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Thursday, 31 August 2017 00:00

Why Do I Have Heel Pain?

Feet have the important task of bearing our entire weight and keeping us mobile. The heel part of the foot, in particular, endures a lot of impact and stress. Because of this, heel pain is a common occurrence for many people. For some it is just mild pain, but for others, it can be debilitating and affect mobility. Treating heel pain will depend on the cause of the pain, from injuries to genetic disease, and tissue strain.

Here are some common causes of heel pain and ways to prevent and treat them. 

  • Heel Spur from Plantar Fasciitis – When the plantar fascia (tissue along the bottom of the feet) become inflamed. As the ligaments become overstretched or tight, they can pull on the area that connects the midfoot to the heel. This can cause a bony spur to develop, which causes pain against the heel bone. Many who experience plantar fasciitis get it from the arch flattening or because the tissues are overused. Use of heel and arch support orthotic inserts can help. Additionally, stretching the bottom of the foot and the calves can help release the tension.
  • Achilles Tendonitis – When the pain is along the back of the heel instead of the bottom of the heel, it can be attributed to an overuse injury of the Achilles tendon. The tightness and inflammation of the tendon, where it connects to the heel bone can cause pain at the back of the heel. Rest, medication, physical therapy and stretching, as well as immobility splints can help reduce symptoms.

Peripheral Neuropathy – Burning pain along the bottom of the foot and heel can also be caused by plantar fasciitis and peripheral neuropathy. At the onset of diabetic neuropathy, you can experience a burning sensation as you lose feeling. At the onset of any burning feeling, or if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, make sure you check your feet and get an assessment with our podiatrist.                                                                                                                                                                                               

Are you concerned with ongoing heel pain that just won’t go away? Contact your local podiatrist at Texas Foot WorksDr. Jonathan M. Kletz is more than happy to discuss this topic more in detail and find solutions for any problems you may come across. Make an appointment today at any of our Abrams (Dallas)Athens, and Gun Barrell City, TX offices!

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 00:00

What Diabetes Means for Your Feet

Folks who have been diagnosed with diabetes will quickly learn that there are many changes they must make in their lives. From checking their blood sugar levels to changing their diet and activities, there are many lifestyle changes involved. This includes checking the feet daily in case of secondary issues that arise due to the way diabetes affects the body.


The following are common secondary issues that affect the feet for people who have diabetes:

  • Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: The most common of issues, diabetes can cause high blood sugar levels, which can damage nerves. This results in a burning sensation that turns into a reduction or loss of sensation.
  • Diabetic dermopathy: Occurring mostly on the lower parts of the leg, there may be increased pigmentation that look like small scars. This may even begin to occur before diabetes is diagnosed. However, this may not necessarily cause other health problems, other than skin appearance.
  • Diabetic callus build-up, ulcer, and infection: Calluses form on the foot due to external friction and pressure on the feet. When there is some loss of sensation, it’s more likely that there is a breakdown of skin under the calluses. A hidden ulcer can occur, which can be hard to treat and cause infection. If the callus and ulcer are not properly treated by our podiatrist, infection can affect deep parts of the tissue and even the bone.
  • Diabetic Charcot foot: A type of arthritis that can lead to fractures and dislocations of bones and joints from nerve damage and poor circulation. Leaving these untreated can lead to foot deformity or severe infection.


Make sure you treat your feet well to prevent incidence of secondary issues. Check them daily and take care of any issues that arise sooner than later. If any foot-related developments occur, it’s best to see our podiatrist quickly.


If you have further questions about diabetic foot complications, contact your local podiatrist at Texas Foot WorksDr. Jonathan M. Kletz is more than happy to discuss this topic more in detail and find solutions for any problems you may come across. Make an appointment today at any of our offices in Abrams (Dallas)Athens, and Gun Barrell City, TX!

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 00:00

Hyperhidrosis on Your Feet

Most of the population doesn’t even know that some people suffer from hyperhidrosis. If you’re among those who don’t know what it is, it’s essentially a condition in which people experience excessive sweating on certain parts of the body. Most of excessive sweating happens on the hands and feet, but can be in the armpit and the body overall. There isn’t a particular known cause, other than the fact that it is inherited. There isn’t even a known solution to stop the excessive sweating – only some short-term treatments to reduce the sweating.


The biggest concern for hyperhidrosis is more of a social aspect of embarrassment and discomfort, rather than a severe health issue. A handshake or taking shoes off at a friend’s house can be embarrassing. A clammy handshake or smelly wet socks are not something that most people are comfortable with. Furthermore, sweaty feet can mean slipping on slick floors, which can lead to injury.


There are, however, some health-related side effects. Due to the constant wetness on the feet, skin can break down if not properly cared for. Bacterial, viral, or fungal infections can be common and may not resolve as easily. Additionally, foot odor can affect all shoes and become an emotional stress for those affected.


Things you can do to reduce problems with sweating and risk of infection:

  • Good foot hygiene. Clean your feet each day with soap and warm water, and allow them to fully dry.
  • Change your socks at least once, midday. If your socks tend to get soaked by lunchtime, you’ll be wearing wet socks all day, increasing foot odor and risk of blisters.
  • You can use antiperspirants directly on the feet, but that may redirect sweat to other parts of the body. You can also try foot powder or cornstarch to absorb sweat.
  • Rotate the shoes you wear each day to allow for the footwear to fully dry in between wears. This will reduce odor and risk of infections.


Some treatment options include:

  • Iontophoresis, in which you submerge your hands or feet in water and subject it to a mild electrical current through the skin. This can reduce sweat to a certain degree. A machine can be purchased for home use.
  • Botox injections are also an option, but they are temporary and are not guaranteed to work after a while.
  • Sympathectomy is a surgical procedure that interrupts the nerve signals that tell the sweat glands to release sweat.


Is your hyperhidrosis severely affecting your quality of life? Come see our podiatrist, Dr. Jonathan M. Kletz of Texas Foot WorksMake an appointment today at any of our offices in Abrams (Dallas)Athens, and Gun Barrell City, TX to find the right solution for your excessive sweating problems. 

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Friday, 04 August 2017 00:00

Treatment Options for Plantar Warts

Unless it becomes painful, you may not even notice that you have a plantar wart, which can look like calloused skin. In fact, some can come and go without needing treatment. But when they don’t go away, they can become annoying and unsightly. Taking your shoes off, especially at a friend’s house during summer would feel like a no-no.


So what can you do about it?


First, be sure to spread love, not warts. Plantar warts are caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and are contagious through direct contact, shared towels and clothes, or while walking barefoot in locker room floors. The virus enters the skin through any breaks in the skin, such as cuts or scrapes. To prevent spreading warts, make sure you don’t share towels or socks, and use flip-flops in communal areas.


Second, you can try some home treatments using over-the-counter items.


  • For some, duct tape occlusion therapy can work. By keeping duct tape over the wart, it “treats” it by smothering it.
  • Salicylic Acid drops, ointments, or bandages are available to treat warts. Follow the instructions on the box, which include a warm foot soak to soften the warts, and then filing down the wart with an emery board or pumice stone (unless it causes pain)
  • Over-the-counter cryotherapy treatments are also available – begin with the same foot soak and filing for more effective treatment.


Third, if over-the-counter treatments do not work, our podiatrist can treat you in the office using stronger cryotherapy or chemicals. He can also safely surgically remove some of the hardened skin.


Finally, take prevention measures. If you’ve been infected, the virus may live on in your body and reappear. However, to prevent a new infection, make sure to keep your feet clean. Wash your feet each day and fully dry them. Moisturize if necessary and treat any cuts or scrapes. Also, wear flip-flops in communal areas in which people might be going barefoot. And don’t be part of the problem – don’t go barefoot in communal areas when you’ve got an active plantar wart!


Do you have wart problem that won’t go away or has gotten out of hand? Come see our podiatrist, Dr. Jonathan M. Kletz of Texas Foot WorksMake an appointment today at any of our Abrams (Dallas)Athens, and Gun Barrell City, TX offices.

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You’ve probably seen products for corn removal and callus pads at your local drugstores and supermarkets. You may have wondered about them, and who would need them. Or maybe you’ve had corns and calluses, but they haven’t gotten better. Well, we’re going to talk about your options today.

Corns and calluses develop due to constant repeated friction on the skin of your feet. Thick skin that forms as a bump is called a corn, while thick skin that develops on the bottom of the feet are called a callus. If you’ve had them, you know that not only are they unpleasant to look at, but they can also cause you pain. Unfortunately, the most likely culprit is your footwear.

That’s right, if your shoes are constantly rubbing on feet, the friction will cause your skin to thicken to protect itself. However, the longer it develops, the more likely it is that you may feel pain.

While they are not contagious or life-threatening, they sure can be a huge nuisance. Here are some questions to ask yourself for dealing with corns and/or calluses:

  • Are your shoes causing you pain? Maybe you have a pair of work shoes or casual shoes that leave you with pain or feel too tight. It may be the cause of your corns or calluses. High heels, especially, can cause you to have calluses on the balls of your feet.
  • Do you wear socks with your shoes? Even if it seems like some shoes aren’t meant to have socks worn with them, if you are prone to corns and calluses, you should always wear socks. Socks, even thin, sheer socks, can help reduce friction. 
  • Do you have foot deformities or other problems? Some foot issues like bunions or hammertoes can make you more prone to developing corns because the deformities may cause more friction with your shoes. Get shoes that are roomier and try using some pads for painful sites. For some, custom orthotics can be the most helpful in relieving painful symptoms for deformities and the corns and calluses that come with them.
  • Do you pamper and care for your feet? Sometimes, all your feet need are some TLC (tender loving care). In the case of raised and thickened corns and calluses, try a warm soak and then use an emery board or pumice stone to file them down. If it’s painful, do not proceed without a podiatrist.

If you have pesky corns and calluses that are bothering you, our podiatrist can help remove or reduce them. Make an appointment at Texas Foot Works to have your feet checked and to find the best solution to treat them. Our podiatrist Jonathan M. Kletz, DPM can treat your feet at our offices in Dallas, Athens and Gun Barrell City, TX.

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