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Tuesday, 28 March 2023 00:00

Flat Foot Diagnosis

People who are lacking an arch in their feet are known to have flat feet. All babies are born with flat feet, and the arch generally develops in the teenage years, but this may not happen in some adults, possibly due to genetic factors or if they have endured a foot injury. Additionally, there may be existing Achilles tendon conditions or muscle problems that may lead to having flat feet. This ailment is easily diagnosed by undergoing a physical examination in addition to having an X-ray performed. It is beneficial for patients with flat feet to wear supportive shoes and refrain from wearing shoes that lack arch support, such as flip-flops. Adults who have flat feet may need additional support, and this may include wearing custom-made orthotics. If you are experiencing aches and pains from having flat feet, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can help you with relief techniques.

Flatfoot is a condition many people suffer from. If you have flat feet, contact Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM from Leander Foot & Ankle. 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.  


  • 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


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 Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2023 00:00

How Diabetes Can Affect the Feet

Many people who have diabetes also struggle with secondary conditions that affect the lower limbs, feet, and toes. Among these are nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections. Nerve damage is the result of long-term high blood sugar levels, which leave the patient with numbness in the feet. This neuropathy can open the door to cuts or sores that cannot be felt and therefore go untreated. It can also cause damage to the bones and joints of the legs and feet. Blocked arteries are also caused by high blood sugar levels, making it more difficult for blood to reach the toes and feet. This makes it difficult for sores and cuts to heal properly, and they can develop into skin ulcers. If not dealt with promptly, ulcers can ultimately lead to developing gangrene. High blood sugar also can put the diabetic at more risk of infection. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options to care for your feet. 

Diabetic foot care is important in preventing foot ailments such as ulcers. If you are suffering from diabetes or have any other concerns about your feet, 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.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes affects millions of people every year. The condition can damage blood vessels in many parts of the body, especially the feet. Because of this, taking care of your feet is essential if you have diabetes, and having a podiatrist help monitor your foot health is highly recommended.

The Importance of Caring for Your Feet

  • Routinely inspect your feet for bruises or sores.
  • Wear socks that fit your feet comfortably.
  • Wear comfortable shoes that provide adequate support.

Patients with diabetes should have their doctor monitor their blood levels, as blood sugar levels play such a huge role in diabetic care. Monitoring these levels on a regular basis is highly advised.

It is always best to inform your healthcare professional of any concerns you may have regarding your feet, especially for diabetic patients. Early treatment and routine foot examinations are keys to maintaining proper health, especially because severe complications can arise if proper treatment is not applied.

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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Constant care and regular evaluation are important for a foot or ankle fracture. If left untreated, foot or ankle fractures can worsen over time and create more serious problems.

Don't wait to be examined if you believe you've experienced a foot or ankle fracture.

Tuesday, 14 March 2023 00:00

Dealing With Corns on the Feet

Corns on the feet are the result of combining motion with friction. For example, a tight pair of shoes can press one of the toes against the top, side, or bottom of the shoe causing a callus or corn to form. A callus is a buildup of skin that serves to protect the foot from repetitive friction. It is rarely painful. A corn, however, can become exceedingly painful when a small seed develops within the toughened skin. There are a number of ways to remove a corn that involve acids that may burn away the layers of skin, but it is best to seek the help of a podiatrist before trying these at home. The podiatrist can examine the cause of the corn and recommend the proper treatment option. In some cases, it may be necessary to have orthotic devices or arch supports made specifically for your foot, as in the case of overpronation or arch problems. In addition, the podiatrist may recommend toe separators, toe straighteners, or toe caps to relieve the pressure from friction, along with guidelines on proper footwear. If you have developed a corn on the foot, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist for safe treatment and removal options.

If you have any concerns regarding your feet and ankles, contact Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM of Leander Foot & Ankle. 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 Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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Tuesday, 07 March 2023 00:00

Pain on the Top of the Foot

An individual can experience many different types of pain in the feet in many different areas of the feet. The particular kind of pain that a patient feels, and where it is located, might tell a podiatrist important information about the nature of the underlying condition. One area of the foot where an individual might experience pain is on the top of the foot. Someone living with this type of pain might feel mild or severe pain, and it might arise when walking or standing still. There are several different conditions that might explain why an individual experiences this kind of pain. For example, overuse activities might be the primary culprit behind pain of this sort. This is to say that activities such as running and jumping might be contributing to pain on the top of the foot. If you are someone that struggles with this kind of pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist today.

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Afsha Naimat-Shahzad, DPM from Leander Foot & Ankle. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.


Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more


To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This 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 depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

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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