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Tuesday, 25 July 2023 00:00

What Is a Haglund’s Deformity?

Haglund's deformity is a foot abnormality where the heel bone and soft tissues develop an enlarged bony section at the Achilles insertion, causing heel pain and swelling. It is linked to retrocalcaneal bursitis, often referred to as "pump bump" or "winter heel" due to pressure from pump-style shoes. This condition commonly affects runners and women aged 15 to 35, particularly those who wear high heels. Factors such as genetics, high arches, tight Achilles tendon, and walking on the outer heel edge contribute to its formation. Wearing tight or ill-fitting shoes also exacerbates the condition. Treatment ranges from anti-inflammatories to surgery to remove the bony protrusion. If you have a bump on the back of your heel that causes foot pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.

Pain

The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Covington, LA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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If you are suffering from tenderness, pain, or stiffness in the joints of your feet or ankles, call us to schedule an appointment.

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 00:00

Dealing With Blisters While Running

One of the main issues that runners face is dealing with blisters. These are bubbles of fluid that develop on the feet and toes as a result of friction between your socks or shoes and the skin. Blisters can develop from running long distances, breaking in new running shoes, or wearing shoes and socks that are unsuitable for the terrain or weather. While blisters are not a serious health threat, they can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort if not properly treated. It is never a good idea to pop a blister, because the open skin can easily become infected. The best ways to prevent blisters while running are to make sure your shoes fit properly and that your socks wick moisture away from the skin. Many runners tape their feet before a run as a preventative measure. Precautions taken before a run include breaking in a new pair of shoes as well as increasing mileage and intensity gradually. Others coat their feet and toes with petroleum jelly before starting. If you are a runner who has continued problems with blisters, or who has a blister that has become infected, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for help.

Blisters are prone to making everyday activities extremely uncomfortable. If your feet are hurting, 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.

Foot Blisters

Foot blisters develop as a result of constantly wearing tight or ill-fitting footwear. This happens due to the constant rubbing from the shoe, which can often lead to pain.

What Are Foot Blisters?

A foot blister is a small fluid-filled pocket that forms on the upper-most layer of the skin. Blisters are filled with clear fluid and can lead to blood drainage or pus if the area becomes infected.

How Do Blisters Form?

Blisters on the feet are often the result of constant friction of skin and material, usually by shoe rubbing. Walking in sandals, boots, or shoes that don’t fit properly for long periods of time can result in a blister. Having consistent foot moisture and humidity can easily lead to blister formation.

Prevention & Treatment

It is important to properly care for the affected area in order to prevent infection and ease the pain. Do not lance the blister and use a Band-Aid to provide pain relief. Also, be sure to keep your feet dry and wear proper fitting shoes. If you see blood or pus in a blister, seek assistance from a podiatrist.

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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There may be advantages for people who have flat feet. Flat feet are defined as the natural ability the feet have to roll inward, which may be helpful while running or jumping. The structure of the foot can absorb the shock, which may come easier than to people who have high arches. Additionally, the body may propel faster in people who are flat footed, and stability and balance may be enhanced. Despite this uplifting knowledge, there are some disadvantages to having flat feet. These can include difficulty in choosing shoes that fit correctly, and lower back pain may gradually develop. Observing flat feet can easily be done by standing with both feet on the floor. People who have flat feet will notice there is no gap between the floor and their feet. The majority of babies are born with flat feet, and the arches generally develop by the teenage years. Flat feet in adults may be the result of becoming obese, running or walking while barefoot, or possibly from lifting heavy weights. If you have flat feet, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with useful information on how to manage this condition. 

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

What Are Flat Feet?

Flatfoot is a condition in which the arch of the foot is depressed and the sole of the foot is almost completely in contact with the ground. About 20-30% of the population generally has flat feet because their arches never formed during growth.

Conditions & Problems:

Having flat feet makes it difficult to run or walk because of the stress placed on the ankles.

Alignment – The general alignment of your legs can be disrupted, because the ankles move inward which can cause major discomfort.

Knees – If you have complications with your knees, flat feet can be a contributor to arthritis in that area.  

Symptoms

  • Pain around the heel or arch area
  • Trouble standing on the tip toe
  • Swelling around the inside of the ankle
  • Flat look to one or both feet
  • Having your shoes feel uneven when worn

Treatment

If you are experiencing pain and stress on the foot you may weaken the posterior tibial tendon, which runs around the inside of the ankle. 

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, 04 July 2023 00:00

Is Athlete’s Foot Contagious?

The medical name for the foot condition that is known as athlete’s foot is tinea pedis. It is an uncomfortable foot rash and is considered to be contagious. Common symptoms that are associated with athlete’s foot can consist of dry and itchy skin between the toes and on the sole of the foot. The fungus that causes this ailment lives and thrives in warm and wet environments, such as locker rooms, public swimming pools, and similar areas. It is beneficial to wear flip-flops or water shoes while in these types of places, and doing this may prevent people from getting athlete’s foot. This condition will generally not improve without medical attention. Permanent relief may be found when prescribed medicine is taken and appropriate shoes are worn which may help to prevent re-infection. If you have the above symptoms, it is strongly suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and prescribe the medication needed to treat athlete’s foot. 

Athlete’s Foot

Athlete’s foot is often an uncomfortable condition to experience. Thankfully, podiatrists specialize in treating athlete’s foot and offer the best treatment options. If you have any questions about athlete’s foot, consult with Mack Jay Groves IV, DPM from Practice. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality treatment.

What Is Athlete’s Foot?

Tinea pedis, more commonly known as athlete’s foot, is a non-serious and common fungal infection of the foot. Athlete’s foot is contagious and can be contracted by touching someone who has it or infected surfaces. The most common places contaminated by it are public showers, locker rooms, and swimming pools. Once contracted, it grows on feet that are left inside moist, dark, and warm shoes and socks.

Prevention

The most effective ways to prevent athlete’s foot include:

  • Thoroughly washing and drying feet
  • Avoid going barefoot in locker rooms and public showers
  • Using shower shoes in public showers
  • Wearing socks that allow the feet to breathe
  • Changing socks and shoes frequently if you sweat a lot

Symptoms

Athlete’s foot initially occurs as a rash between the toes. However, if left undiagnosed, it can spread to the sides and bottom of the feet, toenails, and if touched by hand, the hands themselves. Symptoms include:

  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Scaly and peeling skin

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis is quick and easy. Skin samples will be taken and either viewed under a microscope or sent to a lab for testing. Sometimes, a podiatrist can diagnose it based on simply looking at it. Once confirmed, treatment options include oral and topical antifungal medications.

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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