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July 2024

Athletes frequently encounter foot injuries due to the intense demands of their sports. Data from collegiate sports reveals significant differences in foot injury rates across various disciplines. Notably, female gymnasts and both male and female cross-country and soccer athletes show the highest rates of foot injuries. Common injuries include foot or toe contusions, midfoot injuries, plantar fascia injuries, turf toe, and metatarsal fractures. Cross-country and track and field athletes experience the highest proportions of foot injuries, with female athletes in track and field showing a higher rate of injury compared to their male counterparts. The most severe and frequent injuries identified are metatarsal fractures, plantar fascia injuries, midfoot injuries, and foot or toe bruises. Understanding these patterns is essential and vital for athletes, coaches, and medical professionals to help reduce the incidence and impact of these injuries. If you have suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a full exam and expert treatment.

Ankle and foot injuries are common among athletes and in many sports. They can be caused by several problems and may be potentially serious. If you are feeling pain or think you were injured in a sporting event or when exercising, consult with Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Common Injuries

The most common injuries that occur in sporting activities include:

  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains
  • Broken Foot
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Stress Fractures
  • Turf Toe

Symptoms

Symptoms vary depending upon the injury and in some cases, there may be no symptoms at all. However, in most cases, some form of symptom is experienced. Pain, aching, burning, bruising, tenderness, tightness or stiffness, sensation loss, difficulty moving, and swelling are the most common symptoms.

Treatment

Just as symptoms vary depending upon the injury, so do treatment options. A common treatment method is known as the RICE method. This method involves rest, applying ice, compression and elevating the afflicted foot or ankle. If the injury appears to be more serious, surgery might be required, such as arthroscopic or reconstructive surgery. Lastly, rehabilitation or therapy might be needed to gain full functionality in the afflicted area. Any discomfort experienced by an athlete must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.  

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

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Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

Understanding Toenail Fungus

Toenail fungus, medically known as onychomycosis, is a common infection affecting the nails. It is caused by fungi, such as dermatophytes, which thrive in warm, moist environments. Symptoms include thickened, discolored nails that may become brittle or crumbly. The infection often starts as a white or yellow spot under the nail and can spread, leading to nail distortion and possible separation from the nail bed. Causes include frequent exposure to damp conditions, such as sweaty shoes or communal showers. Risk factors include older age, a history of athlete's foot, weakened immune systems, and poor circulation. Preventative measures include keeping feet dry, wearing breathable footwear, and avoiding walking barefoot in public areas. If you have developed toenail fungus, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can offer you effective treatment solutions, which often include prescribed medication.

If left untreated, toenail fungus may spread to other toenails, skin, or even fingernails. If you suspect you have toenail fungus it is important to seek treatment right away. For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Thomas Madden of Advanced Foot Care Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Symptoms

  • Warped or oddly shaped nails
  • Yellowish nails
  • Loose/separated nail
  • Buildup of bits and pieces of nail fragments under the nail
  • Brittle, broken, thickened nail

Treatment

If self-care strategies and over-the-counter medications does not help your fungus, your podiatrist may give you a prescription drug instead. Even if you find relief from your toenail fungus symptoms, you may experience a repeat infection in the future.

Prevention

In order to prevent getting toenail fungus in the future, you should always make sure to wash your feet with soap and water. After washing, it is important to dry your feet thoroughly especially in between the toes. When trimming your toenails, be sure to trim straight across instead of in a rounded shape. It is crucial not to cover up discolored nails with nail polish because that will prevent your nail from being able to “breathe”.

In some cases, surgical procedure may be needed to remove the toenail fungus. Consult with your podiatrist about the best treatment options for your case of toenail fungus.  

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

 

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Tuesday, 02 July 2024 00:00

Managing Diabetic Nerve Pain in the Feet

Diabetic nerve pain in the feet, also known as diabetic neuropathy, is a common and often debilitating complication of diabetes. This condition arises when prolonged high blood sugar levels cause damage to the nerves. Symptoms can include numbness, and tingling, in addition to burning, sharp, or aching pain. Initially mild, this discomfort can intensify and spread, severely limiting mobility and reducing quality of life. Walking can become a challenge, and even the lightest touch may feel excruciating. About half of diabetic patients will experience some form of neuropathy. A significant portion will suffer from pain that can interfere with sleep and daily activities, contributing to emotional distress. Managing blood sugar levels is essential in preventing the progression of nerve damage. A balanced diet, regular exercise, and prescribed medications can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Additionally, addressing other health risks like obesity and smoking can also play a vital role in controlling diabetes and its complications. If you are experiencing diabetic foot pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options. 

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 Dr. Thomas Madden from Advanced Foot Care Center. 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 Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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