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February 2020

Thursday, 27 February 2020 00:00

Arthritis Can Cause Pain in the Feet and Ankles

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

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Research has indicated that falling is a common occurrence among seniors. Because it’s generally known to be common, it can prompt a fear of falling, which may cause difficulty in accomplishing daily activities. It is important to implement methods that can be instrumental in preventing falling, as this may help ease this common fear. Certain medications may cause dizziness, so it is suggested to have patients regularly visit their doctors to avoid this symptom. Strength can be increased when a gentle exercise routine is frequently performed, in addition to wearing shoes that fit comfortably. It may be beneficial to install grab bars in the toilet and shower area, as these may provide the necessary stability. If you would like more information about how falling can potentially affect the feet, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Preventing falls among the elderly is very important. If you are older and have fallen or fear that you are prone to falling, consult with Dr. Jonathan Kletz from Texas Foot Works. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality advice and care.

Every 11 seconds, an elderly American is being treated in an emergency room for a fall related injury. Falls are the leading cause of head and hip injuries for those 65 and older. Due to decreases in strength, balance, senses, and lack of awareness, elderly persons are very susceptible to falling. Thankfully, there are a number of things older persons can do to prevent falls.

How to Prevent Falls

Some effective methods that older persons can do to prevent falls include:

  • Enrolling in strength and balance exercise program to increase balance and strength
  • Periodically having your sight and hearing checked
  • Discuss any medications you have with a doctor to see if it increases the risk of falling
  • Clearing the house of falling hazards and installing devices like grab bars and railings
  • Utilizing a walker or cane
  • Wearing shoes that provide good support and cushioning
  • Talking to family members about falling and increasing awareness

Falling can be a traumatic and embarrassing experience for elderly persons; this can make them less willing to leave the house, and less willing to talk to someone about their fears of falling. Doing such things, however, will increase the likelihood of tripping or losing one’s balance. Knowing the causes of falling and how to prevent them is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious injury.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Treating a Bunion May Require Surgery

Bunions can be identified as a bony protrusion on the side of the big toe. This condition may develop for a number of reasons. Common causes may include wearing narrow or ill-fitting footwear, having an existing foot condition such as flat feet or low arches, the occurrence of a foot injury, inflammatory arthritis, or even genetic factors. Neuromuscular conditions, such as cerebral palsy may also influence the formation of a bunion. Symptoms that are often associated with a bunion can include redness, soreness, or a burning sensation linked to the affected area. It can also be common for hammertoes to form, as well as calluses, when bunions are present. To relieve the pain that is associated with bunions, it is suggested to wear shoe inserts to lessen the friction, as well as investing in proper footwear that leaves your toes adequate room to move freely in. For some cases, the symptoms of bunions may be severe, in which case, surgery can be the recommended option for treatment. In order to best determine how to care for your bunion, consult with a podiatrist as soon as possible for professional care.

If you are suffering from bunion pain, contact Dr. Jonathan Kletz of Texas Foot Works. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is a Bunion?

Bunions are painful bony bumps that usually develop on the inside of the foot at the joint of the big toe. As the deformity increases over time, it may become painful to walk and wear shoes. Women are more likely to exacerbate existing bunions since they often wear tight, narrow shoes that shift their toes together. Bunion pain can be relieved by wearing wider shoes with enough room for the toes.

Causes

  • Genetics – some people inherit feet that are more prone to bunion development
  • Inflammatory Conditions - rheumatoid arthritis and polio may cause bunion development

Symptoms

  • Redness and inflammation
  • Pain and tenderness
  • Callus or corns on the bump
  • Restricted motion in the big toe

In order to diagnose your bunion, your podiatrist may ask about your medical history, symptoms, and general health. Your doctor might also order an x-ray to take a closer look at your feet. Nonsurgical treatment options include orthotics, padding, icing, changes in footwear, and medication. If nonsurgical treatments don’t alleviate your bunion pain, surgery may be necessary.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Monday, 10 February 2020 00:00

Keeping Your Child’s Feet Healthy

To help prevent the development of foot-related complications, it’s important to manage and maintain the health of your child’s feet at an early age. Examining your child’s feet for any abnormalities or wounds can help in providing an early diagnosis of an existing foot condition, as well as prevent possible conditions from worsening. Having children wear socks or booties that are too tight for their feet may cause harm and actually reduce the natural development of their feet if worn too often. Allowing for your child to be shoeless indoors may help in building the muscles of the foot, and strengthen their feet. Keeping their feet dry, clean, and their toenails properly trimmed are all vital for the prevention of common foot conditions, such as ingrown toenails. Maintaining proper foot hygiene for your child can help to set a great example for how they should care for their feet as they get older. For more information on how to help keep your child’s feet healthy, please consult with a podiatrist.

The health of a child’s feet is vital to their overall well-being. If you have any questions regarding foot health, contact Dr. Jonathan Kletz of Texas Foot Works. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Tips for Keeping Children's Feet Healthy

  • Make sure their shoes fit properly
  • Look for any signs of in-toeing or out-toeing
  • Check to see if they have Clubfoot (condition that affects your child’s foot and ankle, twisting the heel and toes inward) which is one of the most common nonmajor birth defects.
  • Lightly cover your baby’s feet (Tight covers may keep your baby from moving their feet freely, and could prevent normal development)
  • Allow your toddler to go shoeless (Shoes can be restricting for a young child’s foot)
  • Cut toenails straight across to avoid ingrown toenails
  • Keep your child’s foot clean and dry
  • Cover cuts and scrapes. Wash any scratches with soap and water and cover them with a bandage until they’ve healed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Research has indicated that there are two ailments that may develop as a result of being diabetic.These conditions are known as peripheral artery disease (PAD), and peripheral neuropathy. Both of these can accelerate the risk of foot problems in diabetic patients as a result of potential nerve damage. Additional foot problems that can happen from being diabetic can include fungal infections, ingrown toenails, or bunions. Diabetes can occur if the glucose levels in the blood become elevated, and can possibly be controlled when foods that are eaten contain minimal sugar. If you are a diabetic patient, it is strongly advised that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you to manage this potentially dangerous condition.

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 Dr. Jonathan Kletz from Texas Foot Works. 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 one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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