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Tuesday, 27 September 2022 00:00

Preventing Foot Wounds in Children

If you are a parent, it is important for you to be doing all you can to minimize the extent to which your child could scrape or develop a wound on their feet. If your child is playing outside in the yard, you might, for instance, clear sharp objects like pointy twigs and rocks that could pierce your child’s skin. There are also many helpful ways in which a parent can immediately treat a wound if it develops on the child’s feet. For example, it might be a good idea to clean the affected area and dry it, applying a bandage. Importantly, if your child’s abrasion causes swelling or a fever, medical attention should be sought out. Contact a podiatrist today if you want to learn more about how to protect your child’s feet.

Making sure that your children maintain good foot health is very important as they grow. If you have any questions, contact Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM of Leander Foot & Ankle. 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 Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Thursday, 22 September 2022 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 September 2022 00:00

Do I Have an Ankle Fracture?

An ankle fracture means that one or more of the medial, lateral, or posterior malleolus (the bony projections on either side of the ankle) is broken. Dislocation of the ankle joint can result from an ankle fracture. Usually, when a patient breaks an ankle, they will experience pain, swelling, and an inability to bear weight on the affected foot. There may be a pop when the ankle breaks, and it may appear deformed. Those with osteoporosis, a history of frequent falls, or a compromised vascular system are more at risk for ankle fractures, as are those who have frequently participated in sports. An X-ray, CT scan, or MRI will confirm a broken ankle diagnosis. If you think you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM from Leander Foot & Ankle. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

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

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Tuesday, 13 September 2022 00:00

Sesamoiditis and High Heeled Footwear

Sesamoiditis is a pernicious or gradual foot condition that can impact a wide variety of individuals. Primarily affecting the two small, bead-like sesamoid bones beneath the big toe joint, sesamoiditis can bring about sensations of pain beneath the big toe. There are a number of different activities that can aggravate sesamoiditis and wearing high-heeled shoes is one of them. By their very structure, high heels force an individual to put their weight onto their toes and forefoot. Thus, when an individual wears high heels, they are forced to put their weight on and around the sesamoid bones. If you develop or aggravate sesamoiditis in connection with wearing high heels, this may make it significantly difficult to continue wearing heels. Therefore, you might consider providing your sesamoids with relief by alternating days in which you wear high heels. You could also opt for wedges or shoes that offer a lower heel. It is advised to wear high heels with caution because not only can they aggravate cases of sesamoiditis, but they can also cause a number of different foot conditions. Consult with a podiatrist today if you want to learn more about sesamoiditis and foot care. 

Sesamoiditis is an unpleasant foot condition characterized by pain in the balls of the feet. If you think you’re struggling with sesamoiditis, contact Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM of Leander Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will treat your condition thoroughly and effectively.

Sesamoiditis

Sesamoiditis is a condition of the foot that affects the ball of the foot. It is more common in younger people than it is in older people. It can also occur with people who have begun a new exercise program, since their bodies are adjusting to the new physical regimen. Pain may also be caused by the inflammation of tendons surrounding the bones. It is important to seek treatment in its early stages because if you ignore the pain, this condition can lead to more serious problems such as severe irritation and bone fractures.

Causes of Sesamoiditis

  • Sudden increase in activity
  • Increase in physically strenuous movement without a proper warm up or build up
  • Foot structure: those who have smaller, bonier feet or those with a high arch may be more susceptible

Treatment for sesamoiditis is non-invasive and simple. Doctors may recommend a strict rest period where the patient forgoes most physical activity. This will help give the patient time to heal their feet through limited activity. For serious cases, it is best to speak with your doctor to determine a treatment option that will help your specific needs.

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

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