Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Toe numbness and tingling, often described as a pins-and-needles sensation, can arise from various causes. Commonly, it results from poor circulation, nerve compression, or injury. Prolonged pressure on the nerves, such as from wearing tight shoes or sitting in one position for too long, can lead to temporary numbness. Medical conditions like diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or multiple sclerosis can also cause these symptoms. Additionally, deficiencies in vitamins such as B12, or mineral imbalances, may contribute to nerve problems. Recognizing the underlying cause is essential for effective treatment. If numbness and tingling persist or are accompanied by other symptoms, like pain or muscle weakness, it is important to seek medical advice from a podiatrist. If you have these sensations in your feet or toes, it is suggested that you visit this foot doctor for a diagnosis and treatment.

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

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 Leander, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Sunday, 16 June 2024 00:00

Have your feet inspected by a professional before starting a new sport or physical activity. Taking charge of your foot health will keep you in good physical condition and can help you avoid a potential injury, such as a fracture or sprained ankle.

Prevent injuries and see a foot specialist.

Tuesday, 11 June 2024 00:00

Corns and calluses are common foot conditions that are often confused but have distinct differences. Corns are small, rounded areas of thickened skin that usually develop on bony areas like the top or sides of toes as a result of pressure or friction. Corns often develop from the consistent friction with ill-fitted shoes. Typically, corns have a hard core surrounded by inflamed skin that may cause discomfort or pain when pressure is applied. Calluses, on the other hand, are broader, more diffused areas of thickened skin that typically form on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands. Calluses form as the body's way of protecting itself from ongoing rubbing or pressure from everyday activities like walking, working, or any kind of manual labor. Unlike corns, calluses generally do not cause pain but they may affect mobility if they grow too thick. Regular foot care and attention to shoe fit can help maintain healthy feet and prevent the development of these agitating conditions. If you suffer from persistent or painful corns and calluses, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper evaluation and appropriate treatment recommendations. 

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, 04 June 2024 00:00

Cracked heels occur when the skin on the heels becomes dry and thickens, leading to fissures. The cracks can be caused by prolonged standing, wearing open-back shoes, and skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Cracked heels often appear as dry, rough patches with visible splits, which can feel painful and tender, especially when pressure is applied. Beyond their unsightly appearance, cracked heels can lead to serious complications. The deep fissures can become infected, causing swelling, redness, and bleeding. If left untreated, this can result in cellulitis, a painful bacterial skin infection. For individuals with diabetes or compromised immune systems, the risks are even greater because infections can spread easily and become severe. To prevent and treat cracked heels, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide effective treatment solutions, and prevent further complications.

If the skin on your feet starts to crack, you may want to see a podiatrist to find treatment. If you have any concerns, 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.

Cracked Heels

It is important to moisturize your cracked heels in order to prevent pain, bleeding, and infection. The reason cracked heels form is because the skin on the foot is too dry to support the immense pressure placed on them. When the foot expands, the dry skin on the foot begins to split.

Ways to Help Heal Them

  • Invest in a good foot cream
  • Try Using Petroleum Jelly
  • Ease up on Soaps
  • Drink Plenty of Water

Ways to Prevent Cracked Heels

  • Moisturize After Showering
  • Skip a Shower
  • Keep Shower Water Lukewarm
  • Don’t Scrub Your Feet

If you are unsure how to proceed in treating cracked heels, seek guidance from a podiatrist. Your doctor will help you with any questions or information you may need. 

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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