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Monday, 25 February 2019 00:00

What Are PRP Injections?

There are chronic foot conditions which may be helped by implementing a procedure that is referred to as PRP injections. This is performed by extracting platelet cells from the blood, and injecting them into the injured areas of the foot. Research has shown these cells may contribute in the healing process, and this may be a result of existing growth factors that are present in these platelets. Achilles tendonitis and wound healing may benefit from obtaining PRP injections. A typical process may begin with extracting blood from the patient. It is then followed by spinning the blood in a centrifuge which separates and collects the needed platelets and other components. Injections are given immediately after the blood is spun, which may accelerate the healing process. If you would like additional information about PRP injections, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can properly guide you.

If you are suffering from a foot condition, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas of Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, is blood taken from a patient and spun in a centrifuge, concentrating the amount of platelets. The plasma is then re-injected into the site of injury or damage, assisting the body in repairing damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissue. PRP helps the body speed up its healing process.

Uses of PRP

Injuries affecting the foot sometimes don’t heal properly because of poor blood circulation. The healing time slows down, and recovery time is affected by poor blood supply. PRP injections will speed up recovery and resolve this issue.

Treatment

PRP is the first regenerative treatment for damaged muscles, tendons, and ligaments. No surgery needed. It is only applied with an insertion of a needle.

Ultrasound – An ultrasound is needed for proper placement of the platelets.

Injection – When the first injection is received, the patient will return to the doctor in about 2 to 3 weeks and monitor the recovery process.

Recovery time – Some people respond to treatments differently. Therefore, depending on your condition, the doctor will make any remaining decisions on how many more injections are needed, or if any additional ones are even required.

Benefits

One may be able to avoid major surgery, and recovery time will be cut down. PRP injections also avoid creating scar tissue and damage to the area. Risks are also very low using PRP as a treatment. There is no risk of rejection, contracting a disease from using another person’s blood, or infection.

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

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Monday, 18 February 2019 00:00

How To Spot a Broken Foot

The foot is a complicated part of the body, because it is comprised of many bones. All of these bones are at risk of breaking, which would result in a broken foot. Pain and swelling will occur if there are any broken bones in the foot. Depending on which bone is broken, you may or may not be able to put weight on your foot and walk. Broken toes are usually much more functional and don’t restrict the injured person from walking entirely. Even if it is possible to walk on the broken foot it is best not to, because putting weight on the foot can easily cause more damage. There is usually bruising or redness visible on a broken foot and any deformities that look like a dislocation are a sign of a fracture. If you think you may have broken your foot, then it is strongly recommended that you speak with a podiatrist to ensure that it heals properly.

A broken foot requires immediate medical attention and treatment. If you need your feet checked, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Broken Foot Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

A broken foot is caused by one of the bones in the foot typically breaking when bended, crushed, or stretched beyond its natural capabilities. Usually the location of the fracture indicates how the break occurred, whether it was through an object, fall, or any other type of injury. 

Common Symptoms of Broken Feet:

  • Bruising
  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Blue in color
  • Numbness
  • Cold
  • Misshapen
  • Cuts
  • Deformities

Those that suspect they have a broken foot shoot seek urgent medical attention where a medical professional could diagnose the severity.

Treatment for broken bones varies depending on the cause, severity and location. Some will require the use of splints, casts or crutches while others could even involve surgery to repair the broken bones. Personal care includes the use of ice and keeping the foot stabilized and elevated.

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

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Monday, 11 February 2019 00:00

Causes of Neuropathy

If you are experiencing a tingling sensation or a loss of feeling in your feet, you may have a condition that is known as neuropathy. It may be indicative of general health issues in the body that may cause the peripheral nerves to become damaged. Typical symptoms may include muscle weakness, or burning sensations. Possible causes of neuropathy may originate from diabetes and autoimmune disorders, in addition to certain types of chemotherapy. Patients who are older or are chronically ill may find they have symptoms of neuropathy, or it may have developed as a result of an injury. Research has shown treatments may vary based on the source of this condition, and steps can be implemented that may achieve a moderate level of relief. If the neuropathy is caused by diabetes, it is suggested to lower the insulin levels in the blood. Additionally, taking the correct supplements may heal a vitamin deficiency, which may be a cause of this condition. If you have any of these symptoms, it is advised to speak to a podiatrist who can guide you toward proper treatment.

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. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. 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 San Antonio, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 04 February 2019 00:00

Relief for Your Bunions

Bunions are a common condition and are easy to spot. If there is a protrusion below your big toe or pinky toe, then it is most likely a bunion. Bunions can cause discomfort or pain, especially in the wrong shoes. Thankfully, there are a few simple ways to relieve some of the annoyances caused by bunions. Wearing a toe spacer can help realign your bones, but they should only be worn in moderation. Toe spacers act as braces for your toes but wearing them for too long can cause painful leg cramps. Changing your footwear can also impact your bunions. Shoes that are wider around the toes give bunions space and can relieve some of the pain associated with narrow toed shoes. Bunion massages may also help alleviate some pain. Bunions have trigger points that cause muscles to shorten and massaging the area can help to stretch the surrounding muscles. If you have a bunion and would like to learn more about alleviating uncomfortable symptoms, it is recommended you speak with a podiatrist to learn about the right treatment for you.

If you are suffering from bunions, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas of Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

A bunion is formed of swollen tissue or an enlargement of boney growth, usually located at the base joint of the toe that connects to the foot. The swelling occurs due to the bones in the big toe shifting inward, which impacts the other toes of the foot. This causes the area around the base of the big toe to become inflamed and painful.

Why Do Bunions Form?

Genetics – Susceptibility to bunions are often hereditary

Stress on the feet – Poorly fitted and uncomfortable footwear that places stress on feet, such as heels, can worsen existing bunions

How Are Bunions Diagnosed?

Doctors often perform two tests – blood tests and x-rays – when trying to diagnose bunions, especially in the early stages of development. Blood tests help determine if the foot pain is being caused by something else, such as arthritis, while x-rays provide a clear picture of your bone structure to your doctor.

How Are Bunions Treated?

  • Refrain from wearing heels or similar shoes that cause discomfort
  • Select wider shoes that can provide more comfort and reduce pain
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain management drugs
  • Orthotics or foot inserts
  • Surgery

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

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Friday, 01 February 2019 00:00

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