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Monday, 24 February 2020 00:00

Toenail fungus is an infection of the toenails, and can be difficult to cure. Research has indicated that this condition may affect ten percent of the western population, and may become more prevalent after the age of sixty. There are noticeable symptoms that often accompany toenail fungus. These can include the nails appearing yellow and thick, and in severe cases, the nail may lift from the nail bed. The type of fungus that causes this infection often lives and thrives in warm and moist environments. These environments often consist of public pools, shower room floors, and surrounding areas. It is known to be contagious, and it is helpful to wear appropriate shoes while in these types of environments. Patients who have psoriasis or are diabetic may have an increased risk of developing toenail fungus. If you are afflicted with this ailment, please consult with a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment options.

For more information about treatment, contact Dr. Lyle D. Haskell of North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Toenail Fungus Treatment

Toenail fungus is a condition that affects many people and can be especially hard to get rid of. Fortunately, there are several methods to go about treating and avoiding it.

Antifungals & Deterrence

Oral antifungal medicine has been shown to be effective in many cases. It is important to consult with a podiatrist to determine the proper regiment for you, or potentially explore other options.

Applying foot powder on the feet and shoes helps keep the feet free of moisture and sweat.

Sandals or open toed shoes – Wearing these will allow air movement and help keep feet dry. They also expose your feet to light, which fungus cannot tolerate. Socks with moisture wicking material also help as well.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Allen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic tools and technology to treat your foot and ankle needs.

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Monday, 17 February 2020 00:00

Poor circulation occurs when there is a lack of blood flow to a certain area of your body. Your feet may experience poor circulation for a number of different reasons. These reasons may include diabetes, obesity, or blood clots. One condition that results from a lack of poor circulation is known as peripheral artery disease, or PAD for short. Common symptoms that are associated with poor circulation may include muscle cramps, recurring pain, and a numbing, tingling, or stinging sensation towards the affected area. To help ease these symptoms, it’s recommended that you regularly engage in physical activity to help boost your body’s blood flow. Having a healthy diet may also be beneficial in treating poor circulation as it may reduce high blood pressure. For more advice on treating poor circulation, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist.

While poor circulation itself isn’t a condition; it is a symptom of another underlying health condition you may have. If you have any concerns with poor circulation in your feet contact Dr. Lyle D. Haskell of North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor will treat your foot and ankle needs.

Poor Circulation in the Feet

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) can potentially lead to poor circulation in the lower extremities. PAD is a condition that causes the blood vessels and arteries to narrow. In a linked condition called atherosclerosis, the arteries stiffen up due to a buildup of plaque in the arteries and blood vessels. These two conditions can cause a decrease in the amount of blood that flows to your extremities, therefore resulting in pain.

Symptoms

Some of the most common symptoms of poor circulation are:

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Throbbing or stinging pain in limbs
  • Pain
  • Muscle Cramps

Treatment for poor circulation often depends on the underlying condition that causes it. Methods for treatment may include insulin for diabetes, special exercise programs, surgery for varicose veins, or compression socks for swollen legs.

As always, see a podiatrist as he or she will assist in finding a regimen that suits you. A podiatrist can also prescribe you any needed medication. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Allen, 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

Hammertoes can be identified as a toe with a significant downward bend in the middle joint, often appearing hammer-like, as its name suggests. This condition may come with an abundance of discomfort and pain. Hammertoes can often be associated with the development of corns, calluses, and bunions as well. Their development may be a result of genetics, or wearing ill-fitted shoes that don’t leave the toes enough room to move freely in. Other health complications, such as diabetes, can cause nerve damage, which may also lead to the formation of a hammertoe. Treatment of a hammertoe may vary depending on its severity and overall flexibility, or lack thereof. Flexible hammertoes may be treated through the use of custom orthotics, which are worn to help correct the positioning of the toe. Rigid hammertoes, however, may be corrected by having surgery performed, and are often done when conservative measures are found ineffective. To help diagnose which kind of hammertoe you have, and to determine which action should be taken for its treatment, it is recommended you consult with a podiatrist for professional advice and care.

Hammertoes can be a painful condition to live with. For more information, contact Dr. Lyle D. Haskell of North Texas Foot Group. Our doctor will answer any of your foot- and ankle-related questions.

Hammertoe

Hammertoe is a foot deformity that occurs due to an imbalance in the muscles, tendons, or ligaments that normally hold the toe straight. It can be caused by the type of shoes you wear, your foot structure, trauma, and certain disease processes.

Symptoms

  • Painful and/or difficult toe movement
  • Swelling
  • Joint stiffness
  • Calluses/Corns
  • Physical deformity

Risk Factors

  • Age – The risk of hammertoe increases with age
  • Sex – Women are more likely to have hammertoe compared to men
  • Toe Length – You are more likely to develop hammertoe if your second toe is longer than your big toe
  • Certain Diseases – Arthritis and diabetes may make you more likely to develop hammertoe

Treatment

If you have hammertoe, you should change into a more comfortable shoe that provides enough room for your toes. Exercises such as picking up marbles may strengthen and stretch your toe muscles. Nevertheless, it is important to seek assistance from a podiatrist in order to determine the severity of your hammertoe and see which treatment option will work best for you.

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

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Monday, 03 February 2020 00:00

When pressure is put onto the pad underneath the heel, and the skin of the heel lacks moisture, it’s very likely that the skin will expand and crack due to lack of elasticity. Many other factors can play a role in developing cracked heels besides a lack of moisture. Some of these reasons can include obesity, frequently wearing open-back shoes, and standing for longer periods of time, especially on hard flooring. Certain foot conditions may also increase your chances of having cracked heels. These conditions may consist of diabetes, flat feet, heel spurs, fungal infections, and athlete’s foot, to name a few. To help treat cracked heels, it may be beneficial to apply a moisturizer to the affected area immediately after taking a bath or shower. It’s important that you also be mindful in choosing which soap or body washes you use, making sure to avoid those that are harsh or scented. For more advice and for help on how to best treat your cracked heels, we recommend you consult with a podiatrist for professional care.

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 Dr. Lyle D. Haskell from North Texas Foot Group. 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 Allen, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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