The body may naturally produce a yellowish fluid that may drain from the toe, which can be a result of the irritation an ingrown toenail may cause. The foot may feel better after it is soaked in warm water, and this can soften the skin surrounding the nail. If medical conditions exist that include diabetes or fungal infections, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this ailment.

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. Jed Wells of Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. 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 Corpus Christi, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 00:00

Symptoms of Gout

There are several types of arthritis, including gout. It is known to be a painful condition that generally affects the big toe. Some of the symptoms that are associated with gout can include severe pain and discomfort, redness, and the affected area may feel hot. It may occur as a result of elevated uric acid levels in the blood, and can form crystals which lodge in the joints of the big toe. Existing factors that may increase the chances of being afflicted with gout can consist of being diabetic, having high blood pressure, or being overweight. There are methods that can be taken which may prevent gout attacks. It is helpful to reduce alcohol intake, eliminate food and drinks that have high sugar levels, and avoid red meat. If you have experienced a gout attack, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist.

Gout is a painful condition that can be treated. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis that is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness, and tenderness in the joints. The condition usually affects the joint at the base of the big toe. A gout attack can occur at any random time, such as the middle of the night while you are asleep.

Symptoms

  • Intense Joint Pain - Usually around the large joint of your big toe, and it most severe within the first four to twelve hours
  • Lingering Discomfort - Joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks
  • Inflammation and Redness -Affected joints may become swollen, tender, warm and red
  • Limited Range of Motion - May experience a decrease in joint mobility

Risk Factors

  • Genetics - If family members have gout, you’re more likely to have it
  • Medications - Diuretic medications can raise uric acid levels
  • Gender/Age - Gout is more common in men until the age of 60. It is believed that estrogen protects women until that point
  • Diet - Eating red meat and shellfish increases your risk
  • Alcohol - Having more than two alcoholic drinks per day increases your risk
  • Obesity - Obese people are at a higher risk for gout

Prior to visiting your podiatrist to receive treatment for gout, there are a few things you should do beforehand. If you have gout you should write down your symptoms--including when they started and how often you experience them, important medical information you may have, and any questions you may have. Writing down these three things will help your podiatrist in assessing your specific situation so that he or she may provide the best route of treatment for you.

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

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Monday, 13 January 2020 00:00

Heel and Arch Pain

Heel pain can be a common ailment that many runners and joggers experience. It may become so severe that it can interrupt daily activities. People who participate in sporting activities that involve running and jumping may develop plantar fasciitis. This is a medical condition that affects the bottom of the foot, and pain is often felt in the heel and arch areas. The portion of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes, is referred to as the plantar fascia. If this becomes inflamed or torn, it can produce severe pain and discomfort. One of the first signs many patients notice is foot pain after arising in the morning. Mild relief may be found when appropriate stretches are performed. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is strongly recommended that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the proper treatment.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Jed Wells  from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. 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 Corpus Christi, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Research has indicated that flip flops are not the best shoes to wear. They can be difficult to keep on the feet, and the toes may strain in an effort to keep them on. Additionally, they have limited arch support, and cracked heels may develop as a result of the open back that flip flops have. A common foot condition that could gradually develop from frequently wearing this type of shoe may include plantar fasciitis. This affects the tendon that runs along the bottom of the foot which connects the toes to the heel. It may become inflamed as a result of wearing this shoe, which generally lacks adequate support and cushioning. If you wear flip flops for the majority of your day, it may be beneficial to alternate with shoes that have a closed back. Please consult with a podiatrist if you would like additional information about how flip flops may affect the feet. 

Flip-flops can cause a lot of problems for your feet. If you have any concerns about your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Jed Wells from Foot Specialists of Corpus Christi. Our doctor will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.

Flip-Flops and Feet

Flip-flops have managed to become a summer essential for a lot of people. While the shoes may be stylish and easy to slip on and off, they can be dangerous to those who wear them too often. These shoes might protect you from fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, but they can also give you foot pain and sprained ankles if you trip while wearing them.

When Are They Okay to Wear?

Flip-flops should only be worn for very short periods of time. They can help protect your feet in places that are crawling with fungi, such as gym locker rooms. Athlete’s foot and plantar warts are two common fungi that flip-flops may help protect your feet against.

Why Are They Bad for My Feet?

These shoes do not offer any arch support, so they are not ideal for everyday use. They also do not provide shock absorption or heel cushioning which can be problematic for your feet. Additionally, you may suffer from glass cuts, puncture wounds, and stubbed toes since they offer little protection for your feet.

More Reasons Why They Are Bad for Your Feet

  • They Slow You Down
  • May Cause Blisters and Calluses
  • Expose Your Feet to Bacteria

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

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