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Monday, 29 April 2019 00:00

A Common Form of Arthritis

The painful condition that is known as rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be one of the most common forms of arthritis. Many patients experience the first symptoms of this ailment in the feet, and these may include swelling, soreness, or pain. The noticeable signs of rheumatoid arthritis may be seen and felt in the smaller joints of the toes, or in the ankle joint. Daily activities may become difficult to accomplish as a result of the joint pain and swelling that often accompanies this condition. When this is diagnosed, mild relief may be felt when proper insoles are worn, and this may help to slow the development arthritis in the affected joints. If you notice symptoms that are indicative of rheumatoid arthritis, it is advised that you seek the counsel of a podiatrist who can offer proper treatment techniques.

Because RA affects more than just your joints, including the joints in your feet and ankles, it is important to seek early diagnosis from your podiatrist if you feel like the pain in your feet might be caused by RA. For more information, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas of Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the membranes surrounding the joints. Inflammation of the lining and eventually the destruction of the joint’s cartilage and bone occur, causing severe pain and immobility.

Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Feet

Although RA usually attacks multiple bones and joints throughout the entire body, almost 90 percent of cases result in pain in the foot or ankle area.

Symptoms

  • Swelling and pain in the feet
  • Stiffness in the feet
  • Pain on the ball or sole of feet
  • Joint shift and deformation

Diagnosis

Quick diagnosis of RA in the feet is important so that the podiatrist can treat the area effectively. Your doctor will ask you about your medical history, occupation, and lifestyle to determine the origin of the condition. Rheumatoid Factor tests help to determine if someone is affected by the disease.

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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Tuesday, 23 April 2019 00:00

Learning About Broken Toes

Broken toes are generally caused by trauma or injury to the foot, which can occur from dropping a heavy object on the toe or stubbing it. It is common to feel intense pain after stubbing your toe or dropping something on it, but if the pain persists then a bone might be broken. Signs of a broken toe include pain, swelling, stiffness, bruising, deformity, difficulty walking, and feeling that shoes are too tight. Breaking the big toe will have the worst effect on your ability to walk, but if you break your pinky toe you will most likely be able to walk normally. Seeking help from a medical professional is an important part of the healing process, because if the toe does not heal properly there could be complications in the future. Examples of common complications include arthritis, pain, stiffness and deformity. If you have a broken toe or suspect you might have broken a toe, then it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist to receive treatment.

Broken toes may cause a lot of pain and should be treated as soon as possible. If you have any concerns about your feet, contact Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Is a Broken Toe?

A broken toe occurs when one or more of the toe bones of the foot are broken after an injury. Injuries such as stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on it may cause a toe fracture.

Symptoms of a Broken Toe

  • Swelling
  • Pain (with/without wearing shoes)
  • Stiffness
  • Nail Injury

Although the injured toe should be monitored daily, it is especially important to have a podiatrist look at your toe if you have severe symptoms. Some of these symptoms include worsening or new pain that is not relieved with medication, sores, redness, or open wounds near the toe.

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, 15 April 2019 00:00

Reasons for Ankle Pain

The ankle enables the foot to move up, down, and around. It is the part of the body that connects the leg and the foot, and mobility may become difficult if the ankle is injured. There are additional symptoms that can accompany ankle pain, including a tingling sensation, swelling, or bruising. These may be a result of existing medical conditions, which can include gout, rheumatoid arthritis, Achilles tendonitis, or a fall involving the ankle. If the swelling occurs on one side of the ankle, it may be from a sprain or strain. Additionally, pregnant women may experience swelling as a result of excess fluid that is present in the body, and this may lead to ankle pain. If you have ankle pain for any reason, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can properly treat your condition.

Ankle pain can be caused by a number of problems and may be potentially serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Bursitis
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and 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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Foot or ankle pain in children should not be ignored or attributed to minor growing pains. When a child has pain that lasts more than a few days, it should be investigated further. Two conditions that are common in children are pediatric flatfoot and Sever’s disease. Flatfoot usually goes unnoticed because it doesn’t cause any serious issues. Although in some cases, children might have trouble participating in sports or appear to have an abnormal gait. If either of these signs becomes apparent, then flat feet might be to blame. Sever’s disease is a condition that only affects children. It is caused by inflammation of the growth plate. The growth plate is not fully protected in children’s feet, because the heel bone has not fully developed. This condition will become worse when the heel experiences repetitive pressure, so sports can be triggering for Sever’s disease. If you think your child may be suffering from any foot or ankle pain, consult with your podiatrist to receive a proper diagnosis.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, 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.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

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, 01 April 2019 00:00

Is Laser Treatment Effective?

The type of fungus that may affect the toenails is known as a dermatophyte. It may first attack the outer layers of the skin and may gradually affect the nail bed. There may be topical treatments available, in addition to laser procedures. The latter may be performed by warming the nail bed, which may be a poor environment for the fungus to thrive. Research has shown this technique may not be as effective as topical treatments and may be more costly to implement. If you have toenail fungus and would like additional information about the pros and cons of laser treatment, it is suggested to speak to a podiatrist who can answer any questions you may have.

Laser treatment can be an effective way to get rid of toenail fungus. If you have any questions about laser treatment, consult with Dr. Wilburn Thomas from Southeast Foot Care. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment for fungal nails.

What are Toenail Fungal Infections?

Onychomycosis, or fungal infection of the nail, is a relatively common and non-serious condition. Around 10 percent of U.S. citizens are afflicted with fungal nails. Common forms of fungus that infect the nail include dermatophytes, yeasts, and molds.

Symptoms of Toenail Fungal Infections Include:

  • Nail thickening
  • Brittleness of the nail
  • Discoloration of the nail

Diagnosis for Fungal Nails

Fungal infections are diagnosed by fungal culture and microscopy. This will rule out any other conditions such as nail trauma, psoriasis, lichen planus, and onychogryphosis.

What is Laser Treatment?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive, safe, quick, and painless procedure that uses the heat from a laser to kill fungus in the nail. Each infected nail is targeted with a laser for several minutes. The treatment is usually utilized several different times over a select period. During this time, a podiatrist will keep an eye on the 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 care needs.

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