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Tuesday, 29 March 2022 00:00

Can Cracked Heels Be Prevented?

The foot condition known as cracked heels can develop for several reasons. These can include a vitamin deficiency, being overweight, and certain fungal conditions. Additionally, people who are diabetic may be more likely to experience cracked heels. This may be a result from a lack of circulation that can often accompany diabetes. Fissures, which are deep cracks in the skin, can cause significant pain and discomfort. Relief may be found when shoes that are worn have a closed back. Additionally, patients have found their skin may soften when a good moisturizer is applied, and it may help to avoid being barefoot. Drinking plenty of fresh water daily may help to reduce the risk of developing cracked heels. If you would like more information about how to prevent the onset of cracked heels, please confer with a podiatrist who can provide you with proper knowledge.

Cracked heels are unsightly and can cause further damage to your shoes and feet. If you have any concerns, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Cracked Heels

Cracked heels appear unappealing and can make it harder for you walk around in sandals. Aside from looking unpleasant, cracked heels can also tear stockings, socks, and wear out your shoes. There are several methods to help restore a cracked heel and prevent further damage.

How Do You Get Them?

Dry skin is the number one culprit in creating cracked heels. Many athletes, walkers, joggers, and even swimmers suffer from cracked heels. Age and skin oil production play a role to getting cracked heels as well.

Promote Healing

Over the counter medicines can help, especially for those that need instant relief or who suffer from chronic dry feet.

Wear Socks – Wearing socks with medicated creams helps lock in moisture.

Moisturizers – Applying both day and night will help alleviate dryness which causes cracking.

Pumice Stones – These exfoliate and remove dead skin, which allows for smoother moisturizer application and better absorption into the skin. 

Change in Diet

Eating healthy with a well-balanced diet will give the skin a fresh and radiant look. Your body responds to the kinds of food you ingest. Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc supplements can also revitalize skin tissue.

Most importantly, seek professional help if unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels. A podiatrist will help you with any questions or information needed. 

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

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Ingrown toenails can be painful and can make wearing shoes or walking uncomfortable. Seek professional help if you believe you've developed an ingrown toenail and be treated safely. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2022 00:00

Athletes and Plantar Fasciitis

The thick band of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot is known as the plantar fascia. It connects the heel to the toes, and acts as a shock absorber, in addition to providing support to the arch. When the plantar fascia becomes irritated, plantar fasciitis may develop. This can cause pain and discomfort, and the pain may be more severe in the morning after arising. Athletes who develop this condition are often unhappy about it, and it may limit running. It can help to wear supportive footwear, and many athletes gradually increase training. There are specific stretches that can be performed which can help the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. If you would like more information about the causes and treatment of plantar fasciitis, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM  from Practice. 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 Covington, LA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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It is very common for pregnant women to experience swelling in the feet and legs during pregnancy. This swelling occurs because the body holds more water than usual, and that water pools in the lower part of the body. The swelling can get very uncomfortable, but it is usually not harmful. However, it is important to note that if there is a sudden increase in swelling, it should be monitored as soon as possible, because this could be a sign of preeclampsia. Ways that swelling can be reduced include not standing for long periods of time, wearing comfortable shoes and socks that aren’t too tight, resting with the feet up, and consistently going for walks. Patients who are struggling with swelling feet during their pregnancy would be wise to consult with a podiatrist to help manage and monitor the situation. 

Pregnant women with swollen feet can be treated with a variety of different methods that are readily available. For more information about other cures for swollen feet during pregnancy, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.

What Foot Problems Can Arise During Pregnancy?

One problem that can occur is overpronation, which occurs when the arch of the foot flattens and tends to roll inward.  This can cause pain and discomfort in your heels while you’re walking or even just standing up, trying to support your baby.  

Another problem is edema, or swelling in the extremities. This often affects the feet during pregnancy but tends to occur in the later stages. 

How Can I Keep My Feet Healthy During Pregnancy?

  • Wearing orthotics can provide extra support for the feet and help distribute weight evenly
  • Minimize the amount of time spent walking barefoot
  • Wear shoes with good arch support
  • Wear shoes that allow for good circulation to the feet
  • Elevate feet if you experience swelling
  • Massage your feet
  • Get regular, light exercise, such as walking, to promote blood circulation to the feet

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

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Tuesday, 08 March 2022 00:00

Baseball’s Potential Toll on the Feet

There are a variety of injuries that can impact the feet and ankles that come from playing baseball. One of the most common injuries that occurs in baseball, due to running, sliding, and stepping on bases, is an ankle sprain. Athletes who overtrain can also develop heel injuries, such as plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendinopathy. There are also a number of injuries that can be caused by cleats. If the cleats don’t fit properly, they could cause issues such as bunions, hammertoes and neuromas. Ingrown toenails are also common among baseball players, since toenails that are cut too short or at an angle can dig into the skin and get infected. Baseball players who are dealing with any sort of pain or aggravation in their feet or ankles would be wise to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.  

Sports related foot and ankle injuries require proper treatment before players can go back to their regular routines. For more information, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Sports Related Foot and Ankle Injuries

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Plantar Fasciosis
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Achilles Tendon Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains

Sports related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

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

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Most babies are born with feet that point either straight ahead or slightly outward, but a few have feet that turn inward, called intoeing or “pigeon-toed.” The cause may simply be hereditary or from a lack of space in the womb that curved the feet. The most common cause is called internal tibial torsion, when the leg bone is twisted inward. Another cause, excess femoral anteversion, occurs when the thigh bone twists inward. Neither condition is painful. A third cause, metatarsus adductus, is also when the toe points inward. Several braces are available to help straighten your child’s feet, but in many cases children’s feet will simply straighten out as they get older. However, if your child has difficulty standing, walking, or running, it’s a good idea to have a podiatrist conduct a thorough examination and possibly take X-rays, to determine the cause and available treatment options.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

Having healthy feet during childhood can help prevent medical problems later in life, namely in the back and legs. As children grow, their feet require different types of care. Here are some things to consider...

Although babies do not walk yet, it is still very important to take care of their feet.

Avoid putting tight shoes or socks on his or her feet.

Allow the baby to stretch and kick his or her feet to feel comfortable.

As a toddler, kids are now on the move and begin to develop differently. At this age, toddlers are getting a feel for walking, so don’t be alarmed if your toddler is unsteady or ‘walks funny’. 

As your child gets older, it is important to teach them how to take care of their feet.

Show them proper hygiene to prevent infections such as fungus.

Be watchful for any pain or injury.

Have all injuries checked by a doctor as soon as possible.

Comfortable, protective shoes should always be worn, especially at play.

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

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