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Many people have the foot condition that is known as cracked heels. Various reasons, including vitamin deficiency, can cause this ailment. A lack of vitamin E can affect the skin and cause it to dry. Good sources of this vital nutrient can include sunflower seeds, salmon, avocado, and various oils. Additionally, patients who do not have adequate amounts of vitamin B-3 may develop a condition called pellagra. This can cause the skin to become dry and scaly, affecting the heels. Sources of this vitamin can consist of brown rice, lentils, poultry, and seafood. Existing medical conditions may also lead to developing cracked heels, such as eczema and athlete’s foot. Cracked heels can be prominent among people who frequently walk barefoot and may be prevented when sandals or shoes are worn. If you have cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward the treatment routine that is correct for you.

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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Wednesday, 21 June 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Wednesday, 21 June 2023 00:00

Plantar Warts Can Be Treated!

Plantar warts are small growths that develop on parts of the feet that bear weight. They're typically found on the bottom of the foot. Don't live with plantar warts, and call us today!

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 00:00

Symptoms and Causes of Turf Toe

A condition known as turf toe involves the ligaments around the big toe. It is mainly caused by placing pressure on the flexed toe and pushing off of it with great force, thereby overstretching the ligament under the toe. This action results in pain, swelling, and a limited ability to move the toe. Turf toe is common to athletes such as football players, dancers, and gymnasts. A Grade 1, or mild injury involves minimal swelling and pain. A Grade 2, or moderate injury is caused by a partial tear or laceration of the ligament. A Grade 3, or severe injury, turf toe results in a complete rupture of the ligament. The treatment and recovery time depend on the severity of the injury. A mild injury may be treated with pain medication for a few weeks. A moderate injury may take up to a month to heal. With a severe injury, which may involve surgery, recovery may take up to 12 weeks. In addition, a brace, crutches, and special shoes may be required to wear. For more information on handling this type of injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.   

Toe pain can disrupt your daily activities. If you have any concerns, 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.

What Causes Toe Pain?

Most severe toe pain is caused due to a sports injury, trauma from dropping something heavy on the toe, or bumping into something rigid. Other problems can develop over time for various reasons.

Toe pain can be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Trauma
  • Sports injury
  • Wearing shoes that are too tight
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Corns and calluses
  • Hammertoe
  • Bunions
  • Blisters
  • Ingrown toenails
  • Sprains
  • Fractures (broken bones)
  • Dislocations

When to See a Podiatrist

  • Severe pain
  • Persistent pain that lasts more than a week
  • Signs of infection
  • Continued swelling
  • Pain that prevents walking

Diagnosis

In many cases the cause of toe pain is obvious, but in others, a podiatrist may want to use more advanced methods to determine the problem. These can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatments for toe pain and injuries vary and may include shoe inserts, padding, taping, medicines, injections, and in some cases, surgery. If you believe that you have broken a toe, please see a podiatrist as soon as possible.

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

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Tuesday, 13 June 2023 00:00

Seed Corns on the Feet

Corns are thickened areas of skin that can develop on feet and toes. They are caused by prolonged pressure or friction and can happen from shoes that do not fit well, and performing repetitive activities. Additionally, foot conditions with deformities that press against shoes, such as bunions or hammertoe may cause corns to develop. A seed corn, or heloma millare, is one of three types of foot corns, and can also occur from having dry skin. They are small and can appear on the soles of the feet. It may be difficult to distinguish them from calluses or plantar warts, and a sample will have to be taken for examination under a microscope. Seed corns are hard, circular, and have well-defined spots on the skin and are generally seen in multiples. They seldom hurt unless pressure is applied to them or when performing weight-bearing activities. Tips to prevent seed corn formation include using a pumice stone to gently file thickened skin, followed by soaking and moisturizing the feet. It can also help to wear shoes and socks that are comfortable and do not rub on the feet. If you have seed corns that are not diminishing, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM of Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Corns: What Are They? and How Do You Get Rid of Them?
Corns can be described as areas of the skin that have thickened to the point of becoming painful or irritating. They are often layers and layers of the skin that have become dry and rough, and are normally smaller than calluses.

Ways to Prevent Corns
There are many ways to get rid of painful corns such as wearing:

  • Well-fitting socks
  • Comfortable shoes that are not tight around your foot
  • Shoes that offer support

Treating Corns
Treatment of corns involves removing the dead skin that has built up in the specific area of the foot. Consult with Our doctor to determine the best treatment option for your case of corns.

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, 06 June 2023 00:00

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is common and there are several causes. It can occur as a result of an injury or from wearing shoes that do not have adequate cushioning in the heel area. The foot condition known as plantar fasciitis can cause severe heel pain and a podiatrist is often consulted for relief. Additionally, enduring an Achilles tendon injury can also produce heel pain, and it can become difficult to walk. People who are afflicted with arthritis in the feet may have swollen heels and a reduced range of motion. For moderate heel pain, performing gentle stretches can help to strengthen the heel and it is helpful to avoid wearing high heels. A heel spur is a bony growth that forms on the bottom of the heel that causes heel pain, too. A heel spur can be diagnosed by having an X-ray taken to determine its size. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can analyze the cause and offer you the correct treatment solutions.

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. 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.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please 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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